Diary of a Mad Dragonborn Swordmage
Arrived in Baldur's Gate by ship. City is a stew of most races. While exploring the town came upon a huge tree in the center of a busy bazaar, in the midst of a festival honoring the lunar eclipse. Knocked to the ground and almost unconscious by blinding pain and the ground began to shake. The earth opened up and huge claws reached out of the chasm and dragged the tree down into the pit. Many people fell into the pit and died, but around the rim were four other people in bubbles of protection, one unconscious. A strange, undead dragon [dracolich] flew up from the lava below and attacked one of the survivors but could not touch him [human male]. The dragon crawled out and went off through the city, attacking the Flaming Fists and turning them undead as well. Some of these guards came to investigate the scene.
In order to protect the unconscious human, a woman, pretended to know her and called her "Nancy." Later learned her name is "Alundra." Went with Fists, carrying "Nancy", to a nearby station to give statements. The other survivor/victims were the human male, Eldarion, a Drow female named Uxia'Delyl and a pink, squishy kobold [halfling] calling herself "Nibbles."
Released by Fists and told to visit the tower of Rand Drannor the next day to see if he could unravel the mystery. While comparing notes outside the station, someone noticed a spy. Went to the corner he used to hide and coughed poison breath around the corner at him, but he was too quick and ran. The four gave chase, Alundra still being unconscious inside, and caught him after a short chase. Claimed to be "Chuck", spying to sell information to "Sir Trink." Thought anyone buying information should also have information, went there to question the man, but the office was closed so waited across the street for him to arrive in the morning. Turned out he was out of town.
Went to Rand's tower. Met "Nancy" ... Alundra. Rand is an expert in the affairs of dragons. Said our case was interesting and that he would tell us more if we came back before sundown. Uxia wanted to revisit the shop of Trink & Trink to see if the clerk there was holding out information, but stopped by ambush of nine humans dressed similarly to "Chuck." Beat all but one down to submission, killing one. Nibbles took time to loot the bodies and three Fists arrived to investigate. Gave a report, but a Drow male (Rylgyrn) appeared claiming to have seen everything, and said the cultists (all carried ceremonial daggers with a circle sigil with a dragon inside) were having a peaceful rally. Showed dagger to Fist sergeant but he did not recognize the emblem. Explained innocence and volunteered to go to station and make a full report. Drow agreed to go along. Uxia harassed the male along the way, and he suddenly took her scythe, beheaded the sergeant, laughed at her, dropped the weapon and disappeared in a smudge of blackness. Halfling emerged from the alleys and hid the head, but no time to dispose of the body as other two Fists came to investigate. In the confusion of the witnesses, stepped aside and walked away unnoticed, along with Eldarion the human and Nibbles. Female human, Alundra, dressed after the fashion of a wizard, and Uxia, similarly attired, yet with light armor and weapons, so, a warlock, convinced the Fists that they were also witnesses and not involved in the sergeant's death.
All converged at Rand's, again. Said the tree in the bazaar was a magical seal imprisoning the undead dragon, set by a complex series of rituals. To protect the amalgamated magic, the individual rituals were destroyed … but someone may have rediscovered all of them and reversed the warding. Showed Rand the dagger of the cultists and the emblem … he confirmed that the sigil was that of the Red Moon. Suspect that the cultists liberated the dragon for some evil purpose. Rand said his old mentor had more resources in his ruined manor estate some distance from the Baldur's Gate, but could not explore it because it had become infested with goblins. Agreed to go search the manor for more information.
Met a small band of kobolds en route to the manor. Others suspect they meant to attack us, but one of them … "Joe" ... had a striking resemblance and they turned out to be friendly, funny folk. Hated to leave them but honor demanded faithfulness to the mission.
After two evening rests on the little-used road, shortly before mid-morning, arrived at the ruined estate. Accosted a goblin drawing water from a well, who ran inside the manor. Followed him inside and spoke with the leader, agreeing to pay 4gp to go through the books and papers of the library, which he called "kindling." Leaving, Alundra wanted to explore. Encountered a room filled with rats and killed them. Encountered another room of rats and killed them, as well. This room contained items of interest to alchemists and wizards, and Alundra, Uxia and Nibbles sorted out and took some items. Room was used as a pen for rats as food for the goblins.
The goblins came and demanded an explanation for killing the rats. Nibbles explained that the party was preparing a feast for the goblins, but a fight ensued anyway. Goblins were vanquished, but not without cost [down to 2HP before last goblin died].
Just prior to the fight, Eldarion, the human, looked out the window of the room and spotted kobold lances with kobold heads on top … including Joe’s. There was a seventh stick with the head of the Fist sergeant. Someone was following from Baldur’s Gate.
While recovering from the goblin fight, Alundra conjured a floating disc for carrying books and alchemical items. Waited at the front door with Eldarion, keeping an eye on the courtyard, anxious to get out of the manor before darkness and the return of any patrolling goblins, or worse. When pillagers at last loaded to capacity, set out for the city.
Stick with human Fist head turned out to be Uxia’s scythe. The Drow was on the second floor of the manor and attacked with an impressive hand crossbow weapon. Nibbles ran for the wall as Uxia, Alundra and Eldarion maneuvered to attack up into the window where the Drow was hiding, spying on us with a mirror. Charged inside to cut off Drow’s escape route and flank him with those outside. Nibbles scaled the wall nimbly as the others sent Eldritch, magical and missile fire into the window.
Came upon the Drow in the small, ruined chamber, repulsed by an unseen force, but threw Iarunn [longsword] and injured him, to his surprise. Nibbles popped up behind the Drow and mortally wounded him, them committed the coup de grace.
After looting the Drow’s body for valuables and useful items … finding an impressive shortsword and claiming an interest in it … set out again to put distance from the manor for nightfall, on the way back to Baldur’s Gate….