The party decided to make the most of the hidden lair that they had found, and took an extended rest, setting watches in pairs. Cersei and Draco took the first watch, and began to notice a burrowing sound within the first hour. The watches continued and the burrowing did not relent, until after almost 8 hours of digging, when a sudden booming crash awoke everyone.
When the party left the seclusion of the hidden lair, it became apparent that something had been digging the cause the collapse of the tunnel leading southward out of the cave. Leaving the party with the decision to either head back towards Kalarel’s lair, or investigate the door on which the stark message “Keep out. Really” had been scratched.
The door was given closer inspection and it was thought that the message had been scratched into the door with a blade within the last year. The party were split on which way to go, and cast a split vote. Somehow Splug was asked his opinion, so he immediately said he would vote with his mistress, referring to Sora, who of the party has been the nicest to him.
Gonad son of Groin pushed open the doors without great effort, finding them to open onto a landing at the top of a spiral staircase. The stairs went downwards in the darkness for 3 and half turns, with the party led by the light cast by Cersei on Draco’s armor. At the bottom of the stairs, the passage continued as a long corridor.
The party passed along for at least a minute before Enna began to notice the smell of stagnant water and decay, which was soon detected by the others too. The passageway abruptly opened up into a huge cavern, as the stench began to get stronger. The cavern appeared to have collapsed at the rear, open to the dawn, or dusk sky – the party were unsure which having been underground for at least a day.
Tarquin at the head of the party on the right flank was the first to see, to the left of the entrance to cave, a gigantic black skeleton, which appeared to be that of a dragon. Then a figure, standing before a pool of dark water spoke:
_“Almighty Tiamat has sent you to us. Worthless pawns bearing treasure for the hoard of Maûzebel, reclaimer of the Lair of Grûzon!"
At these words, a horned head emerged from the dark pool, dripping with foul water and eminating a terrible stench, red eyes afixed on the intruders, who the party could only assume was Maûzebel.
Upon evocation of the name of Tiamat, the followers of the Platinum Dragon flew into action, led by Draco who had been apprehensive about exploring the cavern from the start, but immediately charged at this diciple of evil. Enna immediately identified the young Black Dragon emerging from the pool and began to relay all that she new about dragon’s to her companions.
Cersei was able to identify the shadowy figure as a Dark Creeper Necromancer, as he began to chant in a language unintelligble to all of the members of the party.
The fight quickly took a turn for the worse as the dragon fully emerged from the pool, eminating an aura which sapped the srength of those within 25 feet, and unleashed a gout of acid over Hector, Gonad son of Groin, and Tarquin leaving them all severely injured.
After consideration of fleeing, the party were steeled into action, and began to face their main foe at close quarters, while Draco threw her full weight into the Necromancer, forcing him back into the pool, where he was lost from sight under the dark and murky water.
The party threw everything they had at the dragon, and upon Tarquin evoking the name of Bahamut and promising divine judgement to the dragon, the dragon began to beat it’s wings to flee, allowing Draco, Gonad son of Groin and Hector the chance to swing at it. Gonad son of Groin connected, and the dragon finally appeared to be injured, with acid blood covering those around it, and in it’s rage it unleashed another breath of acid.
As this was happening, the necromance re-emerged from the pool, looking far worse for wear, but looking for vengance he begain to use his wicked blade to cut through the party, causing several to fall unconcious.
The dragon continued to flee, making for the fissure to the rear of the cavern as Enna, Sora and Cersei continued to attack from range, however it did manage to escape, despite being severely injured.
The fallen party members were stabilised after the necromancer was finally dispatched, and the cavern was searched for treasure while Enna identfied the dragon bones as being large enough to have been the bones of an ancient dragon.
The dragon hoard was found to be somewhat modest, containing 1,254gp, a pair of Catstep Boots and a +1 Floating Shield, while the dagger used by the necromancer was taken and given to Sonny since it was a +1 Duelist’s Dagger.