Tyranny of Dragons

Session 28

Crow Level 11

After a night of celebration in the boat, the group headed north towards Mkoz, the mining encampment of the dwarves. Another days travel brought them to a giant set of doors, sculpted into the side of the mountain. Brogdah noticed that there were plenty of tracks coming up to the doors, but none going in. Brogdah went up and knocked on the stone doors, hoping to hear an answer. It took a minute or two, but soon we heard the shifting of some mechanical gears of some sort. A moment later, a stone arm with an orb protruded out just next to the massive door. We approached it and began speaking. The dwarf on the other side, who we learned to be Delg, an appraiser and face of the tradesmen inside.

We said we would like to trade and then the orb went back into the side of the mountain. A moment later, on the other side of the large doors another small door opened up and four dwarves stepped outside and met us. Delg explained that no one goes inside Mkoz, just the dwarves that live there. Any and all trading must be done through him. We tried to convince him to let us in through a couple ways. One, for showing the signet ring from the Waterdeep Council, a connection through a powerful dwarf, and also to just get out of the cold. Each time Delg denied us entry, but instead went back inside. A couple minutes later, the King of Mkoz, Delg, a scribe, and a handful of armed guards came outside to meet us.

The King told us of an army growing inside the orc encampment to the west. It wasn’t just orcs. It was filled with thousands of cult members, including red wizards and a dracolich.
We asked the King for his help in the valley, to see if he and his craftsmen would be able to help and fix the flying castle so we could remove it from his territory, and hopefully the cult along with it. We also enticed him with a prospect of increased trade between Mkoz and Waterdeep. The King said he needed to speak with his council before promising anything and went back into Mkoz, but Delg, the scribe, and the guards all remained.

We conducted our business of trading in our treasures for services, goods, and platinum. While we were each speaking with Delg about the things we desired, Fryen approached Roderick and took the crossbow from off of his back and continued walking. Roderick stood dumbfounded, not knowing what to do and was soon walking around frantically without his weapon. Fryen took Roderick’s crossbow, his flail, and Ushen’s shield, along with other magic items the party had acquired, but found no use for, and had the dwarves imbue them with the magic from the other items. He had to pay a large amount of gold to have this done, along with another large sum to expedite the process so we could have them the next day. When Ushen was speaking with Delg, he asked if the dwarves had any diamonds available for trade. They did have a handful of very large diamonds that Ushen was able to trade for, but when he did, he also asked if the dwarves had any recent deaths in their ranks, as he could revive them. Delg informed us that there was a collapse in one of their mining tunnels that took two of their own 16 days earlier. Thankfully, their clerics attempted to preserve the bodies and they were still intact enough for Ushen to bring them back to life, only after disarming himself and being brought in by armed guards to do so. He was escorted back out and the dwarves were very grateful.

The next dawn the King, by himself, approached the group. He promised them a group of fifty artificers to accompany us to the castle, but there was one thing we needed to do first. Assure him that the frost giants, long time enemies of the dwarves, would not interfere. We told him we would go and speak with the frost giants, something that most people would never do, to try and ease his mind and ours. Before we left, our supplies we had purchased and items we had them work on were brought out to us. Fryen took the newly enchanted crossbow and handed it to Roderick, along with the bolt that he had kept from when Roderick shot him in the neck. He had carved the word “Redemption” into the bolt. The rest of the group was watching this take place and asked what that meant. Roderick told the rest of the group about the night that he had killed Mondath. About how Ushen tried to reviver her, but as he took out the diamond, Roderick shot at him, hoping to knock it out of his hand. Instead the bolt flew and hit Fryen, who had jumped in front of Ushen, in the neck. The group is silent, but not for long. Brogdah asked Roderick why he would do that, why he would attack one of his own, about why he should even be in the group anymore. Roderick tried to explain, but Brogdah stormed off.

The group arrived at the longhouse where the frost giants resided and walked right into the hall. Giants respect strength above all, so there was no need to beat around the bush. We notice the Jarl of the longhouse, Brunvild, sitting in his throne at the other end of the hall along with a hanging cage that has our werebear friend, Dalo, inside. He has multiple wounds and looked like he was in terrible pain. Compared to the other day when we saw him with a dozen arrows in his torso and showed no pain, it was a very different picture. We spoke with the Jarl about the cult in “his valley”. We tried to ally with him against the cult, but he needed us to prove ourselves before he would do so. One of the things he wished for us to do to prove our strength, was to get the castle up and running again so he could use it. Ushen said we had taken the castle down, but Brunvild did not believe us. Ushen said all he would need to do to prove that we did was have him come along with us to the castle. A spell would show the past battle that was fought and he could see us in action. Brunvild agreed, but did not agree to go himself. Instead, he said he would send someone else with us. He told the rest of the giants to leave the longhouse and it was Brunvild, Dalo, and us remaining. We said that we wanted Dalo to be released as well. Brunvild agreed on one condition. We must kill the frost giant that he sends with us to the castle. We were all caught off guard by that request, but he soon explained that a lot of the frost giants have left him and joined the cult. The giant he was sending with us was, to his knowledge, one of the leaders of the mutiny. We agreed and headed out towards the castle with our new mark walking along side of us.

