The Ancient Lands: Rise of the Dragon Queen

Draconic Council
Episode 6: Metallic Dragons, Arise

The hero's, having survived the second assassination attempt upon their group as a whole, are summoned to the meet with the Council once again.

Being brought before the council, they allow the silver dragon Otaaryliakkarnos—in the guise of the human Elia—to take the floor and present her request. The Draconic council has extended an invitation to the humanoid factions involved in the current Dragon Cult goings on. The Council of Stockholm was unable to agree upon whom from their various factions should go. The only ones they could even come close to agreeing upon was the hero's. Being told of this, Elia approaches the PC's and offers to take them to the meeting place immediately. 

The Hero's, agreeing, leave the city of Stockholm through the West Gate, and then see Elia transform into her true self. A silver dragon of immense size. She turns her head to the hero's, and tells them to mount up. The only one not to mount up is MIKE. He simply informs her that he would prefer to stay behind.

Granting him his wish, Otaaryliakkarnos flies off in a westerly direction. After a day of travel, she stops on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean to rest for the evening. During the initial journey overland, the hero's see various ruins of isolated settlements and smoke hanging on the horizon. They see, in the far off distance, smoke on the horizon. Asking what has been happening, Otaaryliakkarnos informs them that various cult marauders, brigands, refugees, and chromatic dragons bent on destruction have been terrorizing the area.

In the morning, they continue on their journey, out over the Atlantic ocean. The journey again takes most of the day. They land on a small chain of islands, one of which was an active volcano. That's the one they land on, and then Otaaryliakkarnos changes back into her human guise as Elia and escorts them in and introduces her to the other 4 council members.

Protanther – Male Gold Dragon

Ileuthra – Male Brass Dragon

Nymmurh - Male Bronze Dragon

Tazmikella – Female Copper Dragon

After introductions are made, Otaaryliakkarnos, in her guise as Elia, takes the fifth and final throne. After several tense heartbeats Protanther finally said "Convince us why we should not leave you humanoids to your own fate? Why, as Otaaryliakkarnos suggests, should we join forces with you in the fight against the Cult of Dragon?"

Several hours go by, each side arguing their case for or against the proposed alliance, and neither side doing much in the way of changing the minds of the other. Then, during the dinner break, TIM says a single word; treasure. This got the group talking about what do all dragon's crave, including those of a good bent. The answer was simple; treasure. 

Still using their words, the party tried to sway the council of dragons to their cause, with little to no success. One of the party, tired of the lack of progress, shouted "TREASURE", at which point all five of the dragons stopped their arguing with one another, and with the party, and focused on the one that spoke up. 

"You may keep the treasure that the cult is accumulating for her return."

Protanther then said "Go on." 

"The cult is accumulating a vast treasure to honor her upon her return. You may keep it. Including the Masks." Then a discussion started about the fate of the Dragon Masks, with the Council attempting to destroy the masks first; but, if unable to destroy the masks, the masks will be kept in safekeeping by dragonkind. 

The final decision of the Draconic Council: To join with the humanoids in their attack on the Cult of the Dragon. They will keep any dragon masks retrieved, and 1/3 of the treasure, not including that which needs to be returned to survivors of the cultist activities. 

With an agreement reached, Otaaryliakkarnos had the party mount upon her, and flew back to Stockholm.

 

Meanwhile….

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Assassins!
The Cult Strikes Back (Part 2)

Our heroes, having returned to Gamla stan (Stockholm) from their visit to the Ardennes forest, attempt to get in contact with King Melandrach, bringing news of the loss of the King's son.

Ken made arrangements to meet with Delaan Winterhound, and get the information he needed to finally hatch (and hopefully bond with) his dragon egg. Delaan agreed to met with him. Delaan provided Ken with the details, including some other details, prior to teleporting out. 

Meanwhile, the Cult of the Dragon has made plans to attempt to deal with  the troublesome heroes.  They called in Alduin, a black dragon, to cause chaos in the city. A heartbeat after Delaan teleported out, Alduin ripped the roof off of the Inn. Then he breathed his acid into the Inn, hovering overhead outside of melee range. Moments later several of Ken's friends charged up the stairs of the inn, trying to figure out what was going on. 

After a few dives the dragon saw the city militia starting to get organized, and flew off. 

 

michael went outside to climb to the roof and then there was roof and jumped to the ground.

 

michael, suffering from the dragon fear, started to run away

 

when michael started to return he saw some skulking figures moving quickly towards the inn

following behind he finds that they are vampires, and gets into a minor scuffle with one

the head vampire came in, charmed Ken with a spell saying 'the gnome betrayed you'. Ken, believing the vampire after being charmed, then charmed Laura using similar magic. Ken then turned to Tim and tried to convince him that the gnome had betrayed the party. 

 

Tim nuke the vampire and gnome helped

Laura did wussy attack on gnome while he resisted my spells

Vampire goes mist and gets away, while his lackeys did not. 

 

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