The rest of the group’s night went by uneventfully and they continued on their way the next morning. As they traveled closer to Uazil’s lair, Mykca informed them that the area they were coming upon was known to have some volcanic activity and that they should all be more careful. Soon, the tunnels began to slope, becoming hot and humid and moisture began to be seen on the walls and floor. The ground became slick with mold and mildew from the constant humidity and heat. As they traveled, they came to a tunnel that sloped drastically down and was very slick. Each of them descended one by one, slowly and carefully. Most were able to catch themselves if they slipped, with the exception of Shedinn, who slid down the tunnel and barreled into Adelle.
In the next room, they discovered that the cavern floor was covered with holes which proved to be lava tubes. Some were still active, while others had hardened. Mykca told them to be careful and check the ground in front of them, lest it only be a thin layer of crust that could give away and send them to their deaths. As they continued on carefully, they heard shouts for help coming from one of the holes. They discovered two people stuck in one of the hardened lava tubes and helped them out. After brief introductions and a short explanation of how they came to be there, the two joined the group, seeing more safety in numbers.
They rested not long after, finding a large enough area in the tunnel to accommodate them. As they were setting up camp, a group of 10 kobolds with 2 purple dragon hatchlings wandered into view and a battle ensued. The battle proved to be less of a challenge than the group first expected upon seeing the hatchlings that were as tall as they were. They cleared away the bodies and continued setting up camp, taking advantage of the small natural spring in the corner to wash away the sweat and grime from their travels.
The next morning, they discovered more of Uazil’s eggs, and decided that although they were unborn, it would be best to break open and slay the dragons. They continued on for a short time and found themselves at the beginning of Uazil’s lair, having recognized it from the sketches in Slogoth’s journal. As they slowly and carefully moved through the tunnels, they came to a ledge that overlooked a huge cavern. As they looked on, Uazil flew over them, using her breath weapon once before flying away before they had a chance to retaliate. Sobered by the sudden attack, the party continued on even more carefully.
The next cavern they came to smelled suspiciously of wet dog and they encountered a pair of hell hounds that posed little challenge. Finally, the part made it to the main chamber and were ambushed by 2 minotaurs and a roper. As they battled the creatures, Uazil made another appearance, swooping down behind them and snapping at Greed. Greed quickly moved away as Garrett grabbed out his grappling hook and rope, determined that the dragon not get away again. He managed to hook it around her serpentine neck and climb up to sit on her back. His victory was brief as the dragon turned her head and looked at him, sending him to a prison of her own imagination where he was constantly assaulted by strange creatures.
Ot, trying to enrage the dragon and get her to make mistakes, pulled out the collection of her children’s heads that he had kept and taunted her. She roared and moved forward, breathing again over the group only to fly off again and leave the party to finish dispatching the other creatures. A few moments after Uazil’s departure, Garrett appeared in midair where he had been sitting on the dragon and fell to the ground. The party took a short rest, heavily wounded from the encounter and left wondering if they could really face Uazil and successfully take her down.
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