The smell of brimstone, sulfur, dust, singed hair and my layer of burned scales still lingered in the air while my companions and I searched the bodies of the Devils and Duergar “slaves” that had attacked us. Nicholas found a strange round device on one of the Duergar that must have been what they hurled our way that created the explosions that sent me flying down the tunnels during our skirmish, Nicholas quickly decided that we should keep it and pocketed the device. I thought about what would happen if that thing activated in his pocket by accident… could be amusing for a moment or two but then Perrion or myself would have to heal him, something that we may not be able to afford given the resistance we have met so far. After searching the area more extensively we realized that this portion of the cavern is a platinum mine, we gathered the loose ore and surveyed the room to determine our next move.
The sound of the battle had surely echoed through the tunnels and more enemies would certainly be heading our way, a small stream flowed through the room from a hole in the wall that looked big enough to crawl through. On the opposite side of the room a path of natural stone leading up into a tunnel that we would have to file trough single file and above that about 8 feet above the floor was a small tunnel that I found suspicious. I offered to lift Perrion up to have look, as Perrion peered into the tunnel and relayed back to me what he saw I figured that the main passage and this smaller one above would converge somewhere ahead. I suggested that we split into 2 teams, one high, one low; Kildrak however gave a grunt and stated something along the line of it was a waist of time and forged ahead down the main tunnel Gesh and I took up the rear of the marching order as everyone filed into the tunnel. There was a sudden twinging sound of a tripwire and a grunt of a dwarvish curses as a section of the wall above cascaded down onto Kildrak, Nicholas, and Perrion burying them and leaving a wall of debris that would be difficult to traverse. I looked to Gesh and bade him to follow me, there were enemies approaching quickly from the other end of the tunnel, the stream had to connect to a chamber beyond and likely behind the enemy ahead.
The sounds of battle started ringing out from the tunnel behind, Kildrak and Nicholas must have dug themselves out of the rubble, because there was a raging battle cry from Kildrak and the sound of Nicholas’ crossbow firing. The tunnel the battle was taking place in was too narrow for Gesh and I to get around and joint the fray. I crawled into the tunnel my broadsword aglow with Kord’s power lighting my way through the gloom, Gesh followed close behind. A sturdy steel grate barred the way, I had Gesh move up beside me and focus his elemental magics on the bars freezing them solid I pressed my shoulder into the frozen bars and summoned my strength to shatter them like twigs. The sounds of battle seemed to be coming from both ends of the small tunnel Gesh and I were crawling through, I sensed my allies being attacked by the enemies just on the other side of the stone through my divine powers, for a moment I considered calling on Kords wrath to draw one of the unseen enemies into the stone, that would be very funny.
The end of the streams tunnel came quickly, dumping Gesh and I into a waist deep pool near the base of a 10 foot high wall, there was an ominous growl from above. While it seemed familiar I did not have the luxury of time, my allies were under attack by some more devils and their Duergar companions, I rushed into the fray using the powers Kord bestowed upon me along with a trick from my past that allowed me to enter the fray and attack my target while avoiding drawing any unwanted attention from the other enemies. The enemies that remained fell quickly and one proceeded to surrender and beg for his life in a more gravely than normal form of dwarven, spewing lies about how he was a slave and following orders. Using my powers of… persuasion to get him to tell s some truths, a dragonborn threatening to freeze you solid before smashing you to bits will make just about any enemy disown any loyalty he may ave remaining, as well as anything remaining in his blatter HA!
The Duergar captive spilled his guts, what little of them he had, I demanded to know what had made the growling in the next room. Dragonspawn, red dragonspawn to be exact, the beasts had the powers of dragon kind but none of the cunning, the captive spewed some nonsense about doom awaiting us and the usual fair and we brushed it off. Then while we were debating on whether to kill him or restrain him he blubbered out a name that made us all stop. Gyyrune was here, he was in this very camp making calls and sending raiding parties into the tunnels above, after he cast himself into the hell’s under Geldrums Tower I though we had not seen the last of him. My companions bound and gagged the dark Dwarf and knocked him out, and continued on without resting to the next room to attack the Dragonspawn. Nicholas crept up the wall beside the pool and through the gloom he spotted the massive beast approaching, Nicholas signaled to kill the lights, I focused and the light radiating from my broadsword went out. after a few moments of waiting for the dark to erupt in flame from the maw of that dragonspawn above we all heard the familiar thump of Nicholas’ crossbow releasing its deadly volley.
Lhankor and I brought the lights back up just in time to see the blood flowing from the wounds opened from the where crossbow bolts struck. I scaled the wall and challenged the beast with my divine powers and striking with a blow that slowed the beast. Kildrak joined me atop the wall slamming his hammer into its maw, the great beast responded by showing us a cavernous maw with swirling flames about to spew forth, when a crossbow bolt slammed into the dragonspawn’s head just behind the eye instantly killing the beast. As I was about to call out about the nice shot Kildrak and I were enveloped in flames from a second dragonspawn that had appeared from the adjacent room. The flames subsided leaving Kildrak and I burned severely, Gesh scaled the wall and summoned a great storm of cold that pushed the dragonspawn under the arch that connected to the next room. Nicholas pulled the strange orb from his pocket and looked it over for a second, after doing something to it he it began sparking and shaking and he hurled it at not the dragonspawn that was bearing down on us but the archway above it. The orb itself turned out to be the explosive that our enemies had hurled at us not too long ago, with a great blast of fire and stone the archway collapsed onto the dragonspawn crushing and killing it.
With the entrance to the room beyond sealed by rubble we could only guess that it was the main entrance beyond, we tended our wounds and turned to the path ahead, another steep wall and into the caverns beyond. As we move forward and the light from our party illuminates the path ahead we steel ourselves for battle with the force that seems to be a key figure in the recent woes of the world, Gyyrune will meet his end by this sword of mine, the power bestowed on me by Kord will allow me to attain even more glory by battling this foe.