Filled with questions, and short on answers, our heroes set off for the city of Pouggia. Cyrus bid them farewell, as he had to remain in Catawen to run his shop. Halenk Redbark returned to work on his father’s farm, but the gang was able to convince Ruminast to accompany them to Pouggia. He felt his help was needed in the temple following the Kobold attacks, but he also knew Remwar from his old adventuring days and would like to see him again.
Riding their new horses provided to them by Olenk Redbark, our heroes crossed the Rune Bridge and followed the river to the city of Pouggia. They were delayed only once, by a pair of traveling lizardmen. While figting the lizardmen, they were surprised to have yet another stranger materialize in their midst. Mehii was his name, and his tale was again the same as all of theirs. They dispatched the lizardmen and traveled together to Pouggia, arriving shortly after dusk on the first day of travel. They asked around town for information on where they might find Remwar, and heard he had just returned the day before, and was staying at the Dancing Dragon.
They made their way to the Dancing Dragon, and asked the innkeeper if Remwar was there. “He is, but I believe he has already turned in for the night. Would you like to stay the night and talk to him in the morning? He always has an early breakfast at that table over there when he stays here.” Our heroes agrees to stay the night, and paid for several rooms.
In the morning, they met Remwar as he was eating breakfast in the inn, just as the innkeeper promised. They showed him the symbol on the items and letter they found and asked if it belonged to Lord Vandruth. “No, this is not the symbol of Lord Vandruth. It is the symbol of my old nemesis—Lictor Vitraeus.”
He explained to the group that Lictor Vitraeus was a black dragon who was the ultimate villain in charge of the Draconic operations in the area near Catawen. He and his party killed Lictor Vitraeus several years ago, and is surprised to now see his name again. “I am not sure if the name Lictor Vitraeus is the name of the dragon himself, or if it is simply a title, and someone else has taken over as Lictor. It has been brought to my attention that one of his brood has recently taken up residence in the sewers of the Old City. You should hunt him down if you want to find the answer to this.”
So, without delay, our heroes set off to the ruins of the Old City to find this member of Lictor Vitraeus’ brood. They entered the sewers through the large opening where they used to empty into the harbor, which is now a salty lake.
Inside, they found a single Kobold being teased by others, who were calling him “red-scale.” Just as the scene came into the view of the group, the red-scaled Kobold screamed, “STOP TEASING ME!” Flames leapt out from under his scales in all directions, singing the other kobold around him and knocking them back. The party jumped into fray, as kobolds were knocked in their direction. Not sure if this red Kobold was friend or foe, they fought off the stronger, obviously hostile kobolds, and let the small red one live.
He thanked them for getting rid of the “bad ones,” and introduced himself as Squeadle. He agreed to help them get rid of the other bad lizards, but doesn’t know the way to the dragon. The others never let him go inside.
After being attacked by a pair of Black Puddings, Art began acting strange, and insisted on calling himself Gavin. The party was a bit confused by his behavior, but since his talent with a greatbow seemed to increase, they decided to continue to stick with him. Eventually, he explained his story and he went through the same shard-vanishing act as the rest of them, and appeared inside Art’s body. About this same time, Mikhail vanished completely. His whereabouts are still unknown.
As they continued down the hallway, they found some Lizardmen dumping trash into a pit. They attacked the lizards, and an Otyugh leapt out from the pit, while an Elf walked out through a doorway of light coming out from the sheer stone wall.
The Elf’s name is Zander, and he assisted our heroes with the Lizards and Otyugh. Again, his story mirror’s their own. “I guess you’re with us,” Goa’Dun shrugged, becoming more comfortable with his ever-changing surroundings by the day.
Pressing on, they found the sewers infested with both Lizardmen and a collections of slimes, puddings, oozes, and a massive Gelatinous Cube. They dispatched them all, and finally found their way to the Dragon’s lair.
Ruminast balked at entering. He had earlier tried to lead them down a side hallway away from the Dragon’s direction, and he let it be known now that it was because he was too frightened to face the dragon. Ruminast has always seemed to be a bit too timid for the adventuring life, and it turns out that a dragon—THIS dragon, was the source of his fear. This dragon had killed several of Ruminast’s friends before his very eyes, including the brother of Cyrus. Ruminast himself would have been slain as well, but managed to hide and then flee when the dragon was distracted.
Urged on bu Goa’Dun and the others, Ruminast agreed to help them face the dragon, and they agreed to help him face his fears.
Into the Dragon’s lair they went. It was a huge room, filled mostly by a large pool of murky black water. A voiced boomed out from all directions, “What brings you here, fools?” Not one for chatter, the heroes challenged to dragon to come out and fight them. Upon hearing Ruminast’s voice, the dragon asked, “Are you here to join your friends too, Ruminast?” And leapt out of the water, charging at Ruminast and attacking him with acid breath and claw.
Gavin unloaded on the Dragon, followed by the others. Just when they thought they had the upper hand, and Ruminast had managed to get clear from the dragon’s grip, slimes emerged from the black pool and attacked. Ruminast was overwhelmed and was devoured by one of the slimes.
Beaten and bloodied, but victorious, the heroes vowed to return Ruminast to Remwar to see if he knew someone able to resurrect their slain comrade. Among the dragon’s posessions, they also found a note:
Remwar’s companions may be dead, but he is still a threat. I do not believe his “retirement” from hunting us one bit. He is up to something. Set up a base of operations in Pouggia’s old city and find out what he is doing there. Report back to me with good information on his dealings. Do not confront him directly.”
The note bore the symbol of Lictor Vitraeus, and appeared to be made very recently.
It appears that this dragon has not taken the title of Lictor, and is still taking orders from someone—but who? The gang decided to take this information to Remwar to see what he thinks.