The group seemed to be in awe as they looked upon the blue dragon of immense proportion. Harshnag addressed the dragon with disdain in his voice as if a history existed between the two. When he called her by the name Imryth, the group knew that the frost giant and this dragon were set on each other’s destruction. As the group slowly made their way toward the large open door to the barracks hall, Harshnag tactically circled toward the feast hall as if to keep this gargantuan dragon’s attention on him alone. Imryth saw through this ruse easily and mocked the frost giant while threatening to eat his vermin friends before him. Harshnag cursed her for entering he Temple of Annam, yet she taunted him as an unbeliever and even stated that she uses the oracle at her will.
Carden bolted for the opening followed by the others with some reluctance from Rhogar. Dyan’ette transformed into a large lizard and offered Tamnai a ride while Droom took up a defensive position near the door. Harshnag attacked the dragon, but she dodged his blows deftly and took flight toward the fleeing humanoids. Her decision cost her a wound from the frost giant, but seemed not to even notice. As she landed near Rhogar, the paladin released a mighty volley of swings and a blast of radiant energy erupted when he connected with the large blue scales. Angered that this dwarf dared strike her, Imryth roared and fear spread through most of those gathered. Carden, Aelith, Dyan’ette with Tamnai astride, and Rhogar dashed away as Droom held near the door waiting for all to pass. Rhogar rushed through the doors, but Imyrth released a flash of lightning from her maw the singed the paladin badly and blasted the wall beyond him. Then she turned her ire toward Droom as Harshnag rushed her from behind. The heavily armored champion took a few strikes from her tail before he also fled on injured legs. The sound of Harshnag and Imryth battling could be heard as the group hurried to the small spider caverns they visited before. Aelith waited for all to gather in the barracks room at the spider cavern entrance before triggering the large boulder trap in hopes to buy them more time.
Scurrying through the spider tunnels, the group soon found themselves high above the frozen rocks hundreds of feet below. Droom set to securing a piton for the ropes when a strange shape was seen floating in the low-hanging clouds nearby. After a few flashes of light from Carden, a flying ship drifted toward the group on the cliff face. As the ship turned against the winds and held itself parallel to the cliffs some 50 feet away, a metal rod fired from it and embedded in the icy rock near the group. A verticle two-rope bridge was slid down the attached line and Droom hooked the iron rings in place to allow the group to traverse the scary bridge dangling so far above the earth below.
Once the party boarded the vessel, it swung away from the cliff with Aelith attached to the ropes and pulled to the ship’s deck. Captain Delsephine, a pale slim female with short spiky black hair, welcomed the group and guided them to a room off the deck to allow for introductions and discussion. As the ship traveled southwest, the captain and her shipmage, Nyzroth, spoke their intent to the group while asking the group where they needed passage. A decision was made to go to Mirabar to relay information to Pavril first.
During travel, the group discovered that the vessel was sent by Klauth, the Great Red Dragon of the north, to aid them in traversing his domain as they pursued the end to the recent arousing of the giants. Capatin Delsephine made it clear that she and her crew of Cult of the Dragon members were to aid the group in travels under the condition that the group agree not to mention that the ship and its crew are connected to Klauth. She also informed the group of her crew. Nyzoth oversees the other six members, her muscle Brassik, Laz, and Oriskus, her eyes Perella and Zalthia, and her helmsmen, Tralt. The captain provided a tour of the deck and the hold as well as the cabins the party and crew used below deck. She also warned of magical interference with the elementals that were bound to the ship, a fire elemental for the furnace and an air elemental for the helm. Those needing a short rest were able to get one while avoiding the cold winds of the north that rocked the airship.
While traveling to Mirabar, Aelith was the first to discover that the divine infused dragonscale he carried somehow interacted with the helm of the airship. After warning the captain, the group experimented with the multiple scales and eventually determined that the scales could be placed in the helm’s metal face to serve as a compass while lighting the orbs atop it for direction, though a compass to what remained unknown.
Eventually, the airship neared Mirabar and Carden, Droom and Rhogar departed for the city a half hour walk in the distance. The three were able to navigate the city and find the tavern they left before. Since most shops were closed since it was after sunset, they were unable to sell any items. As the trio entered the tavern, Charcoal found Carden and eagerly licked his friend while barking loudly. Hushing the dog some, all followed him to join Pavril at one of the corner tables. The group described their encounter with Imryth at the Oracle of the All-Father and relayed their worries that Harshnag likely did not survive. Pavril listened intently and asked several questions, but it was evident that the loss of Harshnag had a deep effect on her. The group informed her of their recent transport crewed by Cult of the Dragon followers as well. She warned them that the Cult cannot be trusted, but use of the vessel could aid them significantly with travel over long distances.
After business seemed concluded, Pavril informed the group that she must return to Waterdeep to look into some issues regarding a cloud castle hovering above the city and rumors of assassinations of suspected Lords of Waterdeep. She ruffled Charcoal’s ears and told Carden that her mode of transportation will not allow her to take Charcoal. It seemed as if she was dancing around a subject and then she finally revealed her secret. She told Carden that he would have to grow up and fulfill his purpose without her aid. She admitted that he was her brother and explained that they shared a father, Killias Shareen. A twisted man that raped her mother on the Isle of Gwenneth and was turned to stone for his actions and deceitful nature. The punishment was supposed to be forever, yet a group of mercenaries known as the Onyx Claw discovered Killias and returned him to flesh. The man returned to his true nature and caused much grief and calamity on Gwynneth before escaping to the Sword Coast beyond the elves of Synnoria’s reach. She explained that she was never accepted by the elves as she was a half-blood from a cruel act and she found a home with the Gray Watchers. She eluded that the Watchers were descended from Force Gray who descended from the Gray Hand of decades’ past. The trio now understood that Harshnag had likely been the closest thing to a father that Pavril ever had and surely was a very close friend. She explained that she had tracked Carden after discovering that his mother fled from Gwynneth to escape Killias’ wrath and hide his birth from the man. She was curious as to her half-brother’s life and apologized that she did not find him sooner. After warning Carden to steer clear of Killias, she took her leave and wished Carden well on his journey.
The trio returned to the airship late that night and boarded. Captain Delsephine set sail south toward Goldenfields at the group’s request.