Friday, February 20, 2015

Hoard of the Dragon Queen - Episode #1

The party set off for the town of Greenest, drawn by their own individual interests. Instead of a warm welcome, they were greeted by the sight of total anarchy. The town was in the middle of being assaulted by the dragon cult!

The party bravely charged in to the town's defense, saving many lives and partially thwarting the cult's attack in the process (even driving off an adult blue dragon!). Endelthil faces the half-dragon Cyanwrath in one of one honorable combat. Governor Nighthill and the master of the keep, Escobert, became grateful allies.

The Governor gave the party the mission of tracking and spying on the cult while an injured monk asked the party to rescue his master, Leosin. The party sets off to do so, becoming temporarily lost in some caves and overcoming a cultist rearguard.

Upon arriving at the camp, Endelthil and Nulara were instantly recognized and captured. Their execution was set for morning by the camp's leader, Rezmir. Fortunately, the rest of the party rescue them, Leosin, and the other prisoners and head back to Greenest.

Leosin tells them that it's imperative they return to the camp to keep tabs on the cult. But when the party reaches the cult's camp, they discover it apparently abandoned. The kobold huts were even burned to the ground. The party decided to investigate the cave rumored to hold dragon eggs.

Entering the cave, they met with misfortune after misfortune. Trapped steps lead to an unfortunate introduction to violet fungi. Stirges tore the party apart. A poisoned spike trap turned Dain temporarily insane, attacking his own party. Basically, everything that went wrong, did.

Until Mullyn, on behalf of the party, fireballed a massive kobold sneak attack, killing them all in a single round. While picking through the ruins, however, the cult launched a surprise counter offensive. Fending off the assault, the weary and battered party chased after the retreating cultists down a long, winding flight of stairs. Nulara, being the fastest, was the first to the bottom. The sight that beheld Nulara's eyes made her flee back up the stairs in terror.

Cyanwrath, Frulam Mondath, and three beserker cultists stood ready in a shrine to Tiamat. "Get them!" Cyanwrath commanded with a joyful smile.

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