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Episode 009: Cyanwrath
Campaign Date: Uktar 2, 1489 DR
Adventure Date: Saturday, December 8, 2018

Episode Recap:
The heroes watched the abandoned camp from atop the plateau until they were satisfied the cave was the only area still occupied. They descended into the camp, defeated the entrance guards and proceeded inside. Deep within the cavern complex, the adventurers encountered and attacked a group of kobolds. As the skirmish wore on, the half-blue dragon, Langdedrosa Cyanwrath appeared and demanded everyone to stand down! When he realized Baltrex was among the intruders, Cyanwrath challenged the barbarian to an honorable fight to the death. Baltrex accepted.

Langdedrosa led the companions and kobolds to a large cavern that contained a shrine dedicated to Tiamat. Two berserkers, warriors thirsty for battle, stood within the cavern and a padlocked, wooden chest rested on the floor beneath a carved image of a five-headed dragon. Cyanwrath and Baltrex moved to the center of the cave and as the first blows were thrown, Balamin bashed the chest’s padlock with his quarterstaff. A berserker charged the monk, and this drew everyone into the fight!

Nym’s Moonbeam spell decimated the kobolds while Delg and Balamin squared off against the berserkers. When the last berserker fell, Cyanwrath pressed his assault on the battered heroes. The half-dragon cut down the adventurers one by one; first Delg, then Balamin, and finally Baltrex until only Nym remained. The druid’s magic was depleted so Nym made a final, desperate swing with his quarterstaff. His blow stuck the side of Cyanwrath’s head squarely. The half-dragon stiffened and fell lifeless to the ground!

Nym rushed to Baltrex’s side and stabilized the dying barbarian but unfortunately, Delg and Balamin were already gone. Angry and frustrated, Baltrex finished what Balamin began and bashed the padlock from the chest. Inside he discovered jewelry, gems and a leather case that contained a scroll. Nym assumed the shape of a bear and carried his fallen comrades, as well as the chest, back to Greenest.

At the temple to Chauntea, Nym and Baltrex implored Eadyan to help their friends. Unfortunately, magic powerful enough to bring the dead back to life was beyond the priest’s ability. Disheartened, Nym handed Eadyan the scroll from the chest with the slim hope it could somehow help. The priest unrolled the parchment and gasped in amazement! It contained the Raise Dead spell! Eadyan swallowed hard, looked at Baltrex and Nym, and said “This won’t be easy and there’s a good chance I’ll not perform it correctly. If that happens, the spell will fade without effect. What do you want me to do?”

Episode Highlights:
  • None

NPCs Introduced:
  • None

PC Notes:
  • Balamin was killed by Langdedrosa Cyanwrath.
  • Baltrex and Nym advanced to 4th level.
  • Baltrex took Langdedrosa Cyanwrath’s greatsword. Also, Baltrex regained his silver medallion from the half-dragon.
  • Delg was killed by Langdedrosa Cyanwrath.
Session: Episode 009 - Saturday, Dec 08 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Episode 008: Daring Rescue
Campaign Date: Marpenoth 27-Uktar 2, 1489 DR
Adventure Date: Saturday, November 10, 2018

Episode Recap:
The heroes spent the next two days in Greenest following the raiders’ attack. They rested, helped with the cleanup, and discussed their next course of action. The companions also met a young monk named Nesim Waladra whose master disappeared while they defended the temple. Nesim believed his master was alive but was unsure of his whereabouts.

The adventurers followed the raiders’ trail a dozen miles to the southeast where they found their camp located inside a hollow plateau. The heroes climbed the plateau, surveilled the area, and discovered hundreds of kobolds, mercenaries, and cultists within the camp. The companions also noticed a cave opening set into the inner wall of the plateau as well as a large, well-guarded tent that housed the cult’s leaders; Rezmir, Frulam, and Langdedrosa. Finally, they spotted a lone captive tied to a stake steadfastly watched over by cultists.

Under the cover of darkness, Nym descended into the camp, disguised himself as a cultist, and calmly relieved the captive’s guard of his post. The druid then untied the prisoner, transformed into a giant spider and carried him to the top of the plateau. Within minutes of Nym’s return, the camp’s alarm sounded. The adventurers fled into the darkness, armed only with Delg’s darkvision to guide them through the night. A few hours later, the heroes were back in Greenest within the safety of the keep.

