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Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?


Guzzler

Did... did the dragon just talk about flying ?

A wave of enthusiasm submerges Guzzler and before they realize what they are doing, they are trying to climb onto the dragon's back, cawing with glee. They are surprisingly light for their size, about ninety pounds for their five foot something frame.

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Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Bugsy

Watching Guzzler (he assumes drunkenly) trying to mount Dalzranorth, Bugsy sighs, reaches up, and takes his pack off his back.

"Don't want to drop that, little bird."

He looks to the dragon and raises an eyebrow.

"Anything you need carried, Dal?"

8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

"Uh... yeah... yes please. Just until we get to the bottom." [Dalzranorth pulls the straps on his carrying harness. It, and his rations, slump to the ground] "It's not that heavy, but I'm not quite robust enough to carry much more during flight." [Dalz picks up the harness and hands it to Bugsy] "Thank you."

Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Bugsy

Bugsy takes a moment to strap pack to pack to pack, goes over to the rope, and without looking back starts climbing down.

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

1. Ledge


Crushclaw easily makes his way down the fairly new rope, as he makes his way down he finds a sandy ledge that overlooks a subterranean gulf of darkness to the west. The ledge is wide but rough. Sand, rocky debris, and the bones of small animals cover it. A rough hewn stairwell zigs and zags down the side of the ledge, descending into darkness.

He his feet touch the floor he hears some screeching and a series of bodies slam into him two giant rats rip into him and put him down. He is bleeding out, having had no time to even see his attackers. Luckily Dalzanorth and Guzzler were on their way down.

Crushclaw climbs down, not quietly, the rats hide then rush the first person to land. And a crit on one followed by a pack tactics advantage attack with a good damage roll on the other is enough to put Crushclaw down. Didn't roll for the third rat as that would potentially have outright killed Crushclaw.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

"Hold on Guzzler, I've only done this with gnomes before." [Dalzranorth makes sure his companion is secure, unfolds his wings to their full span, and steps off the side of the cliff face. It's more of a control glide down than actual flying as the goal is losing altitude gracefully instead of gaining it.]

ritorix
Jul 22, 2007

Vancian Roulette



Feng Shen
10HP 3/4 PSI

Feng steps off the cliff to his death! But he simply glides gently down to the bottom on the winds of air. No rope necessary for him. Ignoring the nasty rats, the tiefling lays a hand on Crushclaw and meditates. A bit of life stirs back in the fallen creature.


Gliding down via Mastery of Air, no falling damage.
Crushclaw is healed for 6 via Psionic Restoration. -1 Psi.

Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?


Guzzler

Guzzler pull out their flute and jam it into their beak as the descent begins, the wind ruffling through their feathers. This wasn't quite flying but drat, it's the closest they had ever gotten so far. Guzzler did their best to hold on with their legs, freeing their hands to play the old tune they usually played when dreaming of the big open sky.

As they approach the ground Guzzler snaps back to reality and actually realizes the precarious position Crushclaw and Feng are in. They let go of the flute and vault off Dalz' back as soon as it is safe enough to do so. Their staff whirs through the air and one of the rats barely has enough time to jump to the side before it hits the ground with a loud thud. This last minute dodge leaves it off-balance and Guzzler capitalizes on that mistake with a lashing kick, raking the rat with their talons.

Staff misses, unarmed strike hits for 6, rat is in very bad shape.

8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

Lift. Maintain descent. No sharp turns, I don't have a harness to...
Is Guzzler playing their flute?
Canyon wall! Canyon wall! Remember 'graceful turns when you have a rider'.
Ok. Not so... Bugsy!!!!


[Once Dalzrannorth feels Guzzler vault from his back he lands and instincts take over. He lands hard, inhales, rears up, and unleashes the elemental fury that resides at the heart of all dragons]

"Raaaahhhhhhhhhhrrrrrgggggggg!!!!!!!!!!!"
[A line of acid washes over two of the giant rats.]

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Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Bugsy

Bugsy stumbles to his feet, pulling out his warhammer. Taking a moment to shake his head (second wind heals 4hp) he lashes out at the first rat he sees. Grunting a curse in Abyssal, he aims about an inch over the rat, hitting nothing but air.

Punting
Sep 9, 2007
I am very witty: nit-witty, dim-witty, and half-witty.



