It was a long break. We had “the blowup” last time. We didn’t have a quorum to make for an event on the 31st – so it had been four very long weeks since last we gathered.
We were all ready.
Garr’s player brought in a replacement. An elven female rogue sort of lady named Marr. She had been hired by Tanis the White to hunt Varram, had managed to infiltrate her way aboard the castle, but then she was captured by the cultists. Blagothkus found her. She was bound and without her gear. The giant delivered her to our heroes as they rested.
All discussed what to do next. The vampire had allegedly been slain or driven off, his coffins disposed of. No cultists remained alive, their blood had largely been cleaned from halls and towers. The wizards had been driven off. Only one real problem existed.
The Dragon. An adult white Dragon named Glazhael Cloudchaser slumbered in the caverns below. He supposedly guarded a great hoard of cultist loot acquired from dozens of small towns and hamlets throughout the sword coast. How does a group of would-be heroes best deal with a dragon?
Many options were considered: What if we drove Skyreach Castle to Neverwinter or Baldur’s Gate and encouraged “citizen involvement”? What if we just go down there and attack? What if we convince the dragon that the giant has decided to starve it out?
Finally, the group decided to bring the beast some food to find out more about the creature and its lair. Raynard had the best communication skills. The whole group set off toward the caverns carrying/dragging two sides of beef and several salted hams. Jamna knew the way and gave directions – then stayed behind with the corpse of Garr. Tan Meng cast some blessings of Chauntea – just in case.
Glazhael spoke before our heroes even arrived. “It’s about time!” The beast was hungry. He grabbed up the first side of beef with one claw, flew to the high ceiling and snapped it down. For the second, the winged beast landed below our heroes and gulped it down. Glazhael came across as arrogant and proud.
Raynard spoke with Glazhael at length. The most valuable bits of information, however, concerned the structural details of the lair. Eventually, all went back to the surface. Terredon turned into a spider and toured the halls and passages of the inner caverns to better understand structural options for the attack. Once all was revealed, our heroes settled down for a long rest to regain lost spells and spent abilities. In the middle of that rest, Terredon had words with the giant. He tried to convince Blagothkus that Glazhael was considering attacking him and taking over Skyreach. Blagothkus responded, “Oh, really?” with amusement.
Then Terredon gathered up his dice and left. These are the mysterious ways of Druids.
What was the plan, exactly? That was never quite certain. It involved attacking the dragon – that was for sure. Different passages were going to be employed for attacking from multiple vantage points. Missile weapons. There was a lot of talk of using a flask of Sovereign Glue with various strategies. Maybe a ham could be coated with the glue? Maybe Garr’s corpse? Maybe the flask could be thrown at the creatures’ wings? Some wanted to run out into the large open area, others wanted to fight from the tunnels. Some feared being constrained by the tunnels, others thought the tunnels may give them an advantage over the beast. Marr considered feeding himself, or maybe Brokk to the dragon and then attacking with the Glue…. Many options were entertained and no strategic stone was left uncovered.
In the end, Garr’s corpse was “fed” to the beast. Glazhael immediately sensed this meat was not fresh and shunned the furry little fellow (Garr was bitten by the vampire and soon may transform into one himself). The dragon got pissed and attacked. Our heroes attacked in kind from the cover of the tunnels. Immediately, Valeriya succumbed to Glazaels aura of terror and was nearly neutralized for the whole fight. The rest battled the beast as it came and went from first one tunnel and then the next. Over the whole fight, it managed to breathe its icy breath four times, finally dropping at least Raynard and causing great pain and suffering among our heroes.
In the end, Glazhael didn’t pay the ultimate price to protect the cult’s hoard. After its final breath, the dragon flew across the the great hall and out the gaping cavern entrance – and gone. Quiet settled. Healing all around. Our heroes, some frosted and semi-frozen, had faced a dragon and survived. What’s more – they were victorious. A huge hall of treasure awaited.
We called it a night.
Skyreach Castle lies, slowly drifting, mere hours from Waterdeep. Jamna suggested the treasure (as much of it as can be negotiated away from Blagothkus?) and collective information be shared with important and powerful people of Waterdeep.
Questions abound: What about the treasure? Whom to share all this information with and whether to share? What to “do” with Blagothkus? What to do with Skyreach Castle? What is the best strategy to defeat the Dragon Cult and their evil plans?