The Story So Far… 2014-10-22

Still carrying the egg, Vokul, Daganoth and Anna proceed to the next cave, heading west this time trying to get out of the subterranean maze.  Up ahead, they hear the distinctive voices of kobolds, so, setting the egg aside, Daganoth slips into the shadows to scout ahead.  He discovers a dozen kobolds, with and without wings, lounging, sleeping, eating and otherwise just hanging out. He also discovers a wooden cage at the back of the cave where an unlikely pair are found.  Upon seeing the dwarf and elf tied and bound, he signals to them to hand on and then returns to report to his companions.  Vokul immediately goes on the attack, charging in to face off against several of the kobolds.  Meanwhile, the high elf has been taunting the kobolds and has angered the lead kobold to the point of violence.  After unlocking the cage to deal with the mistempered elf, Anna, tosses the elf a dagger and then starts shooting winged kobolds out of the air.  As does Daganoth, from the shadows, of course.  The elf cuts his own bonds, and then cuts the bonds of the dwarf, giving the lead kobold an opening that it took to do some serious damage.   However, things turned badly, quickly, for the kobolds.  Now that the effect of the sleep spell had worn off, both the elf and the dwarf were furious about their predicament.  Retrieving their weapons from where they were stashed in the cage (kobolds aren’t the brightest captors), they quickly slaughtered the kobolds in the cage with them.  Meanwhile, the kobolds used their pack tactics to good advantage, but nevertheless fell before Vokul’s wrath and Anna and Daganoth’s volley.  With the elf’s help, all the kobolds were dead.  In the aftermath, the Vokul healed the elf, earning him a healing from the dwarf.  Introductions were made.  It turned out that Bryce, the high-elf, and Furen, the dwarf, were at a birthday party and then mysteriously found themselves bound in the cage in this cave with no idea of where they were or how they got here.

While the introductions were happening, Daganoth searched the room, finding 38gp, 152sp, and 704 cp sorted into eighty-eight stacks of exactly eight coppers each.  He also found, among the dozens of dragon themed artifacts, four of a savage and artistic flair that might get some coin if the right buyer is found.

After searching the room, Daganoth slipped into the shadows to explore a little further on.  At the top of the stairs to the north, he was spotted by several kobolds who immediately charged to attack him.  Loosing an arrow at the winged kobold, Dag turned to run back down the steps.  Vokul hearing the ruckus, charged in, sword swinging.  While Anna followed quickly behind. Suddenly, a large chunk of the ceiling broke loose, crashing down on the kobolds chasing Daganoth, and raining rocks and debris down on the three adventurers.  A rather large stone fell on Anna, crushing her and pinning her to the floor.  Vokul moved quickly to get the rock off her and stabilize her.  Furen healed then her.

Having named the dragon Sparkles, Anna was now rather attached to the dragon egg, so when Bryce declared that it would have to be destroyed, she threw a fit.  With some coaxing from Vokul and some bribery from Bryce she came around and Vokul cut the egg to bits.  Interestingly, Bryce harvested several of the dragon egg scales in the hopes of crafting amulets of protection.

With all that action, the party decided to camp out for a while.  The elves took turns standing guard while the others slept, or tried to, with Vokul snoring so loudly.

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The Story So Far… 2014-10-15

After narrowly defeating Langdedrosa and his guards, the party looks around to discover that they are in some sort of shrine to Tiamat.  On the floor in front of her is a small chest.  When smashing the chest open, Vokul manages to set off a trap that rapidly fills the room with an acidic cloud of gas.  Though several party members are badly wounded by the gas, all survived.  Vokul, eager to discover the treasure within, rushes back to the chest.  Inside are a string of pearls, a gold and sapphire ring, and a pouch containing a half-dozen masterfully cut and polished stones.  Daganoth estimates the stones to be worth, perhaps 100gp each, while the ring and pearls are worth much more than that.

After recovering from the gas, the party continues toward the east, heading deeper into the caves.   Daganoth disappears into the shadows, while Anna hangs back arrow nocked and ready.

When Vokul reaches the top of some narrow stairs leading down, he is assaulted by bottles of glue and flame.  This turns out to be a minor annoyance though, as the party quickly dispatches the poor kobolds who threw them.