Zemo



The corgi is the last to join in, leaving his cart behind and taking a moment to leave his mastiff with strict instructions not to wander too far away while hunting. He swears a little at his own pokiness when he hears the sounds of combat already, and rushes down the rope to join the party.

Sorry, sorry, it's been a crazy few days, didn't mean to hold the game up! Climbing down the rope to join the rest of the party and fight some rats.

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

1. Ledge


Guzzler messes up one rat, and Dalzanorth nearly melts the other two. Yet they all survive. The rest of the group does not accomplish much in exterminating the rats. But luckily avoid most of the rats' retaliations. Though Dalzanorth does get bitten by one of the rats.

Feng concentrates and gives one of the rats an aneurysm, causing it to keel over and die, blood seeping out of its nose and mouth. Zemo drops down landing with a thud on one of the rats, squishing it and getting a bit bruised in the process. And Dalzanorth snaps up the last rat with a bite.

Two misses and a hit, even with advantage. Dalzanorth took 4 damage.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

[Dalzranorth bites into the rat that wounded him, tearing it apart.] "HI AHRAAN DII GRAH-ZEYMAHZIN! HI DIR MED ROTS!'*

[Looking around he seems to come out of whatever 'zone' he was in] "Oh, uh... sorry if that was loud."




*Translation from Draconic: "You attack my ally! You die like rats!"

Punting
Sep 9, 2007
I am very witty: nit-witty, dim-witty, and half-witty.



Zemo



It wasn't a particularly graceful maneuver, and it rattled his bones right up to his skull, but it worked - one popped rat, one mostly-alive paladin!

"Well! That...was an exciting start. Lets hope it doesn't get too much crazier, haha!" he said with a little grin, and then grimaced on account of his aching paws, and sets to patching up himself and Dalzanorth, soft green light emanating from his hands as he passes out a little healing.

"Now then...lets see where this path leads us, shall we?"

Heading down the stairway from the ledge, weapons out, just in case!

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

1. Ledge


Zemo, Dalzanorth and Crushclaw begin descending the stairwell to the first ledge, then to the second. As they reach the second they can begin to see the darkness below.

2. Switchback Stairs

A fortress emerges from the darkness. The subterranean citadel, though impressive, seems long forgotten, if the lightless windows,cracked crenellations, and leaning towers are any indication. All is quiet, though a cold breeze blows up from below, bringing with it the scent of dust and a faint trace of rot.

They continue on

3. Crumbled Courtyard

The narrow stairs empty into a small courtyard, apparently the top of what was once a crenellated battlement. The buried citadel has sunk so far into the earth that the battlement is now level with the surrounding floor. That floor stretches away to the north and south, composed of a layer of treacherous, crumbled masonry, which reaches to an unknown depth . To the west looms the surviving structure of what must be the Sunless Citadel. A tower stands on the west side of the courtyard.

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ritorix
Jul 22, 2007

Vancian Roulette



Feng Shen
10HP 3/4 PSI

"Do you know how many newly-formed adventuring parties perish due to simple vermin? Nearly 20%. Twenty Percent. And they almost got us too."

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel


3. Crumbled Courtyard

The courtyard is dark, so Guzzler lights a torch. Dalzranorth strides forward and falls into a hidden trapdoor, he smacks into the ground and then gets eaten by a giant rat. Or at least savagely bitten and falls unconscious, bleeding to death. Crushclaw rushes up and throws a dagger at the rat, severely hurting it. Zemo throws a javelin at it but misses. Dalzranorth's wounds get worse. And then Guzzler moves up and throws a dart at the rat. Killing it. Dalzranorth continues to bleed.

Erdan moves up and strings a song that picks Dalzranorth up. Though Dalzranorth is still down a ten foot deep hole.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

[Dalzranorth comes to slowly] "Owww, mo bones... Wait, those aren't my bones." [Shaking his head he looks around a bit and leaps up, digging his claws into the lip of the hole, dragging himself up and over.]

"Three things guys: One: Owww!"
"Two, there was potential loot down there on a goblin corpse."
"Three, I know the day is young, but again, owwwww. Can we take a breather?"

ritorix
Jul 22, 2007

Vancian Roulette



Feng Shen
10HP 3/4 PSI

Let's short rest to let a few of you spend hit dice.

