Session 26 January 2014
After consulting the map further the party decide to head to the dwarves that are noted on the map. The dragon born dwarf Tankar rides up front. They reach some rolling foot hills. There appear to be deep sea albatross flying above the nearby land. Cathbad takes the form of an eagle and takes off towards the birds. On the back of one of the great birds is a small creature. About half the size of a Halfling and seems to look very similar. The creature hands Cathbad a cracker. He attempts to communicate with the lead albatross. They start with the pleasantries and then Cathbad asks why he has a small person on his back. They reign them and ride them but they don’t know where from. Cathbad starts to communicate with the quarterling and asks about the dwarves. He drops some names and Cathbad tells him to let them know they are coming. The tiny person serves the dwarves. The creature was born Halfling but drank a potion to shrink so he could join the air corpse.
There is a ballista located behind the tower Cathbad locates down the road. It is aimed at the temporary tower. Cathbad swoops down and scratches a crude drawing of what he saw. Further along he sees some mine entrances and there appear to be 7 dwarves outside the mines. They are heavily armoured and they are clearly there to be used as intimidating guards. One dwarf is in slightly less impressive armour, runs towards the group. He approaches the party and aggressively asks who they are, addressing Tankar. He asks what Basalt is. He turns to the dwarves up on high and tells them to close the gate.
He then turns to greet them slightly more courteously. They call this place Radvok and there are apparently thousands of inhabitants. In a short time the guards up above have reached the gate and entered. An older well appointed dwarf walks down in about 10 minutes. He demands to know what they are doing there. Tankar tells him they are investigating the deed to the castle. They allude to the fact that Glim owns it. Jock asks about the dragons and gets some more information. He learns that 1 is at least a thousand years old. Glim shows the Dwarves the map and tries to get some more information about it. They seem to think it is rather accurate.
The old Dwarf offers them hospitality for the evening. When the travellers return they should ask the guards to see Prince Radgar.
They leave the hills and towards the druids. There is a druid named Casia who does not want the elves to enter. Cathbad has to take responsibility for the elves so they can enter. They are let through and introduced to the grand druid. The trees in the area are sentient moving creatures. Bishaw brings out some lentil pancakes. They are edible but not overly palatable. The beer made of it tastes pretty good. When the pleasantries are done and dusted they begin to discuss the dragons and castle Redkorn. The druids only know of 2 in there.
Willowbark sits down and eats lentil pancakes so she is not distracted by anything and is on her best behaviour. Meanwhile Cedric goes and talks to a tree and gets down to the root of the problem as to why elves are forbidden from entering the grove. It seems elves can control and order the trees to do whatever they want and not so long ago a group of juvenile elves entered the grove and caused havoc.
Cathbad asks more questions. The druids dont know of any secret entrances into Castle Redkorn. Glim shows them the map. Skeleton is that of an old ancient gold dragon which the Cult of the Dragon use sometimes as a temple. Legend says several thousand years ago a dragon called Tyranthraxis tried to take over the city and now there are rumours of a Lich dragon in the vicinity.
On hearing this Willowbark decides to go scout out the area with Cedric joining her to try and keep her out of trouble. The party shortly follows after them since they cant get any more information from the druids. Cathbad takes some barrels of Lentil beer to give to the dwarves as a gift or trade offering between the two races.
Wilowbark and Cedric soon reach a hollow which seems to have been caused by a dragon crashing to the ground. The skeleton has different grafitti carved into it. There are lots of tracks around but none of them recent. Willowbark investigates some mounds in the area which she thinks are graves. The party catch up and all they can see is what looks like Willowbark about to desecrate the graves. They stop her. Cedric realises they are gnomish grave stones but the writing is not known.Tankar finds a trap door under a campfire. Basalt determines there is no trap. Tankar uses his mighty strength and opens the trapdoor to find a crossbow pointing at him. it fires at him so he drops down the hole on top of whoever is there. It looks like a Tiefling, Darren is his name. Tankar releases him. The party climb down. There are tunnels at the bottom, the one to the north is well made, the others are not. This is Darrens family mine. This exit is an escape tunnel. 3 miles to the west is the main exit. The party follow Darren to meet his family.
They enter a large cavern with a ship in it that looks exactly the same as a previous ship the party encountered, it seems to be the family home. The ship is a spelljammer. The Ministry of Magic gave them permission to mine here. As far as the family are concerned The Ministry controls the spelljammer lanes and the family think they are currently located and mining on an asteroid. They dont have any other information on the ministry of magic. The family have 3 wizards located down here somewhere.
Erupting from the ground a few meters away from the party is a huge angry Earth elemental that starts to attack the ship. The party intervene and a fight starts. After it dies it transforms into a 4 armed ape. Darrens father thanks the party and will let them use the tunnel to get closer to Castle Redkorn.
The party decide to go back to the dwarves and rest and shop. Glim goes shopping and buys a permanent shrinking potion. Cathbad gives the dwarves the barrels of lentil beer and sets up a trading route between the 2 groups.