Rezmir (Black half-dragoness – priestess/sorcerer, in charge of this chapter of the Cult of the Dragon?) & BornGray (racist Elf warrior and a wearer of purple) arrive to take charge of the scene. They have a dozen cultist guards but dismiss them back to their packing duties when it becomes apparent there is no fighting to do.
In the narrow spiral stair, Sir Vassily, Ragnar and Cole finally kill the Golem.
David maintains his bluff that the Red Wizard betrayed the cult. He claims the proof is in the scrolls. and offers to translate them.
The wizard’s apprentice has been in hiding in the antechamber (invisible) and has overheard enough to be suspicious of this motley crew and the boy warlock. He becomes visible and throws himself on Rezmir’s mercy. He promises her the Red Wizard has not betrayed them and offers to submit to a Zone of Truth. The terrified young apprentice offers to re-animate the Golem – his master granted him secondary control and he says if he is given the Amulet, the golem will regenerate and be under his control – assuming no pieces of the body have been taken.
Rezmir orders Sir Vassily to submit to the Zone of Truth too – she says it is as a “control subject” but really she has the beginnings of suspicion about the newcomers.
After a few control questions and Vassily having to answer a few questions sideways to avoid lying, she is convinced that the apprentice is still willing to serve the Cult of the Dragon and has no proof that the others are enemies.
Up in the Observatory, David deciphers one of the scrolls – It seems that Ebon Death has a secret the Red Wizard had learned by scrying him through the telescope (an artefact called the Farseer of Illusk). Ebon Death is one of twins and they have kept it secret from the world for hundreds of years.
Rezmir brings the apprentice up to the Observatory and orders them to give him the Wizard’s amulet. They seem reluctant and spout some nonsense about it falling out of the window during the fight! She casts another Zone of Truth and starts to ask them individually. Cole tosses it into the corner so he can say “I haven’t got it” and not be lying.
Hoping to make her believe the Red Wizards are the enemy, David reveals Ebon Death’s Secret (out loud in Draconic). Rezmir is absolutely furious and shocked. She immediately asks which of his servants speak draconic and orders David help her kill Ragnar as he now knows Ebon Death’s secret and is not a Wearer of Purple!
She is very tough and has a magical black sword that drains the life out of those it hits.
When David tries to affect her with a spell, the Mask of the Black Dragon (one of five major artefacts of Tiamat to be used in the Ritual for summoning her) materializes on her head and helps her resist the spells.
She breathes a line of acid spit and then nearly kills Vassily with the black sword.
Borngray arrives with a couple of guards and joins fight but Ragnar finishes off Rezmir – her Sword and Mask instantly teleport away. BornGray dashes out leaving his guards to be cut down, but not before trying to finish off the unconscious Vassily. Thorin is only just in time to heal Vassily and they all pursue BornGray down the stairs. He turns out to be a very proficient and deadly fighter with a cruel streak.
Cole teleports through shadows to get past him and block his retreat but BornGrasy cuts him down. Then he turns on Ragnar who has to flee back out of the way “Filthy Dwarf Scum”. BornGray begins to stamp on Cole’s unconscious head muttering “Filthy Human Scum!” but David arrives in time to stop him delivering the death blow.
Vassily compels him to a duel using his Compel Duel spell. Despite the disadvantage (and being forced to reroll due to David’s Luck, the grizzled Elf warrior KOs David too.
Vssily and Ragnar fight BornGray and Cole recovers and joins the fight too, they overwhelm the elf with numbers and Thorin manages to heal everyone.
Eventually they are all partly recovered and have time to decipher the rest of the scrolls [GM:They piece together the puzzle that David started working on while in the dragon’s lair]. See the WIKI Entry for the RED_WIZARD_SCROLLS
There is a lot of information in the Scrolls and Books so it takes the rest of the day to decipher them. During this time the rest of the castle’s inhabitants flee out into the marsh – approximately 20 cultists and half a dozen Bullywugs and their Giant Frogs. During the fight the Apprentice also escaped from the tower.
Although the two main magical artefacts teleported away when Rezmir was killed, there is still plenty of treasure to be found in the tower.
Rezmir had a brooch called the “Insignia of Claws”
Borngray had 50gp
The Red Wizard had a “”/wikis/Staff%20of%20Fire/new" class=“create-wiki-page-link”>Staff of Fire" and a Spellbook containing Wizard spells.
The Apprentice regained his own smaller spellbook.
They also have the Amulet of the Shield Guardian Golem (but don’t know how to use it) plus Ragnar has some cogs from inside the golem.
Ragnar has also charged-up the Dagger of the Portal as he used it to deliver the death blow to BornGray and a couple of guards. He finally realizes that the 5 charges are actually five uses of the magical portal in the cellar of the castle.
NEXT SESSION THE “BOY WARLOCK” WILL BE MISSING SO WE WILL PROBABLY DO SOMETHING ELSE – A ONE-OFF ADVENTURE USING THE “STRANGE” RPG RULES. SET IN MODERN-DAY USA. An FBI Agent, a small-town Sheriff, a Paramedic (and possibly other characters) survived an incident a year ago taking down a drug-crazed Spider Cult. what they experienced there left psychological scars and they are all receiving regular Sleep Therapy sessions for their nightmares. Dreams can’t hurt you, but what if these aren’t just dreams…