With their pact struck and the kobolds keeping their distance, the party caught up to their dwarven allies, who were marching hard through the night, feeling their goal close at hand. Garrett tried to warn them of the trog’s peril, but they ignored his pleas, so lost in their goal, while the less enigmatic members of the party continued to plan their turn.
The dwarves found proof of the ore they were searching for near the mouth of the cave system they were marching for, and trekked on for a mile farther into the tunnels, before opening up to the first main cavern…
The sight was not what they had expected. The mine, long-since abandoned, had become nesting grounds for the silver dragons inhabiting the area, as proof by the scads of dragon eggs laying about. However, all was not as it should have been. The eggs had a strange coloration, as noted by Sir Algen, and further exploration revealed an elven woman, clothes filthy and a tatter, chained to a nearby wall, slumped over and unconscious. Sir Algen revealed her to be a dragon in disguise. While working to free the imprisoned dragon, Garrett took notice of several other sets of chains, and bones lying beneath them.
Just as they were about to free the imprisoned woman, a man in dark robes revealed himself at the entrance to the mines. Lamenting the fact that the trog failed at its job, the man went on to ridicule the foolish adventurers. Sir Algen and Brother Phyzrep stepped forward, recognizing the man as yet another dragon, a ferocious black in disguise, and put themselves between him and the silver dragon. The party scrambled to finish freeing her, and then escorted her past a pack of aggressive hatchlings, into a nearby room.
Once everyone was inside, the door sealed itself in an unholy glow, and all found themselves trapped. They found themselves in what appeared to be the black dragon’s personal quarters. Gurgit laid the dragon on the bed and helped tend to her injuries, while everybody explored the room for treasures and a way out, neither of which were found. Tea found her a change of clothes, however, before they took a rest, as the battle outside raged and promised to last for a time.
The party managed to get a few hours’ sleep before they noticed the sounds of battle outside dissipating. They looked to the door, where the glow had vanished, and waited a few tense moments, expecting the dragon to come in and finish what he had started. However, that time never came, and they exited the door to find the dragon decapitated, Brother Phyzrep skewered to the wall dead, and Sir Algen lying nearby on his deathbed.
Following instructions given to them with Algen’s last breath, Garrett took up his Dragoon signet, Phyrzep’s polearm, and a bag of gold to be taken to the innkeeper in the dwarven settlement they left from. Gurgit promised to take care of their bodies, have them preserved, and sent on to Scelendia Velcia for a proper burial. The dragon, naming herself as Aeyalyn, asked the adventurers to help her break the corrupted eggs before leaving to try and bring back some of the fled silver dragons.
After an uneventful journey back down the mountain, the group made their way back to Muradin’s Gate, the town they had set out from, to collect their payment and fulfill their first of three promises. From their, they traveled to Skyve’s Landing, the nearby port town, to relax for a few days before a ship arrived to take them back to the central continent.
Hatchlings fight: 2400 XP
Shattering the Eggs: 600 XP