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel


3. Crumbled Courtyard

The group takes a break to catch their breath and recover, about a minute after the trapdoor was triggered it resets, closing again. Leaving whatever treasures may have been on the goblin beneath.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

[After Guzzler tied off the rope around their waist and sets off the trapdoor Dalzranorth, with the rope securely in his jaws, lowers them into the pit to retrieve the dead goblin's possessions]
"Mmmist miv ma migmal men ooo want me do mull ooo oop."

Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?


Guzzler

Guzzler give the rope around their waist one last tug before giving the dragon a thumbs up and jumping onto the trapdoor and down the hole. There doesn't actually seem to be all that much down here, a scimitar, a shield and the goblin's coin pouch. Guzzler grab all they can and search through their memory for a sentence to use as a signal.

"That should... that should be enough, right?" Dalz's voice rings out from the hole. It wasn't perfect but it should do.

Once Guzzler is back up, they pass around the items, having little use for them themselves. The coin pouch contains a whopping 23 sp and 4 gp. They leave the pouch with the others, someone would divvy up the wealth at the end of their adventure, probably Feng or Zemo. Their attention is drawn to the small catwalk that leads to the door of the room. Tilting their head sideways they try to make out any traps or dangers but can't find anything.

Guzzler creep towards the door, tapping the floor in front of them with their quarterstaff.

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel


3. Crumbled Courtyard

Guzzler easily glides over the crumbled masonry, without disturbing it at all, and carefully opens the door. Leading to...

4. TOWER SHELL

This circular area is cobbled with cracked granite, upon which sprawl the bodies of four goblins, apparently slain in combat. One corpse stands with its back against the western wall, the spear that killed it still skewering it and holding it upright. Three wooden doors lead from this area. A hollow tower of loose masonry reaches thirty feet into the air, but the intervening floors and stairs are gone, except for a couple of crumbled ledges.

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Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?


Guzzler

"You have to learn from your mistakes" everyone keeps saying, all around the world. Guzzler heard that one in his birth-flock, on the road, in the monastery, in the tavern, everywhere. They had to admit that it sounded like a pretty good plan. Peeking through the door they try to make out any traps in the next room but if there are any, they are too well hidden.

Perception 19, didn't find anything. Guzzler's gonna wait for someone to step up and be the leader.

Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Bugsy

Bugsy carefully climbs over the debris and around the trap, stepping into the circular room ahead of Guzzler. Acrobatics roll: 12, success.

The three goblins on the floor have nothing of interest on them, aside from teethmarks where the rats have been gnawning on them. The 4th goblin, pinned to the wall with a spear is similarly uninteresting, except it looks like there may be writing on the wall behind him.

He calls back: "Hey, Feng, need your expertise here, I think."

ritorix
Jul 22, 2007

Vancian Roulette



Feng Shen
10HP 3/4 PSI

"Oh? Of course, of course."

Walking carefully over the goblin corpses, Feng peers down his glasses at the writing, making several 'hmmm' sounds.

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

4. TOWER SHELL

Crushclaw pulls the spear free, dropping the goblin body, so Feng can inspect the writing. They are Draconic runes, and as Feng can read the language he understands that it says "Ashardalon".

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ritorix
Jul 22, 2007

Vancian Roulette



Feng Shen
10HP 3/4 PSI

"Mmm. Hmmmm. Ahhh yes, this speaks of Ashardalon. Ancient and nasty, that one, a red dragon quite a bit larger than our own resident dragon. Perhaps a target of worship by this Cult of the Dragon, though they would only seek to raise him from the dead to fulfill their prophecy."

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

4. TOWER SHELL

Dalzranorth moves up to the southwest door and after some fumbling gets it open.

6. OLD APPROACH

The masonry walls of this twenty-foot-wide hall are in poor repair. The far end has collapsed, filling the southern section with rubble. The western wall is in much better shape than the other walls, and it holds a stone door with a rearing dragon carved in relief on it. The door has a single keyhole, situated in the rearing dragon's open mouth.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

[Not noticing anything immediately dangerous Dalzranorth walks into the room to get a better look at the door.]
"I found a fancier door in here! It has a dragon carved in it! That makes sense, right? Cult of the Dragon and all?"

