Dead Green Dragon, 4 dead humans lying next to a pile of 40 burning humans and another pile of arms and armour. 5 warforged staring at us.
"Oh. This is awkward."
"Captain! You just missed the fight!"
Ben Nevis hired the warforged - delivered goods.
WF Warned by Tiannich about ambusg
We must deliver msg to Oban re: date & time & details of the flanking maneuver so that the dwarves can mass an attack.
Loot: 270gp in coins & gems; 550gp worth of dragon salvage.
Load up horses and head north to Merc encampment.
March 3-4 hours north, forest starts to thin out - lots of tress cut down. Come to crest of hill, overlooking Merc encampment.
Capt Emo sends a horn signal and we approach.
Warforged are providing military training to humans within camp, but the humans are in large part constructing and seeing to the maintenance of huge siege-scale crossbows.
Inside the Command Tent, there's a huge table with a map, complete with route of march laid out, notes on provisioning, calculations on weapon size and personnel requirements.
Briggs comes in. Says that preparations will be complete in 3 days. He has a stack of reports that seem to back this up. Briggs is the largest of the warforged we've seen so far. Has a large pauldron with stars on it. That means he's in charge.
The giants have Approximately 15 titans. 1 or 2 may have already fallen in combat. They are massed at the South Gate entrance to the Firetip Caverns.
Lady Tiannich hired the warforged. They have been working at this particular mission for 20-30 years (giants have only had FTC under siege for ~4 months).
It will take 3 weeks to move everything from this camp into position. We will leave in 3 days, when preparations are complete, and make it to the North Gate with about 6 days to provide a warning to Capt Oban (we get a scroll w/ details).
In the meanwhile, Bruk & Kiranth get assigned additional duties to train humans to protect artillery. Briggs seems to care little for elves; says they are flaky and unreliable.
We learn more or less some methods for making siege engines.
Bruk learns that most of a successful siege is in the planning.
Discussion of Librarians' Motives.
Briggs hands over scroll to Kiranth.
8 days of marching to North Gate entrance to FTC
Start ascending the switchbacks up to the North Gate of the FTC. Encounter 3 drakes and 4 fur-clad Orcs that were placed to guard the pass.
Having defeated them and pitched the remains over the cliff, we reach the North Gate about 2 hours later. Guards let us in, we proceed to clean up and eat.
On the way to Tavern, drop note at dead drop for Oban "Need to talk ASAP, you know where we'll be"
At our Apt, Flowers with note from Perzelle.
Marilena's friends have closed up shop in the market.
We go to the Tavern. There has apparently been more unrest in the FTC. The King still hasn't raised a finger to oppose the giants.
Capt. Oban arrives, we go upstairs to talk in private.
Perzelle wakes us up.
We go to library after breakfast.
Return to warehouse to collect payment. Bookkeeper asks questions about the job. Gives us a chest of gold.
Perzelle sets us up to meet with Tiannich
We are invited to watch the battle from her parapet.
We finish dinner, go home.
Stop at the library, look up FTC rules of succession. They are more complicated that you would expect.
Day of Battle
We head up to the parapet near the South Gate, it is carved from the living rock, and affords an excellent view of the battle. The battle begins, siege engines knock down a few giants, the forces are beaten back. The lord mayor comes out under heavy shielding on a magnificent white horse, and is summarily laid flat by an errant blow. The sceptre is knocked from his grasp to the ground. As we look on, a blue dragon swoops in and grabs the sceptre, then jets off to the North.
Later that night at the Tavern. Perzelle and the Emo WF captain approach us at our table.
We go to the Wizards guild, which is now guarded by the NLIW. We are logged in and we wait to be allowed in. Balvenie begrudgingly grants Marilena guild membership (although without the bells and whistles).
Return to the apartment. Marilena pulls an all-nighter at the library, using her newfound access from membership. She looks up the history o the Orb of Pelor, and gets a map with locations of teleport circles.
We depart for the Dragon's lair. 8 days march through the snowy passes of the Firetips.
Arrive at the outskirts of the dragon's caves on the morning of the 9th day out of the FTC.
As we enter, we hear sounds of battle preparation. We fight a number of troglodytes.
After a short rest, we venture further into the caves.