The remaining members of J&J’s Adventuring Company (Shaaran Division), along with their new halfling acquaintance, boarded their elven canoe and headed northeast toward the flooded ruins of Lhesper, known in these later days as the city of Rhest. The weather continued its miserable turn; the rains fell on and off through the morning.
As midday approached the party neared the lagoon surrounding the ruins, and scouted their surroundings. Upon seeing the lizardfolk posts in their path, and the lack of cover on the approach, the party concealed themselves in the marsh, and observed their surroundings for several hours. Mitzi’s keen eyes saw the comings and goings of the lizardfolk and goblinoids, and finally as evening approached saw the black dragon, who they know named as Regiarix, alight from his perch and fly off to the west.
Seizing their opportunity, the heroes hid themselves in the boat as Mitzi paddled out into the rain, her beguiling magics making her appear as though lizardkind. She approached the tower they’d espied earlier, and hypnotized its guards into going inside to fetch her a rope. Father Gilbridge cloaked them with a concealing mist and they entered the tower. The battle was quick and furious, but the hobgoblin defenders were able to sound the alarm, ringing the bell at the top of the tower until Ziggy’s explosive magics brought it crashing through the tower’s floors (drowning some of his foes in the process. The JJAC gathered what it could from the tower and quickly set their boat toward the large central structure they had seen the dragon depart from earlier.
When the reached the old town hall they were immediately set upon by ogres, clearly on guard since the alarm was raised. As the party swept them aside Drombor was struck from behind by another of the infernal “Harrowblade” ceratures. Drombor tried to engage the beast, but it dove away into the dark swamp waters.
The party climbed onto the roof as the rains pounded down, discovering the stairs that led inside. Drombor descended first… the other followed behind to discover the dwarf charmed by his opponent, unwilling to fight the hobgoblin bard. His ettin defender swung into melee against the party. Ziggy dispelled the bard’s enchantment of the dwarf, but the hobgoblin re-ensorcelled him with more powerful spells. The bard and wizard continues to fight for control of Drombor, until the Dwarf was struck with Fear, and ran from the battle.
The band did great damage to the ettin, bloodying him near death when he was reinforced by the arrival of the harrowblade through one doorway, and by their quarry, the Wyrmload Saarvith (with his eagle companion) through another. Attacked from both sides, Mitzi and Arquinn were wounded, and Ziggy’s magics were in effective against the dragonspawn. The JJAC retreated back up to the roof under attack of arrows, slashing wings, and eagle’s talons.
The razor-winged beast lept out at his enemies through a hole in the roof, and readied himself to spew its destructive acid attack, but he did not survive the quick attacks of Mitzi, Arquinn, Drombor (recovered from his fear), and finally the eldritch power of the Wizard Tramptree, who ended the beasts short life. With the evil spawn of Tiamat destroyed, the goblins below were unable to escape despite their many skills, and were slain by the triumphant heroes.