The party heads to the swamp where they believe the dragon’s horde is likely
to be stored. They tie up the horses, wade out to the low hill they remember
having an entrance previously. On the hill, they meet an old man who is
poking the ground with a staff. He hails the party and asks their business, to
which Gibley replies, “we are merely travelers passing through”. He says,
“same here,” but the party finds him suspicious.
Gibley pulls pokes at the ground with his shiethed rapier. Crugold makes
conversation with the old man. The old man tells them the water has a source
off in the distance. He also mentions there’s a lot of money down below, but
that it’s all flooded. The old man says he liked the area better when it
wasn’t so wet. Crugold offers to do something about the water and the old man
seems pleased. Conversation continues.
Crugold realizes that the man is an illusion. What they have been conversing
with is a swarm of several dozen six inch tall beings with a grasshopper
bottom and human top. Gibley starts freaking out and draws his daggers. The
horde draw their fiddles! Crugold tells Gibley to put his weapons away. One of
the beings plays a note which causes Gibley to dance. Half of the rest of the
creatures put away their tiny fiddles.
Sorcha sees the beings too. Crugold tries to clue Gibley in, but the illusion
is too strong for him. The swarm resume trying to convince the party to deal
with the water source thing.
Crugold casts a spell and starts wandering around (detect secret door), but he
doesn’t find anything. He then asks the group to show him where the water
source is. The horde wade into the water and indicate a direction and
Gibley asks the old man for a small bit of stick. He takes the stick and a
rope and heads under water. A minute later he surfaces. Sorcha hauls on the
rope and pulls up a cauldren which spews water. There’s a lid attached. Gibley
asks “the old man” about the details of this thing but they’re no help
Next they work on going into the old hole. Gibley grabs a rope and gets some
buffs from Crugold. He dives in and then ends up getting pulled into a huge
cavern. Gibley ties the rope off on an iron ring on the wall and tugs it to
signal the other two to come down.
Crugold and Sorcha do eventually figure out Gibley’s message and head down.
There’s a huge mound of copper in the cavern. They all search around looking
for loot. Crugold finds a mask which allows him to smell valuable items.
Sorcha gets suspicious. Crugold also finds a scroll and some puzzle box. The
three of them dive through the loot looking for the good stuff.
The three of them are confused by the seemingly paultry horde. They spend a
lot more time scanning the area. Gibley finally comes up from the water with
the silver eye of Risul. Crugold scruitinizes it and deems it not worth much.
The three of them are a little unsatisfied but decide to head back.
They head back out through the way back. Crugold sends Squigly down to do
reconnaisance but she has nothing especially intriguing to say. The three
adventurers head back to Redford with their haul.
With all that taken care off, the three of them head back. They see the body
of a red knight that has been bitten apart.
On the way back to town they see some knights … doing something. They carry
the banner of the Knights of Thunder. They operate out of the capitol. They
were originally a small group of paladins who worshiped the god of valor.
Crugold hails them as they approach. Among the party of paladins is “Thehn”,
the guy we saved from the dragon. His arm has been restored and it now has a
tatoo of the Knights of Thunder.
Thehn greets the three of them. The two parties chat. There is some discussion
of recent events and then it is clarified that Sorcha delt the killing blows
to the dragon.
A “lord Cullen” sidles up to the party and talks about the proceedings to
follow. It … gets weird?
Upon return to town a “Galen” greets them. He’s the “arch-hirophant”. Sorcha
confronts him and presents the body parts. He tells the party to come inside. (! LOL)
Galen places the piece of Wesley’s skull on a table and covers the entire
table in a sheet. He spends several minutes performing a ritual. As he does so
the sheet rises and takes the form one would expect of a sheet draped over a
corpse. At the end of the ritual Galen pulls the sheet down to the body’s
shoulders and touches its forehead. Wesley awakes with a start and immediately
commences demanding to know the status of the party, the dragon, the Silver
Unicorn, the rest of Redford and so on.