Well, aside from their new mage, that is. She's bored, and curious. Making portals to known places is straightforward enough, with the magic she found, but that's far from the limit of what it can do... so one day, she slips away, portals off to a different cave system - one can't be too careful, after all - and experiments.
Temperature roughly the same... gravity roughly the same... air the same, not into stone or underwater or in a volcano or on top of a mountain... but, instead of patterning it after a place she knows, what happens if she only specifies those things, and lets the innate patterns of the spot she's casting on do the rest? Particularly this one part, which seems to specify the world...
She finishes the spell, and hesitates for just a moment before activating it.
She peers through, and, when the place on the other side seems to be deserted, touches a different part of the portal's frame - setting it to close after a minute - before stepping through and examining the leather things more closely.
The kobold isn't familiar with paper, and spends some time examining it - she's careful not to damage it or make too much noise. After a few minutes, though, she puts the strange object back, and starts looking around the rest of the area.
She explores the nook, finds that she can comfortably hide behind one of the chairs and still see out, and settles in to wait and see who might show up.
Eventually, there are footsteps, which come with increased light.
The kobold is very still and very quiet.
When she gets about five feet away from the kobold's hiding place, she stops.
[curiosity [person [spellbearer?]] [lights [spelled?] [impressive]] [something else?]], the kobold is thinking, and then [alarm [freezing in place]], as she notices that the person is acting oddly.
...Well, the lights are impressive, and impressiveness isn't alarm?
The candleflames start orbiting her head.
Why is the light moving. Is she about to be attacked. She scoots back fully behind the chair - it's not much cover but it's better than nothing. Can she get home - no, she's too alarmed to aim properly, who knows where she might end up, it might be better than sticking around but she's going to wait until she knows she's in danger before risking teleporting herself into a mountainside someplace.
The lights stop moving. That was not the intended effect. Sigh.
The kobold gives it another moment, and when both the lights and the person show no further sign of moving, she peeks out again, staying behind the chair as much as possible but not worrying about whether she's seen.
The person with the firelights looks at her.
Well, the kobold can be sociable. How will a greeting go over, in Animalperson? Hopefully the tone will help, even if the language isn't one they speak.
Fire-person repeats the greeting, smiling slightly.
Well, that seems like a good sign. The kobold spends another moment gathering her courage, and then steps into view.
Fire person points at herself and says, "Kiri."
"Kiri," she repeats, with a small nod, and then she gestures similarly, "kobold."
Kiri repeats the animalperson greeting and follows it with "kobold".
This gets a grin and a little bow - she's not moving any closer yet, but she's not braced to dive back behind the chair any more at least. And then... she does have to ask... she points to the candleflames, "fire", and then looks back to Kiri, "Kiri do of fire?"
"Kiri do of fire," repeats Kiri, and she reaches into her halo with her bare hand and takes a flame like she's picking a fruit. It dances on her fingertips.
The kobold blinks. [fire [illusion?]] - she steps forward, watching Kiri carefully for objections, and reaches up to see if it's hot as well as bright.
Since she's not planning to actually touch it, just get close, Kiri holds it out.