Returning to Waterdeep the ever present sound of Draakhorn changes tone! Raising the hairs on the back of the Stag parties neck and their hearts skip a beat. The Red Wizards have not joined. The Blue Dragon Mask was magically investigated by the Wizards on the Council and determined as a fake, things looked dim, and it wasn’t just the bad mood lighting.
The Council are still unanimously behind the Stag Party. Effectively the Party has access to an army. With nearly every faction preparing to ride out. The party mostly set about preparing as best they can. With Seakul talking to Lord Volmar, the Devil Lord who wants to hunt Rath Modar,, he will help but at the cost of his soul if the party fails.
The army moves out, the devastation is epic, the sound of the Draakhorn sounding constantly. The army approaches the Well of Dragons through the Hill of Lost souls. There are thousands of troops milling around the base of a volcano with Chromatic Dragons wheeling and screeching above. The two armies match up. The Harper spies also note that there is something happening in the volcano….. some ritual perhaps..
Azim, Jareath and Errich. Jareath acquires some cultist clothing. They prepare to sneak in. Ulfgrim casts Heroes Feast, the last dinner. Temporarily vigor, and a fearless attitude of confidence descends on the party. Jareath leads the party disguised as cultists and Errich using his vast powers to look like a Kobold (Disguise Self). There are seven entrances to the gorge. Seakul and Ulfgrim cast Death Ward on themselves and Jareath.
Jareath picks a most unused path in with the help of Errich, entrance number four, 40′×40′ tunnel guarded by five Cultists. After the challenge, and no hand signal reply, que fight music. Both Dragonwings attack jareath, hitting once. Sir Axialrod strides forward, trying to knock him over, hitting him three times. Errich casts Green Flame Blade striking the Dragonwing on Jareath, the party watches as the flame arches over killing the other Dragonwing.. The other Dragonclaws attack hitting Sir Axialrod. Azim kills one Dragonclaw then finishes off the last Dragonwing. Jareath uses Viscous Mockery and stabs the Dragonclaw. Seakul strides forward cleaving the last cultist.
Following the corridor the party finds themselves in a barracks, cots unattended except for six “Guard Drakes”. Sir Axialrod unlimbers his bow and shoots three times hitting but once. Jareath casts Visicous Mockery and also shoots one. Azim and Seakul prepare for attack. Ulfgrim casts Fire Bolt hitting once. The Guard Drakes dash up.
Sir Axialrod lops a head off a Guard Drake, stabs and kills another (which has an arrow in it). Jareath steps forward uses his new favorite combo. Errich slips through the combat killing one. Seakul strikes twice. Ulfgrim casts Green Flame Blade hitting once. Both Guard Drakes miss due to there the Bards mockery. Sir Axialrod finishes the last two Guard Drakes off. Following the path leads to another guard chamber, reversing another direction leads to a junk room, then a dining room.
Seakul feels the need kill the cultists enjoying their last meal, 16 in total sitting around the coarse wooden tables. Due to the clumsy nature of the approach they are not surprised. Jareath strides into the middle casting Destructive Wave, destroying cutlery and tables and hurting cultists, with thunder and radiant energies. KIlling ten. Errich kills one. Seakul runs forward killing one. Three Dragonwings and a Dragonclaw attack Seakul. Striking multiple telling blows. Sri Axialrod runs to Seakuls defense, killing a Dragonclaw wounding a Dragonwing. Ulfgrim casts Sacred Flame killing the last Dragonwing. Aim runs forward killing the last two Dragonclaws. All dead quickly but Seakul badly hurt. Seakul places his hands on his wounds searing them with Tyr’s energy, closing the wounds. Exploring the temple further.
The temple is made from old dragon bones and otherworldly stones a kaleidoscope of chromatic colours. Five strange chambers with large numbers of wizards performing a ritual . The node in which the party arrives in is black in colour. A wizard stands summoning the black energy, the beam passes to another red wizard 50’ up who passes that to Severin Silrajin the leader of the Cult, 100’ in the air in the central cathedral area, wearing a four headed dragon mask.
Errich uses Hunters mark and gets a shot off at the Red Wizard in the air then slips to the side. Azim calls forth his Monk Ki, bringing silence around the Red wizard on the ground. There is a buzzing sound of many insects as clouds of insects appear around the remaining party members. Biting and scratching the party. Sir Axialrod manages to get some shots off at the Red Wizard in the air. Ulfgrim casts Guiding Bolt at the Red Wizard in the air, killing him. Jareath casts Fly on Seakul, Azim and Sir Axialrod. Then he shoots the wizard in the middle. Seakul strides forward killing the wizard in the middle.
The two Dragonfangs attack Seakul, hitting three times, massively hurting him. The female Black Wym Speaker spits acid at Jareath but misses. Azim attacks the a Dragonfang. The insects disappear and reappear over jareath. Sir Axialrod flies at the Black Wym Speaker. Ulfgrim strides forward but the Dragonfangs avoid his Sacred Flame . Jareath uses his new best combo again, as Seakul finishes them off.
Errich slips into the insects gets a shot off at the Black Wym Speaker killing her. The last Dragonfang vomits over Seakul. Azim smashes it three more times. The lair moves the insects over Errich, Sir Axialrod finishes off the last Dragonfangs takes off into the air. The black energy has sputtered and stopped. Ulfgrim moves toward the next node. Jareath runs after Ulfgrim and inspires Sir Axialrod. Seakul takes off toward the guy in the middle, casting Haste in the middle of his flight path. Ready to strike Severin