The intrepid adventurers emerged from the ruins near dawn and immediately setup camp to rest after their harrowing ordeal.
Feeling well rested, the group decides to venture back into the ruins to further investigate the scrying pool as they felt there was still more information to be gleaned.
Unfortunately, the group had to split to ensure they could operate the pool successfully. Trageon, Thanior and Mara went through the rubble to pour water from the well into the sluice that fed the pool. Helm, Ebon and Zanlin were watching the pool to determine how it worked.
As they stood watching they saw the water come down the sluice into the pool. As the water emptied into the pool it flared with a black light and they turned away , disturbed at what effects it may have on them. After several discussions about how to proceed, Zanlin throws caution to the wind and turns to look into the black light.
Helm, hearing maniacal laugher , turns just in time to stop the blade that was descending on him held by his friend Zanlin. Grappling him so as not to hurt him , Helm twists Zanlin’s arm behind him only to have Zanlin twist, turn, and scamper up Helm’s body to end standing on his shoulders in what could only be called ’ Monkey Style’ , and tries to twist Helm’s head off his shoulders.
Not fully understanding the situation and in a fully reactionary state, Ebon, swings his staff and connects with Zanlin’s head. Hitting him squarely between the eyes. A shot that would have knocked a sane man to his knees, only made the crazed Zanlin laugh louder as his grip on Helm’s head tightens.
Helm , thinking the black light has made his friend insane tries to run from the room to get out of the black light’s evil glow. Unfortunately, Zanlin stymies the attempt and is able to fully twist Helm’s head to face the black light. After just a second’s glance Helm joins Zanlin in the maniacal laughter as they both turn their attention to Ebon.
Magical energy crackles around Ebon’s fingers and he utters a word of power that slows his friends movements, giving him the time he needs to run through the rubble to get help from the other party members.
As Ebon quickly darts through the entrance ," Fella’s…. We have a real problem out here!" , he glances back to see Helm creepily staring at him from around the corner. Not seeming to want to leave the room, Helm just continues to stare and smile at Ebon as the others rush to their companions aid.
“Zanlin and Helm have went bat shit crazy”, Ebon rushes past the others to put distance between him , Helm and Monkey Boy, the image of Zanlin on top of Helm’s shoulder burned into his memory forever.
Trageon, Mara and Thanior can only stare in shocked silence at the scene in front of them. Feeling creeped out as Helm says from his position at the corner, " Maaaraaa…. Come in and plaaaayyyy".
As the black glow in the room beyond fades they notice recognition finally start to slip into Zanlin’s and Helm’s eyes. Shortly after the end of the glow, both friends shake their heads and seem to come out of deep sleep. When questioned, they had no recollection of the previous hour. The group decides they have learned all they can from the pool and not wanting any further mishaps , they return to their castle.
Talis had questions about Verum, but Zanlin told her he was killed by the Yuan-ti. Tactfully leaving out all mention of the fireball. He didn’t want anything to endanger his ability to talk Talis out of going back to the cult. He continues to court Talis as they journey back to waterdeep to meet with the council.
Once in Waterdeep, the intrepid adventurers are greated with cheers as they walk down the busy streets, they decide to take care of personal business before addressing the council.
· Mara’s ex red Talon’s decide to travel to Baldur’s Gate to speak with other surviving members to bring them to their new cause.
· Zanlin decides to go to his favorite Inn and plays to the large gathering all night.
· Helm, always putting the Wyverns before himself, visits his friend at the stables where they are held and they speak about investing in this stable and setting up a side business of giving children rides on the wyverns.
· Trageon finds his friend Ontharr Frume and they sit , drink, and tell outlandish stories of their travels until dawn shines its light through the tavern windows.
· Ebon spends a quiet contemplative evening with Imsa. She has been on several low key missions with leosin while he was away.
The meeting with the council was long and interesting. After giving their report on Verum (the white caller ) , Lord Neverember steps down from leading the council and is replaced by Laeral Silverhand and she introduces the adventurers to Elia ( actually a silver dragon in human form ) who talks about a metalic dragons council that is happening in 6 six days. The council gives them more information on the Green Caller and implores them to seek out the council of Dragons and persuade them to lend their support.
The Emerald Enclave representative sends them to the Mistywoods to look for the Green Caller and specifically Altand , the only settlement to have any survivors of the dragon attack.
The adventurers depart immediately. After arriving at the settlement, they have 4 days to investigate before they have to leave for the council of dragons. They immediately start interrogating people and find several things that don’t sit well.
