Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames.   Posted by DM.Group: 0
Miri Greydragon
 player, 2 posts
 Protector Aasimar
 Divine Soul Sorcerer 2
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 14:47
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Miri sat with the party and offered a meek smile. She was trepidatious, but seemed settled. "I can cast a few spells of arcane nature, but under my tutelage with Maester Falconmoon I have also learned to channel that arcane energy into healing without the aid of divine intervention. He believes it is a matter of my heritage."
Lyryian
 player, 61 posts
 Half Elf
 Rogue 2
Fri 16 Oct 2020
at 22:30
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
The half elf raised her eyebrows, impressed. "Arcane and healing...impressive mix. And something we need here too. You can never have too much magic and where we're going, I'm sure your healing will be greatly needed "
Miri Greydragon
 player, 3 posts
 Protector Aasimar
 Divine Soul Sorcerer 2
Mon 19 Oct 2020
at 14:05
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Miri nodded with what could be grim determination, "If that beast is any indication of what lies ahead for you, I gladly offer my services. I'm seventeen, and by Greenest law we become adults at sixteen. Regardless of what Governor Nighthill and Maester Falconmoon believe about my frailty the decision is not theirs to make any longer."
DM
 GM, 417 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Fri 23 Oct 2020
at 19:02
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Governor Nighthill bursts into the stable, his brow soaked in sweat, breathing heavily. "Please. Come quickly. To the walls." He ushers you all to the tops of the walls again, and the grounds outside of the keep are mired in the moonless dark of night.

From the darkness, a creature strides into the dim light of the dying fires around the keep. Although it is shaped roughly like a human, it is at least seven feet tall, its skin is covered in blue scales, its fingers bear wicked claws, and its face has the muzzle and reptilian eyes of a dragon. The creature stops about eighty yards from the main gate of the keep and scans the walls. A line of kobolds fans out behind it. With their spears, they prod four human prisoners into the dim light. You can make out a woman, a teenage boy in a blood-soaked tunic, and two children. Then the half-dragon creature hails the keep.

“Defenders of Greenest! This has been a successful night, and I am feeling generous. Do you see these four pitiful, useless prisoners? We have no need for them, so I will trade them back to you. Send out your best warrior to fight me, and you can have these four in exchange.”

One of the defenders in the keep recognizes the prisoners as his sister and her children, and he is ready to rush out into battle with the half-dragon. Escobert the Red and a few other defenders restrain him while Nighthill approaches the characters.

“My friends, you’ve demonstrated your prowess all through this frightful night. I realize this is an awful burden to ask you to bear, but any of you has a better chance to defeat that horror than my militia have.”


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Lyryian
 player, 62 posts
 Half Elf
 Rogue 2
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 00:26
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Lyryian opens her eyes at the interruption of the mayor and sighing, grabbing her weapons, made for the wall.

She watched on in silence as tbe half dragon approached, the prisoner's in tow. Her usual cheeky smile was replaced with a scowl.

The woman looked at the others. "I'm no fighter....my skills lie in the shadows." she looked back at him. "But one things for sure....I wanna take this bastard down a peg or two. These antics are getting tiresome."

She took out a dagger and her light crossbow. "We all go, we face them all and their dead. no one goes,  their dead. one person goes, he may tell the truth, he may just kill them anyway."
Newman
 player, 109 posts
 Warforged
 Barbarian
Sun 25 Oct 2020
at 20:58
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Newman was inert as a statue for some time, conserving what energy he had for what he was sure to be a long night.  Sure enough that night came calling again.  Hefting his maul he approached the walls as requested.  The challenge seemed to make him agitated.  A lowe rumbling growl came from the warforged, his face shifted to a scowl.

"I will go out there."  Newman announced to his companions before he took his eyes off the challenger. His face softened a bit with regards to his friends.  Yes friends is what he decided these people were to him now. "Unless you have a better plan."
DM
 GM, 419 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Wed 28 Oct 2020
at 17:02
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
The voice barks out once more, "As a symbol of my honor, offer your champion, and I will release the children immediately! Greenest, time is running out. Send me your champion!"
Lyryian
 player, 63 posts
 Half Elf
 Rogue 2
Wed 28 Oct 2020
at 20:43
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Lyryian looks at Newman with a shrug. "You up for this big man?"

The rogue stands up and calls over the wall. "Our champion is on their way. As bound by honour, if any of your followers interfere or if the others are harmed, then the agreement if forfeit....as is your lives. None of ours shall interfere on our side."