During the days travel, Ushen and Roderick have a conversation using the spell, Message, to avoid any suspicion or chance of being overheard from the giant. Roderick expressed concern about killing this giant without telling the giant first. He didn’t think it noble. Ushen said it was going to happen and, if it came down to it, he would be the executioner. Ushen said Roderick didn’t have to participate, but the giant would die. When the sun began to set, we started to set up camp. Crow took out the boat and the group was about to head in for the night. The frost giant kept on walking towards the castle. Unlike the group, the frost giant didn’t have any trouble walking through the night. We told the frost giant that we needed to stop, we could not survive the cold temperatures like he could. He said he didn’t care. We told him that his Jarl commanded him to accompany us to the castle, but since he was not exactly the most loyal to the Jarl, he didn’t seem to care. He said that we needed him and if we were going to fulfill the Jarl’s request we had to continue too. We could not continue so we argued with him until he got so upset that he brought his axe up into the air and was about to chop the boat in half, but Crow was quick enough to say the command words to convert the giant boat back into a small box, making the giant miss completely. The giant then attacked us, but we were able to overcome him with ease. Crow immediately took the boat back out and ran inside for shelter from the bitter cold. During the fight, Roderick did not participate, he did not even raise his crossbow. Brogdah noticed this and approached Roderick. He grabbed his crossbow and snapped it in half and walked into the boat. Roderick was kneeling in the snow looking over his broken weapon and began to weep. Ushen went to go comfort him and even picked up the pieces and put them in his backpack. On their way to the boat, Roderick was stopped by Sarissa who shoved her heavy crossbow into his chest saying, “Make yourself useful.”

The next morning, Ushen used Sending to relay the message to the Jarl that the deed was done. He heard back saying that is good enough for the Jarl. He then sent a message to the King of the Mkoz stating that the frost giants would no longer be an issue. We started to make our way back towards the longhouse. That night, as we set up camp, we heard a knock on the cabin’s door. Outside was Dalo, who did not look happy. He asked us to explain what was happening and why the frost giants have magical weapons now. We explained to him about our encounter with the giants and the young dragon and apologized. We didn’t think about the consequences of that interaction. Normal weapons were all the giants and orcs had, so Dalo being a werebear couldn’t be killed by them, but now they had access to something that could. We also explained about our current mission, to go back and escort the dwarves to the castle to get it running again. He reluctantly agreed to join us for the time being.

We made our way back up to Mkoz and then back down to the castle with no issue, but the cult and orc army had amassed and we knew it was coming quickly. Our mission was to get the castle working again and take to the skies before we were overrun. Through use of our spies, courtesy of our Zhentarim agents, we had some intel on the army and knew that they had also sabotaged their siege equipment. We made some preparations for the upcoming battle before they arrived. We used a scroll to put a wind wall on the castle walls to protect the dwarves, Ushen summoned a Planar ally to fight along side us, and even planted a magic bean in the middle of the battlefield just before they arrived. Just before the battle started, a giant geyser of beer erupted where the magic bean was planted and seconds later, in the subzero temperatures, froze on the ground. They were soon at our gates with siege towers and a battering ram. Their ranks included the cultists, orcs, ogres, frost giants, red wizards, winter wolves, young remorhaz, and a dracolich. We were able to slow them down with walls of fire, insect plagues, spirit guardians, a barrage of arrows, and frozen beer. Shortly after the battle started, we felt the ground quake and two young remorhaz appeared behind our walls. One of them was close enough with it’s heated body to kill 5 dwarves outright. We started to fight the new threat behind our walls, but a moment later a hole was made by the frost giants and the wall came crumbling down. Thankfully, it hit on of the remorhaz and killed it. Were were able to hold back the tide of enemies head towards the new door thanks to our resident terrifying “Murdergoat”. We rallied and were able to repair the castle’s towers while keeping the swarms of enemies at bay. We all headed back to the castle and it took off to the skies. A couple more boulders thrown by the giants down below made contact and destroyed a couple more walls as we took off, but we were relatively safe for now.

We decided to head south, away from the valley, right away to try and avoid the dracolich that wasn’t too far behind. There are still 45 dwarves with us as well as Dalo. We told him of the alliance of the different factions for the time being and he has agreed to stay with us for a short while.

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Session 27

Crow, Level 11

After the dust and snow settled, the Scarred were down a member of the group. Haefwin did not make it out of the castle as it came crashing to the ground. The group headed towards the, surprisingly, still intact castle to look for their friend’s body, hoping to bring him back somehow. When they entered the castle, they went to the throne room to search for the body, but instead found an empty room. Haefwin’s body was nowhere to be found. The dragon’s body was also missing from the scene. A couple eagle eyed members of the group, Amkissra and Daylen, noticed that where the body should have landed were subtle signs of a cover up. We found a colossal horde of treasure and split it up among the group. Shortly afterward, we were interrupted by a stranger.

A hairy man, built like a bear, walked into the room and told us that we needed to leave immediately. We told him we were not going to be leaving until we found our dwarven friend. He insisted we leave and we followed him out of the castle and to a cave, tucked into the folds of a nearby mountain. We entered in to an already lit fire, the smell of stew, and a familiar smiling face.

