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Greenest in flames
The Claw of Storms Day one 2nd Tenday

Rinor’s Log: Greenest

I am keeping this log of events as the others in my present party seem to have neither the ability nor the inclination to chronicle this quest.

I tracked the cultist scum to the trade town of Greenest; there is still no sign of Talis, my sister, taken by this vile evil, but I remain hopeful. By my best estimate, there are about 80 of them. I have only 40 arrows with me, but I do have my sword. I also noticed other tracks in profusion, hard to count, that resemble large lizards, probably Kobolds.

As I entered the town and sought a vantage point, sounds of battle began to erupt around me. I noticed a large, dragon scaled figure that seemed familiar to me from stories I have heard coming from an inn with a family, but as none of them were wearing the robes of the cult, I moved on. I then heard a shout of rally, a call for assistance, so I moved in that direction. There in the square, two Dwarves were engaged in battle with cultists and what appeared to be some type of mercenaries. Nearest me was a mage who seemed to be trying to charm the Dwarves, so I dispatched him with my bow. As I moved to assist, I noticed a hooded figure shooting darts and trying to mumble magic, noting he was not wearing the robes of the cult, I ignored him. With him were a number of fair maidens in distress. Now killing cultists is my calling but pretty girls in need of assistance, that makes a good combination. I placed myself in position to defend them and joined the fight.

The Dwarves fought well, and soon the Dragon warrior joined in as he moved the family he was guarding to safety. Together, we dispatched this group of the cult and a large number of Kobolds who seemed to be fighting with the cultists. As we moved the villagers to the safety of town fort, some screamed and pointed to the sky. A large dragon was making slow passes over the town. The Dragon warrior, after careful study of the beast, shouted, “ignore the dragon, it is not aggressive and is no threat at present”. Once in the fort, we were approached by a Hill Dwarf who identified himself asCastellan Escorbert the Red. He asked for our assistance to defend the town and rescue some trapped citizens. As any opportunity to kill cultists is fine by me, I accepted as did the others.

Now may be a good time to introduce those I am currently banned with. I did recognize the name Jaehaerys Bronze Dragon, when the Dragon warrior gave it, as those who may have fought with or had dealings with the cult of the dragon are of special interest to me. Jaehaerys seems to be on the right side of that ledger. The two Dwarves are Dulgar and Tulchik and both appear to have some military background. Tulchik wears some kind of religious robe while Dulgar seems more interested in gold and seems baseless in nature. Being Dwarves, they will bear watching. The other member of our new band is Theron, a Half-Elf like myself but there the similarities end. His Ch’i is weak and he appears to be more suited to a life indoors. I will have to watch over him as he is of my brethren. Theron does claim sorceress skills, so he may be of some limited use.

To summarize, we defended the town throughout the night and killed a number of cultists and mercenaries (22), of which I accounted for 7, and large number of Kobolds (25) of which I got my share, but I did not bother to count as they are of little interest to me. All fought well and even Theron managed to control whatever power it is that he channels, he was particularly good at offing Kobolds. The cultists had two small Drakes with them. Tulchik landed the killing blow on one after I weakened it for him and Jaehaerys requested single combat against the other. I covered him while he dispatched it. I should also mention Dulgar, he is fearless in battle and does not hesitate even if he is somewhat unskilled.

In our final fight of the night we captured two mercenaries, whom Tulchik insisted we question. I allowed them to live, as they were not wearing the robes of the cult. I am hopeful that Tulchik’s religious views do not become a bothersome weakness. My view is most gods are a useless bother. I grew up in a house that prayed to Corellon Larethian and what good did that do. He stood by while the cult of the dragon slayed my father and took my mother. If he is of use, he needs to prove it to me. But I digress. The mercenaries did provide some valuable information to us. The cult has a base some distance to the south where there may be some dragon’s eggs. The base is home to both cultists and a tribe of Kobolds. The eggs are reported to be in an upper camp, the cultists in the middle, and the Kobolds in a lower camp. One of the leaders of the cult is a purple robed, female human called Frulam Mondath. There is another leader there, a half human-half dragon female called Rezmir who hired the mercenaries who assisted in the attack on Greenest.

