Episode Thirty: The Chornicles of Klarn: Storm and Dragon (2/09/06)
[Featuring Hal, Serenity,
Jack, Li Lung, and guest staring Orion, Freya, Dunai and Bentio]
Chronicles of Klarn
(In the words of Jack)
Drendel had fallen into the mists with Sapphire. Where they had gone to we
couldn’t tell, but we were unable to find them in the mists with a quick
sweep keeping clear of the cloud dragon. Sapphire had a levitate spell operating
so hopefully they would be able to safely find refuge.
We began to discuss what actions we should take if any before continuing on
our intended mission-two parties each with separate objectives.
Hal questioned, “Does it strike any of you as odd that Drendel knew where
we would be and was able to meet us prepared to do battle?”
The rest of us looked thoughtfully at Hal.
“That’s a good point,” I started, “I can see three
reasons how he was able to do so. One, it is a reasonable assumption that to
get anywhere within these islands we would come seeking the Bridge to Anywhere
so he could expect that we would come here eventually. Two, he or someone has
been scrying on us and knew what we were about to do. Or, three, perhaps we
have something of his that he is able to track.”
Hal suggested, “Like the dragonlances?”
Orion added, “Perhaps, but there is also a forth possibility…there
could be a spy in your midst.”
I am sad to say that at this point all eyes turned to Cicily.
She started, “I don’t know if he is able to track anything that
we’re carrying. I have nothing that could be considered his. Sapphire was carrying
‘my’ dragonlance as I refused to myself.”
Hal asked, “Why is that exactly?”
“I have been trained since birth to use my sword. It is a part of me.
I am able to use it to extend my abilities in ways that the lance would be useless.
It is just not practical nor desired. Why burden myself with something that
is of no use to me?”
Hal and Lu fang nodded in understanding.
I added, “Well in any case, he is no longer here and we don’t seem
to have a way to determine how me knew we’d be here. Shall we continue
on our way?”
Some more rather useless discussion took place and I got bored.
I started singing a song.
We’re off to slay the dragon,
The wickedly evil dragon called Storm.
To storm, to storm, to storm
To storm his spire and slay the wyrm.
While I sang I motioned for the others to follow and started walking toward
the spire. The others followed somewhat hesitantly behind, probably not sure
if they were done talking to each other. I knew that fate and Corellon’s
strong hand would bring us together again and so did not concern myself with
good luck and goodbyes.
Stepping off the bridge I found myself on the precipice of a hole in the side
of the volcanic spire. The others, Seren-Arty, Freya, Lu fang, Hal, Orion, Dunai,
and Benito were soon standing next to me.
Looking into the gapping maw we could see no immediate threat and so Lu fang
and Freya descended Calaglin’s rope.
Freya called up, “Thou art a silly boy, Jack. Couldst thou not stop thy
jackdaw gawking and give us light?”
I thought on the glory of Corellon’s face and daylight spread out from
my body brightly illumining the area where they found themselves.
Orion quickly reached the bottom while Serenity concentrated and activated
some of his psychic powers. His monks looked around for any threats.
Lu fang called up, “Jack, now I think would be a good time for that bravery
spell you mentioned.”
As I began to cast the spell, a tingle registered on my awareness—someone
had teleported into the area that I was sensing. Finishing my spell, I called
down, “Fear not friends, Corellon will protect your frail hearts. By the
way, someone just teleported about 10 to 20 feet behind the wall to your back
Lu fang went to investigate while Orion looked down the long dragon-sized corridor.
Freya went to assist Lu fang where they discovered that the wall of the cavern
was in fact an illusion. Lu fang told us of the door behind the wall and he
and Freya prepared to open it. Orion watched down the other way. Hal lowered
himself down on his own rope. I opened a scroll and transformed myself into
a demonic Kelvesu.
I flew down and began to cast a haste spell utilizing my rod to extend its
duration. While I did so, Hal charged thru the illusionary wall. Lu fang and
Freya had opened the door to reveal a unit of military creatures. They were
tall, gaunt humanoids probably just a little over 6 feet tall. They had rough,
yellow skin and russet hair, many of which were pulled back into a single or
pair of chaotic topknots. Their noses were almost flat, their eyes had a sinister
gleam, and their ears were sharply pointed like an elf’s. They wore ornate armor
and had wrapped themselves in what looked a little like mummy wrappings. Their
weapons were similarly ornate and glowed with psionic power. The creatures were
lined up in a military formation and their apparent leaders were retreating
after having given them some instructions. The creatures’ forms began to waver
and distort as a concealing amphora covered each of them.
As they began to engage in battle, Seren-Arty descended with wings of an angel.
Seeing the Githyanki he wondered if these were related to the one who at instructed
him in psionics while they were in Brindenford. He hoped not as it looked like
these creatures were not interested in anything other than mortal combat. He
wasn’t sure if he could even recognize Finden-sither Ifrith by sight as they
all looked somewhat similar.
Orion cursed under his breath, “Oh bollocks, that’s not good.”
Louder he said, “I can see the dragon; he’s coming this way.”
I boldly proclaimed, “Orion, are you ready to take down a foul smelling
He shrugged, “Sure. Wait here for a moment while I get a little closer.