Haefwin did not die when the castle fell. Instead, he was thrown into a snowdrift and was knocked unconscious before being found by our new friend, who introduced himself only as Dalo.

He told us we could rest there for the night, but we must leave the next morning. He informed us we were located in the Spine of the World, and that the trade routes of the dwarves, whom had a mining operation farther north, were our only way out of the valley. Brogdah, during the course of our conversation, and after some needed spices in the soup, noticed that Dalo was a member of the Emerald Enclave. He flashed his leaf towards the man and then proceeded outside to have a conversation with him. After some time and explaining by Haefwin of what really happened, Brogdah returned, but Dalo was nowhere to be found. Brogdah had communed with nature and knew much about our surroundings. Orcs to the West, a thin connection between the planes to the East, the dwarves to the North, and a group of frost giants led by a jarl named Brunvild smack dab in the middle of it all.

Brogdah told us that Dalo was headed out and was going to convince the Frost giants to not join the cult and the forces of Tiamat. The giants were prime candidates to join and the Dragon Goddess’s army didn’t need to be any bigger. We were going to help Dalo in this, but the sun dropped earlier in the day, making it near impossible for travel for the party.

The next day, around 7 in the morning, hours before the sun rose, Dalo came back. He was riddled with arrowheads, presents from the orcs during the course of the night. We put two and two together and figured out that Dalo was a werebear. He told us it is not safe for us here and we need to leave. We told him of our intention to help him with the Frost giants, but he told us it was his problem to deal with.

When the sun came up we headed in a Northerly direction by way of the space between the Frost giants and the orc encampment. Travel was slow and strenuous due to the harsh conditions, but we would spend the night within the confines of Crow’s folding boat, which had a cabin for us to be in.

During our travel north, we encountered a lone tent and a rope suspended in mid-air. After seeing this, we figured out it was a Rope Trick spell. An unseen room was above the rope, but we did not know who was inside. We could see the tent had a sign on it from Waterdeep, so whoever was in there, had been to Waterdeep at some point. We surrounded the rope, out of sight from the dimensional hole, and waited. Finally, Ushen stuck his head in and was immediately hit…by a shoe. The frightened man inside, we found out, was named Allac. He was a researcher that was looking into a colony of Yeti’s that lived in the mountains not too far from here to the East. We told him to be careful, and then we were on our way.

Another day later and we ran into a group of three frost giants surrounding a young white dragon. We started to walk around the scene that was unfolding, as it was none of our business and more hassle than what it was worth, but then Roderick brought up his crossbow, thinking about the moral implications in his mind. Ushen, with his vampiric speed appeared in front of Roderick’s crossbow stopping him from shooting.

“Does anyone else see a problem with this?” Ushen asked the group. Brogdah slowly raised his hand.

The frost giants had, at this point, grabbed the dragon by the neck and were walking off with it.

“We’ll buy it off of you!” Ushen shouted.

This intrigued the frost giants, who stopped and asked what we could do for them. Ushen noticed their weapons were crude and worn. We offered them a magic hammer and a magic spear in exchange for the dragon, who they would have most likely have been beaten into submission as a plaything for their amusement. They left the dragon with us and walked away.

Daylen attempted to speak to the dragon, but it was too scared. It spit a cone of frost on part of the party before we let it go. It was about to take off when Daylen cast a spell on it, slowing it’s movement. Then Crow used his abilities to teleport to the dragon’s back, causing it to fall to the ground. We discussed it and decided there was no reason to have it with us, so we let it go.

Another day went by without any event, but at the end of the night, Ushen was getting hungry. With no game in sight and using our blood was not an option, Brogdah used his connection with nature and the Enclave to summon three elk outside of the boat. Brogdah motioned towards Ushen and pointed outside. Ushen fed and Brogdah was there to comfort him.

The next day, we made it to a part of the tundra with something we did not expect to see. An altar was before us, in the middle of nowhere. Most of the group offered something on the altar. Precious gems, items, and even blood. Some offered up a prayer and others stood back and did not offer anything.

At that moment, all of us entered into another space altogether. We were still in the tundra, but there was no altar and no one else with us. The snow kicked up and in front of the lone party members was Tiamat. We all reacted differently, but in the end, we all were attacked by Tiamat and knocked out or left standing there, bewildered by her presence. We all woke up again, next to the altar and our party.

Ushen was still standing, unlike most of the group, and went to help up Sarissa. When he reached his hand out to the warlock, he noticed that his arm was not decaying anymore, but the rest of his body remained the same. The curse that he had been struck with not a week before had begun to remove itself. Shocked by what happened, he began to explain what happened when he say Tiamat. He prayed to his goddess, The Raven Queen, and she answered his call. Then as he was explaining this, the snow kicked up again and we all expected the worst. Tiamat did not appear again, but instead, a slender, pale woman, clad in black appeared before us. Ushen and some others immediately knelt. It is usually customary to do so in front of a god.

