After a Long Rest, the castle is empty.
Our heroes explored the Chapel of Tiamat, managing to get attacked by a couple of Flameskulls but Cole soon punched their lights out, but not before they had both managed to fireball – so everyone was feeling pretty fragile.
They were looking for the Portal in the Cellar, so naturally they went for a wander upstairs. Through the arrowslits overlooking the moat, they saw the approach of a huge black dragon, swooping towards the castle. It was Ebon Death – or at least one of the Ebon Death Twins.
They scampered down stairs (after flipping him the bird – again!) and found a magical portal in the cellar. This was soon opened to the “Sky Castle” and they took a couple of boxes of dragon coins and stepped through.
They emerged on a mountain top – above the snowline, in a bit of a snow flurry and high wind. Three large boulders stood before them and then steps cut in the rock led down into a valley with more steps on the other side leading up to where a vast castle hung in the sky, obscured by clouds and snow.
Ragnar closes the Portal behind them, knowing the dragon does not have small enough hands to activate it himself.
A gruff, booming voice called out “The Portal is open Lady Talis. From the castle in the marsh.”
From the valley below a shrill elven voice replied. “Is it Rezmir ?”
The gruff voice called back “No it’s a halfling Wearer of Purple”
The shrill woman almost squawked “A HALFLING! Rezmir goes too far. She has no respect for the traditions of the Cult. She is crazy – why else would she leave me Talis the White as a mere gate guard instead of giving me the White Dragon Mask. I am the obvious candidate t become a Mask Wearer. Not the poxy dwarf Varram.” She told her servant (an animated boulder) to “… Keep them there, I’m coming up.”
She was an Elf in white scale mail with a purple tunic. She held a longspear in one hand and had a long icicle wand tucked through her belt.
In answer to her questioning David told her that Rezmir was probably dead and the Castle in the Marsh had been attacked.
Talis revealed a lot of info about the cult. The Masked Lords are the top brass – higher than the Wearers of Purple. Rezmir has the Black Dragon Mask, Severin the Master of the Cult has the Red. Dragon Mask and a dwarf wizard called Varram was recently given the White Dragon Mask although Lady Talis believes it should have been given to her.
They were ordered to take their treasure to the Sky Castle, tell the Giant that Rezmir would arrive tomorrow but tell Lord Sandesyl Morghul – the Vampire, another Wearer of Purple, that Rezmir wasn’t coming and to “take out the Giant and his cronies before dawn”. She let slip that the Sky Castle also contained a couple of Sandesyl’s concubines and a white dragon and a dozen cultist troops and a few Wyverns.
Then Ragnar got carried away and tried to joyride Talis’ Wyvern. She saw what was going on and reacted strongly – blasting them with cone of cold, nearly killing David, Vassily and Cole. She ordered Ragnar to return her Wyvern and then allowed him to frantically stabilize his friends. When they woke, she sent her three-armed Troll to help them carry the treasure to the castle. She hasn’t worked out they are imposters (David managed a bluff that they had been confused by some spell attack) and so she still wants them to deliver the message to Sandesyl and help him slaughter the Giant(s).
When they reach the Castle with 3 hours to go before night fall, David risks everything by using telepathy to tell the Giant that the Cult are betraying him and Rezmir isn’’t coming. The risk pays off as Blagothokus agrees to accept David’s offer to get him the Luckblade from the lair of Ebon Death. Blagothokus tells them to bring the gold in, take it to the White Dragon inside the Iceberg so they don’t alert the Cult and then they will launch their attack on the cult an hour before dark, so that the Vampires are not active.
David is given the chance to …
assist with fighting the cult and red wizards
B) go kill Lady Talis
C) go back through the Portal to the Castle in the Marsh and steal the Luckblade from Ebon Death’s Lair. If they can do it while there is only one dragon present that would be a lot easier.