Where only moments before stood a ghastly bugbear, now there was fiery, scaled winged beast. A brutish voice came out of its freshly fanged mouth, promising not to dismember our heroes — as he had plans for their corpses.
The party pulled back into the cavern scattering, and tried to heal themselves as best they could. The dragon bounded after them and breathed a gout of flame, pushing Celeste to the verge of death. Luix, Saerin and Kallius closed on the creature, and the others circled around to support their attacks. Luix crashed down with his flail but much of the attack was absorbed by the dragon’s armor. Kallius disrupted the undead dragon with his magic.
The embattled dragon lashed out with fangs, claws and wings. Searin dropped and Luix was terribly gouged. Boomah reached and grabbed up the ranger’s trident, and held the enchanted weapon out for the northman. Even Celeste joined in the fight, using her curing powers to harm the undead monstrosity. They all worked to give Luix the best possible opening on the creature, and he stabbed the magical trident into — and through — the dragon.
The creature slumped, and transformed back into its original bugbear form. Searching about, they retrieved scaly hide armor from the ghost barbarian as well as an elf bane morningstar. The dragon shaman carried a necklace with two large rune-engraved fangs, one that was burnt and smoldering. He also had an enchanted hide shirt, a wand of resist fire, and a pearl of power.
Looking deeper into the cavern, they found a deep pit that was being excavated by the zombies. At the bottom Boomah some kind of disc shape covered with markings. He called the magus over to check it out, and he collapsed at the site. When he awoke, he was unsure of what happened but did know that a series of smaller runic writings were carved into the disc in the shape of the primal rune for dragon.
They retreated back to the shrine of Aerin to treat their many wounds. The next day they returned to the mine, and noted that the chunks of black slime were not coming out at the same pace as before. The followed the trench back in, and noticed that it, too was flowing like before. When they reached the large cavern, they saw that the pool of slime had dripped back into the pit and the disc was now covered by a layer of slime.
Searching the rest of the mine, they came upon a dispatched a lone ghoul. Further on, they found a den filled with furs and choice bits of carrion. They also found two heavy chests, which they decided were trapped. Unfortunately, they were unable to disarm the trap and field the area with noxious smoke.
When the smoke cleared, the found a Darkwood Buckler, Masterwork Chainmail, Masterwork Darkwood Shield, heavy wooden, a Potion of Levitate, a Potion of Enlarge perso, a Climber’s kit, a Potion of Jump, a Potion of Shield of faith a Masterwork Hand Crossbow, 3 Tigereyes, a Freshwater (irregular) pearl, Azurite 7gp, 4 Blue quartz, and 67 pieces carved obsidian, pp: 6, gp: 71, sp: 860, cp: 6600.
They gathered up their loot, and decided to return to Wytchport and ask others what should be done next.