Ushen made a plea to his Goddess and implored her to remove this curse from him. If not for his sake, it would be for her glory. She reached her hand out towards him and held the cleric’s hand. She touched his forehead with a finger and a thin line of silver began to come out of his skin. She pulled it farther and farther away until Ushen’s spirit was hovering above his body. She surged her power through his body and the cure for the vampirism moved from his arm to the rest of his body. She shoved his spirit back into his body and then vanished.

Ushen fell back and thanked his goddess before breaking down and crying. The curse finally lifted, he no longer feared for himself or his companions. Members of the group rushed to embrace Ushen as he cried tears of joy. The ever thoughtful, Brogdah, took out a vial of holy water, warmed it up enough to melt it and poured it on Ushen’s arm. it burned, but only because it was so damn cold out. The curse was gone!

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2/20/16-11/11/17

Mere of Dead Men

After several more days and nights of travel within the Mere of Dead Men, the group overcomes threats from further ogres, orcs, bandits, lizard folk, and bullywugs. A discord begins to form when differing perspectives on how to handle the bullywugs and lizardfolk arises, but the group later pledges to place the welfare of their group before the desires of the individual. At long last, they arrive at the Road House.

The Roadhouse

After an initial reconnaissance revealed two dragons and heavy defenses, a plan is formed to get Roderick and Jamna into the Roadhouse to steal the map of the Drakhorn’s location while the rest of the party provides a distraction for the two. Neither party is successful in their respective tasks: the outside force taking heavy damage and several party members dropping from the dragon attacks, while inside the roadhouse, Roderick is discovered and the cultist leader, Azbara Jos, escapes with the map. The group is separated and must locate one another.

During the separation, Ushen uses divination to call on the Raven Queen for advice. Instead, a vision of Tiamat consuming Helm, Majere, Bahamut, and the Raven Queen is relayed, Tiamat stating, “I’ve found you! You will burn!” All members of the party try to reason what the vision means beyond doom.

The party is able to successfully reunite, Roderick and Jamna having escaped through a secret entrance to the roadhouse. The party utilizes this secret entrance when an expected shipment of supplies is supposed to be taken into the structure. From there, a bold fight ensues to claim the treasures of the roadhouse if not the map of the Drakhorn. The battle is fierce, Jamna falling in the thick of it, however she is brought back when Ushen uses revivify on her, and Brogdah proceeds to exact revenge on the black dragon who struck her down in the first place.

When the battle is concluded, the green and black dragon are slain, and one cultist captain remains alive. Ushen and Sarissa are considering what to do with him before Brogdah banishes him to the plains of nature, unable to be one with Tiamat ever again. All agree this was a good decision with many satisfied smiles.

The Dragon’s Lair

The party rests, then receives word the map was taken deeper into the Mere of Dead Men to an ancient castle now taken by the cult. The Scarred venture deeper into the Mere, confronting increasing numbers of Lizardfolk along the way. At one point, Fryen is able to convince them that he is in command. The lizardfolk respect him as one of their own, and upon being asked, direct the party to their leader Voragamanther. The party then decides that since the dragon hasn’t attacked them already, he knows they are within his domain and wants to meet. They seek him out, guided by one of the lizardfolk.

Voragamanther reveals himself to the party outside his lair, inviting them in on a proposal that they may be of use to him. The party follows, discussing the ancient black dragon’s ambitions. Voragamanther gives them an ultimatum: succeed in acquiring that which will help him achieve lichdom, or he will destroy them, their homes, and all they’ve ever known and loved. The party is torn, but they agree. Voragamanther then reveals the cult possess the power to convert him into a dracolich, and directs them to the ancient castle of the Stargazers.

Castle Naerytar

The party proceeds to the castle, taking time to survey the layout and enemies within. Before they attack the following morning, Amkissra reveals that she has long been privy to a sacred vision, detailing how the party cannot win in their struggle against Tiamat. After a long discussion, they resolve to press on, for what other choice do they have if their world will be consumed with the Dragon Queen’s return?

Before they rest for the night, a small group including Fryen sneak into the castle when they realize there are more lizardfolk within. After revealing themselves to the lizardfolk and their allegiance with Voragamanther, Fryen and Kinellori are able to convince the lizardfolk to fight for them. The folk agree, their hatred for the bullywugs driving their decision as well as Voragamanther’s will.

In the morning, the Scarred storm the castle, successfully dealing with all threats and cultists. Roderick is almost consumed by an Otyugh and Brogdah is almost possessed by a ghost, but with assistance from the party, are able to free themselves from such perils. Sarissa is able to defeat Azbara Jos but the map of the Drakhorn is not on his person. The party then ventures into caverns below the castle.

They are greeted by a projection of Rezmir, which is promptly dismissed. They venture into the main chamber, discovering the bullywug commander Spattergoo, a cultist captain, and Rezmir. Spattergoo is slain during the onset of combat, but Rezmir and the captain are able to retreat after summoning an ice devil. The fiend is powerful, but the party is able to overcome it and gain access to the portal. After some critical thinking on a puzzle involving keys of different composition, the portal is opened and the party steps through. They are deposited on the sides of the Greypeak mountains in front of a hunting lodge. Upon entering the lodge, they are greeted by cultists that claim they have been expecting the Scarred, and reverend Mondath appears beside two bearded devils. However, so too does Talis the White, Brodgah’s long thought to be dead sister.

