In Attendance: Athemathos, Durmindin, Oenomaus Mensah, Watcher
We left Darguun safely and arrived back at Starilaskur with the dragon egg hidden under a blanket on the horse we stole from one of the House Deneith members. Major Kevril Urthadar, welcomed us back and asked us for a tale of our adventure. He was very shocked to find out we had returned with a dragon egg. We set up a stall in the barn for the egg and Watcher lived up to his name and watched the egg 24 hours a day. Actually, Watcher did take a break from watching the egg and went to go kill a deer in anticipation of feeding the baby dragon. After 3 days, on the 14th of Barrakas, the egg began to hatch. Watcher called for the rest of the group and we all watched as a baby red dragon hatched from the egg. It was hungry so we fed it deer meat and after it clumsily crawled around for a couple hours it fell asleep on Watcher’s lap. This routine continued for a while, eat sleep, poop. It began walking once it was a day old. We were curious if it was a boy or a girl so Watcher flipped it over and Durmindin checked, it’s a girl!
By 2 weeks the dragon was running, clumsily, and understanding commands like sit, come and stay. Durmindin and Watcher used their vast knowledge of nature to train the dragon. By 4 weeks the dragon had started flying, although they were short flights.
It was at this time that we had to leave for the Sharn Festival. Vailen d’Lyrandar had an event to judge there and the rest of us were going to compete. Dox stayed with Major Kevril Urthadar and the dragon. Using House Orien teleportation stations we traveled to Sharn.
The Sharn Festival was huge with various events to become involved with, and lots of food, drink, and music. While walking around and looking at all the events we bumped into Dorian d’Cannith. He put on a fake smile and pretended to be happy to see us. He asked where we’ve been staying lately but we wouldn’t tell him. He asked if Dox was around and if so, who was he pretending to be today? Watcher really wanted to attack Dorian, and Dorian encouraged him because he wanted to see Watcher get arrested for assaulting someone at the festival. He also wanted to remind us that he hasn’t forgotten about us since our escape and he will make us pay for the death of his son, Davoren. He told us to enjoy the festival and then walked away.
Getting back to the festival, there were numerous events, many sponsored by the various Houses. We will list them below and any medals we won in the event.
It was actually any ranged projectile against a target. Each contestant got 3 shots. Watcher, surprisingly, won a gold medal and Durmindin got a Bronze.
This was an elimination style tournament using our skills with a melee weapon. Athemathos, Oenomaus Mensah, and Watcher all entered this event but each one was eliminated. We won no medals.
This was an obstacle course where we had to use our agility to get to the end. None of the contestants actually finished the gauntlet so the final decision was in the hands of the judges. Watcher, again surprisingly, won a Silver medal and Durmindin won a Bronze.
There were 3 walls set up with different difficulties. We had to climb up and then climb back down. Watcher took a Silver medal.
We had to run 24 miles in 3 hours. Watcher with his great endurance took a Silver medal.
Contestants had to sneak across a field without being seen by a scout at the other end. Oenomaus Mensah took a Silver medal.
Contestants now had to spot spies trying to sneak across the field. Oenomaus Mensah, with his keen eyes, took a Gold medal.
Test your Might
Contestants had to break 3 things of various difficulties. Watcher took a Bronze medal.
Mixed amongst a crowd with some people telling lies and some telling the truth, contestants had to use their insight to detect who was telling the lies. And then we switched and had a chance to tell the lies and not get caught. For their excellent insight, Oenomaus Mensah took a Gold medal and Watcher took a Bronze. For being good liars, Athemathos got a Silver medal and Watcher got a Bronze.
Each contestant was given a “patient”. We had to question them about their symptoms, diagnose their condition and then apply a treatment. Durmindin got a Gold medal and Athemathos got a Bronze.
Each contestant was allowed to craft an item. Dorian d’Cannith was one of the judges and we’re sure he gave us a bad score on purpose. There were two other judges and even with Dorian giving us a bad score Oenomaus Mensah took a Silver medal, although we’re sure he would have won Gold if not for Dorian d’Cannith.
We rigged this event by having Athemathos fight Oenomaus Mensah and Durmindin fight Watcher, but Athemathos and Durmindin let the other two win. The final match was between Oenomaus Mensah and Watcher. In the end, Watcher took Gold, Oenomaus Mensah took Silver and Durmindin took Bronze.
Contestants had to entertain a crowd with their story telling abilities. Athemathos took a Gold medal and Watcher took a Bronze.
Test of Faith
Each contestant had to chant hymns and perform a religious ceremony for this event. Athemathos took a Silver medal and Oenomaus Mensah took a Bronze.
Contestants must use their animal companion or familiar to accomplish tasks with them. Durmindin was about to start this event when screaming was heard.
