Three new adventurers met for the first time to answer mayor Kendra Deverin’s call for help. Something horrible has been killing livestock and terrorizing the farms around the rugged seaside town of Sandpoint and the mayor was desperate for assistance in vanquishing the mysterious creature known only as “Black Fang”. Our brave party was made up of Kyra, a virtuous and level-headed cleric, Ezren, a brilliant but inscrutable wizard and Valeros, a loyal and impetuous fighter.
Our heroes were investigating an acid-damaged statue outside the moss covered entrance to Black Fang’s lair when two shrieking goblins sprang from the cave to attack them. The goblins seemed uncoordinated for they were unable to get in a good hit during the brief encounter. Just beyond the cave entrance was a filthy, stinking chamber. Kyra spotted a rusty old key that opened the goblin’s worn, wooden treasure box that contained some gold, a fine dagger, a small ruby and a potion that Ezren discerned would cure light wounds.
A Magical Fountain
Next our heroes moved through the only door in the chamber and discovered a small room bathed in the golden glow of a flowing, rune-etched stone fountain. There was a closed wooden door in the southwest corner and an open passageway in the northwestern corner of the room. The party noticed faint talking and listened carefully to determine its source. It sounded like goblins, arguing in their own language, coming from the direction of the northwestern passageway. The source of the golden light was the magical water itself. Kyra’s training as a priestess gave her the knowledge to read the runes which said that anyone who offers gold to Desna would receive a blessing. The team took this to mean they might receive a boon from dropping a few coins in the fountain. After doing so with seemingly no result our adventurers almost gave up before deciding to drink from it. All three cupped their hands and sipped the glowing water but only Ezren and Kyra noticed that they felt suddenly more confident for what might lie ahead. Valeros grunted in disappointment. Before leaving the fountain everyone filled their waterskins with the liquid, but noticed that as the water entered the containers the glow seemed to dissipate.
A Goblin Feud
Valeros used his stealth skills to peek into the large cavern up ahead. He saw a few armored goblins arguing loudly below what looked to be their leader wearing a crown of bones and feathers, sitting upon a throne made of animal bones. There were drawings of goblins scrawled on the cavern walls. He also noticed a 20 foot cliff wall on the north end of the cavern. Valeros moved out of sight to explain what he had seen up ahead.
As our team debated their next move, a loud goblin voice shouted out “Who you?!” and identified himself as King Fatmouth. The group of goblins seemed curious rather than poised to fight, so Kyra introduced the party. King Fatmouth told the party that his sister had gone missing with a stolen wooden dragon toy. The king asked our adventurers to find the toy for him, but strangely seemed unconcerned about his sister’s fate. The goblin leader promised the group that they would have safe passage through the throne room if they helped the king recover the wooden dragon. The party debated in whispers whether or not to attack the goblins then and there. Ezren and Valeros were eager to kill them all in order to find out what was in the intriguing chest in the corner near King Fatmouth. Kyra seemed troubled by her companions disregard for life and argued that they may benefit in some way by helping the goblin king. This, and the fact that they were outnumbered, convinced the men to let King Fatmouth live… for now.
A Deadly Deep Pool and a Mysterious, Magical Pillar
Our intrepid adventurers headed out the only other exit to the room, east through an empty tunnel that opened into a large cavern with a large pool of dark, deep water. In the distance ahead, across the water, the group saw something glimmering on a little island. Everyone felt uneasy. Kyra noticed a pillar on the shore up ahead and the group went to investigate. On the wall to the side of the pillar was poorly scribbled graffiti that seemed to warn our heroes about a “wyrm” whose “breath is death”. A rhyme! It was determined that wyrm is an ancient word for dragon.
The tall pillar looked very old and emanated magical energy perceptible to Kyra and Ezren. It was covered with cryptic symbols. As they inspected the pillar’s markings they noticed that one symbol repeated four times, once on each side of the structure. None of the other symbols repeated. Despite considerable concentration nobody could decipher the meaning of this or any other symbol on the mysterious pillar.
The men decided to swim across to investigate the island despite concern about what may lie beneath. Ezren swam to the little isle with ease while Valeros struggled in the black-blue water due to the weight of his armor. No sooner had Ezren pulled himself up on the shore than a huge, hideous creature with the body of an eel and giant claws erupted from the deep in front of Kyra. It was a rarely seen monster, the Reefclaw! Our adventurers were quick to respond but not quick enough to save Kyra from it’s clutches. It grabbed Kyra with a strength she was powerless to overcome, then dove and swam with incredible speed to the island where it attacked the men. All the while Valeros and Ezren battled valiantly to slay the beast and rescue Kyra. With Kyra still in it’s clutches, it dove again and quickly crawled back onto the far shore. Valeros shot it with his short bow and Ezren used one of his signature attacks, magically flinging his quarterstaff at the monster and hitting it before the staff snapped back to his hand. After such intense pummeling, the Reefclaw staggered back, releasing Kyra, and she was able to deliver the killing blow with a bullet from her slingshot.
Wet and shaken, Kyra waited on the shore as Valeros and Ezren sifted through the treasure they found in a pile on the island: a magical dragon-bane longsword, a potion of invisibility, a potion of levitate and a musty, damp leather sack full of gold. Still no dragon toy!