Family Reunited

A truce is called between the Scarred and the Cult on request of Talis, who details her story of survival to Brogdah and the Scarred. The party then regale her with their adventures and dealings with the cult. What ensues is a diplomatic and psychological battle for Talis’ allegiance. After a tenday, the Scarred are able to convince her to release her faith in Tiamat and join their cause. Mondath flees for Parnast after her failure to keep Talis within the fold of the cult.

A pursuit is had ending in Mondath being shot from the sky. She crashes and Roderick finishes her by cutting her throat. When Ushen and Fryen arrive next, Roderick attempts to shoot the diamond from Ushen’s hand when he see’s Ushen moving to revive Mondath but instead hits Fryen when the dragonborn jumps in front of Ushen. Ushen convinces Roderick to walk away, claiming that Mondath’s life is not theirs to take. He then wrests control of Mondath’s soul from Tiamat and brings her back with Revivify. Talis is glad and takes Mondath aboard her wyvern, warning the party before leaving to be weary of the vampire that inhabits the floating fortress outside Parnast. Mondath later is seen committing suicide by leaping from Talis’ wyvern.

Parnast

The party proceeds to Parnast, deciding to storm the town when its villagers are being gathered up for what they believe to be an execution. Upon doing so, an alarm is raised and a powerful captain of Tiamat imbued with supernatural resistance takes to the field. The party is unable to vanquish the threat, and several of its members go down. However, a strange intervention occurs after Kinellori receives a premonition. Suddenly, the Scarred are right back where they started before storming Parnast. It is decided that a divine intervention has occurred, though none are certain as to who has done such a miraculous deed for them. Kinellori is granted a strange trinket of unknown power from her vision which depicted her vanquishing the captain after reaching into his very soul. The party moves forward, this time with greater caution and preparation.

Another pitched battle ensues and the town is alerted to the Scarred’s presence. When the captain is blinded and a cleric of Tiamat is slain, a Red Wizard of Thay casts cloudkill on the the villagers of Parnast, killing all but one. Fryen storms after the red wizard, executing him in holy vengeance. The party then proceeds to the castle before it takes off from Parnast.

The Floating Citadel

On alert, the castle’s defenses are formidable. Bolstered by the high captain of Tiamat, a fierce battle ensues. Ogres, golems, the captain, and a vampire spawn engage the Scarred, but the party is able to prevail, defeating them to the last. Wounded and their resources depleted, the Scarred hope to rest only to be confronted by the Vampire Lord of the Castle. Before battle is resumed, Ushen offers to the Vampire Lord a glimpse of what her life could be like in the worlds beyond which she has not been allowed to pass into. Striking a bargain with her, he is able to grant a long rest for the party, guarded by her vampire spawn, however, he must go with her, alone, to the high tower to perform a consultation with the Raven Queen. During this time, Ushen is bitten and turned into a Vampire Lord himself. However, upon calling forth the vision of the Raven Queen, he calls the actual Goddess of Fate, who smites the vampire into oblivion for so infecting her vessel with blasphemous undeath. Her wrath remains unsatisfied, for she is also furious with Ushen for deigning to offer life beyond death in her stead, and for placing himself in such a position of hubris as to be turned into a vampire in the first place.

“You are my aspect, Ushen Valenier. You serve me well, but always by choice. Now, and for all eternity, your service is bound to me.”

Before leaving, the Raven Queen informs Ushen he must find his own cure for his Vampirism as punishment for his hubris. Ushen returns to the rested party, revealing his fate. The Scarred move to offer comfort to the priest, but are pressed for time with the rising sun, now a liability to the vampire in their party. They press forward deeper into the castle, confronting another set of defenses. They overcome the exterior lines, beating the rising sun into the caves that lead to the higher reaches of the castle. Within the caves, it is discovered to house Fire and Stone giants who believe their allegiance to Tiamat to be “Mast,” a giant term for unfounded or dishonorable. Even though the party tries to negotiate with them to fight together against the Dragon Queen, the giants decide to attack. The party gets into another pitched battle, overcoming the giants, five vampire spawn, and another Red Wizard within the caves. Roderick is also able to procure a map, supposedly to the castle’s destination far in the north. However, the Red Wizard is able to escape. The party rests, and presses on after they’ve healed their wounds.

One final defensive line remains outside the castle’s main chambers, and by summoning a wall of clouds with a control weather scroll, they set the stage for their battle. Overcoming the remaining defenses, the party reaches the sealed doors to the throne room and solves the riddle that grants them entry. Waiting for them within is Wurmspeaker Rezmir and the dying form of a cloud giant. A brief dialogue is had, Rezmir speaking to Ushen and delivering the following.

“Our gods are not so different, priest. But mine is far more forgiving than yours.”

Fateful Confrontation

A dracolich bursts through the windows and the fight is on in full. An extended and arduous fight is had, the party battered, and nearly outmaneuvered by defensive countermeasures from both Rezmir and the Dracolich, however they are able to prevail. Rezmir attempts to flee out of the castle when the cloud giant presently attuned to the fortress kills himself, sending the castle into free fall. She is pursued by Ushen, Brogdah, and Haefwin, who strikes a blow that reduces her to a black mist, her final words echoing throughout the sky.

