Arantus

Junantus 18-20, 1010 A.G.
Campaign Days 78-80

You leave the Oracle of the Gate and begin traveling back to Ardwen.

Along the way, a party of golden-skinned Kobolds from Cantalore approaches and they engage in conversation with Ki’mat. The Kobolds are representatives of King Cantarell of Cantalore, the Gold Dragon King, who is summoning Ki’mat to advise and counsel him on the political situation in Ardwen. Cantarell is aware that The King’s Council in Ardwen has split into three factions, one of which has asked Cantarell to assume the throne of Ardwen. Knowing that Ki’mat is well versed in the current political situation in Ardwen, Cantarell wants to consult with him before making his decision.

Ki’mat tells you that he will leave the adventure party and return to Cantalore. He will advise King Cantarell not to assume the throne of Ardwen. As it turns out, Cantarell is a very ancient gold dragon well into the twilight years of his life. He is dying and he has no clear successor. For this reason, Ki’mat thinks that Cantarell should decline the offer and instead support the one faction that advocates for Ardwen‘s self-rule, the faction led by Ward Marshall Arbrand and Ward Marshall Huxor. Ki’mat departs with the gold-skinned Kobolds.

You travel two days to the Kog’s Bane Hills in northwest Ardwen. Arriving at the entrance to the Mines of Kog, you are attacked by a Dwarf Dark Arcanist and four Dwarf Bolters. They light off flares and are soon joined by three Orc Harriers and an Orc Troll Shaman mounted on a Snaketongue Wyvern. Fighting through a long battle, you overcome the enemies. Agapanthus mounts the Obsidian Steed and fells the last remaining foe, charging at the Orc Harrier while shooting his greatbow from horseback.

At Felgrim Cornerstone’s urging, you quickly gather parts from the junk heaps outside the mine shaft and assemble a mining cart with wheels. You mount the mining cart on the tracks and begin a wild ride through the mines. With Felgrim steering and the cart gathering inertia, you bowl over numerous evil dwarves along the route.

The cart enters a room with a circular section of track. An evil dwarf is whipping a badly injured mule with violet eyes. The mule defiantly looks back at the dwarf and speaks, Foul dwarf! Thou hast broken my body, but thou shall not break my spirit! Dog Boy screams Stop the cart! I recognize that voice! That is my father! Felgrim slams on the brakes, stopping the cart abruptly. The dwarf scampers off, while Hypatia tends to the injured mule. She administers the special potion that was given to you some time ago by a giant black raven, an emissary of the Raven Queen, who instructed you to use the potion on the mule with violet eyes who toils in the land of giants. After drinking the potion, the mule transforms into Prince Graid, son of King Gwenyk, father of Prince Galerant (Dog Boy).

Taking the unconscious prince with you in the cart, you resume you high-speed descent into the mines. The dwarves pursue in their own mining cart and a high-speed chase ensues.

Descending to the Underdark, the rail ends and you leave the cart behind. You reach a large three-way intersection in the tunnels. Felgrim Cornerstone informs you that the left fork leads to Trollgard, the right fork to Forgehome. His plan is to detonate explosives in the roof of the tunnel, collapsing the intersection and blocking access to invaders from Trollgard as well as to pursuers from The Mines of Kog. You boost Felgrim to the tunnel ceiling where he embeds numerous explosives that he has engineered for just this purpose.

Meanwhile, as the evil dwarves close their distance from behind you, a band of three Trolls and an Oni Mage approach from the left tunnel ahead of you. Mounted on pikes are the decapitated heads of King Gwenyk, Madame Duffington, Fiddleback, and The Toothless Tiefling. Two of the trolls carry a large banner that reads:

All obey Malevicious, Conqueror of Kings!

Felgrim lights the long wick to the explosives and you run with reckless abandon down the right tunnel. As the hoard of dwarves, the trolls, and the Oni Mage enter the intersection in pursuit, a massive explosion detonates, killing them all under the flames and rubble of the collapsed tunnel.

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Epilogue
A New Point of Light

Traveling through the Underdark, you arrive safely at Forgehome. Balasar is already living in Forgehome when you arrive. Balasar tells you that he left the adventure party because he had discovered that his destiny was to act as the guardian of the Platinum Egg until it hatches.

In time, the egg hatches and the Platinum Dragon, Sariant, Exarch of Bahumut, is born! Dog Boy and Sariant grow up together in Forgehome, with Prince Graid raising his long-lost son while Balasar continues on in his role as guardian of the Platinum Dragon wyrmling.

The presence of Prince Galerant and Sariant in Forgehome creates a new Point of Light in a world quickly being swallowed up by Darkness. Though it lies many years in the future, one day Prince Galerant and Sariant will be ready to accept the torch that you pass to them. Prince Galerant will rule the Lighted Realms with chivalry and justice while Sariant defends their borders with courage and power.

