Beneath the Shadows of Dragons

Clearing Out Kobold Mine

The group, having just finished off the white dragon wyrmling, decided to hide the corpse in the bog where it would never be seen by any travelers. Continuing onward up the mountain, the party reached the mining town of Xehanort where obvious mining inactivity alerted the group to possible trouble. Entering into the Rocksalt Tavern, the party was able to gather that the mine had been overrun by the once diminutive Skull-Kicker Kobold tribe. The town of Xehanort was fast approaching the day of it’s monthly tribute to Aasterinian, the Blue Queen, and the invasion of the Kobolds had put their operation far behind schedule. The party proceeded to speak to the mayor of Xehanort and learned of the existence of a mysterious white garbed young man who had went down into the mines some weeks ago before the invasion of the Kobolds into the mines. A stone carver was able to quickly carve out a bust of the man and Shroud used his changeling ability to mimic the man perfectly. The next day, the party descended into the Xehanort mines, (which the Kobolds had come to call Kobold Hall), and found that the Skull Kicker tribe had been booby trapping the tunnels and working the stone into straight walls to resemble a temple to Tiamat. The party fought their way through several of the Skull Kicker Kobolds who had been desecrating and robbing the tombs of the past foremen of the mines that had been buried inside. The party returned all the treasure to each coffin in kind and destroyed a small altar to Tiamat that the kobolds had erected. When the party came across an “arena” that the Kobolds had created, they met with the white garbed man face to face. The man had orchestrated the Kobold invasion and, under his leadership, had become a well organized group that easily overtook the miners. Despite Shroud’s convincing efforts to fool the Kobolds with his disguise, the white garbed man proved his identity through an intense blast of cold breath that froze one of the Kobolds solid. The party endured a “game” of Skull-Skull, where they were pelted with a magical stone skull by the Kobolds who were safely out of the party’s reach on their platform. The game was ended when the combined efforts of the group broke down the double doors to the other side and the Kobolds were quickly eradicated.

Finally entering the mine proper, the party followed the trail of the white garbed man by proceeding deeper into the mine via mine carts. The Kobold chieftain and the last remnants of the Skull-Kicker tribe followed after and a perilous battle ensued on the fast moving mine carts. The party was successful in holding their own against the chief and his minions who all plummeted to their deaths in the underground abyss. The party finally reached the “lair” of the white garbed man and found it brimming with gold, silver, and jewels from wall to wall. The hoard of treasure was enough to fulfill the town’s monthly tribute requirement, but the white garbed man was loathe to give it up without a fight. With a terrible roar, the white garbed man revealed himself as a young white dragon who called himself Szartharax. As the battle ensued, the party discovered that Szartharax was the elder brother of the white wyrmling that they had killed only the day before, which enraged Szartharax to near insanity. Szartharax and his brother had found a small hole in the magic barrier around the white dragon continent and escaped into wilds and entered into the Blue Dragon continent through a similar “hole.” As the battle continued, stalactites rained down from the ceiling and threatened both Szartharax and the party. Ultimately, a lone stalactite impaled Szartharax through the skull and ended his would be reign within the mines of Xehanort. The party partook of some of the stolen treasures that Szartharax had hidden in a chest and prepared to return to the surface to alert the miners that the mine was clear and that a massive treasure hoard waited below.



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