AncientPact

Descent into Noldrunthrone

A murder and an escape

The group, having scoured the lair clean of draconic servants of Kanakus, draconic scholar of the draconic prophecy, they discovered that he was, at that moment, recovering another fragment of the prophecy in the lost dwarven city of Noldrunthrone. 

 Not satisfied with "only" taking over the dragon's lair, their thirst for vengeance unsatisfied, they immediately headed out for Noldrunthrone in their skyship, The Crytal Eye.  It was far, and they still had some damage from when Kanakus had last attacked their ship, but soon enough [:Theran] had repaired the ship and they were flying over the Mror holds looking for the entrance into Noldrunthrone. 

 While looking for the entrance, they saw another group of adventurers leaving the mountains carrying a fallen comrad.  They made time to rescue the group and their new artificer, [:Chrome] raised the fallen companion in return for the command words to bypass the iron golem defending the forge where Kanakus was busy carving out the fragment of the draconic prophecy.

 With the knowledge from the other group of adventurers, they finally headed into the massive entrance of Noldrunthrone through the Hall of Ancestors.  They were immediately waylaid by servants of Kanakus, mighty dragonborn and drakes, but strangely weakened.  As each dragonborn was cut down, a spirit fled the body of the dragonborn and came into the member of the party who most hurt that dragonborn, weighing the party member down, both spiritually and physically with the burden of a dwarf long dead.

 At first, the party wanted nothing more than to get rid of the spirits and to regain their strength.  Trying to help the spirits by following their muddled requests proved to be tiresome however, and after poking around the wrong building for a while, they decided to move on to taking out Kanakus, spirits or no. 

They experienced a few misteps while trying to invade the highlight of Noldrunthrone, a smithy responsible for smelting and refining the raw adamantite ore into mighty magical equipment using the lava from a volcanic vent and a bound fire elemental.  The battles were tough, things became even tougher when they encountered Kanakus still there, irrationally carving out the fragment of the draconic prophecy for its collection. 

 The battle was fierce, but Kanakus was absent his most powerful servants, who had either fallen to the party or fled, abandoning their master who had gone crazy in the pursuit of the Prophecy, or, as some suggsted, by what he learned.  Kanakus fell to the group, butchered by [:Barash], and they thought to simply leave after sleeping the night in Noldrunthrone.

Unfortunately for the party, the combat with the dragon, the smell of the remains of the dragonborn ambush, had all done their part in drawing the attention of the demons who had destroyed Noldrunthrone so long ago. 

Upon leaving the smithy, the party encountered a strange shadowy being who threatened destruction until [:Theran] convinced the shadowy being that they might help the demon.  They offered to go into the necropolis, the only place the demon had failed to enter, where the demon said it wanted the crown of the dwarven king for its own. 

Through a series of events while wandering the city, the group satisfied some of the ghosts, angered others, convinced the myconids who had evolved in the dwarven tended mushroom forest from an experiment of combining dragonshards with mushroom fertilizer to attack the demons who had amassed to feast upon the dragonborn remains, attracted the attention of and nearly destroyed by vrocks, and finally found a way to escape through a secret passage to the outside.  All at the same time as they set a dwarven Revenant upon the world who is now looking for revenge.

<font>On uncertain land, an unwelcome pact is made with one who is prince and thief, captain and ruler, for the location of the stolen rock from the skies.</font>

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