As we slept, recovering from our attack on the Mage College, I was awakened by a rumbling in the earth. I hurried to the nearest tower and looked North to see lights streaking down upon the mountains to the North. Each time a light struck, an explosion would rock the land. Unsettling though this was, I saw no need to awaken the others and rush to the Northern coast to investigate immediately. I returned to bed.
By morning, the profile of the range to the North had been changed. Peaks had been cast down in many places and we didn’t recognize the horizon we had grown up gazing toward. I suspected two possibilities: either Tiamat’s forces had obtained some great power and had devastated the mountains in a move against the rebels sheltering there, or that Tiamat’s forces had finally annoyed Invern, that powerful mage, enough for him to lash out against them directly.
Juniper scryed on the coastal camp where the portal was being built and saw that they were apparently licking wounds. Though many of their astrite golems were active, it did seem they had had a battle with something, and even an ancient dragon lay wounded near the sea. Piles of their own dead could be seen outside of the camp. Considering that it might be an opportunity to attack and gain control of the portal, we summoned Invern to see what he knew and request his aide.
He arrived wounded and tired. I healed him and he explained that the forces of Tiamat had indeed found Araj and attacked him there, looking for the horn, but he had pushed back, battling the dragonborne and the dragons and slaying many enemies. He recommended we not confront the dragonborne directly and refused to go to battle with us, but he did agree to help extract us after we executed Anduin’s plan to liberate some of the dragons.
With enchantments put upon us by the mages of the college, Anduin teleported us to the camp, all invisible and flying, some hasted. Anduin and a college diviner teleported again to the ancient dragon to the North, where he Banished it to its home plane and then fled out to sea lest his concentration be broken. Meanwhile, Sigfried hastily flew from dragon to dragon, touching them with his cleansing power. He freed four, giving each an orb by which Invern could target them for extraction.
I, without a place in the plan, flew to the large command tent, hoping to steal the horn or some other boon for us. Inside I saw the dragonborne casting a might spell, but I knew not who he might be targeting. I created an illusion of Invern, threatening the dragonborne, and it immediately unleashed its spell at him, destroying a corner of the tent and toppling astrite golems. Before I could do anything else, Anduin signaled Invern to get us out. He arrived in the palace with four rescued dragons and having freed a fifth from its slavery, denying it to the enemy if not adding it to our own force. It was a mighty blow, but still we have not the means to stop Tiamat or her dragonborne sorcerer.
These journal entries are going to be in-character play reports from ByW’s campaign, which we alternated playing with the Tyranny of Mundanity campaign and now the Primordial Frontier campaign. My character, Raglan “the Light”, admires RiH’s character, Anduin Damian and follows him believing his place in history will be as a companion of the royal adventurer. He is impressed with their elven companion, Juniper (played by BiW), but does not know her well.