Our final encounter occurred after we had saved the village and escorted all to safety. A Blue Dragon warrior and a large number of cultists appeared outside the town fort and the Dragon warrior began to hurl insults at us in Draconic. These slurs were primarily directed at Jaehaerys and challenged his Dragon-hood. As I have studied the vowel-less throat crackings that were being spewed forth, I understood him to challenge Jaehaerys to meet him in single combat or the Dragon warrior would kill some village children he had captured. To my somewhat surprise, Theron nodded to me that he also understood. I will have to protect him but he may be more useful than first appearances indicate. Jaehaerys quickly accepted and I offered to act as his second. The combat, if one could call it that, lasted only the time it took for the Dragon warrior to fell Jaehaerys. But good to his word, he released the children. He then announced his name as Langdedroas Cyanwrath, a half Blue Dragon warrior in service of the Cult of the Dragon and stated all who opposed him would die. With that he and the other cultists left.

Tulchik came up and began to chant over the body of Jaehaerys and to my surprise, managed to revive him. Maybe some of the Dwarf gods are more helpful than my experience would indicate. As for Jaehaerys, despite his obvious good intentions, he may be a bit rash in nature. This will be watching, least he bring the others around him into danger.

The Governor of the town of Greenest gave us two healing potions in appreciation of efforts. I think one of these should be in possession of Theron as he is likely to need it, but Tulchik presently has them both. Governor Tarbaw Nighthill then offered us 250 gold pieces each for our services if we would scout and located the base of the cultists. Since I fully intended to do this anyway, gold or not, I accepted his offer, as did the others. We will set out to track them on the morrow after some rest.

These are my companions for now as I seek Talis, and vengeance.

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Cultist Camp
The Claw of Storms Day two-three 2nd Tenday

It is night and this has been a long eventful day. I now continue this chronicle of my experiences and the occurrences at the town of Greenest involving the Cult of the Dragon. Events are unfolding rapidly, but sadly, there was no sign or mention of Talis. I continue to have hope. To summarize: The leaders of the town of Greenest, in particular the Dwarf Castellan Escorbert, are cowards and are more than willing to stand behind their walls and their gold and hope the cultist evil just goes away. They deserve whatever fate brings them. On the other hand, my companions in this quest have proved staunch and steady in this matter, fully realizing the gravity of this threat to the safety of all.
We agreed to rescue some villagers taken in the raid and as we readied ourselves to leave an Elf Monk approached us and asked us to add his leader to our list. Apparently this Monk leader is of some importance to the other Monks. To my surprise and disappointment, the Monk refused to accompany us, claiming he was too injured from the last night’s battle; this even after Tulchik offered to heal him. I have to admit I don’t understand the full extent of Tulchik’s powers, but clearly he is blessed. I saw him raise Jaehaerys from the dead, so healing a broken arm should be possible, maybe even easy for him. Even though I am half Elf myself, I am sometimes disappointed by the Fey peoples, I think he was just unwilling to further risk his own life.
We followed the trail of the cultists to the south, where I spotted a clearing with several cultists and a large number of kobolds camped. We surrounded them and made short work of the fight, taking one cultist and 3 Kobolds prisoner. After questioning, we killed the cultist and as I readied my sword to do the same to the Kobolds to my surprise Jaehaerys decided to befriend them. This proved much more successful than I would have imagined.
I next found the location of a group of cultists guarding a narrowing in the valley. While the rest of the party pretended to be cultists, I took up a position where I could attack unseen. I dropped one of the two cultist mages with one shot and one of the others quickly took down the other. The fight was short work after that.
Next we approached the main camp. I scouted it and found it was loosely guarded, but many cultists were entering. It appeared the information given us about open entry after a raid was true. There were also hunter/ranger types bringing game into the camp. I informed the others who then decided to again don the robes of the cult and enter the camp. As I refuse to soil my body with such, I took up a position of over-watch above the main camp.