She looked at the others. "You have anything that will help....spells, magic, whatever?"
Gorn
 player, 114 posts
 Human
 Ranger 2
Thu 29 Oct 2020
at 00:47
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Gorn looked sullenly at Newman knowing full well, it was unlikely any of them could withstand the onslaught that was about to occur. "My friend, it is a great thing you do today. If you do not return, it is my oath that I will hunt this creature down and exact revenge for your name."

Having said his peace, Gorn moved towards the gate to the keep. "I will act as your second. I will ensure honor is maintained."

Looking at the others, "No matter what happens, stay inside."
Careena Fairwinter
 player, 44 posts
 Tiefling
 Warlock 2
Sat 31 Oct 2020
at 14:18
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
"Unfortunately I have nothing that could help you make a stand." as she glanced over the wall towards the challenger.
Lyryian
 player, 64 posts
 Half Elf
 Rogue 2
Sat 31 Oct 2020
at 23:47
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Lyryian, like her tiefling friend, had nothing in the way of magic to help her friend. She felt a tug of regret, realising that magic had its place. She looked at her with a serious look....one of the few the woman has ever had.

"I could go out if i must, but i'm no fighter like he wants.  My style is get in and out quickly." She mused as she allowed a half smile. "...if newman and I fought, that i could work with, but one on one i can't"

she looks at Newman again serious. "Kick his ass big guy, and know that if they double cross, i'll be not far behind you both."
Newman
 player, 111 posts
 Warforged
 Barbarian
Sun 1 Nov 2020
at 01:17
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Newman stood there a moment in silence as he listened with a slight smile on his face.  He seemed to only be half listening as he seemed to be focusing on a thought.  Not the easiest task for him at times, the hulking warforged finally seemed to be ready to speak.

"I never even got to try to save the younglings."  Newman blurted out, his tone softer than before.  He sounded almost sad.  "My whole tribe was killed.  I came back to find the great white dragon flying away.  The younglings...  I buried them all.  What was left of them."

His eyes flashed, ever so briefly red before returning to the normal dull blue color they had.  "I will go!  I will fight!"  He gripped his maul tight enough to make the handle creak, his face set in angry determination.  He looked to his comrades, "You all just make sure those younglings get inside the keep.  He dies, or I will.  Either way they get their chance to live!"

Newman uttered a growl as he marched to the door and pushed it open, maul resting on his shoulder he marched out there to meet this being.  "RELEASE THEM!  I AM HERE!"  He bellowed out.  Certainly deep down he was nervous.  He had not the energy to use his rage, but even so, he knew he had to do this.
DM
 GM, 422 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 16:07
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
The half-dragon's mouth spread into a broad smile when he saw the large warforged enter into the clearing. True to his word, with a gesture of his clawed hand, the kobolds released the children, and after a brief argument and at the demand of their mother, scampered toward the keep with tears in their eyes.

The kobolds tightened their circle around the young woman, but kept a half circle around the half-dragon.

"My name, if Langdedrosa Cyanwrath, I am born of the union of dragon and man. I intend to spread the word of our superiority through the Realms. With every raid, I allow the town to choose a champion and best them in honorable combat. My men will stand down as I promised."

Langdedrosa drew a sickening looking blade, "Regardless of who wins, my men will release the woman upon completion of the duel. HAVE AT THEE!" With his cry, the half-dragon leapt forward and brought his sword down on Newman twice in quick succession. However, both times gracefully glanced off the plating built into the warforged's body.


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Muiltiattack, Great Sword, you should be able to see the rolls in ROll20 when you go to make you turn. It is your turn Newman. The rest of you are welcome to post encouraging comments from the keep at your leisure, but if Newman is readily available this can go very quickly.

Newman
 player, 113 posts
 Warforged
 Barbarian
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 17:44
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Newman held his maul barely sidestepping the attacks.  Turning hard hits into glancing blows and thankful to what or whomever made him the way he was, the warforged stood his ground.  His eyes scanned for the opening he needed as they began their deadly dance.

Uttering a grunt that was more of a growl, Newman brought his maul in a vicious upward arc at his foe.  Hit or miss however he knew this just started.  Things were likely to get ugly here fast.  He dare not bring his eyes off his foe, he only hoped the kids were back into the keep with their father at least...



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Movement: No need to move.
Action: ATTACK!
12:35, Today: Newman rolled 22 using 1d20+5 ((17)).
  DAMAGE:
  12:35, Today: Newman rolled 5 using 2d6+3 ((1,1)).
Bonus Action:  Yeah I wish.


