Lukham, Kuori, Marukh, and Kayda hide out in a small, mostly-intact building within the ruins of Nyonad Wyndill as night descends over the excavation. They rest for the night while patrols pass outside in the streets searching for them. One patrol almost enters the outer chamber of their building before the overseer warns them off for fear of ancient traps. “No, no, no, no, no! Do NOT go in. You saw what happened the last time we went in one of these buildings? BZZZZT. Yeah, save it for the slaves. Come on, let’s go,” he says. The patrol moves away, but the leader stands in the doorway scanning the street for a split-second – which is just long enough for Kuori to whack him on the head with Chopper and drag his limp body back to the rest of the group.
The guard groggily wakes in a few moments, and as consciousness returns, a faint green tattoo fades from the skin around his left eye. As he shakes, his leather helmet falls to the ground, and Kayda finally sees him for who he is – Terran, her old boyfriend. Her old boyfriend whom she suspects was behind the destruction of her village. Sometimes it’s tough to stay friends after a break-up. Especially when they kill everyone you know and scatter your family to the four winds.
As it turns out, Terran had been wandering from town to town, trying to find his place in the world after the destruction of the Draakki tribe and one day found himself sitting in the back row of a strange little church service in a dank alleyway. The image of a shiny, dark dragon appeared at the height of the ceremony and breathed a noxious gas over the participants and ever since, it has made perfectly logical sense to follow the commands of the evil overlord of Nyonad Wyndill. That leader just so happens to be one Rhaegos the Mad, a fairly young Orium dragon. Marukh remarks that Orium dragons are roughly half copper, half black, and completely evil – he suggests removing the dragon’s head. Terran, now free of Rhaegos’ control leads the party in to ambush the dragon’s crack team of dragonkin bodyguards. Well, mostly. Lukham because infatuated with the strange magical runes on the wall and decided to stay there to conduct field research on the magical channels to learn of practical applications in artificing. The remainder of the group creeps in to the dragonkin barracks to find Azgalorn standing over one guard, dagger poised for the kill. Together, they defeat the dragonkin and the guard drakes to clear the way for a final assault on Rhaegos the Mad. Also, Terran nearly dies, but Kayda finds it in her heart to save him while nearly sacrificing herself.
The party collects themselves quickly after wresting a small fortune in gold from the elite guards, and ascends to the center of the old temple, where Rhaegos awaits in the darkness. Just outside the chamber, Lukham catches up to the group, huffing and puffing, visibly winded, but with a staggering discovery….. … … …
For defeating the Dragonguard, each character gains 250xp
Total treasure found: 290g+170g+260g=720g
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