19 The Drawing Down, 1371
The company, now numbering 20 including the crate carriers, Thrane’s Dwarves, Kai’rel, Slugrim, and Glam’Diring the Copper Dragon, got back on the road. They left the crossroads in all haste and made for the Gap of Grimdamm, a long tunnel with a persistent biting-cold wind and many intersections that seem to draw the denizens of the Underdark.
After five days of following the tunnel and avoiding confrontation, Thrane led the company away from the tunnel and eventually came to a huge Fungus Cavern completely covered in grey, brown, green, and violet colored toadstools and other fungus. The cave had a musty smell and dampness in the air, the echoing sound of dripping water, and a dim yellowish-green glow emanating from some of the fungus. Druar, Herona’s brother, got out a satchel and carefully made his way through the fungus to a particularly large tan toadstool with dark brown spots. He put the satchel down and returned to the group. After a few moments the toadstool shivered and moved toward the satchel and looked in. At that, the myconoids and fungus parted the way to create a path the party followed through the cavern to a hidden hole.
Everyone dropped down from the cavern into a roughhewn tube approximately 8 feet in diameter that stretched out in one direction and was caved in from the other. Thrane explained that this tube was created by a burrowing purple worm and led to the caves below Citadel Adbar. The party followed the tube heading roughly north for another four days until, finally, on 27 Drawing Down, they came to the tail end of the rotting corpse of the giant purple worm that filled the tube. The party made their way through the belly of the beast and came out of the mouth hearing the sounds of battle coming from the nearby Caravan Gate underneath Citadel Adbar.
The party helped defend the Caravan Gate from the attacking Drow and Driders and used a summoned monkey swarm to confound the Drow that were attempting to sabotage the gate mechanism so that the Dwarves couldn’t close the gate. When Glam’DIring joined the battle and breathed acid on the attackers a Drow leader called out in undercommon “Capture our dragon!” and the Drow immediately attacked with harpoons and tried to pull him in, saved only by a spell that turned the dragon gaseous, letting the harpoons fall to the floor.
After fighting them off, the party was ushered through a hidden door to the lower levels of Citadel Adbar. One of the dwarves pulled a lever and the stone wall slid closed to conceal the entrance. Thrane led you to a spiral staircase and explained “No outsiders are allowed within the citadel without leave of the King. Please follow this staircase all the way up and wait in the chamber there. I need to see to some things and will meet you up there.” The dwarves took the crates and the party, accompanied by Gomel and Kerrek, ascended nearly a thousand steps, finally reaching a large waiting room with lots of comfortable seating and dried meats and ale to snack on.
After several hours Thrane led you to King Harbromm’s throne room. The huge room was filled with Iron Guards, Moradin’s Templars, and dozens of other dwarves including Thrane’s team. The King addressed the party and thanked them for delivering this important shipment in spite of the overwhelming dangers. He explained that these resources would ensure the citadel’s ability to withstand this great orc siege and validated his decision to join the Silver Marches. The King also addressed what appeared to be an orc (actually a disguised elf) who reported that the orcs are restless with fights breaking out everywhere. They are tasked with finding something but she didn’t know what. Finally the King referred to the party as “Kingfriends” and gave each member a blessing. Additionally, he dubbed the group “The Fate Forged”.
After the presentation in the throne room the party was asked to come to the small council to address the leadership of the citadel. The small council consisted of King Harbromm, Bargor the Commander of the Iron Guard, Runor the Paladin of Moradin’s Hammer, Druthina the Seer, Andour the Sage, and Tobin the Quartermaster. During the meeting, the party learned the following.
- All the forges were busy making weapons except the Fate Forge, where Rokus Stonecleave was making Kingfriend pendants the party.
- The dwarves were taking account of the contents of the crates and determined that this supplements the stores and the food should hold through the end of summer, however one of the main water sources seems to have gone dry.
- Runor is standing in for Merwin Deepmantle, the High Hammer who was on a quest in the Underdark trying to find out what happened to a group of four that disappeared months ago.
- Runor received a message from Merwin that indicated the “wormway” was closed so he is looking for another way to return to the citadel.
- Druthina the Seer had advised King Harbromm to make the deal with the Moon River Trading Company for this shipment. She also invited the party to come see her for a reading.
- Toli Stonebeard was assigned to be your assistant while in Citadel Adbar.
The party spent the evening in a bar near their quarters and Niven kept sending Toli off to buy scrolls and stuff. The next day the party went to Moradin’s Temple Library to find out anything they could on Ghorlaa. The librarian, Rigar Axesmith, found that a book called The accounting of Ghorlaa, the Glumdram, and the Scepter had been checked out months ago by Korlo Silverhair, a member of Moradin’s temple, but he and his wife Tarla had fallen ill and not been seen in a long time.
Toli led the group to Korlo’s home where he loudly announced “Make way for the Kingfriends”. Upon knocking a wolf could be heard on the other side of the door and Korlo asked the party to come back at night. Eventually Niven opened the door and found Korlo sickly and laying down on a sofa asking for the party to leave, but a pack of wolves attacked Toli, Se’if, Gaspard, and everyone outside while the wolf inside turned invisible and started attacking, causing two negative levels for both Dwafer and Banderloft. During the course of the battle Korlo’s wife came out of another room, claimed to be protecting Korlo from the party and then sucked his blood killing him. After a brutal battle that included a devastating fireball from the invisible vampire, both vampires turned gaseous and escaped through a drain.