Tyranny of Dragons

Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Adventures 9 & 10

Castle Naerytar

Party Members: Cillian DuFrane, Elsbeth Lascelles, Fae’owyn, Jurra Loganth, Leoven, Mara Nemetsk, and Kaius

Part 1: Into the Swamps
Resting overnight, some resting better than others, the party headed down into the basement area of the Carnath Roadhouse to find a hidden passage that lead out into the swamps, with obvious tracks of a lizardfolk and a cart. After walking a mile in tunnels, the party entered into the Mere of Dead Men, a salty swamp that gets its name from the thousands of dwarves, humans, and elves that were killed here by an invading orc army many years prior. It was only about 4 hours into the journey that disaster struck. Crocodiles made their way up to the party and attacked, taking Cillian under the water. While both Crocs were killed, Cillian ended up torn into two pieces. The Mere is a dangerous place and Cillian is hardly the first life it has claimed. The party placed his remains in a bag and hung it in the tree’s.

Character Killed- Cillian DuFrane

Part 2: The Lizardfolk
After a full days journey through the muck of the swamps, the party found a clearing already set up with a stone slab for a fire to stay dry. However, doing this drew some unwanted attention. A dozen lizardfolk came from the water to attack, but quick thinking and a little divine power from Mara brought a surrender. Jurra spoke with the lizards and forged a deal with them. If the party agreed to kill the Bullywug leader Pharblex Spattergoo, they would help attack the castle and draw out the Bullywugs. The next day the plan was put into action. The lizards emptied their guard posts in preparation for an attack, which included freeing one of the prisoners, a warrior named Kaius.

Part 3: Attacking the Castle
The party, with the aid of Kaius (A former Thayan slave who works for the The Emerald Enclave who is hunting the Red Wizard Azbara Jos, went right into the side entrance as the lizards attacked. After battling a few Bullywugs in the hallway leading in as well as a few in the main room, the party went and found Spattergoo almost immediately. Upon his death, the party came back out and heading towards the central tower, battling a group of cultists and guard drakes along the way. The central tower included the sleeping quarters and office of Dralmorrer Borngray, a high elf eldritch knight and the leader of the castle. Here they found evidence of the name Talis, a name that Fae’owyn has been searching for for a long time. At the top of the tower, they found a magical device called the Farseer of Illusk, a magical telescope which not only can see into the stars, but can act as an arcane eye to anywhere within 50 miles. To get to this device, the party had to battle 4 gargoyles. What they saw when they looked through it was horrifying, two adult black dragons, and one was coming towards the castle.

Part 4: The Dungeon
Making at back to the main floor, the party finds a young woman currently attempting to escape. It turns out that there are 29 other women being held in the dungeons below. Venturing down, they party quickly finds a breeding pool for giant toads and bullywugs. Traversing through the darkness, the party eventually locates the women. 29 of them, all between 15 an 25, cramped into a cage designed to hold maybe 10 people. It turns out, these women have been captured to be part of a breeding program to breed half dragons with the black dragon master of the swamps. After calming the women, the party heads on to check out the lizardfolk that they here. Entering the room, the party finds themselves surrounded by nearly a dozen blackscaled lizardfolk, and Borngray waiting for them. While Borngray may have proven to be a viable foe, the lizards were not and it spelled doom for the high elf. The party questioned him and found out a few things.

  1. Rezmir came through the day before, heading through the portal in this room which leads to a point near a hunting lodge further north.
  2. Talis is a member of the cult, she is said to be the next in line to be the white wyrmspeaker.
  3. The goods came in via lizards, and were shipped out almost immediately.

The party prepares to go through the portal with the prisoners, as they can hear the black dragon outside taking control of the situation. Unfortunately between Jurra’s horrible speech and Kaius’s execution of Borngray, the women panicked and 6 women were killed heading off into the darkness. The party prepares to head out through the portal.

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