Rather than take a rest as planned and recover their strength, the party boldly decided to explore the kobold complex further. Drek and Rymar scouted ahead and entered a new chamber. The party slowly brought the light source up behind them. Rymar, frustrated that he could see nothing of any detail in the room ahead, came back and took the floating sun-rod. He re-entered the chamber and went right as Drek went left. Rymar stopped when he found a set of doors immediately to his left and then spotted three kobolds on a ledge in front of him. Two of them were warriors, but the third was clearly the leader, a war priest. He wore a bone skull helmet and wielded a staff.
The war priest kobold hissed and breathed a cloud of frost and ice into the room and covered Rymar. His staff flashed and extended the deadly frost into the chamber, but fortunately Rymar was the only one caught in the blast. Meanwhile on yet another ledge to Rymar's right, a kobold slinger, released a trap. A massive bolder sitting on the platform rolled off the edge and crashed to the floor picking up momentum as it headed straight for Rymar! He only had a second to act. He leapt straight up into the air as the round rock crashed beneath him. The bolder rocked back from the wall and caught in a groove in the floor. It began to circle around the room running over anything and anyone caught in its path.
Essedil came into the room followed by the others. The war priest hurled orbs of frost at the party. The doors Rymar had found, opened and revealed two more slingers inside. Tarquin charged in and fought them in close combat. Essedil was held fast be the sticky alchemical substance the kobolds had concocted, so he fey-stepped up to the platform with the war priest and the kobold dragonshields. [DM Note: We have since learned that when you are immobilized by a physical object, creature, or substance, you can teleport away and you are no longer immobilized.]
In the back of the room Drek fought a dragonshield and flying Spiretop Drake came out of an alcove and attacked his as well <insert party groans here>.
Essedil succumbed to his wounds and fell, but Petra climbed the opposite platform and healed him. Ridcully entered the room and blasted slingers with frost rays as Arathael fired arrows and then joined Essedil on the platform. The Spiretop drake followed him and attacked him from behind. It was a long battle, but slowly the party turned the tide and killed the war priest and his underlings. Ridcully identified the priest's staff as a Staff of the War Mage
A silver key was found on the war priest and Drek found a secret keyhole in the alcove where the Spiretop Drake was nesting. Wisely however the party decided to take a six hour rest before testing the key out. Essedil surmised a treasure vault could be on the other side of the secret door.
The next day, the party awoke after taking watches through the night. Those that had brought rations shared with any of the party that did not. They talked of cooking the greasy, filthy, disease-ridden kobolds for sustenance, but decided that would be a last resort.
Now it was time to see what lay on the opposite side of the secret door. Rymar inserted the key and cracked the door open. A cold wave of air escaped, and on the other side was a set of stairs leading to a lower level. Rymar lead the way checking for traps as Drek brought up the rear. A long, winding passage from the kobold
chieftain’s room led down and down into the earth. Eventually, the finely worked stone tunnels gave way to natural
passages. Finally, they came upon a large cavern. The air was unnaturally cold in the huge chamber. In the center of the room was a large pool of frozen dark water. The cavern was quiet. The party was sudenly surprised as a large white dragon wheeled overhead from behind one of the columns in the room. Only Tarquin and Arathael were quick enough to respond. They dashed into the room and separated, so as not to get caught in it's icy breath weapon. The rest of the party followed suit as they scattered about the chamber as the dragon breathed. Then it swooped over the frozen pool of water and roared with a frightful presence. The walls shook and reverberated with its anger, stunning the rogues and Essedil. Ridcully conjured a flaming sphere of fire and he constantly chased the dragon about the room with it. Tarquin issued a divine challenge to the hovering drake which kept the dragon focused on him most of the battle. However having no ranged weapons, the paladin could only hurl rocks at the creature. After recovering, Drek darted out and hurled shurikens, while Rymar fire his sling at the beast. The dragon flitted about the room breathing, roaring and clawing at anyone that got to close to it.
Tarquin managed to daze the dragon as it attacked Petra, causing it's breath weapon to discharge reflexively! Petra fell under the onslaught, but Tarquin rushed to her side and laid his healing touch up on her. It took a concerted effort of everyone pecking away with the ranged weapons and powers they had to finally wear the wyrm down till it dropped to the floor to face the paladin one on one. But Rymar slipped in behind the dragon and landed the killing blow!
There were many gold pieces, jewelry, an art object, a pearl, and a magical lifedrinking sword found in the dragon's hoard. Also was a note written in draconic from a goblin warlord in the north named Irontooth. The proposal stated that Irontooth had many kobolds under his command and since Szartharrax the Cold also had many kobold minions, they should join forces to be unchallenged in the region.
Session XP: 270
Quest XP: 100
Total XP: 715