Tyranny of Dragons

The Wizard Cave
Episode 4 part 8

Session 17 – Aug 14, 2017

18th day of Leaffall, morning

 

Having just entered the Wide, Orlando noticed a sign leading to the entrance of the Undercellar. After descending the stairs to the Undercellar, the party was met by a few guards and after a brief verbal exchange a gaunt, bearded man entered and ask the group what they wanted. Orlando and Rolen explained they were looking to find the Wizard Cave. The thin man then suggested they talk to The Fetcher. The party was blindfolded and taken for a short walk through the passages of the Undercellar to an office where they met The Fletcher, an obese, walrus-mustached, middle-aged man. The Fetcher was willing to show them the way to the Wizard Cave if in return they brought back the amulet of Zuvv from the Cave. The party agreed.

After being blindfolded again, the party was taken through the passages of the Undercellar once more for about 5 minutes until they stopped and their blindfolds were removed.  The Fetcher wished them luck and they proceeded along the dark passage deeper and deeper under the city. After about half an hour the passage opened to a large cavern approximately 75' wide and 150' deep to their left and a gigantic chasm of indeterminate size to their right. There was also a 40' tower at the edge of the chasm 100' ahead.

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On to Baldur's Gate
Episode 4 part 7

Session 16 - July 31, 2017

Leaffall 14th day to 18th day 

 

Leosin joined the adventures for breakfast again this morning and suggested they make their way to the docks as soon as possible. Before they left they decided to visit a few shops and the Shrine of Bahamut as well. At the shrine Cephas used his ring to open a hidden compartment revealing a piece of parchment, much like the one found Helm's Bluff. Upon studying the inscription they deduced that they were to look for a tower in an under ground cavern beneath the city of Baldur's Gate.

After 3 days sailing on the River Chionthar, the arrived at the docks of Baldur's Gate in the early evening. They procured some fish and chips from a greasy hut on the docks and then sought lodging at the Blade and Stars, where settled down for the night, as a storm brewed outside.

The next morning they went to visit Ozgood's Oddities & Eccentricities in Heapside to have a few items identified and Sorrow was able to purchase a Hat of Disguise. They also discovered that access to the under ground cavern was probably through the Undercellar. So, they set out to find access to the Undercellar in the Wide.

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Ah! Elturel
Episode 4 part 6

Session 15 - July 10th, 2017

13th day of Leafall

 

The party awoke and were greeted by Leosin for breakfast. During breakfast Leosin invited the party to join the competition that afternoon to show their skills and prowess, to demonstrate their abilities and talents. Afterward they were invited to participate in the main event of the evening, "The Hell Hound Championship" a free for all fight to the end where only one remains. 8 combatants entered the arena but after only 3 had fallen, Rolen boldly approached the High Observer to put an end to the games in light of the urgency of the impending threat by the Cult of the Dragon. Rolen was able to persuade the High Observer sufficiently enough to end the fight and continue the conversation later that night.

Onthar Frume, Leosin and The High Observer summoned the party for a private meeting later that evening. Onthar summarized what information has been attained and what they know of the Cult of the Dragon's plans. It was then suggested that the party go to Baldur's Gate to follow the hoard of treasure the Cult was transporting from the camp in the Greenfields to Baldur's Gate and see where it ends up. Presumably the treasure will end up at the location where the Cult will be performing their ritual to raise Tiamat. Once that location is known a mass offensive can be coordinated with the factions of the Sword Coast. While the party is following the hoard, Leosin and Onthar will set out to meet with the leaders of the other factions of the Sword Coast to rally them to the cause.

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Strangers On the Road to Elturel
Episode 4 part 5

Session 14 - July 03, 2017

10th of Leafall, night to 12th of Leafall, night

 

Just after the party went to sleep, as the second watch began, Orlando was attacked by a colony of Stirges. He immediately called out to his friends for help and they rose quickly to heed the call. With speed and precision, Sorrow took out half the invaders with her magic missiles and the rest where crushed by the others in about 12 seconds. Two of the party's horses had been badly hurt from the Stirges' blood drain but Cephas healed them… mostly, and the party resumed their slumber.

The next morning as they continued on the Arrow's Path north to Brawnhylst Cove, they came across a stranger. Kane was an Earth Genasi guard from Eastkeep who had been attacked by the Cult of the Dragon five days earlier. His village was nearly destroyed but he managed to escape and he has been on the road ever since plotting his revenge. Cephas and Rolen extended the party's generosity and gave Kane some food and drink and allowed him to join them on their way to Elturel.