· Dragon attacked form the ground instead of from the air and only once before retreating
· There were cultists who fled when the dragon left but didn’t take anything
· The settlement’s priest confronted the dragon and was swallowed
· The warden of the settlement , Galin, stepped up afterward and now leads the settlement
· The dragon had a rider that appeared to be human but moved with the grace of an elf
The party could only take so much of what they deemed desceptoin form the warden before they confronted him in his house, keeping him seated while Mara tried to intimidate him into telling them more…. Mara’s intimidation fell on deaf ears and the warden continued to plead his innocence until Zanlin decided to use his great skills of persuasion to convince the warden to tell us all he knew about why the dragon left. The warden had made a deal with the enemy…
The warden offers to help them with his knowledge of the woods , letting us know he was supposed to meet with the dragon rider in a clearing not far from the settlement. Our intrepid adventurers devise a plan to infiltrate this meeting hoping to get the upper hand on the dragon rider. Helm would become an owl and watch the glade from a tree while Ebon and Thanior would be hidden 120’ from the clearing leaving the rest of the , not so sneaky, party further back with Zanlin who would use his mighty magic to quickly cover the ground between them. Unfortunately, the meet never happens. Now the party is even more suspicious of Galin.
After Staking out Galin’s home, Ebon and Helm search it while Zanlin keeps Galin busy. Ebon was able to find a map with settlements numbered except for Altan and anything to the southeast where the dragon was said to have flown off to. None of the Settlements that are numbered have been attacked yet. It is believed that these are the next targets.
Zanlin confronts Galin out in the open and tries to arrest him. With all of the commotion , the guards come and Zanlin outs Galin to the community. He is promptly arrested and taken into custody.
With time dwindling down to be able to reach the dragon counsel in time, the group decides that they have given Altan enough information for the moment and assume they will warn the settlements and travel to reach the dragon council. As they travel , they see below them the devastation of the dragon attacks [The great green dragon Chuth]. Thousands of wood elves have perished and many more will perish unless the group can convince the Dragon Council to join them and they stop the green dragon caller.
As the floating castle reaches the mountain entrance to the Dragon council, they are greeting by the Silver Dragon from the council of waterdeep. They quickly inform her of the attacks. She lead the group into a large cavern , resting on large ledges were all of the representatives of the metallic dragons.
After hours of arduous debate, the group confers and find the following information gleaned from the debate to be of best use in their negotiations:
· Gold dragons would rather do their own thing
· The Brass representative is 50/50
· Silver wants to join the fight
· Bronze enjoys the company of the order of the gauntlet and the harpers and will fight with the alliance
· Copper was siding with the Gold dragons
They decide it all comes down to appeasing the frustrating dragons so Ebon gets to the bottom line , what do each of you want?
· Brass wanted a song written for him and an agreement that we will destroy the dragon masks
o Having a world renowned Bard at our side we easily agree to terms with the Brass and Zanlin will write the song.
· Copper wanted a dagger we found that was supposedly stolen from her ( she hates rogues and bards ) -
o Ebon ( the team player that he is) turns over the glimmering dagger and wins the support of the Copper
· The Gold doesn’t like elves and could care less if thousands are dying. They shaped magic long ago that made dragons go crazy ( history of the dracolich Myhal )
o He wants the group to expose the wood elves for what they are by using the green dragon caller to get his revenge
o He also wants an apology from the King- we easily agree though we did not see the grimace that came over Helm’s face as we did.
The group of stalwart adventurers and special investigators of the Waterdeep council , having garnered the support of the Dragons travels back toward Altan. As they travel they see that a number of the settlements marked on the map have been destroyed.
( as a side note, you apparently can’t trust wood elves to deliver a message… no offense Helm)
Since the settlements have been getting attacked they head to the 5th settlement to try to save it. Helm advocates sending all of the women and children onto our flying castle and sending it 2 days away in any direction. Tanvir can come back when all is safe. Then the adventurers help the men setup defenses and await the coming attack. An attack that never happens. Though the dragon flew over as it headed southeast.
The group follows the flight of the dragon trying to keep it in their sights. As they move quickly , a large crash is heard further up the path they have taken. Helm let’s everyone know that it was a large tree ( Jason’s first crit! Yay! ) , but the party believes it could have been the dragon so they fan out and hide their approach.
“Help, I have fallen and I can’t get up!” , comes from the trail ahead. Perplexed, Helm changes into a badger and goes to investigate. What he finds , confounds him and the grouip. An old lady was apparently walking through the forest when this large tree ( Helm was vindicated ) fell on her and she is asking for our help. As the group keeps a wary eye on the lady, Trageon moves forward to help and is able to free her from beneath the tree.
The lady turns out to be the “keeper of the forest” and her trees , 2 of them, were testing us by one of them gently pinning her while the other made the loud crash. Since we helped she deemed us of good intent and rewarded the group with garlans to hang around our necks that would keep us undetected by the dragons spies ( woodland creatures, would explain why our earlier meeting never happened ) and help us stave off the dragon fear that would buckle our knees.
The group gives thanks and travels on. After hours of rigorous travel they finally come across a clearing with a large pool of water that a waterfall empties into. Helm believes this to be the lair of the Green dragon caller and dragon as he can tell there is an opening behind the waterfall.
What will happen next to the intrepid adventurers. Tune in next time and read the continuing tales of our heroes.
[ note: Roy brought suspect meat to the table. Many conversations were had regarding Roy’s meat and why it was putting juice all over the cheese. Though he did say that PK liked his meat, so maybe there is something there……
Also, late in the evening Pk put his naked ass right next to Roy’s face – he wanted it rubbed… disturbing ]