The rescued captive, Leosin Erlanthar, was the master of a small sect of monks that included Nesim. Leosin told the companions he’d tracked the cult’s activity for months and determined Greenest was a likely target for their next attack. He was correct. After the attack, Leosin fell in with the raiders while they withdrew. Rezmir, the half-black dragon wearer of purple, spotted him after the sun came up, and the monk was quickly overpowered and captured. Leosin had been severely beaten by the cultists and was near death when the adventurers rescued him.

When Leosin was well enough to travel, he informed the heroes he was headed north to the city of Elturel to relay what he’d learned about the cult to a paladin of Torm named Ontharr Frume. Before Leosin departed, he requested that the companions return to the camp and watch for signs of another raid. The adventurers agreed and when they arrived at the cultists’ camp, they found it almost completely abandoned.

Episode Highlights:
  • Castellan Escobert gave Delg his grandfather’s holy symbol. He too was a priest of Berronar Truesilver.

NPCs Introduced:
  • Nesim Waladra (early 20s human male): Student of Leosin Erlanthar.
  • Odo (mid-teens, human male): Student of Leosin Erlanthar.
  • Rezmir (half-black dragon female): Leader (a wearer of purple) of the black faction of the Cult of the Dragon.
  • Leosin Erlanthar(mid 30s half-elf male): Master of a small monk sect following the activities of the Cult of the Dragon.
  • Ontharr Frume (unknown race male): Paladin of Torm. Concerned about the Cult of the Dragon.

PC Notes:
  • None
Session: Episode 008 - Saturday, Nov 10 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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Episode 007: Night of Nights
Campaign Date: Marpenoth 26-27, 1489 DR
Adventure Date: Saturday, October 20, 2018

Episode Recap:
The heroes narrowly defeated the cult forces attacking the rear of the temple and then Nym convinced a young woman inside to open the back door. The companions entered the smoke-filled temple where two dozen terrified women, children and elderly civilians looked to the priest, Eadyan Falconmoon, for direction. Cultists assaulted the front doors with a battering ram while four men, dressed in simple robes and carrying quarterstaffs and longbows, resolutely held them back. The adventurers, with Eadyan’s help, escorted the civilians out the back door and led them to safety within the fortress.

Atop the keep, Governor Nighthill and Castellan Escobert surveyed the situation. Fires burned everywhere but the chaos that followed the initial attack had become more orderly; cultists methodically filled horse drawn wagons with anything of value they could find. It was evident that the raiders were in Greenest to loot the town and didn’t intend to assault the keep. Nighthill wanted answers and to that end, he asked the heroes to capture a cult officer for questioning.

The companions agreed and set off for the mill where a small command post had been established. The adventurers used a shallow creek as cover to make their way to the mill where a cult officer, a dragonwing, directed the plundering in the area. Nym took on the appearance of the cult’s half-blue dragon commander and lured the dragonwing to him. The heroes pulled the unsuspecting officer into the creek and held her underwater until she stopped struggling. The companions had their prisoner!

Back at the keep, Balamin interrogated the dragonwing. The intimidated officer confessed that the cult was amassing a horde of treasure “worthy of the Queen of Dragons” and that the black faction of the cult was led by someone named Rezmir. The dragonwing then revealed that the raiders’ camp was located a dozen miles southeast of Greenest and it was rumored that Rezmir had a clutch of dragon eggs under heavy guard in a cave at the camp she intended to hatch!

As morning approached and the looting tapered, the half-blue dragon general, Langdedrosa Cyanwrath, approached the keep. He had with him four civilian prisoners and demanded a champion to come forth in exchange for them. Baltrex stepped forward and accepted the challenge. The exhausted barbarian was no match for the mighty Cyanwrath and was ultimately stuck down. As Baltrex laid unconscious at Langdedrosa’s feet, the half-dragon sliced open the helpless barbarian’s cheek. Then, just before sunrise, Cyanwrath and the cultists departed Greenest with their heavily laden wagons.