[Dalz cautiously moves up to the door, gives it a good look, and then tries to open it.]
"Dang. It's locked. Does anyone know anything about locks? I asked my dad to show me how to pick one once but my lack of thumbs made following along difficult."

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Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Bugsy

As we did not think to bring a rogue, just a stealthy fighter, the party soon gives up on the fancy locked dragon door, and opens the northwest door.

Inside is a 40 foot hallway, with a single door at the west end, as well as a set across from each other exiting north and south.

The south door in particular is decorated with a stone relief of dragonfish swimming around it.

"Well, Dal, you're a dragon, this place is covered in dragons, which way do we go? Are dragonfish good or bad?"

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

[Dalzranorth sizes up all three doors] "South? Yeah... Lets go south."
[After fumbling with the door for a bit and finding it's locked] "Err... North, North is good too."

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Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

After inspecting two of the doors the group finds the southern door locked, and the northern door unlocked. They open the northern door.

13. Empty Room

This ruined chamber stands empty of all but a litter of rocky debris.

Dalzranorth inspects the room a bit but finds nothing, then goes and inspects the western door. Finding nothing wrong with it he maneuvers to open it.

15. ?????? Cell

Crudely executed symbols and glyphs, scribed in bright green dye, decorate this large and irregularly shaped crumbling chamber. A large pit in the center shows evidence of a recent fire. A metallic cage in the middle of the southern wall contains a gaping hole and stands empty. A small wooden bench draped with green cloth is next to the cage, and several small objects rest on it. A bedroll lies near the wooden bench, and the sound of whimpering comes from inside it.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

"Hey we got..." [Dalzranorth stops himself, looks back and in a quieter tone continues] "We found something. Someone's tried to write something in Draconic on the walls and I can hear something whimpering. That's rarely good."

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

15. Dragon Cell

Guzzler and Dalzranorth move into the room carefully. Guzzler finds containers of green dye. a paintbrush made of goblin-hair bristles, and four tiny jade figurines of dragons (worth 15 gp each) on the table.

Dalzranorth on the other hand gets a closer look at the crude signs in draconic, finding they say "Here There Be Dragons."

The whimpering form doesn't react to the entry or rummaging around on the table.

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8one6
May 20, 2012

When in doubt, err on the side of awesome.

Dalzranorth

"'Here there be dragons' Well, that's true now anyway." [Dalzranorty turned back to the group to let them know what it the graffiti said and then noticed that the whimpering hadn't abated.]

"Hello? Are you alright? Do you need help?" [When he received no response he tried again in Draconic, and then in Gnomish. Still no response. Dalzranorth pulled the blanket covering the crying form away, revealing a kobold.]

"It's a kobold." [Dalz turned back to the group] "Does anyone know to get a kobold to stop crying?"

Fathis Munk
Feb 23, 2013

??? ?


Guzzler

Now Guzzler were not the most original fellow, but based on their astute observation of local customs in the Yawning Portal, they had a good idea what would help here.

They calmly offer their wine filled gourd to the kobold.

No need to be creative when the answer was this obvious.

Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

15. Dragon Cell

The kobold does not respond to the profering of alcohol, as it is unaware of its presence. The kobold clearly isn't even aware of the fairly quiet adventurers yet.


Crushclaw strides forward and picks up the kobold, who gives off a squeak of fright and then turns the kobold toward Dalzranorth. As the kobold sets eyes on Dalzranorth it briefly brightens up and starts to squeak "Cal..." before the joy drains away and he begins crying again, as well as trembling in fright in Crushclaw's grasp.

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Relentless
Sep 22, 2007

It's a perfect day for some mayhem!




Bugsy

Crushclaw holds the kobold at arm's length, trying not to get any tears or snot on him. He raises an eyebrow and looks at Dalzranorth.

"Aren't kobolds supposed to worship dragons or something, Dal? Or do you eat them? Is that why it's scared?"

He sniffs the kobold.

"He doesn't smell that great, but if that's your thing, go for it."

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Ryuujin
Sep 26, 2007
Dragon God

Sunless Citadel

15. Dragon Cell

The kobold whimpers and tries to curl up into a ball in Crushclaw's grip. "No. No eat Meepo." He hiccups a cry. "Dragon. The clan's dragon ... we lost it. The wretched goblins stole Calcryx, our dragon!" He sniffs, and blows his nose on Crushclaw's arm before returning to his sobbing.

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