“We will meet again.”

The castle continues to plummet out of the sky, the Scarred scrambling to save one another. In the end, all but Haefwin manage to escape the doomed structure, the castle collapsing down upon the dwarf as the rest of Scarred can only watch in horror. Amidst the frozen wastes of the far north, they remain uncertain as to the fate of their friend.

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Session 14 Scribe's Log
2/19/16-2/20/16

Horde of the Dragon Queen
Session 14
February 19-20, 2016
Starship Cydonia
Scribe: Whitney

Time Covered: Frostfall 1-14

Players Present (8):

Players In Absentia (2):

Important Places:

  • Waterdeep
  • Valenier Mansion
  • The Compass Rose
  • The Tavern
  • The High Road
  • The Mere of Dead Men

NPCs Encountered:

Enemy Types Fought:

  • Bandit
  • Ogre
  • Orc

New Goals:

  • Gain allies to expose the Magistrate, the Head Mage, and the Captain of the Guards on The Compass Rose on the Day of Tides and secure Waterdeep from The Cult of the Dragon. Accomplished.
  • Assist Jamna Gleamsilver in traveling through the Mere of Dead Men to replace the scroll that leads to The Drakken Horn with a decoy in order to thwart The Cult of the Dragon. In Progress

PRE-SESSION MEETING

HOUSEKEEPING

  • Players received 3-page cheat sheets.
  • Temporary hit points do not stack.
  • When spending HD while resting: roll HD, then add CON to each roll
  • Learn your proficiency bonus so it’s easy to calculate modifiers on the fly.
  • Passive scores: 10 + modifiers (ability/proficiency if applicable)
  • Area of Effect: Cones are dumb. Most AoEs will be eyeballed. Use effect markers to denote AoEs.

Special Events:

  • The orphanage in Greenest has been paid for in full!

POST-SESSION

  • Kinelori is now level 6.
  • Sarissa is now level 6.
  • Homework: Update your character on Obsidian Portal.
  • Tentative Session 15 Scheduling: March 26, 2016 at Starship Cydonia, Noon

SCRIBE’S LOG

Frostfall 1, Valenier Mansion, Waterdeep

  • The Scarred depart from the caravan upon arrival into Waterdeep and meet with Lord Valenier, father of Ushen, at the Valenier Mansion.
  • He tells them that The Cult of the Dragon has infiltrated the ruling parties of Waterdeep: The Magistrate, the Head Mage (associated with the Red Wizards of Thay), and the Captain of the Guard.
  • Not much is known about how The Cult accomplished this.
    It has affected legislation, enforcement, and magic use in the city.
  • There also may be cultists within the Lords of Waterdeep.
  • Roderick offers the names of possible allies.
  • Merri’Ellum offers the names of possible cult members.
  • It is known that The Cult has been using sea trade routes in Waterdeep to ship in additions to the horde.
  • Lord Valenier says they have a plan to expose the leaders as cultists.
  • On the Day of Tides, the leaders will be invited to a party on The Compass Rose, the flagship of Roderick‘s father, Kevan Theowin’s, trade fleet.
  • The leaders will then be exposed and arrested and new leadership will be appointed.
  • Brogdah offers to cater the party.
  • The Day of Tides is in eight days.
  • New Goal: Gain allies to expose the Magistrate, the Head Mage, and the Captain of the Guards on The Compass Rose on the Day of Tides and secure Waterdeep from The Cult of the Dragon.

Frostfall 2-3, Waterdeep

  • Brogdah confronts Sarissa about her shady dealings. She deceives him into believing she has thrown in with The Raven Queen.
  • Ushen takes Roderick to the grave of the lover that caused him to pledge loyalty to The Raven Queen.
  • Roderick hires three assassins from The Shadow Thieves to assist them in securing Waterdeep.
  • Merri’Ellum offers to help Daylen enter the Mage’s Guild of Waterdeep.
  • Daylen begins the application process to enter into The Mage’s Guild of Waterdeep out of personal interest and to gain intel on the Head Mage.
  • Merri’Ellum is successful in seeking out cult members within the city to try and gain intel on their dealings.
  • Daylen “makes a friend” in The Mage’s Guild.

Frostfall 4, Tavern, Waterdeep

Day of Tides, Frostfall 8, The Compass Rose, Waterdeep

  • The Scarred are able to assist Lord Valenier in exposing the leadership of Waterdeep.
  • The Magistrate, Head Mage, and Captain of the Guards are all arrested.
  • Grek and Jamna ask The Scarred for their assistance in locating a scroll in The Cult’s possession.
  • They ask that The Scarred replace the real scroll with a decoy without The Cult taking notice.
  • The scroll leads to The Drakken Horn, an item The Cult needs in the ritual to awaken Tiamat.
  • They know that the scroll is going north.
  • The Drakken Horn must not be touched.
  • The scroll is with Azbbara Jos and is somewhere in the Mere of Dead Men.
  • The most likely place the scroll is located is in the Carnaath Roadhouse where The Cult has been storing the horde.
  • New Quest: Assist Jamna Gleamsilver in traveling through the Mere of Dead Men to replace the scroll that leads to The Drakken Horn with a decoy in order to thwart The Cult of the Dragon.