The Spider Nest
As our brave group continued on south through the tunnel past the pillar they became aware of an abundance of spiderwebs. Although there were normal sized spiders crawling here and there, these webs seemed too big to have been made by anything but a giant spider. Rounding a corner in the web-covered tunnel they found a large room with even more webs completely covering the southern wall. At the far end they noticed a goblin-sized shape, wrapped in web. Upon closer inspection our adventurers realized this was a female goblin, and surmised that it must be King Fatmouth’s sister, Bucktooth.
As they made their way to the body in search of the toy a spider as big as a man dropped down next to the body and reared it’s head back to reveal it’s sizable fangs, ready to bite. Fortunately our heroes noticed the spider before it landed and were ready with sword, scimitar, and dagger to kill the giant spider instantly. With a sigh of relief they cut the goblin from the web to search it and found the wooden dragon toy, a wand of magic missile and a small pouch of gold.
Fire Trap! Gemstone Altar
By now our weary adventurers felt cautious and with care they opened a harmless wooden door on the other side of the room to find an altar flanked by two menacing statues. On the altar was a bright, glowing gemstone that lit up the room with it’s red glow. Upon entering a loud voice bellowed “Approach with humility and live!” Kyra and Ezren noted that the gem and the statues were magical. The party wanted to live and so decided to express their humility by approaching the gemstone on their hands and knees and, as they began to crawl towards the altar, hoped for the best. As they reached the altar hot cones of fire shot out from the mouths of the statues three feet off the ground and above our heroes heads. They could feel the intense heat of the flames on their scalps until the flames stopped as suddenly as they began. Ezren boldly reached up to quickly grab the gemstone off the altar and replace it with a full waterskin. He was burned briefly as he grabbed the hot stone, a ruby, and nearly dropped it due to the heat, but it quickly cooled in his hand and our heroes crawled as fast as they could out of the room.
The other door led them back to the room with the magical fountain. Ezren cast detect magic on the ruby and discovered that it was a powerfully magic gemstone called an Energy Heart. The magic users knew that an Energy Heart might be useful against a dragon’s attack. Happy with their find, the three adventurers returned to the goblin throne room and presented the wooden dragon toy to King Fatmouth. The rest of the goblins squealed with joy at the sight of the toy, and could hardly contain their excitement. While Kyra practiced her diplomacy with the King, Ezren and Valeros again considered the possibility of overtaking the goblins and making off with whatever they could find in the throne room. Fatmouth, advised the group to aim for the belly of the dragon, should they battle it and gestured that the way to the dragon’s den was up a cliff face to the north.
Kyra thanked her new friend and, once out of the king’s earshot, admonished Valeros and Ezren for their greed. She expressed her unwillingness to consider betraying the goblins trust. Behind her back, the men plotted to return the the throne room another day to destroy the goblins and make off with their loot… assuming they have loot.
Faced with a 20 foot cliff wall to climb, Valeros tackled it first, with Ezren scrambling up close behind. They waited while Kyra struggled upward, slipping a few times, but eventually making it up. At the top, were confronted by an ambling trio of human skeletons waving their decaying arms as they shuffled towards the group. The skeletons swung their sharp, bony fingers at the adventurers with surprising strength but were too slow to make contact. Valeros’ longsword seemed powerless to harm the skeletons, and they also seemed unfazed by Ezren’s spell [which one?]. Kyra summoned divine power to blast all three undead creatures dead, er, deader. The group cheered in relief. As they moved through the darkness they realized they were walking through what must have been some sort of ceremonial burial chamber but was now just a ruin with bones and cobwebs littering the place.
Black Fang’s Den!
Moving out of the crypt, our group noticed light up ahead, and shortly came upon a large, crumbling chamber. The roof must have fallen in long ago and the room was opened up to the sky. As their eyes adjusted to the relatively bright late afternoon light, they spotted a large pile of what looked like treasure on the far side of the chamber. Suddenly a huge, dark shadow obscured their view and the dragon Black Fang landed with a loud thud and a great gust of wind and dust between them and the treasure. The great creature towered over the adventurers and screeched loudly while beginning to inhale a deep breath. Our party acted quickly with Valeros charging at the huge beast but as a result he could not escape the green acid Black Fang breathed with incredible force in his direction. He was badly hurt but continued to fight thanks to the defensive spell cast on him by Kyra.
The adventurers tried valiantly to pierce the dragon’s belly as Fatmouth had suggested, but did little damage and frequently hit hard scales as the dragon twisted and turned to avoid their attacks. Black Fang took two swipes with long, sharp claws and did more damage as our heroes, their confidence waning, decided to make a run for it. Just as suddenly as it appeared the dragon spread its giant wings and flew into the air and away in another gust of wind, leaving the heroes shaken and injured. Quickly grabbing the treasure they ran back to the safety of the crypt, grateful to be alive. Breathing heavily but excited at having driven away Black Fang, our heroes sorted their new bounty and again with Ezren’s arcane knowledge determined they had acquired several valuable magic items: a magical shield, a potion of bull’s strength, a scroll of fireball, and a scroll of new life in addition to half-plate armor and a pile of gold pieces.
After a short rest Ezren, Kyra and Valeros made their way out of Black Fang’s lair and began the short trip back toward Sandpoint as the orange-red sun began to set in the west.