I’ve got something that the dragon won’t expect.”
I waited long enough to cast one more spell, and then followed rather closely
to see what he was going to do.
I was surprised to find that Orion’s plan appeared to involve getting
bit by the dragon. It looked like the dragon was getting ready to swallow Orion.
I was reminded of a bird getting ready to swallow a worm. I was pretty sure
that that wasn’t really Orion’s plan so I came up with one of my
own. Confident that Corellon would protect me in the gullet of the serpent,
I cast a spell that transposed Orion and me.
Orion smiled in relief and said, “Perfect.” He gestured and the
ground swallowed up the dragon who’s surprise allowed me to wriggle free
just before I was swallowed by the earth as well.
Jack high-fived Orion and said, “That was well played. Good plan!”
Lu fang had just arrived ready to battle the dragon. Not seeing his target,
he continued on to attack the creature that had stood concealed by the huge
bulk of the dragon. As he charged past, he asked Orion how long the dragon would
Orion again shrugged, “Well it’s not always a set amount. But as
long as I don’t go very far away he should stay put.”
Meanwhile as the others battled the gaunt creatures, Hal identified them as
Githyanki. Creatures from the Astral plane lead by a dread lich-queen.
Seren-Arty focused his mental powers and the air became charged with static
electricity. It built to a fever pitch and congealed on the lead Githyanki.
Their smoking husks were all that remained after our eyes adjusted to the bright
flash. Behind the fallen warriors however were more of our martial minded opponents.
Perhaps more of a problem though was that they brought out their own mentalists.
We had seen them use some minor mental powers to enhance their weapons and
cause their forms to become slightly distorted and harder to hit. Now however
a film of crackling energy condensed on Hal and he stopped still and stood as
if in a daze. Seren-Arty said, “Brain
lock! They have psions in their flank.”
Freya had run past Hal to get to what appeared to be one of their leaders.
She called back, “Thou’rt as sharp witted as a barn door. Thy foes
lie in wait down yonder passage not more than a babe’s throw away.”
Looking at the creature she was about to fight she continued, “An thou,
thou art full of pusillanimous perjury foul fighter. Thou hast allied thee and
thy companion with the likes of a foul fire-breather and hast sealed thy fate.”
Seren-Arty moved so that he could see the psions who were attacking Hal and
let loose with a burst of cold energy. The shock disrupted the psion’s
concentration freeing Hal, though it took him a moment to regain his composure.
Not only that but the cold felled one of the creatures. Another seemed on the
brink of passing out, but at the last moment disappeared, folding the dimensions
to relocate not too far away.
While Freya continued to battle her opponent one of the other Githyanki approached
the slowly recovering Hal and engaged him in battle. They traded blows, and
while the Githyanki took the brunt of the combat, he distracted Hal so that
the creatures further in the shadows could launch another psionic attack on
us. Seren-Arty again let loose with his balls of freezing energy and tipped
the tide of their battle back in the favor of our forces. Soon Hal same to Freya’s
aid and they quickly dispatched the remaining Githyanki.
Meanwhile, Lu Fang had dispatched his opponent and the three of us maneuvered
to quickly take out the dragon when Orion released it. Within a moment its huge
form was dwarfing ours but we each took a telling blow. Still, it wasn’t dead
yet, and the creature lashed out at us. Its claws found some holes in Lu fang’s
armor and as it was about to descend upon Lu fang I struck it again with the
skill and power of the demonic form I was using. Oddly I felt a surge of joy
as the creature fell at my feet. Not the joy of a foe well defeated but the
joy of having caused the creature’s death. I almost lashed out at Lu fang as
he approached such was the feeling of slay-euphoria I was in.
We were about the congratulate ourselves on the excellent job we had done,
it is not every party that can slay a huge red dragon in under 20 seconds, when
suddenly another large force of Githyanki emerged from another illusionary wall
to our rear.
We waded into the midst of them and in a short order we had slain most of them.
Again I felt my arms moving almost of their own accord as I enjoyed the enhanced
reactions of the form I was in. More than once I again had to catch myself from
taking an opportune strike at my fellows as my body noticed subtle opening they
left in their combat styles.
As the rest of the party approached, Seren-Arty finished off the bulk of the
Githyanki we were fighting. From behind the wall now, however, came one more
individual. He was branded with an evil sign and covered in blood and gore as
if he had bathed in the mutilated forms of helpless innocents. His evil was
an almost palpable force that nearly stunned us. Surrounding him we concentrated
our attacks upon his stoic form. Almost impossibly he soaked up blow after blow,
if anything just getting madder and madder. He too rained upon us a flurry of
blows that injured Lu fang. After what seemed like minutes he finally started
to show signs of weakening. As we were about to finish him off, a pale green
beam emerged from the false wall which struck Seren-Arty. His form wavered and
flowed and then he was gone…replaced with a warty, spiny toad. Undaunted the
toad-Seren-Arty launched a counter attack at the form behind the wall. Whether
successful or not we could not tell for sure however, as the creature teleported
away before we could converge on her. Justice taking its course, Lu fang dealt
the final blow to the blackguard who now lay at our feet.
The Silent Companions
Storm, a red dragon
lots of Githyanki stuff
Equal Share = ?? gp