When Boomah and Kallius retuned to our heroes camp late in the night, they quickly explained what had transpired in the mine. They had flown, roused and dispatched some charau-ka guards, and led them on a chase before encountering the ancient elephantine creature known as Satao.
It said he had been I’m the area since the Firstborn had ruled, and had seen all the changes. It appeared that one of the Firstborn’s duties was to guard the prisons and graves of the traitorous bloodwyrm dragons, and since their exit some of the seals have weakened or broke entirely.
Lured by the strange draconic activity, the green dragon Verduous arrived a few years ago to seek bloodwyrm knowledge and aid their return. He scoured the mainland for signs of their presence and collected what artifacts he could find. He is not alone in this desire, either. Other dragons have come to this place to consult with the green dragon, and he is building a Dolmen Circle atop the Temple to aid long-range teleporting.
The dragon is talkative and proud, and occasionally brings Satao to his chambers to boast and discuss issues. One time he noted a hidden chamber behind its bookshelves that held a line of flame hovering in space, balanced between a black and a white stone.
They offered to help Satao escape the mines, but he was concerned about what would happen to the others if he was discovered missing. So the goblin and the magus dimension doored out of the caverns and flew back under cover of darkness.
This new information did little to settle the group’s plans. In the end, they hoped to somehow engage this Verduous in parlay to avoid a full-frontal assault. But first they would rest.
Dawn came with a pillar of fire rising up from the direction of the mine. Not long after, another flame shot up closer to the party. They packed up and argued about what was going on. A third flame was spotted, and the rat-man Digbo declared that all of these smoking areas were near watering holes where the wild creatures gathered. It was decided that something was trying to smoke them out.
So they had the rat-man lead them to a watering hole where they would lie in wait. There they found a massive bull aurochs and three cows. Boomah and Digbo went up into the canopy to search the skies while the others waited.
It did not take very long before three massive red-scaled lizards appeared on the edge of the clearing. The lead lizard breathed a gout of flame into the small herd, which scattered to flee. The bull charged the lizard, which had a charau-ka rider carrying a long spear. They crashed together, but the combination of the set spear and the mighty jaws of the red beast proved more than a match for the bovine protector.
One lizard made a move toward the cows, while the other charged across the shallow watering hole where the party was firing missiles at them. Boomah flew down and engaged what appeared to be the leader of the squad.
Battle was truly afoot.