Episode Highlights:
  • In the temple to Chauntea, Balamin attempted to convince the four robed men to escape with him. They refused.
  • Delg’s darkvision allowed the adventurers to covertly travel around Greenest under the cover of darkness.
  • Nym secured the capture of the dragonwing by transforming into a bear and pressing the cultist against the creek bed.
  • During his battle with Cyanwrath, Baltrex defiantly recited the name of each man under his command murdered by the half-dragon over a decade ago.

NPCs Introduced:
  • Eadyan Falconmoon (middle aged half-elf male): Priest of Chauntea at the temple in Greenest.
  • Frulam Mondath (human female): Cult of the Dragon commander of the raid on Greenest.
  • Langdedrosa Cyanwrath (half-blue dragon male): Cult of the Dragon military general.
  • Rezmir (unknown race female): Leader of the black faction of the Cult of the Dragon.

PC Notes:
  • Baltrex’s silver medallion signifying his military rank within the Turmish army is in Langdedrosa’s possession.
Session: Episode 007 - Saturday, Oct 20 2018 from 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
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Marpenoth 26: A Night To Rememer
We begin this evening at the Temple of Shan'Tia in the village of Greenest, having been sent there, in the midst of a raid by the Dragon Cult. We fought off the cultists in the rear of the temple, and we were able to contain the fire that they were trying to set in the rear of the temple, as the main force of raiders assaulted the front door with a battering ram. Balamin, our hero, was struck down, revived by his sturdy dwarven friend Delg, and then struck down almost immediately again.

Nym made a good account of himself in bear form, but had to briefly switch back into his normal form and then reappeared as a Dire Wolf. Nym changed back into his normal, tall form, as the last of the raiders left their dead and dying comrades in the back. In his normal form, Nym approached a window and convinced the civilians inside the temple to open the back door.

The party found for stout volunteers holding the front door of the temple against a horde of dozens of mercenaries, kobolds, cultists and their leaders. The situation was hopeless and a quick retreat was in order. Balamin volunteered to hold the front door while the rest of the party ushered the two-dozen women, children, elderly and clerics to the keep. His offer was refused by the volunteers who saw it as their duty. So the entire party headed back to the keep with the civilians in tow. They made it back without incident.

Upon reaching the keep, the priest of Shan'Tia, Eadyan Falkenwood, healed all of our immediate wounds but could not revive the spirits and fortitude of the adventurers. We were pushed to our limit. Goverenor Nighthill of Greenest, along with his dwarf Castellan, Escobar would not let the party rest and had another mission for us on this Night of Nights. He took all the party, except for myself (for I was too depressed at the loss of the four men at the temple as well as from being revived for near death twice in rapid succession), up to the battlement where the carnage wrought by the electricity spewing dragon upon the men manning the ballista's was evident. Nighthill also also pointed out the Commander of the Dragon Cult Army, a large dragonoid character as well as a female who seemed to be the leader of the entire operation and was ordering the dragon around.

Nighthill wanted answers to why his village was attacked at this time. A plan was hatched to capture a leader of the Dragon Cult from a small outpost observed by the edge of town. The purpose of the capture mission was to gather the intelligence that the Governor requested. So the party, without more the a short rest, made its' way down the tunnel in order to head the opposite direction from the Temple, where they went earlier that evening. They followed the riverbank and avoided Dragon Cult patrols and looters, although Delg had a hard time with the (on him) chest deep water.

When we drew close to the small command post, we observed a Dragonwing giving orders. Nym took the form of the Half-Dragon General we had observed from the battlements, and put up such a good ruse that the Dragonwing followed him to the edge of the river bank where the rest of the part waited in the reeds and mud. They silently pulled her underwater and held her there until such time as she was rendered unconscious due to asphyxiation. She was then bound and brought back to the keep for interrogation.

Balamin was able to intimidate the Dragonwing into sharing the following details: The leader of the Black Faction of the Cult of The Dragon is Rezmir. This Rezmir has a camp a dozen miles Southeast of Greenest. Rezmir is also in the possession of dragon eggs. The female commander of the raid, observed from the battlements was one Frulam. The general of the army that looted Greenest was on Commander Cyanwrath, who seems to be of particular interst to Baltrix. The prisoner also indicated that the Dragon Cult and Rezmir's intention is to gather a horde and treasure worthy of the Dragon Queen. Even as the interrogation was ending, word came from the battlements that the Dragon Cult army was sending its' loot-laden wagons back to Rezmir's camp.