At the bottom of the caged stairs, Vokul unlocks the stout iron gate.  Peering into the darkness, they see two large dragon eggs.  Approaching the eggs, Vokul and Anna are attacked by two large guard drakes.  Daganoth, using the shadows to his advantage, attacks them from behind.  Unfortunately, Anna is felled by one of the drakes.  After Dag and Vokul finish the drakes though, they are surprised to see that Anna’s body has gone.  Searching the cave they discover two things:  1) Daganoth finds a third dragon egg, hidden amongst some rocks; 2) a stalagmite seems to have sprouted long tendrils and is dragging the unconscious Anna toward it.

After hacking at it, only to discover the tendrils are as hard as stone, Vokul shouts for the thing to let go.  Surprisingly, it does.  After some animated discussion with the thing that looks like a stalagmite, Anna is rescued, and the thing has been fed a guard drake (or 2).

The party finally prepares to leave.  One thing remains, what to do about the dragon eggs.  Two are black, but the third, the one Dag found, is blue.  Anna encourages the boys to destroy the eggs.  Vokul tries to compromise by destroying the black eggs and working with Dag to carry the third egg out with them.  Anna does not agree with this and tries to dislodge the egg as the boys carry it up the stairs, trying to send it smashing down the steps.  Unfortunately, Vokul seems to have a good grip on it so her efforts are in vain.  The party leaves that cave area, with the egg, and with Anna fuming at the bull-headed Vokul.  Daganoth, just thinks everyone should shut up so he can get back to hiding in the shadows.

The Story so Far… 2014-10-08

After several days to rest and restock, Governor Nighthall and the monk, Leosin, both requested the adventurers to return to the raider’s camp to find more information.  Leosin is particularly interested in finding out if the raider’s are planning another attack, and what is in that cave.  He intends to travel north to Elturel to convey what he’s learned to Ontharr Frume, a paladin of Torm who shares his concern over the Cult of the Dragon’s recent activities.

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Travelling back to the camp is uneventful, and once there, the party is surprised to find the camp has been all but cleared out.  A few guards still watch the cave entrance, and some rangers forage for food, but otherwise, the camp is a ghost town.

Deciding to investigate the cave, the adventurers face down the two Dragonclaw cultists standing guard and enter.  Following the keen eyes of Dag, the party turns up a small passageway leading to an empty storage room, then to a guard room.  A battle ensues, with the party slaying 2 guards and 5 cultists while another guard and 3 cultists run off down the hall raising a cry of alarm.

Following the runners, the party came into an empty room.  Stomping around, hopping mad at being eluded, Alain falls through a covered shaft, crashing to the rock some 30 feet below.  There he sees Langdedrosa, a berserker, and the missing guard and cultists.

As Vokul, Anna and Dag catch up, the Alain has managed to get to his feet, and with Ephedra’s constant urging, is back in the battle.  Having had no time to recover, the party is in rough shape, so Langdedrosa hangs back, leaving it to his minions to dispatch the intruders, until it becomes apparent that his berserker is near death, then he joined the fight.  Too little, too late for Langdedrosa, as the party dispatches the final of his guard and converge on him too.

The Story So Far… 2014-10-04

The adventurers stealthily approached the dragon cultists camp. Using the talk grass for cover they circled the entire camp, a little taken aback at the scope of the sight before them.
Their investigation showed them the location of the prisoners from Greenest, and a solitary prisoner tied to a post in the east end of the camp. They also identified the well guarded tents of the leaders of the camp and a cave, also guarded, at the back of the camp.
Needing a closer look, they finally decided to march in as if they owned the place. A plot that worked until they tried to burn a tent near the leader’s guarded tent with Vokul’s fiery breath. A chase ensued and the adventurers were captured. Langdedrosa, recognizing Anna from his challenge in Greenest, mocked her mercilessly for coming after him and for getting caught. The two adventurers we’re tied to posts next to Leosin. A fortuitous, if awkward, predicament. In the darkness, Anna used the dagger in her boot to cut them free. This time, they were more stealthy and they we’re able to sneak out of camp and back to Greenest without event. In the town, Governor Nighthall was glad to see them returned, but sad that they weren’t able to bring any of the missing captives with them. Nevertheless, he paid them handsomely for the information they brought.
The adventurers took the opportunity to rest in town and help with cleanup, earning good favor with the townsfolk, the Governor, and Leosin.