(Sunday, November 4th)
Upon returning to Muta, the party finds that it has been occupied by Orcs. An ambassador from the Orcish Empire explains that they will soon arrive to conquer, and hoped for Muta’s cooperation. While discussing, DraubeZerk is kidnapped by Orcs. After Ceridan De’Arunsel sends off a messenger to the BronzeOrder to inform them of the goings-on around Muta. The party then sets off into Orcish lands, and after a few weeks travel, arrives in the capital of Krogville.
There, they meet Flying Sir General King Emperor Admiral (he bought a boat) Mardek Krog the Orc the Dragonslayer Bandit, who says that the party can see Zerk again if they complete a task for him- defeating a rebellious goblin tribe that has gotten a hold of some powerful magic. They grudgingly agree (plotting to betray Krog) and arrive in a town that has been destroyed. They avoid some of the goblin diggers, and arrive at a strange tower. Inside, they are ambushed by a Gelatinous Cube in the darkness, and outside, the dead rise and attack. After a few absorbtions, the party emerges triumphant. They ascend the tower, and disable a magical fire trap on the second floor. On the top floor, they confront the traitorus (and insane) goblin wizard, and defeat both him and his fire elemental.
The party recovers the first Red Dragon Eye from the goblin’s body. On the way out, they enter a tomb, and find a Note.
Upon returning to Krog, they find that Draube’s mother, Mama Zerk, is marrying Krog, and that’s why they needed Draube. Finally, the party descends into Krog’s dungeons to talk to the captured red dragon Klorphax. They find out a number of interesting things from him, not all of which can be entirely trusted…
Epilogue: You are cordially invited to the wedding of…
HIS WONDERFULNESS LORD KING GENERAL ADMIRAL (he bought a boat) KROG
LENA “MAMA” ZERK
Reception to follow. Try not to think about the Honeymoon.
Mama Zerk is saddened to hear that her ex-husband and other son have died, along with the town where she settled down for a time (before realizing that she could never be a stay at home mom when there were still butts to kick). She swears vengeance on those who took her other son from her, and vows that when the other lands are conquered, the Talons will pay dearly.
To her surviving son, she gives the Zerk Edge, Snouge Zerk’s finest work. He collected every scrap of Adamantine that came through Morning on Crescent until he finally had enough to forge a masterwork Adamantine Dwarven Waraxe, which he gave to Lena as an Engagement Weapon. It has since been enchanted to be a +1 weapon on Mama Zerk’s journeys. She asks that Draube take care of it and use it in his father and brother’s memories.
She also can’t help but notice Rathgar’s unusual pendant, and remarks that it reminds her of the style of design used by some of the Dwarven clans to the north, in the Veil of Winter. Up there, if any of the clans can still be found, an answer might be discovered at last.