Frostfall 10, Day 1 of Travel, The Mere of Dead Men

  • The Scarred disembark from Waterdeep with Jamna Gleamsilver and begin their journey to the Mere of Dead Men.
  • The Scarred run into an ambush of twelve Bandits that are subdued.
  • One bandit is held for questioning by Merri’Ellum.
  • Ushen, Merri’Ellum, and Brogdah interrogate him.
  • The Bandit says people that come through pay them gold to leave them alone and they those people were headed North.
  • Merri’Ellum offers to have her owl escort him back to Waterdeep under the threat of death if he kills the owl or does not return.
  • Roderick shoots the Bandit in the face before he is able to leave.
  • A confrontation ensues between Roderick and Merri’Ellum. Sarissa and Brogdah are on Roderick’s side. Kinelori walks away and bids them all to do the same.

Frostfall 11, Day 2 of Travel, The Mere of Dead Men

  • The Scarred fights Ogres in the afternoon. ((I was gone for this part.))
  • The Scarred try to set up camp and are exhausted.
  • Twelve Bandits attack in the evening.
  • Daylen takes out all twelve with a singular Fireball.
  • Later in the night, four Orcs and an Ogre pass by the camp.
  • Daylen lights trees on fire to distract the monsters.
  • Merri’Ellum uses Minor Illusion to try and scare them away.
  • The monsters are picked off and the majority of the group agrees to sleep in the large tree near the camp.
  • Merri’Ellum refuses to sleep in the tree and opts to set up her tent on the ground.
  • Brogdah argues with her about safety, then concedes and helps her hide the tent. Merri’Ellum casts Alarm around her tent.
  • It begins to rain heavily during the night and Merri’Ellum offers to let Brogdah dry off in her tent.

Frostfall 12, Day 3 of Travel, The Mere of Dead Men

  • Daylen clears the rain from around the group and they dry off. He continues this as they travel.
  • In the afternoon, two Ogres approach the group.
  • Daylen calls out to one of them, telling the Ogre that the other is trying to take his food.
  • Merri’Ellum uses Minor Illusion to create a sexy female Ogre.
  • One Ogre kills the other and the group kills the remaining Ogre.
  • The group sets up camp for the night and sees a group of four Orcs and an Ogre.
  • Daylen uses Phantasmal Force to make the Orcs think the Ogre is attacking them.
  • The Orcs kill the Ogre, but wise up to the trick. They go looking for the source. They are taken care of.
  • Later on in the night, two Ogres attack the camp.
  • Sarissa summons Dr. Wiggles and the group subdues the threat.

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So Far pt. 2

43. The party spends time in Greenest while Erlanthar recovers. Ushen meets with the patriarch of house Camen to deliver a message to his father for him.
44. Brogdah visits the local temple dedicated to the Faerunian pantheon. He delivers a sum of gold wishing to erect an orphanage for the children orphaned after the attack.
45. Erlanthar recovers in the keep’s infirmary. When he has the strength, he calls the party into his room, revealing the letter Ushen attempted to send. He explains to them about the cargo they were hauling, and about Leosin Erlanthar’s identity: He’s a monk spy of the Harpers, an organization driven by information and intelligence that seeks to balance power in the Realms. They operate with extreme discretion (thus intercepting the letter), revealing themselves only in desperation.
46. Erlanthar has been tracking a magical dragonmask that the Cult of the Dragon has had a strong interest in. It was owned by a merchant from Waterdeep named Mr. Xavier. Erlanthar tried to purchase the mask from him, but the merchant wanted an outrageous amount of gold. Erlanthar contacted his friend, Tarbaw Nighthill, and pleaded with him for assistance. The governor agreed, and Erlanthar purchased the mask on Nighthill’s behalf.
47. Expecting to do continued business with such a wealthy patron, Mr. Xavier insisted on traveling to Greenest to personally to deliver the mask. Erlanthar rode ahead to make preparations for securing the mask once it arrived in Greenest.
48. He concludes that he sadly was not able to keep the mask from the Cult, but he isn’t sure what they intend to do with it yet. There may still be time to disrupt their plan in other ways: go back to the cultists camp, and steal the dragon eggs incubating inside.
49. If the party is successful in capturing the eggs, Erlanthar offers to induct them into the Harper ranks as honorary agents.
50. The party agrees to capture the eggs, but refuses joining the Harpers. They set out for the camp.
51. The party finds the camp abandoned, but guards still stationed in front of the cave entrance.
52. They enter the cave, and make their way through to the throne room, where Captain Cyanwrath and Reverend Mondath await.
53. The two offer to induct the group into their own ranks, promising power, riches, and to be spared from the impending fall of man.
54. The party attacks, killing Cyanwrath, but Mondath manages to escape in the melee.
55. The party defeats the last remaining defense guarding the eggs, and make their way back to Greenest.

