The day begins with the heroes fighting off a number of swarms while trying to locate the escape rout for the Cult of the Dragon. With Azim looking up to the right.
The Stag Party continue to explore the cavern beneath the castle. The next cavern is empty and the heroes head down some more steps. The sounds of water dripping can be heard from the path ahead. The heroes move into a large cavern, 30’ tall where an underground lake resides, the waters of the lake look cold and dark. Croaking can be heard from the far side. Janthyra, with her newly acquired devil sight, sees a Giant Frog sitting in the middle. Everyone seems to look at Errich as if too say “oh well you did well while you were here”. Seeing nothing of interest, but the possibility of Errich being swallowed, the heroes head along the wall to the right where a roiling mist emanates from a corridor.
The heroes stand on the bottom of a cliff with mist rolling off the top. Errich notices tracks on the ground, a lot of foot traffic in the area. The heroes enter some type of shine, to a frog deity, Ulfgrim recognizes it a shrine to the God of Slimes, Shar the god of shadows and Ramenos from the old days. Ulfgrim look of disgust tells the other party members its crude and not done well. Passing the misty cliff (and the possibility of a ride in a lift device) the party find a mud covered living quarters, containing a chair, table, bed and chest. Being very tall Sir Axialrod notices thin cord attaching the chest to clay pots in the ceiling. Errich fumbles around disarming the traps. Jareath finds two books in the chest. Janthyra uses Prestidigitation to clean the books, only to realise they are spell books.
Leaving the living room, back back through the misty room, the heroes find the cavern with a magic circle and a curtain. Using mage hand to pull back the curtain to reveal a whole in the wall. Janthyra spots a sarcophagus. Creeping through the hole the heroes find themselves in a tomb. With pictures around the wall of a man wearing some dragon mask creating some type of undead. The body in the tomb has decayed but the head is less decayed. This might a clue to why the the cultists picked this castle.
Using the word “Drazir” the Stag Party activate that teleportation circle. In a flash of light they find themselves in cold mountainous terrain and large manor within bow shot up the road. The portal is surrounded by pillars with an infernal script, but no one could read it. Errich melts into the forest, using his newly acquired ranger skills, to scout the manor. The Stag Party moves slightly into forest to await Errich.
Out of the forest emerge two Trolls and three Ambush Drakes. Que battle music. Sir Axialrod pulls out his bow and shoots one. Ulfgrim casts Spirit Guardians. The party is once again surrounded by swirling naked dwarf cherubs. Jareath shoots a Ambush Drake twice, killing one. He also inspires Janthrya who hits a Troll with Fire Bolt. The Ambush Drakes are impeded by the naked bearded cherubs. The Trolls are also slowed by Spirit Guardians. Sir Axialrod knocks one over a Guard Drake and then kills it with his magical flail, killing the last Ambush Drake with his back-swing. Surging forward he also hits a Troll twice. Ulfgrim steps beside Sir Axialrod and uses Sacred Flame. Jareath misses with his bow, mostly due to his friends being in the way, as does Janthyra. The dwarven cherubs kill a Troll. The remain Troll attacks Sir Axialrod (luckily Ulfgrims shield deflects the Troll’s bit and other claw). In return Sir Axialrod hits it once. In the combined effort that follows the Troll is finally cut down. Mostly due to the large amounts of fire damage from Janthyra.
After about an hour Errich returns with a detailed map of the compound, the front door is partially open. Errich finds the party lounging around (short rest). Despite his best efforts the party want to enter the front door. Truding up the path, without even knocking the party enter the Hunting Lodge. The first room is a cloak room, to the right is a door which Sir Axialrod opens. This large room has stairs up much like a grand old house, two suits of armour flank the entrance way and two demonic statues flank the stairs. Sir Axialrod stops moving as a Glyph of Warding freezes in place. Errich notices arcane runes on the statues. Janthyra and Jareath cast Mage Hands push the statues over. This allows Sir Axialrod to free himself. He then pushes both suits of armour out of the way.
Sir Axialrod moves forward obviously angry moves forward to attack a statue, but as he approaches both Garagoyles come to life. Que battle music. Errich moves forward and is frozen to the spot, so uses a magic arrow to shoot a Garagoyle as Sir Axialrod bashes it too death. Then moves next too the other Gargoyle. Ulfgrim moves through the entrance room, ignoring the cold blast and hits a Garagoyle. Just then another human male enters the room from the other side, dressed in robes.
“Argh, can I help you?”
Janthyra convinces him that the gargoyle started the fight. He deactivates the trap and Garagoyle. Sir Axialrod then pulls off the con of the year and convinces him that the Stag Party are members of Cult of the Dragon. He takes us to introduce us to meet someone called “Talis”, into a sitting room full of trophies. Errich digs into the free food, smoked sausages. After 20 minutes, Gastyn the chief butler arrives back. Jareath and Janthyra notice that he is not enjoying his job, he rolled his eyes when we mentioned that we were members of the Cult of the Dragon. The heroes follow Gastyn to meet Talis, on the second floor.
A woman answers the door. Three men the room have scale mail and woman were robes over white scale male. She also carries a white, frost covered, wand.
“Welcome perhaps we can do business.”
The room is well appointed, and obviously the place to do business. With a very unconvincing lie by Jareath, Talis does not believe that the heroes had nothing to do with it. Before anyone can say monolog or dialog Sir Axialrod starts a fight. Que yet more battle music. Sir Axialrod hits her twice while action surging. Jareath casts Hold Person but both Talis and fighter resist. The Dragonwing ignores Errich, flys over his head, landing on the table and attacks Sir Axialrod.. With Sir Axialrod distracted both Scimitars bite into his back/side. Ulfgrim does double hammering, hitting the Dragonwing. and casting Spiritual Weapon on Talis. Janthyra cast Hex on Talis and then kills her with Eldrich Blast. With a combined effort the Dragonwing is killed, and the two guards surrender. The guards know nothing of her plans, but do know where her room is. The guards also inform us that we are in the Grey Peak Mountains, between the High Forest and the Anauroch desert.
The only guard remaining is Wesec and a four armed Troll (the stable master). Sir Axialrod convinces both mercenaries that a change in boss is advisable. Sorvic and Maelgot. As the approach the search the heroes question the two mercenaries, about the Cult. In Talis’s room is a locked chest, containing glowing Chain Mail, Scroll and lots of money (4000gp). No clues are found in the house. The heroes head down the stairs where apparently Talis had been talking to “prisoners”.
In the basement are three prisioners, a dwarf, two humans (a man and women). The human warns us that dwarf is a Cult member. Jareath heals the women with a word. The dwarf refuses to answer the questions….. spitting at Jareath. The heroes get the humans to talk. Her name is Miresella a caravan guard from Baldurs Gate, his name Brother Caemon, from Hillsfar a priest of Amenantor.