They arrived in Brawnhylst Cove, a fishing village on the south bank of the Chionthar River, around supper time and they made their way to the Sunken Barge, the local Tavern. Once they entered the tavern they were met with stares of suspicion and uncertainty as patrons were surprised with their appearance of this ragtag group of travelers. Rolen decided to impress the patrons with a display of dancing lights and then Orlando played off his cue to announce that they were part of a traveling circus that would put on a show at midnight. Sadly most of the patrons seemed uninterested and returned to their meals. 

Not long after the group had gotten their drinks, a company of Hellriders entered lead by Lord Drevahl. Cephas and Rolen struck up a conversation with Lord Drevahl and alerted him to the impending threat of the Cult of the Dragon. He took note and suggested they speak with the High Observer Thavus Kreeg in Elturel. The party then asked if they may join the Hellriders as they ride back to Elturel in the morning . Lord Drevahl agreed and after everyone had a bath (seperately), they turned in for the night.

The party joined the Hellriders early the next morning and they rode fast to Elturel to arrive around 8pm. After stabling their horses outside the city, they made their way to the Tavern called A Pair of Black Antlers to meet up with Leosin. Upon entering many of the patrons seemed ready to draw their swords as they noticed Rolen but fortunately the bartender, Grimshaw Rakstavden, subdued their intent with a quick word. The party then requested to speak with Leosin and shortly after he greeted them with a warm welcome and everyone else was set at ease. The party discussed their findings at the cave and the intent of the Cult of the Dragon and Leosin was very pleased with the amount of information the party had discovered. He immediately paid them as promised and began to celebrate with drinks and food and dancing.

Around midnight Leosin suggested the party seek accommodations at the Owlbear Inn, which they did and then promptly turned in for the night after a quick night cap.

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On the Road to Elturel con't
Episode 4 part 4

Session 13 - June 19, 2017

The 9th Day of Leafall, morning to 10th day of Leafall evening

 

After taking a short rest in the crypts of Helm's Bluff, the chamber began to fill with water.  The party had to make an expedited escape and eventually surfaced from the crypt soaking wet.  The band of adventurers quickly saddled up and made way for Sharpstone Outpost. They arrived at the fortified outpost near sundown and after a brief exchange with Sgt. Tulvrin Landrik they were allowed entry.  

After stabling their horses they went immediately to the Sharpstone Pub and began tying one on. Several quick drinks were had and before long Orlando began a pompous display of self aggrandizement to which not a single patron paid any attention. He then approached the bartender to inquire about getting a "massage" to which he sternly replied "NO!". Orlando did however manage to catch the eye of a middle-aged not so fetching, curvaceous patron looking to have some fun. He convinced his new found friend, Medella to sing him a song and she did so with expertise and with much "ego strokage." That was all Orlando needed to then invite Medella up to his room were they enjoyed each others company for five minutes.

Meanwhile the rest of the group awaited the arrival of Sgt. Landrik and when he finally arrived they shared a pint. Orlando and Cephas discussed their dealings with the Cult of the Dragon and their mission to thwart the cult's plans with the Sgt. Landrik. He suggested the party consult with Captain Dosk in the morning. Soon Boddynock, Cephas and Sorrow retired and Rolen scouted the bar for a willing lass who could provide "services" for one of his unsuspecting friends.  Rolen managed to convince one young filly to do just that and he brought her up to Boddynock's room. After 3 attempts she finally managed to wake Boddynock and proceeded with her services to the delight of the young Gnome adventurer.

The next morning after breakfast the group set out first to meet with Medella the seamstress. Orlando placed an order for a flamboyant cloak and five matching heads for him and his friends. Their next stop was at the Bronze Helm an equipment shop owned by Torbek Bronzebottom a friendly but daft male Dwarf who unwittingly became the butt of many jokes from the misfit band of travelers. After awhile Torbek grew impatient and expelled the party so they went to meet with Capt. Dosk.

Although Orlando and Cephas were thoroughly convincing, the Captain followed protocol and directed the party speak to the High Observer, Thavus Kreeg a priest of Torm and a superior in rank and influence. On their way out of Sharpstone they stopped briefly at the temple of Torm and Leif Pennington an old human cleric blessed them with the courage of Torm.  After a full days travel they stopped to rest for the night…

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Helm's Bluff con't
Episode 4 part 3

Session 12 – June 05, 2017

9th Day of Leafall, morning

 

After exterminating the Giant Spider threat, the party explored the crypt and discovered a secret door. The door revealed a long stairway leading down 60' to a chamber with Dwarven letters on the floor. The party successfully navigated the puzzle floor and opened the door at the other end of the chamber which lead to a magically darkened cavern. Sorrow took the lead with her staff and felt her way along the hidden floor to the door at the other end of the cavern while the others followed. After a few attempts to find a way to open the door Orlando finally found the gold nugget and they proceeded through a 10' x 10' passage to another crypt. Upon entering the crypt, they activated 4 skeletons and quickly dispatched three of them before Orlando activated a mummy from the central sarcophagus. It was not long before Sorrow once again disintegrated the foe a blaze of fire. 

