Tyranny of Dragons

Hoard of the Dragon Queen Ep. 5

The party continued with their wagon train of seven merchant vehicles and three suspected cult transports. Early in the session, Lim's merchant met an adventuring party named “The Scrolls of Neverwood.” While they looked the part, our adventurers quickly smelled a rat. Lim’s merchant, however, was besotted and hired them, quickly dismissing Lim, who found work with a drover conveying perfumes and scented cooking oils.

The caravan came upon a man, Carlon, buried in the road ahead up to his neck with the words “Oath Breaker” written on his forehead. Weak and near death, he was freed by Gordachh. The party found him a place on the caravan. To their surprise, they discovered Carlon was a Harper, working undercover on another caravan when some cultists turned on him.


Continuing, the caravan is split in half by a horde of Loviatar worshippers marching on a bloody pilgrimage of self-flagellation. The three suspected cult wagons were ahead of the obstruction, and made a break for it, quickly putting distance between them and the merchants. While Gordachh ran ahead on foot to keep the cultists in sight, the party discovered the zealots were in search of the last phase of their march; a carpet of something sharp to walk across. Discovering a field of nettles nearby, the party informed the mass of zealots, who cleared the road to stomp across the painful patch of thorns in search of religious fulfillment.

 

The party harangued the merchants to quicken the pace and continue without rest to catch up with the cult wagons, which they eventually did. Gordach, surprisingly, was still alive. The cultists seemed surprised but did not object, and reintegrated into the caravan.

 

The wagon train rolled on, soon approaching the Troll Ford. Unsurprisingly the caravan was ambushed, and one of the wagons, belonging to Lim’s former employer and guarded by the “Scrolls of Neverwood,” was singled out. Giant spiders and purplish humanoids capture the carters, their horses, and the “Scrolls” and drag them into the nearby hills.

Our band of heroes tracked the captives and discovered blood trails leading into a cave. Making entry, they discover one of the captured horses, dying slowly, and euthanized it. Pressing on, they discovered that giant spiders had cocooned all the captives. Our heroes attacked, faring well against the spiders initially. The fight worsened when their Ettercap allies joined the fray. However, through teamwork, valor, and a little luck, our band of champions slew the spiders and mongrel Ettercaps.

 

The party freed the carters and the “Scrolls” after obtaining a confession the “adventurers” were really actors who were faking their parts to earn a lucrative contract guarding caravans. As all and sundry returned to the caravan, the discredited “Scrolls” were put to work pulling the now-horseless carriage as punishment for their deception.
 

Passing the Troll Ford, the wagon train rests at an in near Daggerford. There they are surprised to meet a saucy young girl who claims to be the sister of Cathbad!
 

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Hoard of the Dragon Queen Ep. 4
On the Road

Emerging from the Cult's cavern hatchery with three blue dragon eggs, the party encountered two new allies, Cathbad the druidical cleric and Jordachh the illegitimate shield. These new allies would prove crucial in escorting the eggs back to Greenest. Returning to the sacked town, Mayor Tarbaw Nighthill welcomed the companions back and provided them with the knowledge that Leosin had been grateful for their assistance in freeing him. In compensation, he left them horses and an invitation to meet in Elturel for a proposal.

The party agreed, but had open business with a dragon. Meeting at a field outside of town, they appeared with the dragon eggs that drew Lennithon from her lair. Some cowered in awe at the creature, but stood their ground. Lennithon showed as much appreciation as a creature of her size and power would ever show to mere mortals, which meant in the end she spared their lives. Perhaps in hopes they would be ones to exact revenge upon those that blackmailed her into action against Greenest.

Elturel

Concluding their business in Greenest, the party traveled to Elturel (city of burning light) where they met with Ontharr Frume, a Harper and member of the Order of the Gauntlet (followers of Torm, God of Duty and Loyalty). Ontharr and Leosin implored the party to take passage to Baldur’s Gate to follow the cult’s stolen caravan of looted goods. Ontharr added an offer to join the Harpers, an organization that furthers the balance of order and seeks to keep evil organizations such as the Cult of the Dragon in check.

Agreeing to take up chase of the cult, the party traveled down the Chionthar river to Baldur’s Gate where they sought a caravan master in the city in order to find work amongst the caravan heading north to Waterdeep, the suspected destination of the cult’s ill-gotten gains. Cathbad, familiar with the bustle of the big city and the secrets its alleys and denizens hold, found the trail of Rezmir, the half-dragon cult leader had crossed in Baldur’s gate. It appeared that the purple robed cult leader had also employed the caravan master to commission three covered wagons heading north. Elsewhere, Lim and her companions worked to get hired on as bodyguards and caravan guards to various merchants heading out of Baldur’s Gate.

The road north wound through an ominous region named the Fields of Dead, and thus began what would be a 60-day journey to the City of Splendor. Among the first weeks of travel, the party ran afoul of the cult of the dragon after having sabotaged one of their wagons in order to confirm the identity of the contents of their cargo. At a roadside inn after days of unrelenting rain, the party encountered a trio of rude guests who provoked Cathbad to retaliate with a bucket of horse dung, and revealed the offending travelers as werewolves-in-disguise. Their demise at the hands of the party left a grateful inn-keeper who rewarded them with dry beds, a warm meal and drink. On another fateful day, Cathbad outpaced a mob of hunters intent upon a stunning golden stag spotted among a herd of deer on a distant hill. Following the stag into a clearing, the cleric of Silvanus was able to warn the stag of the danger and was rewarded with prophetic words about their journey ahead, and a wonderfully crafted bow and quiver of arrows.

Fields of the Dead

And so the party continues on their journey north, approaching the end of The Fields of the Dead, and coming soon to the crossing at Trollclaw Ford.

 

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