As the party wakes up on the day of the banquet to celebrate the slaying of the dragon by Tobis Took, Queef the strange requests a meeting with Tobias. Castar and Mindartus accompany him. Rock decides to go hunting while Elric lazes about town and Korvus Bronn is helping to choose the festival queen.
It is made clear that Castar and Mindartus are not welcome with Queef, so they are left outside with the door open as Queef makes a proposition to Tobis. Something to do with the bedroom. It turns out Queef, who is old and decrepit but possesses a fine alchemy workshop, would like her daughter’s body recovered from the The Sword Barrow. The daughter also had a magical necklace that Queef would like.
After arriving back at the barracks, Tobis finds another note. Balsic the minstrel would like to speak to Tobis about his deeds. Castar and Mindartus shake their heads and follow Tobis to a somewhat upscale private club. As we head to the back room, we are ambushed!
The braves concentrate their attacks on Tobias and put the little man down quickly. A dwarven patron yells out for guards and moves in to help the hapless halfling. Meanwhile Castar casts Beacon of Hope, slaying two minions and saving Tobias from the brink of death. Rock and Elric had come to join the boys at the club and arrive in the midst of the melee. They soon enter the fray. Tobias goes down a second time and almost instantly springs up, powered by some inner will that not only keeps him fighting, but binds some of his wounds. However, his bravery is rewarded by one of Castar’s spells. Cast cast Return from Death’s door and the durable halfling is once again on his feat.
Eventually, the group prevails. The bodies contain no clues, but clothes and armor are gathered to show Korvus Bronn. The dwarf introduces himself as Dulgar. Eventually, Korvus figures out the assassins were from the Stormclaw or Tigerclaw Barbarians.
Dulgar tells us he needs assistance on a quest. In return he says he might be able to fashions something out of the dragon skin for us. There is a tower that needs exploring because a lord wants the dwarves to rebuild the tower. Also, there is an item that needs to be recovered.
We all head back to the barracks and to the banquet. The Lord shadows Tobias for most of the evening, basking in his glory. Dulgar is given a seat of honor at the banquet. The Lady speaks to Elric and Mandartin and then isn’t seen for a while. It was a great party and the Band of Irrelevance retires for the evening with many an admiring lass plotting future conquests.
A dwarf named (sorik orvaz) arrives and tells the Band a party of stonemasons was ambushed at Vandameres towe. They require our immediate investigation and troubleshooting skills. Apparently, the Dwarf Lord Dulgar has invited himself to join us on this mission. We are warned by other dwarves to not let anything happen to him.
Sorik leads us to the tower. The hilltop if foggy and the tower is a broken ring of stone. Some tents off to the side obviously were the home of some dwarven workers. We spot a dwarf and four humans. Castar notices that the dwarf doesn’t really seem to be a prisoner, but the chatter in the party drowns out his warning. As the bandits attack, the mighty Elric lets loose with freezing cloud. After a few moments of combat, the corpses start to rise and attack us! Suddenly!
The “captured” dwarf escapes his captor, runs behind a tent and then appears around the other side calling for help as he runs to the heroes. He tries to attack our dwarven lord and the boys put him down quick. After he dies, he loses his assumed form and reverts back to that of a doppleganger.
The party rests and inspects the area. We find an entrance into the tower. Also a crest from the previous owners. Nothing of value is found outside.
As we head into the dungeon, we are rudely greeted by denizens of the foul lair. Much combat ensued. The party slowly, but steadily defeats the entrance group. We rest before we plunge ahead.