Awaiting the heroes at the Treetop Village is a horrific scene dead guards lie on the ground some with arrows protruding from their necks whilst others seem to have been frozen solid Casdin the elven rogue notices that Dietrichs general goods store has been broken into the door is caved in before the heroes can formulate a plan of action a bandaged guard screams out “There’s still people trapped in the burning buildings”, pointing to the residents houses “you have to rescue them”.
Rescuing the Villagers
So the skill challenge began as Torstein the half-orc cleric attempted to support a beam preventing it from falling but alas the beam was too heavy and it landed painfully on his shoulder injuring him and killing the villager in the process. Cursing his weakness the half-orc cleric got back on his feet.
Casdin fared a little better as he spotted a crowbar which the heroes could use to aid them unfortunately none of the heroes could hold the supporting beams in place and before too long they had failed the challenge.
To the Loaded Goblet.
Disheartened by this they trundled off to the local tavern only to find that it was being used as a temporary hospital to treat the injured and dying. Assisting the clerics inside the tavern (the loaded goblet) Kosh and Torstein worked together to stabilise the dying villagers, before asking a cleric what had happened to the village the answer from the cleric was not encouraging it seemed that the kobolds of Shale Cliff Caverns along with a dragon had attacked the village whilst the militia were dealing with the goblin menace of Ugluk Stormfart and his crones.
Puzzled also by the absence of Laucien the proprietor of the tavern the cleric answered it appears he has fled to Pavelock city. Hearing Torstein’s stomach rumble Casdin searched for some food in the make shift kitchen area of the tavern finding some simple ingredients to make a meagre meal he served the food to Leshanna first.
What lies In Dietrich’s Store?
As the heroes ate Casdin sneaked out to investigate Dietrich’s general goods store noticing a blood trail leading into a basement he went back only to be stopped by a guard failing to convince the guard of what he was doing instead he lead the guard to the scene of a potential crime.
Fearing that Dietrich had been killed or at the very least badly injured the heroes entered the shop and Casdin opened the basement door to reveal a pitch black area. Unperturbed by the darkness in the room Gruumbar decided to carry on forth regardlessly walking into a body as Casdin chucked a sun rod down it revealed the body of a dead elf merchant Casdin recalled this merchant had something to do with Casdin and his friends slavery onto the boat that brought them here in the first place. As they searched the body Torstein confiscated the letter which dropped form the body of the elven merchant. Dragging the body back to the guards, they then returned to the tavern to read the contents of the letter.
Dietrich, your order of seven warforged are ready for collection from the creation forge.
There was no note or authors signature on the letter but Leshanna shared with the party her father works at the creation forge in Pavelock City. Reacting to this Casdin asked Leshanna about the arena in particular an event with pedestals and crossbows Leshanna nodded her head “There are many brutal events to be found within the arena why I remember one event where two combatants charged at each other only to be consumed by a gelatinous cube.
As the heroes discussed their options on where to go next it was agreed eventually that Casdin would lead them to the Shale Cliff Caverns in order to try and fight the dragon before returning to deal with the goblin menace.
Return to Shale Cliff Caverns
As the heroes ventured undeterred to the Shale Cliff Caverns there was an almost tranquil mood in the air the gentle crashing of the waves form the nearby sea of fangs although Casdin could hear a strange chittering sound coming from down below.Entering a small entrance into the cavern there appeared to be a solo kobold priest like figure standing just behind a sludge pit and to the very front near where the heroes entered there were two worm like creatures wasting no time Leshanna despatched one off straight the way with a magic missile. Whilst Gruumbar swung his great axe into the second they dropped like flies as Casdin, and Torstein turned their attentions to the solitary kobold after being smacked about a bit the kobold decided to pour some sort of oil onto Casdin bringing an another worm like creature to the surface this one was bigger than the previous two and took a lot more punishment than the other two as it grabbed Casdin with it’s mandibles the other heroes struggled to overcome it or to help Casdin break free. Trying to subdue the creature Leshanna cast sleep at the creature which missed but managed to put Gruumbar, Kosh and Kadish down in the process eventually Torstein overcame the difficult creature smashing it into pieces as this was happening the kobold retreated to a secure area hiding behind a portcullis pelting the brave heroes with his icy wand (yes he wasn’ t really that well endowed). Before Leshanna dispensed another magic missile into the poor kobold’s face.
Making short work of lifting the bars of the portcullis up Casdin decided to open the treasure chest revealing 200 gold aware he was being watched closely, he informed the others of his find.
After a short rest the heroes made their way into the next room where Casdin recalled there were traps in their previously as Torstein found out when he stepped on a loose stone and was peppered by a dart. Living on a diet of mere carrion four centipedes lay waiting in this room unable to deny themselves of a warm meal they attacked the heroes mercilessly with two of the creatures ganging up on Kadish feeding on his weakened body to make things worse for the cavalier, Leshanna fired off a scorching burst only to hit Kadish and Casdin in the process meanwhile Gruumbar protected his Eladrin friend by attacking the second creature struggling to overcome this encounter the heroes had to rely heavily on the healing prowess of both Kosh and Torstein and after a few tense moments the heroes overcame the centipede infestation and acquired 380 gold pieces in the process.
Deciding to rest up for a little while to recover their strengths Kadish suggested that the heroes returned to the first room where they could rest in relative saftey with a portcullis blocking the only way in and out as the others agreed to this Gruumbar was left with just two thoughts
Why was the Eladrin burning her so called friends and secondly where was this dragon?