What happened in the camp bears detail in telling. The dwarves were put on shit detail to empty the latrines, at which, being ex-military, they proved to be quite adept. I next learned that Theron has some kind of mind powers and can communicate across distance. This startled me at first, but it should prove to be very useful. Through him, I was able to keep apprised of their actions beyond what I could see, which was a lot. Most surprising was Jaehaerys went into the Kobold camp with his 3 and came out with 13 and then marched them right out the main gate. The guards were very lax as they didn’t even stop them. I then learned from Theron that the latrine detail had located the prisoners and were bringing them out where they would be turned over to the Duergar to sell as slaves. I moved to an agreed upon position of ambush.
We ambushed the Duergar. I took on the leader and quickly cut off the head of the snake, so to speak, dispatching him first with my bow and then my sword. Theron, Tulchik, and Dulgar attacked from one side and Jaehaerys and his Kobold ice cream infantry from the other. (It seems he promised them ice cream; I have never had it, ice cream is very rare, I grew up in a well to do home, so I doubt they have either, but it seems to motivate them.) It was a tough fight, as the Duergar were well trained, outnumbered us, and fought well before they died. Theron, Dulgar, and Jaehaerys all took some severe injuries but due to the presence of Tulchik were able to continue to fight. The ice cream infantry mostly melted away, but did tie up a few Duergar in the fight. After the battle I learned that we had freed the Human Monk leader as well as the villagers. I questioned the villagers and the Monk but none had seen or heard of Talis. I also found 2 magical items on the Duergar leader that Theron identified as magical armor and a magical hand ax. We decided to give these items to Jaehaerys and Dulgar. We also found a lot of gold and the Duergar generously provided us with 2 horse carts and 2 draft horses, which we will keep.
Upon our return to the village word was spread of our arrival and the town turned out. The villagers were shouting Jaehaerys, Jaehaerys, he is our savior! Build a statue to him! Sainthood for Jaehaerys! And more of such. He seemed to enjoy it.
The Dwarf Castellan came out full of himself, but we put him in his place, he hides behind his walls, enough said about him. The Monk’s name is Leosin Erlanthar and he told us he is a member of an order that opposes the Dragon Cult. He hired us to watch the Cult and report it’s movements and stirrings to both the town and him. He left us horses for that purpose. Both the town and the Monk gave us a lot of gold, generous of them. Gold seldom motivates me , but I will acknowledge it is better to have than not. As I write this we are resting and readying ourselves to move back toward the cultist camp at dawn. I am going to find one or two of the young maidens I met yesterday and bed down for the night. Enjoy today, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Some final thoughts about my companions before.
Jaehaerys seems to delight in marching his Kobolds around the camp and filling them with stories of his past exploits. The Kolbolds, for their part, follow him like dogs. They are useful to us for now, but they are noisy, thieving, and knifing trash by nature. I hope Jaehaerys remembers this, before we have cause to regret. To Jaehaerys’ credit, he is brave and fearless and I trust him to have my back in battle.
My fellow Half Elf Theron is starting to surprise me a bit with his ability to bend the winds of magic. He has been capable of some impressive displays of power when our party has be threatened. I will continue to watch over him and protect him, but this may quickly become a mutual benefit as his powers grow.
The two Dwarves seem to be steady and dependable folk, which is not unusual for Dwarves, but I also find I am beginning to trust them, which is unexpected. Dulgar more closely fits the mold of what one expects a Dwarf to be, good in battle, possibly a little slow of wit, and a lover of gold. Tulchik though is different, while he shares that love of gold all Dwarfs have, is much more religious in nature and seems to be motivated primarily by service to others.
As I finish writing for the day, a question of some possible importance has come to me, which I do not believe we have asked or heard the answer. How long has the Cult camp been outside Greenest? How long have the cowards of Greenest known and done nothing?
Answers tomorrow. Now to enjoy the night, I don’t need to sleep and the girls can after I leave.

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