The adventurers knew the terrible purple dragon, Inimigo, was in possession of three dragon eggs from the ancient ruins of Sunwyn. If allowed to hatch, those dragons would be raised to be as ruthless as the purple tyrant. Plus…the heroes wanted those eggs for themselves.
But one does not simply walk into a dragon’s lair, especially when one of the largest dragons to have ever existed was still inside. The heroes discussed plans to sneak in or distract the dragon, but most of the plans all sounded…lethal.
It was Valez who offered up a plan that gave them the best chance. He said they needed a distraction big enough to lure Inimigo out of the lair so that they could be free to explore its depths and find the eggs. What better to get a dragon’s attention than another dragon.
Since Inimigo had slaughtered a hobgoblin army a few nights before there was a small rift connecting the battlefield to the Shadowfell, the domain of the group’s arch-enemy, the immortal death knight Fyrus. Fyrus had made it clear that he wanted the heroes’ companion Galendan to serve him in the form of the Hunter’s Blade. Valez believed he and Galendan could travel to the rift and attract one of Fyrus’ draconic servants to come through the rift in an attempt to capture Galendan. Once the dragon was on their plane, and so near to Inimigo’s lair, the purple dragon would sense him at once and rush to defend his territory.
The heroes, with the exception of Galendan, thought this was as good a plan as they were going to have. Galendan begrudgingly went along with Valez who encouraged the eladrin rogue by saying they just had to dodge the shadow dragon long enough for Inimigo to arrive. Well, Valez thought it was encouraging.
Eldarion, Voren, Leira and Vex hid in the woods near the lair, waiting for the monster to depart. Their wait was interrupted when a large winged golden kobold surpised them from behind. Fortunately the kobold wasn’t interested in battle or sounding an alarm. It wanted to talk.
It called itself Garix and pronounced that he was very much like Eldarion and Voren. The companions were confused, but Garix told them that he could sense their bond with their dragons.
Eldarion asked if Garix also had a dragon. Garix replied that he did, but not in the same way. Garix told the heroes how he was one of the guards to keep the three unhatched eggs safe. He talked of werewolves and hobgoblins that tried to steal the eggs, but that it was roachlings from the depths that ambushed them leading to the destruction of one of the eggs. Garix said he went to inspect the destroyed egg and that was when the spirit of the dragon within offered to bond with him. He accepted and now the two are one. He told the heroes’ that the name of the gold dragon that bonded with him was Luster.
Garix said he was leaving this place. His transformation into something more draconic was becoming impossible to keep hidden and did not think Inimigo would allow him to live. Before he departed he told the heroes about a back passage into the lair that would be less guarded. The heroes thanked him for the information and attempted to move quietly to the secret entrance.
Unfortunately, the attempt at silence was doomed as Vex lost his footing on some loose rocks. A nearby kobold patrol heard the noise and increased their patrol including sending many kobolds in their direction. The heroes would have to move fast. It would only take one kobold to raise an alarm that would bring this particular adventure to an end.
The group found the secret entrance guarded by a handful of kobolds including one name Egs and one named Kral. They wore purple scale armor, likely given to them by Inimigo. With kobold patrols approaching from behind the heroes needed to move quickly but before they had a chance to advance the ground shook violently and a great rush of air swept over them. Inimigo was leaving. The heroes hoped Valez and Galendan were ready.
But now it was their turn. They moved in and engaged the kobolds, hoping to kill them swiftly so that none could escape and sound the alarm. The kobolds were much tougher than they expected. They were fierce, trained with their weapons, and their armor was strong. They managed to kill Kral and most of the others, but the one known as Egs escaped into the lair.
The heroes gave chase but lost him in the winding tunnels and soon the alarm was raised. Garix had given them a general idea of which way to go to find the eggs and they followed his directions. When they came to a long rope bridge over a cavern things got hairy. The kobolds knew they were coming and the bridge was the only way across. More kobolds were coming from behind them. They decided to race across the bridge, but the kobolds starting cutting the ropes that held the bridge in place. Voren and Leira made it across only to find themselves surrounded. Eldarion, Vex, and XXX decided to drop to the cavern floor below picking up a few scrapes and bruises along the way. The kobolds above laughed as they fell and the three soon discovered why. It was a trap. The space below the bridge was a basilisk pit and the monstrous lizards were quick to greet them.
Leira and Voren were separated in the scrum with the kobolds above. Voren lit many of them on fire and pushed others off the ledge into the basilisk pit below. Leira loosed arrow after arrow felling many kobolds but they kept coming. When Voren and Leira found each other and worked as a team the remaining kobolds didn’t stand a chance.
Meanwhile below, the other three did their best to strike at the basilisks while avoiding their petrifying gaze. One of the kobolds that survived its fall from above couldn’t help but look at the monsters’ terrifying visage and was turned to stone. The heroes backed themselves up against the cavern wall and defended each other while avoiding direct eye contact with the beasts and finally slayed the basilisks. They climbed up the cavern wall to help their friends only to find them waiting and slightly winded.
Back together again the group was about to continue their trek to the dragon eggs when ….[continued in next session]