Once inside Vlad’s Fortress our heroes rallied together with newfound strength they now were ready to settle the score with Vlad once and for all.
Checking their equipment and insuring they were ready, then prepared continued on. They met a woman who was there, pregnant and scared as she explained her situation. Being forced to carry Vlad’s unborn child and wanted nothing of his evil. Starney said that in his state he would be little to no help and he would fly her away with Thorn, Drake’s Griphon to Thalmus’s Castle and get her to safety. Before she left she told them of someone that Vlad feared and was in the lower chambers with the rest of the slaves.
Agreeing that it was best that Starney get her to safety it became apparent that they were going to fight this fight with bows, blades and magic. As they went down the hall they saw one of Vlad’s minnons that looked like a goblin. Raynard saw him and took persuit as the others followed after him as well. Once they got him in site he was with all his compannions where they were keeping slaves. Our Heroes drew their weapons and began to fight the hordes as they were finished off quickly with little effort. Raynard went to the Goblin as hit shuttered in fear. “Where is Vlad?!” he asked violently pulling out his knives. “He’s upstairs with his allies.” the Goblin said as he looked at Raynard.
Raynard smiled as he said thank you, giving his back to the Goblin. The Goblin slowly pulled out his club but Raynard spun around and stabbed him as the Goblin gasped and fell to a dying fall. Once all was taken care of the heroes freed the slaves giving them a chance of life anew. They continued onward to the back room and saw a coffin that was sealed in chains with a lock and magically perserved. They all looked and felt great power within as they asked Raynard to open the lock. He did so and they all moved the top of the coffin off seeing a man, a paladin sleeping. He then awoke as he pulled out his sword as he sat up. “Where is he? Where is Vlad!?” he asked narrowing his eyes.
Our heroes reasured him they were not his enemy in fact were looking for the same person. Upon getting the info the Paladin agreed to join them as they continued onward. Upon getting to the upper levels they heard the rattles of chains in a large room. Rayanrd looked in through the keyhole and saw it was a dragon bashing the chains against the wall. Raynard gulped and said, “Big Dragon… and I’m not going in.” he said. Leonnel looked at the other door on the far side and walked to it as he looked in too with Raynard. They saw it was a huge room, the Dragon’s personal cell so to say. Everyone was reluctant what to do but Leonnel took a deep breath and said. “I’m going in. I might be able to reason with the creature.” he said as he opened the door on the far side and walked in. Raynard gasped but hid himself outside looking in from the side.
Drake, Runeaya and the Paladin came in through the main enterance but stayed only in the entrance. Leonnel walked closer to the dragon until the dragon noticed him. “You… are you one of the ones that captured me.” he roared out still bashing his chains then growled.
“No… we are not, in fact we are here to see if we can help you.” Leonnel said. The great white dragon just growled as he looked at Leonnel then got closer as he smelled him. “You… I know you… you were there when the that acursed Frost Lord tried to take control of me. You also freed me from his grasp.” he said. Leonnel bowed to the creature as he looked up. “Yes. Me and my companions did do this for you. I take it Vlad found you and captured you. Would you like us to free you once more?” he asked.
Xinarizx the White Dragon nodded as he stood still. Everyone but Raynard came closer to get a good inspection of the chains as they say it was kept together by one lock. A small one as they all realized that the chains must be magical to hold such a creature but the lock wasn’t. Raynard was outside shaking as he didn’t want to fight another dragon.
The group encouraged him to come in and help but Raynard just peaked in and said. “How do I know he won’t try and eat me?” he asked.
Xinarizx was angered by this as he roared out. “You wish to keep me here?” he yelled out. “No no no. I have great respect for you. I just am just making sure that I am alive after helping you.” he said. Xinarizx huffed as he glared. “Free me and I will help you against Vlad’s forces. But afterwards I will leave, do you promise not to follow.” He said. Leonnel, Runeaya, Drake and the Palidin nodded as Raynard said. “I would not dream of following you.”
He unlocked the lock holding the dragon as the dragon felt the chains come loose. He shook to free himself from the chains as he expanded his wings. He then nodded and crashed into a wall making a hole and flew out to aid in the battle against Vlad.
With assisting the dragon finished they continued onward to finally confront Vlad. The group came to a large door as Raynard peaked in seeing Vlad talking with a group of people. Raynard devised a plan to have everyone spread out. He would be the bait to bring Vlad out and vulnerable. They all took positions as they listened.
Vlad was talking as he was sitting in his chair. “They are fighting back and our losses are growing but we will win… we have the advantage after all.” he said to his counsil.
“Advantage huh… you seem confident.” Raynard said exposing himself as he jumped into their meeting area. “Your forces are crumbling Vlad. Why are you so fixated? Why are you doing this? And above all… why the hell did you choose to tomrent me?” Raynard said as everyone else got ready with spells or weapons.
Vlad stood and laughed. “Why… because I was bored, I want to rule everything. Immortality is nothing if you can’t use it for some other benefits.” he said as he walked over to Raynard. “Besides I needed to test my ideals on someone, getting Dake’s forces to join me and finding out you were his rival just made it easier for me to decide.” he said.
Raynard sighed. “for an immortal you think very little. You could do so much more. You cursed me with a necklace because you wanted to test it out. Test your power.” Raynard said.
Vlad got closer as he placed his hand on him. “That trinket is nothing but a sample of my great power.” he said as he then grabbed Raynard’s throat and gazed at him. “I think you will do nicely as a mindless servant now.”
That was it Drake quickly leeped into action as he somersaulted over Vlad and Raynard while at the same time stabbing him in the back. Vlad used what magic he had to try and gain control of Raynard once more but Raynard jumped back and broke free of his hold physically and mentally.
Leonel jumped and focused his magic. “Raynard, Drake… get down!” he yelled as he fired his Flame Strike attack. The cone errupted as Vlad’s forces were struck by Leonels flame and devine magics. However Vlad was able to duck not being harmed as did Raynard, but Drake wasn’t fast enough as he got a little bit burnt.
Runeaya and the paladin went to work on the others that were still alive. Runeaya firing her arrows to give her allies more time and the Paladin cutting down Vlad’s forces one swing after another.
That battle continued until Vlad summoned his hellish forces to his aid. Now with him fighting against Drake and Raynard the others would be preoccupied but he saw that the paladin as he gasped. “You awoke him! damn you all!” he yelled as they continued to fight.
Leonel was preocupied with one of the Hell demons seeing that he saw this one in Hell. “Payback I suppose.” he said as he began to fight using his sword, his panther and his 2 spheres of lightning that were now attacking the demon.
They all continued to fight until Vlad’s forces were either dead or retreating. Vlad was fighting more dirty using web spells to get them away and hoping to be free for their assualts. But Drake continued to insure that he would not get away. Using the wond of wonders he made Vlad small to the size of a halfling. Then trying to escape again he vanished with invisibility but Talimos saw him and pointed him out. Then he transformed to vapor to escape once more but Drake dispelled him transforming him back. Still being attacked from everyone Vlad realized he was going to be defeated. He then took it upon himself to rather being killed by them he would take matters to his own hands as he got in the sunlight. “So much for immortality, time for me to see the dawn.” he said removing the ring and turned to ash.
Vlad was finally defeated and the fortress was now strarting to crumble. everyone started to run and escape as Leonel transformed again into a large bird grabbing Raynard and the paladin as Drake took Runeaya upon his gryphon. And Talimos once again being resuced by Thalmus’s bone dragon as they flew back to Elidia to be hailed as heroes.