Super Mega Monkey Ultra Extreme
Dungeons & Dragons Edition
Recap 59 Supplemental: Chicken God Egg: Journey to Irate Volcano Island
July 26, 2014
The day after their adventure in the Forest of Forgetfulness and the crystal castle, the Motley Crew is sitting at the breakfast table listening to Zargyble report his findings to Brecaryn. The witch Crulicar, who Erintrah did business with, was last seen in the company of fanatic orcs.
At that moment, Zargyble is interrupted by a man in the courtyard shouting for the "rulers of the town". It's Oakfriend, the priest of Uller they met outside of the orc village. He has located the angelic furnace they will need to destroy the chicken god egg permanently.
Oakfriend warns that, contrary to their usual habit, several red dragons had taken to nesting together inside the volcano. To aid them, he gives Josy two fire resistance scrolls and three resurrection scrolls.
Before going to the Isle of Dread, Brecaryn first uses the Mirror of Thought to travel to Beeblebrox's tower and checks on the spells she's left to guard the mirror there. Although everything looks undisturbed, Brecaryn notices the smell of woodsmoke and hears some muffled sounds in the tower. Bringing Malouf back to the tower with her, they investigate and find evidence of recent visitors.
In the kitchen, it's obvious someone had lit a fire in the stove not too long ago. Giant footprints, 1 1/2 times the size of a man's foot, are visible on the dusty floor. On the kitchen table, Malouf finds a note and hands it to Brecaryn.
The note is signed "M & R" in a large, flourishing hand. Peering through a window, Malouf is just able to see a magically propelled rowboat carrying away two passengers, one fully covered in a cloak. Deciding there is nothing more to be done about the mystery visitors, Brecaryn and Malouf rejoin Lieralyn, Adarra, and Josy and make their way to the Isle of Dread.
Arriving on the Isle of Dread via the Mirror of Thought, the group is noticed by the ape standing guard. It immediately leaves to inform Leento of their presence.
Pondering the problem for a moment, Leento comes up with a mode of transport.
I Thought They Smelled Bad on the Outside
After an hour of travel by plesiosaur, Irate Volcano Island is in sight, though still quite a distance away. The journey had been uneventful thus far, but that was all about to end. Spotting two giant, bony-headed fish approaching Flappy from either side, the group splits up to deal with this threat.
The ensuing battle takes a toll on both the Crew and Flappy. Fire spells have limited affect on the verme as they are wet and slimey. Their scales protect them from most bladed attacks whilst their bony skulls protect them against blunt force. More verme appear and begin to bite Flappy from underneath. Lieralyn, Adarra, and Malouf each get swallowed by the giant fish. Lieralyn and Adarra make the trip more than once.
Eventually, the Motley Crew begins to gain the upper hand - Adarra protects Flappy with Barkskin; Malouf, with a water breathing spell cast on him and wearing his beaver suit, is able to fight off any verme attacking Flappy from below; and Lieralyn makes full use of her time inside the fish's unprotected belly to inflict massive injury (and scoring a very nice silver shield) - killing all four verme.
They arrive at Irate Volcano Island without further incidents. As they near the island, they see a juvenile red dragon perched on the side of the volcano. It notices them, as well. While they circle the island to find a place to disembark, the dragon circles the volcano, keeping them in sight.
Expecting a big battle, Josy reads one of the fire protection scrolls to safeguard the group and Adarra casts fire protection before they approach the volcano. Instead, the battle is quite short, the dragon easily killed with a well-timed Cold Flame spell by Brecaryn.
Josy: I told you to stay in that blade barrier!
However, when they encounter their first adult red dragon, Adarra is struck with terror and starts panicking.
With that, she runs straight at the dragons, waving her arms, and yelling, in an attempt to get past them and as far away as possible. The rest of the group is struck dumb for a brief moment. Then, with a shrug, they all follow. Malouf and Lieralyn both take a swing at the adult red dragon as they run under it. Unfortunately, instead of hitting the dragon, Malouf drops his axe on his face and Lieralyn's sword ends up on the ground. Somehow, they all manage to make it, unscathed, into a side corridor too narrow for the dragons to follow.
Brecaryn attempts to communicate with them in the Dragonkin tongue, but it doesn't go well.
Red Dragon: You speak our language, little worm, but you are not our master.
Realizing the dragons cannot be reasoned with they move to the end of the corridor, sneaking out behind the dragons. They only have a brief moment before the dragons notice them. Making a mad dash for the doorway down to the next level, they barely keep ahead of the dragons giving chase. It's all for nought, though, for when they reach the next level, they find themselves facing a cavern full of dragons. Oh, and treasure.
Spotting a small door on the far side of the cavern, nearly hidden by the treasure, Lieralyn points it out to the rest of the group. Josy reads the last fire protection scroll before they plunge headlong into the dragon-filled room, heading for the door. The largest, oldest dragon rises up and crashes down onto the party.
Lieralyn is pinned and bombarded by the fear the dragon's aura is giving off. Malouf grabs Adarra and makes a break for the exit.
Malouf: Lieralyn, you can get yourself out, right?
As Malouf carries her past the treasure, Adarra notices a particularly well-made mace sitting in the pile of treasure and grabs it.
Brecaryn lets her mind be taken over by the Dragonkin Queen that shares a space in her brain. She shouts in a foreign language. Gnolls appear and begin attacking the dragons, distracting them from the group. With herculean strength aided by fear, Lieralyn pushes the massive dragon off and bolts for the door herself, grabbing Josy along the way. Having deposited Adarra safely at the door, Malouf goes back for Brecaryn.
Shaking her head vigorously, Brecaryn tries to avoid Malouf, but he picks her up anyway and runs. A couple of the adolescent dragons attack them. Luckily, Brecaryn is able to cast a Mirror Image spell, creating multiple copies of herself and Malouf, confusing the dragons. They make it to the exit mostly intact.
Through a door that's designed to be too small for dragons and down a man-made stairwell, the party is able to catch their breath at last. While Josy heals the group, Lieralyn and Brecaryn conduct a careful examination of their surroundings. They notice a set of footprints in the dust that seemingly lead to a wall. Another search reveals the trigger to open a secret door.
Down the corridor, they end up in a small room. It is obvious a fight had occurred here, the furniture overturned and a naked corpse on the floor. Flipping the body over, they see a large hole where his nose should be and brain matter on the surrounding floor. This looks like the work of a mind flayer.
A search of the room uncovers a journal, presumably belonging to the corpse. It tells of experiments he conducted with creatures known as "deepspawn" that are able to replicate things they've consumed. It's possible the dragons are replicants created by the deepspawn, but considering the various ages and the power of the ancient dragon, unlikely.
Between the deepspawn, this Baatezu guarding the angelic furnace, and the possibility of mind flayers, it now seems that the red dragons were the least of their worries.