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So Far pt. 1

1. The party heads towards the town of Greenest via caravan, of which many in the party are employed .
2. Mr. Xavier is heading the caravan, and is the employer of the party members working for the caravan. He is transporting an unknown item of value.
3. As the party approaches Greenest, they witness the town coming under attack by kobolds, dragons, and cultists.
4. Mr. Xavier demands the party enter the city and contact Governor Nighthill, whom Xavier has had a prior arrangement with to purchase the item he is transporting.
5. The party agrees to enter the city after negotiating higher wages, and they set out towards the town.
6. An encounter with kobolds and cultists ensues.
7. The party heads towards the shallow river, hoping to navigate it towards the keep where they assume Governor Nighthill is located.
8. The party is ambushed in the river as they make their way towards the keep.
9. As the party tries to enter the keep through the front gate, they are beset by a horde of kobolds. In the distance, they hear screams from human children
10. As the party rounds the corner of the keep, they see a woman fighting several kobolds alongside an injured man. They are defending two children.
11. A mysterious figure appears and defends the humans as the party clears an entrance to the gate.
12. The party defeats the kobolds, and the figure beckons them into the keep with the villagers who have begun to arrive seeking refuge.
13. The dragon attacking the village appears, killing the children and forcing the party into the keep for safety.
14. The party rests inside, then makes contact with Governor Nighthill and Escobert the Red. Governor Nighthill informs the party that the item they were transporting must be secured, but the keep must survive the night first.
15. Governor Nighthill explains the best course of action is the rescue Eadyan Falconmoon from a surrounded church, save the mill from destruction by the cult, and capture an officer to inform the keep what they’re up against.
16. As the party deliberates on their desired recourse, the keep is attacked by infiltrators attempting to lift the portcullis and leave the keep defenseless.
17. Brogdah successfully closes the portcullis, but has made it inaccessible in the process. Escobert the Red suggest the party leaves the keep by accessing the tunnels underneath it.
18. Rats swarm the party in the tunnels, and Sarissa falls.
19. The party exits the tunnels. Upon their exit, they notice a group of cultist on patrol by the river. The party is badly wounded, but manages to scare them off and avoid a fight.
20. The party fights their way towards the church, overcoming the forces attempting to overtake it.
21. They makes contact with Eadyan Falconmoon, and escorts him and the survivors back to the keep.
22. Upon their return, Eadyan Falconmoon gives the party 2 Potions of Healing, and they set off towards the mill.
23. The party encounters cultist resistance, including a group of citizens escaping from ensuing cultists. After dispatching the cultists, the party refuses to escort the citizens back to the keep, and instead point them in the direction of the tunnel, now the only accessible entrance to the keep.
24. The party besets a group of kobolds outside the mill, which appear to be starting several fires. After defeating the kobolds, the group deduces that these fires are not set in a way that would actually catch, and the party believes something foul is afoot.
25. The party surrounds the mill, and a small group enters to investigate. An ambush is sprung and the party engages with the hidden cultists.
26. After a resounding and destructive success, the party heads back to the keep with several prisoners.
27. On the way, the party sees two cultists in purple in the town square, and Roderick goes to investigate.
28. Roderick overhears a conversation between Reverend Furlam Mondath and Commander Langdedrosa Cyanwrath about a mask. He also learns of an informant within the keep’s walls.
29. Returning to the keep, the party informs Governor Nighthill of what transpired, and set a plan in motion to buy the keep time against an impending attack.
30. The plan leads the party towards the outskirts of town, in the hope that the forces outside the keep’s walls will pursue them. After realizing there’s no pursuers, the party notices heavy scorch marks leading towards the caravan.
31. They discover the caravan has been raided, and everyone has been killed. They also discover that cargo has gone missing. The party races back to the keep.
32. The keep is under attack from the blue dragonLennithon. After driving him off, the keep is surrounded by the remaining forces, demanding the party’s lives.
33. Roderick immediately fires a ballista bolt at Lennithon, and is blasted by his lightning breath. The party surrenders, and are run through on the bank of the river on Cyanwrath’s orders.
34. The party later awakes in the infirmary. After a couple days to recover, they learn a party of remaining militia has followed the marauding forces to free a captured friend of Governor Nighthill, Leosin Erlanthar.
35. A surviving member of the militia staggers back to Greenest, collapsing in a heap. The party works to heal him and question him, and they discover that the militia was slaughtered by a rear-guard, waiting for any potential following forces.
36. The party takes measures into their own hands, and picks up where the militia left off.
37. They encounter a small band of arguing kobolds and cultists, and quickly overtake them.
38. The party encounters a much bigger rear-guard further along the road, but disguise themselves as cultist members in order to move through them. Brogdah pretends to be a captured prisoner, and the party moves through on their way to “dispose of him” at the main camp.
39. However, the party members flanking the far ends of the rear-guard are spotted, and are split from the rest of the party in their escape.
40. The party meets up again at nightfall outside the cultist’s main camp. The party takes position along the outskirts, and Kinelori and Jakk disguise themselves as cultists. The two make their way into the camp.
41. After discovering the location of a nearly-dead Erlanthar, the two make a diversion, and sneak the prisoner out of the camp.
42. After exiting the camp undetected, the party slowly makes its way back to Greenest.

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