I continue to gather more and more information about the movement and plans of the dragon cult. While searching the countryside of Greenest I came across a group that fell behind from the primary force. I found a good place to hide and tried to observe the group. I was hoping to find out why Greenest was looted, what they needed with all the funds, and where they were headed next.
Much to my surprise a band of adventures showed up. They seemed to discuss their plans for quite a bit. They split up and took cover in the trees surrounding the straggler camp. I was a little concerned that their plan was to kill everyone. That really isn’t the best way to gather information. You should always try and leave a survivor. I was uncertain if their planned surprise attack would work, but I knew I would be in for a good show.
I was surprised to see most of the kobolds drift off to sleep. This was looking like one of my plans. Then the arrows started flying. The stragglers started dropping. A few started to head towards to adventures. I thought it best to help them out and killed a few myself. I remained in hiding to keep a watchful eye on the situation. I didn’t what to show myself just in case I needed to run away or attack the adventures if they were on their way to kill everyone. I wasn’t entirely sure that they were good or not.
Luckily the arrows stopped and one of the cultists surrendered. Beyond that they didn’t kill him were he stood. It turned out better than I thought. Then they started to question the cultist with demands, threats, and insults. Adventures and their demands. It never works and people just end up dead and nobody learned anything new. So, what the hell, let’s go meet some new people.
The adventures seemed quite alarmed when I came out of the trees and started talking to the cultist. The turned their questioning to me. I’m not the cultist here. The guy tied up is. It was really quite rude. They were asking who I was, why I was here, what I was doing in the woods, was I in the town, etc. None of it was relevant to the situation. Eyes on the prize people. After a brief bit of awkwardness we were all able to get back on task. For a little bit anyways. Eventually the questions turned back to me. They were easily distracted though and didn’t really need to know my secrets.
From the cultist we found out where the cultist camp was located and that an ambush waited on the way to the camp. The cultist showed good judgment in sharing his information and agreed to change his ways and not join a cult again. I was about to give him his weapons back and send him on his way when the rotund tavern smelling dwarf decided it would be best if the cultist was naked. I understand the cultist was not a good guy, but nobody should be left defenseless. Even if the cultist turned to his evil ways again my network would be sure to keep an eye on him. He already showed himself to freely give up information. Not a bad person to have as your enemy. You just capture him again, get all the new information, and send him back on his way.
After brief discussion I found out the adventurers were looking for their friend who was captured by the cultists. The name Leocin sounded familiar for some reason. I happen to be heading the same direction so we decided to work together. We started our journey towards the ambush. In hindsight who walks into an ambush?
To get past the ambush the adventures decided to disguise themselves as cultist and pretend the half-orc was their prisoner. Something about a fight, that turned out to be a disgraceful beating. If all didn’t go well I could have just pretend to be a cultist pretending to be an adventurer that was pretending to be a cultist. It didn’t come to that though. It actually worked out really well They laughed at the half-orc, we laughed at the half-orc, then they let us through. I kind of like these guys. Quick side note at this point. There is another adventure with us. I think he is a cleric. He could also be a less intelligent individual they found on the side of the road and dressed him as a cleric. I will definitely need to figure this out. So, we are walking on the path between the ambush and guy dressed as cleric says “He guys, look at all the traps!” He may look up to a box of rocks for inspiration, but he is perceptive. I will keep a close eye on this one. Maybe just to make sure he doesn’t get lost. Anyways…
We made it to the camp of the cult. Hundreds of cultists and kobolds roamed the camp all celebrating their recent plunder. Our disguises continued to hold up. We had a brief confrontation with a kobold. Get prepared to run like hell…and…the group intimidated the kobold and he backed away. That was close. We all continued towards the back of the camp. We started with the mercenaries. We joined them for some drinks and found out the prisoners were going to be executed. That put some urgency around our quest. With some digging we determined where the prisoners were being kept. So, speaking of digging, some of our group decided it would be a good idea to mouth off to the cultist in black robes. So off they went to dig latrines. I feel like this may be a trend. You know a little flattery can go a long ways. You don’t have to mean it.
Eventually we ended up back together. Some of us smelled better than others. Why do the latrine diggers look slightly vindicated? Note to self what type of person looks happy after digging poop trenches? Wait a second…Where did the guy in black robes go? Hmm, additional note to self. Anyways…
We found Leocin tied up behind the red robe camp. Now I know why I know that name. I need to find out what he learned. Now was not a good time to find out. It was becoming more and more critical to get out of here. We needed a plan to get everyone out safely. To our rescue, the rotund tavern smelling dwarf. One thing dwarfs are good at is drinking. Even better than that it is a drinking game. A few moments later the dwarf comes back with red robes to dress Leocin in and a passed out cultist to tie up in his place. This also goes very well. The pretty half-orc and I start carrying Leocin out of the camp. Oh, did I mention the orc thinks he is pretty. Yet another note to self. Pretty half-orc, funny.
As we head out I notice the rest of the group freeing the other prisoners. While the adventures are a little unpolished they have good hearts and seem to care about those that are in need. It is good I met them. As night falls the kobolds are beginning to wake. I venture off to the hunters portion of the camp to leave little surprise. Then we all charm our way past the kobolds. As the camp fades into the distance alarms start to sound, then the camp catches on fire…Surprise! We venture a ways south and camp in a cave a mile or so off the path back to Greenest. In the morning we head back to Greenest.
I am happy to have met this group of adventures and will gladly travel with them. Even though I typically go it alone. I guess that makes me an adventurer too. I wonder what secrets this group has come across. Note to self, gather information about the group of adventurers and write down names.
Off to chat with Leocin. We have some catching up to do.