DM
 GM, 423 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 17:58
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Taking the impact of the maul against his breast and feeling the pain of a strike, it seemed Langdedrosa found a new fuel for the duel. This time his rapid back to back attacks with his blade found purchase in the warsforged's body, causing significant damage.

"You can yield." he offered with a scoff that managed to escape his maw with a reptilian hiss.


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Was hoping to miss you more than that. 22 total damage, and the baton is passed to you, Newman.

Newman
 player, 115 posts
 Warforged
 Barbarian
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 18:57
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
There was no surprise in being hit.  Newman got hit a lot.  The thing that surprised him was the pain.  Pain seering his body in a way he never had felt before, Newman uttered an involuntary shout. "AHH!"  He had no blood so nothing came from the wounds, lest he would surely be standing in a large pool of it now.

Stumbling a bit he through some small miracle managed to stay on his feet.  Shaking his head he heard the words, looking at his foe for a bit as if judging whether or not to trust this one before responding.  "You want me to give up?"  Newman replied glancing to the woman being held prisoner.  "What happens if I do?"



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Insight Check!
13:56, Today: Newman rolled 7 using 1d20+2.  Insight Check.  Of course I suck at that.


DM
 GM, 424 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 19:39
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
"If you yield I will strike you down, but I will keep my word and release the woman. You have won this village that much." The half-dragon watches Newman closely waiting for a strike, or the opportunity to inflict the final wound.


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You're not certain if he's being truthful, but he's also provided multiple things he could be being facetious about. He may or may not be honorable. He may or may not release the woman. Finally, he may or may not actually strike you down if you yield. You just...can't make heads or tails of it. It's still your turn so I am not taking his action until you decide.

Newman
 player, 117 posts
 Warforged
 Barbarian
Mon 2 Nov 2020
at 23:03
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Newman might not be the most intelligent, but even he saw this as a losing situation.  For him at least.  His eyebrows seemed to twitch as he tried for all he was capable to discern the right path.  He simply couldn't figure out which was the best path.  "You also said no matter what you would release her."  He said finally.

Suddenly his mind went back to the early days, not long after he had been accepted into his tribe.  The words of his trainer ringing through the memory.  It settled his resolve.  "I Yield, I die.  I fight I die."  He shrugged and tried to summon all his strength for one last try.  His words might have been stronger than he was however in that moment.  The hits he took had hurt him.  Bad.  He swung, but seemed to falter despite his best efforts.  He could only wait all but helpless in the moment for the final blow.  "I'm sorry."  He muttered though it was not clear to whom he was speaking in that moment.



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Movement:  No point.

Action:  Reckless attack!
17:49, Today: Newman rolled 12 using 2d20+5, dropping the lowest dice only.  Reckless attack.

Thanks die roller [sarcasm].  I hate you too.

I doubt his AC is that low.


Lyryian
 player, 66 posts
 Half Elf
 Rogue 2
Tue 3 Nov 2020
at 01:27
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Lyryian looked on at the quick succession of blows...for every blow Newman gave, the dragonborn gave two. "Damnit" she muttered, wishing she could do more.

She looked at the others, but then back, calling out. "C'mon big man.....you can do this!"
DM
 GM, 426 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Tue 3 Nov 2020
at 14:28
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
The half-dragon was able to deftly dodge Newman's final assault, which caused him to miss with the initial blow of his own blade. However the second blow struck home, and Newman found himself on the ground in dire straits.

Langdedrosa stood over Newman's fallen form and delivered one more blow to his chest. "Your champion has failed you. True to my word, though;" he waves a hand and the group of kobold's separate allowing the woman to flee to the keep.

The half-dragon turns to leave, "Let this be a warning, fair Greenest. Spread the word, the Cult of the Dragon is here, and we will take what we want and give nothing back."

The half-dragon raises two fingers to his reptilian maw and blows sending a piercing whistle through the quite lands, and the cult begins to march out of town.


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One miss, one hit for 12 damage putting you (virtually of course) at -9. The "final" blow causes an automatic failure of a death save putting you at -1 on the death save chart (it's the 5e version of coups de grace.)

DM
 GM, 427 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Tue 3 Nov 2020
at 14:43
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
A pair of guards rush the field as the cultist horde withdraws, and drag Newman into the keep. Once inside a team of sages with healing kits begin to work on the warrior with Governor Nighthill hovering over them offering a pair of healing potions to the warfroged as he becomes conscious.