Meanwhile, if and when that day arrives depends on you, dear Adventurers, and what you achieve during the remainder of your adventuring careers. For there remain many foes to be fought and adventures to be sought by you — the followers of Avandra’s Paths of Power, the keepers of the Light, The Company of the Black Wagon, the Torchbearers!

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Two Campaigns Meet
Agapanthus and Peli

Iounday, Marantus 8, 1018 A.G. – In the City of Argent

Agapanthus’ has a nephew who is mostly Eladrin named Lord Peli Edrik v’Aan Helisor. Peli has spent almost a year adventuring with his companions, calling themselves The Blue Scarabs. Peli remembers a story from his Uncle Agapanthus about several boons from the gods. Six gods left gifts for humankind to use in time of dire need. Five have been used and one is left – the one his uncle and his companions from The Company of The Black Wagon are guarding deep under the Dwarven fortress of Forgehome. The Company of The Black Wagon consists of Ki’Mat a Dragonborn Sorcerer, Balasar, a Dragonborn Paladin, Wolvar Runebeard, a Dwarf Shaman, Hypatia, a Deva Invoker, Rook, a Human Warden and Agapanthus – a Wild Elf Ranger and Shinalaestra Guardian like Peli. This last and most powerful gift is from Bahamut the Platinum Dragon God. Foreghome is deep underground, almost impossible to find. The Chromatic Dragons regard it as a thorn in their hide and wish it did not exist.

Facing an epic upcoming battle to save the world, Peli and his companions teleported half-way around the world, right into Agapanthus’ private bedchamber in hopes of obtaining this last boon to help them in their quest. Later, Peli wrote the following in his journal:

“I look around at his meager furnishings and say “how quaint”. He sits up in bed when I greet him warmly, exchanging hugs and then I introduce him to my companions. As he quickly dresses, he says he wasn’t expecting us so soon. Of course we have to ask “oh, when were you expecting us? We are here because we could use the help of a boon.” He cordially explains the gift of Bahamut will only help RESTORE the world after it has been saved. He apologizes for any misunderstanding and offers to show it to us. Disappointed we aren’t going to get a gift from the god right now, I tell Agapanthus he should come join us and help us in our quest. As we follow him, he says he would but he cannot leave his own very important mission – that of protecting some VIPs. He has taken us through many chambers and locked doors until we come to a sitting room. There he introduces us to a very peculiar young man. He addresses him as Prince Galerant. Groa recalls the story. Seven years ago The Company of the Black Wagon rescued a ten-year-old Hobgoblin boy. Called Dog Boy” because his Hobgoblin masters treated him like a dog. Originally he was assigned as the caretaker of the adventurers who started their campaign drugged and captive in the back of a slave wagon. Dog Boy refused to continue drugging them, and later helped them to escape from the burning wagon wreckage. Since the day his mother Yaeva was sold into slavery, Dog Boy had been looked after by his grandfather, the old Hobgoblin cook, Cookie. Prince Galerant is the proper name of the young Hobgoblin boy called Dog Boy. He is the son of Prince Graid and Yaeva. His precise racial makeup is half Hobgoblin (from his mother), and one-quarter each Human and Eladrin (from his father). He is prophesied to become the future ruler of Arantus. After exchanging farewells to His Highness, Uncle Agapanthus takes us to a gem-encrusted chamber where we behold a young, magnificent, shimmering Platinum Dragon, the Prince’s Enforcer, named Sariant, the Exarch of Bahamut. Furthermore, Sariant is the only begotten offspring of the Dragon God Bahamut. Agapanthus explains that Sariant and Prince Galerant are the “gifts” but they are not yet ready to oppose all the evil and chaotic forces in the world and Prince “Dog Boy” Galerant is not yet ready to rule. As we depart from Sariant’s chamber, Groa hands the beautiful Dragon a snack from her pack and Ungus thanks it, stating “the future is in good hands”. Next Agapanthus takes us to the Dwarves of Forgehome where they have lots of questions and specifically barrage Ungus and Morthwyl who they want to stay with them. Finally Agapanthus has to break it up as we have to leave. As we are heading back to his private chambers, I thank him for his thoughtful gift of the Handy Haversack, turning so he can see it – and the awesome case of Elven wine which is long gone. I tell him it was a nice gift recognizing my Paragon status but now that I have exceeded him by 9 levels and have achieved Epic status, I wonder what new gifts he has for me. Morthwyl once again slaps the back of my head. I growl again but wink at Morthwyl. I acknowledge I am being a brat and I love it! Agapanthus apologizes he can only give me 11 jewels worth 600 gp each. I thank him anyway and we prepare to depart. Before going I tell him to give my regards to his husband Sprig. We contact Gabbe and she brings us back to Argent.”

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