House Vadalis had various creatures on display in cages throughout the festival. The locks on the cages had broken and the wild animals were getting loose. There was a Dire Tiger, a Young Owlbear, a Ruin Scarab Collider, a Silverback Gorilla, and four Spitting Cobras loose in our vicinity. The Sharn Watch had engaged animals elsewhere. Dorian d’Cannith was right next to the cage with the Young Owlbear and was in immediate danger. We thought about leaving him there to die (although against the oath of the Silver Flame) but decided saving him might improve our relationship with him. (ever the optimists) It didn’t matter because Dorian d’Cannith fled the first chance he got. The Owlbear took a swipe at his back as he fled but it missed. The Dire Tiger mauled one poor soul who happened to be right next to the cage and then it moved over to attack Athemathos. Durmindin put a grasping tide on all four of the Spitting Cobras. Thankfully the cobras are low to the ground and all four immediately drowned in the vortex of water. (later, our nature checks revealed that the cobras would have been able to blind us with their spit, so thank goodness we got rid of them early.) We all focused our attacks on the Dire Tiger and it dropped quickly. Next, the silverback gorilla died, eventually followed by the Young Owlbear. Only the Scarab was left and it fell quickly to our attacks. This fight was very easy, only Athemathos was bloodied and mainly because he kept marking all the animals. The festival events really got us pumped as we rarely missed our attacks. Meanwhile the animals could barely hit us.
Once the battle was over and everything was under control again Iyan ir’Talan, the Lord Commander of the Sharn Watch came over and thanked us for stopping the beasts and saving many lives. He remembered us from 2 months ago as we were the lead investigators in the murder of Hadvar Arroway here in Sharn which led to the arrest of Zanben Sapphiredge. He thanked us again and said he may have need to ask for our assistance in the future if Sharn ever needs our help.
Dorian d’Cannith, also thanked us for saving his life and many others, very publicly. And then privately leaned in and blamed us for the animals getting loose in an attempt to kill him. Watcher, publicly, accused Dorian d’Cannith of being responsible for the animals release. Dorian d’Cannith scoffed and pointed out that he was in immediate danger from the animals. House Vadalis apologized for the danger the animals caused. Looking at the locks on the cages, which were made by House Cannith, they were all broken. House Vadalis blamed House Cannith for this incident. House Cannith examined the locks and determined someone had tampered with them so they would break. The Sharn Watch said they would look into the incident to determine who is to blame as it appears this involves some sabotage.
Getting back to the festival…
Durmindin took a Silver medal.
The final event: Sky Ship Race
This is a group event where teams work together to race a Sky Ship through the tight towers of Sharn. Durmindin steered the ship & predicted wind gusts, Oenomaus Mensah spotted upcoming turns and obstacles, Watcher held the sails and endured the hold, and Athemathos used his insight to predict the opponents movements to avoid mid-air collisions. Athemathos also intimidated and yelled at other ships when they flew near. We did quite well. There was a mid-air collision with another ship when Athemathos did not successfully predict that a sky ship that had become lost during the race would blind-side us with a t-bone impact. We had to make saving throws to not be thrown overboard. There was a railing on the ship which gave us a bonus to our saves. And thank goodness for that as Athemathos, Oenomaus Mensah and Watcher would have all been thrown overboard if not for the railings. During the final stretch of the race Oenomaus Mensah didn’t spot an obstacle and the ship collided. Oenomaus Mensah was thrown overboard but everyone else managed to stay aboard. Luckily we had tied life lines around our waists so Oenomaus Mensah only dangled from the sky ship.
Our group took the Gold medal for this event.
This was the last event. There was a ceremony at the end where they handed out medals and gold pieces for the winners. We won 20,000gp in total and 26 medals. 7 Gold, 9 Silver, 10 Bronze.
Watcher received 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 5 Bronze. 11 medals.
Oenomaus Mensah received 3 Gold, 3 Silver and 1 Bronze. 7 medals.
Durmindin received 2 Gold, 1 Silver and 3 Bronze. 6 medals.
Athemathos received 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. 5 medals.
The Gold medal amount doesn’t add up correctly because each team member received a Gold medal for the Sky Ship Race.
We used the teleportation circle to travel back to Starilaskur. As soon as we arrived back in Starilaskur even before we left the teleportation room a Warforged approached Oenomaus Mensah, put his hand on his shoulder and whispered, “Dorian says he owes you this.” And then the Warforged blew up in a burst explosion!! None of us were seriously hurt but there were injured people all over the place. We tended to the wounded. Guards came rushing in the room and asked what happened. Watcher said, Dorian d’Cannith sent a Warforged to kill us. The guards seemed skeptical of this accusation and asked for proof. The guards searched the room and amidst pieces of the Warforged they found a charred amulet holy symbol of the Dark Six. Engraved on the back were the words, “Death to the Sovereign Host & Silver Flame”. The guards said they would notify the Sharn Watch that a Dark Six cult just attacked Starilaskur. Athemathos was apprehensive that Dorian d’Cannith now knows which city we traveled to.
We continued back to the farm of Major Kevril Urthadar where Dox and the dragon were waiting. We spent the next 6 months (and all of winter) at the farm raising the dragon. Teaching her to speak and skills she can use. Once she was 7 months old she had grown to a medium sized dragon, she was flying well and learning how to speak. We also spent time shopping for items and tending to our personal lives. Vailen d’Lyrandar is a member of House Lyrandar afterall and has responsibilities to the House. Over those 6 months we earned another 5,000gp from personal duties and minor jobs.
We have some decisions to make about the baby red dragon.
All was quiet and peaceful for us until the beginning of the month of Eyre, mid-spring, in the year 999YK. That was when we received a message…