With the threat of death passed, the warforged comes to as Governor Nighthill addresses the other heroes.

"Again, I cannot begin to thank you enough for this. You've all been more than heroes for our people. Please allow me to offer you rooms in the governor's mansion for the night. It is only prudent. You all need a hearty night's sleep and some attention from our best healers and chefs. Once again, thank you all for everything you've done for us!"

True to his word, while some of you are required to pair up, the governor provides you with luxurious rooms in his own mansion and there is a fete in your honor late into the evening in the grounds where the entire town is allowed to join in the celebration of your efforts and the festivities celebrating as much.


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That is the conclusion of Episode 1 of Hoard of the Dragon Queen. You have all reached 3rd level, please feel free to update. You may all enjoy the effects of a long rest including the healing that comes along with it. I will post the beginning of Episode 2 later today!

Lyryian
 player, 68 posts
 Half Elf
 Rogue 2
Tue 3 Nov 2020
at 21:37
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Lyryian watches on as the final blow is dealt, the woman wincing as the warforged fell. True to his word, the dragonborn released the woman and left, though the woman had an ll feeling about it. "Cult of the dragon...not omnious at all." she muttered.

When Newman was brought in, she was at his side, carrying (With much difficulty) his weapon as they went to the manor. She looked at the mayor and smiled. "I have a feeling we need to be at our best....the cult of the dragon coming this way is not good."

she saw the warforged to his room, then went to the room closest to him, stopping only at the mayor. "Is there any wizards in this town....i would like a chat with them." her face lost her usual carefree smile as she had a look of seriousness and worry.
DM
 GM, 431 posts
 Omnitient Deity
 Dungeon Master 20
Thu 5 Nov 2020
at 16:13
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
Governor Nighthill nods quietly, "I can request our local sage to pay you a visit? Would that suffice?"
Newman
 player, 119 posts
 Warforged
 Barbarian
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 02:47
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
With a frown of disappointment on his face, Newman took the hit and crumpled to the ground.  The pain was blessedly brief as was his consciousness.  Thankfully he was unable to feel the brutal blow after he fell.  Waking up in the keep was a bit of a shock though.  Very unexpected to see healers tending to him.  He had wounds, but lacking flesh, there was no gore and no blood.  Still the magic in the healing did its work allowing him to gain his feet again in a short time.

Newman enquired at the fates of the children and their mother who had been held hostage.  A broad smile on his face as he was told they had indeed been released and were fine and reunited with their father and husband respectively.  The warforged was a little surprised at the dragonborn keeping his word--not to mention him being still alive.  Not being accustomed to thinking deeply, he still set his mind to ponder that when he could.

The warforged waved off the potions, their magic healing spells having been enough to put him on the path of recovery.  He told them to save the potions for others.  Newman excused himself and set himself into a sitting position against the wall, his large form going still.   Anyone paying attention would see the dull blue glow go out of his eyes as for the first time in what seemed an eternity, he was resting...  Finally.
Gorn
 player, 115 posts
 Human
 Ranger 2
Tue 10 Nov 2020
at 04:17
Re: Tyranny of Dragons: Episode 1: Greenest in Flames
As the challenge ended, Gorn had to restrain his anger as he watched the half-dragon and his men move off into the woods. As hard as he tried, he was only able to follow them so far into the woods before he lost their track. As night began to fall he decided it was too late to make his way back to Greenest and found a place to rest for the night.

Not long after stopping, a sound in the bushes caught his attention, he could see the yellowed eyes staring at him and then slowly begin to move toward him. Reaching down he took some of the ration that he had been eating and toss it out towards the animal. When it got close enough, he could see that it was a wolf. Slowly the wolf made it's way over to where Gorn was resting and slowly Gorn reached out and stroked the wolf's fur. It wasn't long before the wolf had curled up next to him and sat there almost as if he was keeping a watch over his new friend.

Likewise, in time, Gorn fell off to sleep, only to be awaken the next morning by the cold nudging coming from the wolf's nose. "Well my friend, I didn't expect you to still be here. We should get back to the keep before we are missed." With that, Gorn gathered his things and headed back towards the keep, his new found friend following closely behind.


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Beast companion, Ranger 3rd Level: Wolf (Standard wolf statistics per DNDBeyond) Name: Worf. Appearance: dark grey, with a silver chest, steel blue eyes.