As the last of the raiding army was leaving, Cyanwrath came to the wall of the keep and presented three children and a woman who would be executed if the defenders of the keep would not send their champion. The uncle of the children and brother-in-law of the woman prisoner volunteered, but Baltrix took his place and would not allow anyone else to face Cyanwrath. Baltrix, who had participated in two major missions (one to the temple and one to capture a prisoner), had no strength for a fair fight. Baltrix argued against Cyanwrath's honor and requested a three-day in which to rest so that he could present Cyanwrath with a fresh opponent. Cyanwrath would hear none of it and demanded an immediate battle.

Cyanwrath allowed Baltrix to lunge at him with his axe, but each time he would step back. He taunted Baltrix, who was overcome with fatigue. Balamin, in turn, taunted Cyanwrath for not having fought all night and challenging a man who had fought with honor in many battles in the last six hours. Balamin suffered a loss of decorum and referred to Cyanwrath as Cyandiaper. The taunting did not do any good. After Baltrix landed three good blows, all the while Baltrix was saying some kind of chant that sounded like names but we could not be sure because he had lost his voice over the course of the night's fighting. AFter taking a number of solid hits from Baltrix, Cyanwrath finally pulled out his greatsword and with speed that these eye have never seen, landed three blows in quick succession that rendered Baltrix unconscious. Cyanwrath spared Baltrix' life because he knew that Baltrix had fought with honor and with distinction. Also, he knew that Baltrix was basically fighting with one hand tied behind his back due to his fatigue.
Session: Episode 007 - Saturday, Oct 20 2018 from 9:00 PM to 3:00 AM
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Episode 006: Greenest in Flames
Campaign Date: Eleasis 29-Marpenoth 26, 1489 DR
Adventure Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018

Episode Recap:
The heroes arrived in Baldur’s Gate and said farewell to Keelin, Gier and their employer for the past 49 days, Quinn, who gladly paid them for their service. The companions celebrated Balamin’s 11th birthday with a feast generously paid for by Delg. During the celebration, Baltrex met a merchant who mentioned that many small communities to the south and east of Baldur’s Gate had recently been raided by the Cult of the Dragon; each picked clean of their valuables.

The adventurers left Baldur’s Gate and set out for the town of Greenest. Late in the evening on the 26th of Marpenoth, they found Greenest under attack by cultists, mercenaries, kobolds and a blue dragon! The heroes rushed into the besieged town and headed toward a stronghold situated atop a small hill near the center of town. On their way, the companions came upon a young family pursued by a pack of bloodthirsty kobolds. The adventurers dispatched the reptilian creatures, rescued the family and then made their way to the garrison.

Inside the fortress, the heroes met a pair of individuals in charge of Greenest; Governor Nighthill and the dwarven castellan named Escobert the Red. They were shocked by the sudden attack and desperately sought to understand why. The companions, accompanied by the governor and castellan, surveyed the town from atop the keep and noticed a stately female dressed in purple robes overseeing the attack. She was accompanied by a half-blue dragon warrior and a dozen or more well-armored kobolds.

Governor Nighthill observed an enemy force bearing down on the temple to Chauntea and begged the adventurers to help. The keep was surrounded but Escobert recalled an old, unused tunnel beneath the fortress that led to a stream to the southeast. The heroes used this tunnel to exit the stronghold and make their way to the temple where they battled cultists and kobolds attempting to burn it down.

Episode Highlights:
  • While in Baldur’s Gate, Baltrex wrote a note to Amara inquiring if the bandit showed up. He paid a caravan guard heading north to Neverwinter 5 gp to deliver it.
  • Balamin spent a few days at a shrine to Bahamut in Baldur’s Gate. While there he learned that a month ago, a small group of monks led by a half-elf named Leosin Erlanthar was in Baldur’s Gate asking questions regarding dragon cults.

NPCs Introduced:
  • Governor Tarbaw Nighthill (early 60’s human male): Governs Greenest.
  • Castellan Escobert the Red (middle aged shield dwarf male with knotted, tangled, bright red hair): Master of the keep.

PC Notes:
  • None

Session: Episode 006 - Saturday, Sep 15 2018 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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