A rainy day in a cave…
We begin by continuing to investigate the cave areas. Ryu peers down the cramped hallway and ventures down and discovers two guards waiting around a corner to ambush. Ryu in dragonborn form attempts to dodge their attacks with limited success and feels bitter about the cramped quarters. Kellin dives in and work on castrating the cultist guards with great success. There is much high pitched screaming from the guards and the gnomish paladin lops off their family jewels. (In his defense it is the easiest portion for Kellin to reach.)
Kaiden true to form did his best to hold up multiple doorways. He lingered in the first doorway, cutting down any guard who came too close almost in a single blow. He then moved to the store room where Kellin was practicing his slicing and gave assistance by lopping off some heads.
While the party was engaging the guards some personal hired muscle stepped out from behind the curtained barracks. He was dual wielding a long sword and short sword. He seemed to be Frulam’s (a wearer of purple) personal body guard. He attacked and got through Ryu’s guard and then demonic swirling shadows rose all around the front of the curtained alcove and also attacked Ryu. To add insult to injury a spectral weapon was conjured by Frulam to also harass the party. Ryu was on his last legs so made a dash back to the main part of the cave where EA and Crispin were and changed form into a Dire Wolf. (This is why Ryu prefers being in an animal form, they always beat up the nature lovers!)
The party was loath to move through the demonic spirit guardians but Ea had a brilliant idea. She was able to catch sight of the body guard and formed a mental link with him in the form of jagged iron crown. With mental connection the body guard went mad and began to attack Frulam. Frulam attempted to fend off the blows but resorted to running. Kellin critically hit the curtain that was blocking the entry with a flaming arrow. He helped to chase down the evil cleric of Bane and the party was able to overwhelm the body guard. When they chased down where Frulam had gone into a far chamber they found she had vanished. No secret entrances were found other than tiny hole below a carpet that led to some lower chamber.
While Ryu, Kellin and Kaiden rested to recover their strength, Ea and Crispin explored the chambers looking for clues, treasure and any left over loot from the raids on Greenest.
- Ea read thru the ledger found by Kaiden. It contained numbers and information on the movement of the hired mercenaries, how long they were hired for and that they seemed to have left early with a larger wagon of loot than promised.
- It also contained exchange rates for different currencies that could come in handy for the party when turning in their “promissory” note.
- There was a note of jeweled gifts given to Frulam in exchange for her assistance with everything.
- A chest contained garments and a book with the symbol of Bane on the cover (Ea of course pocketed this and attempts to read it).
The treasure room seemed to be emptied quickly with various coinage, gems and various other things like a broken hand mirror and silver plated copper whistle. The book of Bane speaks of Dragon masks that could be used to influence the different colors of chromatic dragons and if any work of it was found the leaders were to be notified immediately. A final piece of note was that it mentioned guard drakes were formed from people using a dark ritual.
The guard barracks containing various gemstones, coinage, a locket and Black Dragon cult gear which the party appropriates. There was also a tiny spool of thread that never seemed to run out. The final item was wineskin with strange marking that emanated magic when Ryu cast detect magic. The only other traces of magic Ryu found was some residual arcane magic in Frulam’s chamber.
After the one hour rest, the party decides to head back to the main chamber to head down the stairs toward the glowing mushrooms which most likely means kobolds are in that direction. Time to see if they could find the dragon eggs….