Boddynock then successfully unlocked and disarmed two chests discovering a few potions, a pair of bracers and a bag of tricks. With everyone at the ready with ranged attacks they moved further into the crypt and activated 4 more skeletons. Orlando used his mage hand to experimented with the bag of tricks.  He pulled out the fuzzy ball and threw it at the far wall and summoned an ape which in turn activated a mimic disguised as a chest.  With most of the skeletons now dismantled and the mimic engaged with the ape, the rest of the party launched ranged attacks while Orlando moved in for the final blow on the mimic. 

With the mimic now dissolved, Orlando noticed a false wall behind the mimic's location. After the ape cleared out the false wall they discovered a norrow passage to a small chamber, which only big enough for Boddynock to fit through. Once Boddynock when through the passage he discovered a statue holding a bowl in one hand and a pendant in the other. He also noticed an inscription at the base of the statue with four elemental symbols around it. After solving the riddle, he pour water into the bowl and the statue released the amulet. 

 

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Helm's Bluff
Episode 4 part 2

Session 11 – May 29, 2017

8th day of Leafall, evening - 9th day of Leafall, morning

 

The party set up camp and they decided to turn in shortly after night fall around 8pm. About an hour later, they heard the familiar shriek of the Griffon and suddenly two of their horses were carried away by 3 hungry Griffons.  After the incident, they rested until morning.

8am the next morning, they set out for Helm's Bluff and began exploring the ruined village. They were met by 2 Giant Wolf Spiders at the amphitheater which they exterminated rather quickly. They explored the remaining buildings and found a shrine to Garl Glittergold, the Gnome God of luck, protection, and trickery, and a shrine to Bahamut. Examining the shrine to Bahamut revealed a hidden compartment which was opened with the ring Cephas was wearing. They also found the former temple of Helm and the stairway leading down to the crypts below.

Upon entering the crypt they were met by 4 Giant Spiders. After a few rounds of battle 3 spiders were slaughtered while the fourth retreated to the next chamber. Rolen and Cephas followed the spider and discovered 2 more Giant Spiders. As the remainder of the party joined the battle, Sorrow cast a flurry of flaming arrows that completely obliterated the spider on the ceiling. Inspired by this fantastic display of power, the others quickly extinguished the remaining spiders. 

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On the Road to Elturel
Episode 4 Part 1

Session 10 – May 22, 2017

5th of Leafall, late afternoon – 8th of Leafall, evening

 

Upon exiting the cave, the party was meet by a griffon who was about to attack one of their horses. They immediately attacked the griffon and drove it off but not before the griffon attacked and injured one of the horses. Upon returning to Greenest, the party had a meeting with Governer Nighthill to discuss their findings and assess the situation. After agreeing that there was an urgency to rally troops and assemble allies, the Governer pledged to train as many troops as he could from Greenest and surrounding area and amass an army. Meanwhile the party rested, resupplied and set out for Elturel the next morning on the Arrow's Path.

Their first night was spent in Asharr, their second in Lambgrin. The sheriff in Lambgrin reported hearing rumors that Helm's Bluff was infested with giant spiders and should be avoided.

On the morning of the 3rd day, the party spotted another griffon flying high overhead. Later that evening near sunset, the adventurers decided to make camp near a cluster of trees about a mile and a half east of Helm's Bluff.

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Clear the Cave
Episode 3 part 4

Session 9 – May 8, 2017

5th Day of Leafall - late afternoon

The adventuring party continued to investigate the cave and located the hatchery. They found 3 dragon eggs there and decided to destroy them. They also found the guard drake nursery where the Cult of the Dragon performed their rituals to create guard drakes. 3 adolescent guard drakes where discovered and quickly put to death. once the remainder of cave was searched they made their way back toward the entrance. Upon exiting the cave they were met by a Griffon who was in pursuit of their horses…

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The Shrine Room con't
Episode 3 part 3

Session 8 – May 01, 2017

5th Day of Leafall - afternoon

Another epic battle against Frulam and Cyanwrath along with their Guard Drakes, Cultists and Kobolds. Although victorious in battle, unfortunately it ended with two fallen comrades.  Luckily they found a Revivify spell scroll which Cephas was able to read and use to bring Sorrow back from permanent death. Rolen on the other hand was not so fortunate. He has fallen into shadow and his fate remains unknown…

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