HotDQ Chapter 3
Returning to the raider camp Blazeheart and Jaherobad found it almost wholly abandoned. Within the cave they confronted its defenders, a token force compared to the numbers of cultists that had seemingly scattered, and found that they were left behind to defend dragon eggs that were too fragile to transport. Other things you learned or saw in the cave were:
- the secret rite used to create drakes from dead human bodies and dragon egg parasites
- evidence that a lot of treasure had been gathered together and carted off
- a carving in a wall that depicted a 5-headed dragon rising from the mouth of an erupting volcano with other dragons, dwarfed by the 5-headed monstrosity, flocking to its side
- black dragons were over-represented in the carvings
- blue scaled & heavy bodied guard drakes
- a map of the Greenfields area of the sword coast with circles around the settlements that the Cult of the Dragon had attacked and an drawn arrow leading across the Greenfields to the town of Beregost on the Trade Way, where the arrow turned north
- a sheet of paper with numerals in columns on it and a written note that said, “Everything must be freighted north to Naerytar. Rezmir allowed us to keep some pearls, a ring, and a handful of small stones.”
- Frulam Mondath’s Wearer of Purple regalia
- sword scabbards decorated with silver dragon motifs
Jaherobad and Blazeheart then returned to Greenest where they found that Leosin Erlanthar had gone on ahead of them to Elturel to meet with a colleague named Ontharr Frume. Using the horses and funds Leosin left for their use they traveled North across the Greenfields from Greenest to Elturel, passing through the Eastern eaves of The Wood of Sharp Teeth.
In Elturel the characters learned the following:
- There is no formal organization in place to resist the Cult of the Dragon, but the Harpers and the Order of the Gauntlet and a third allied group, the Emerald Enclave, are trying to organize one.
- These groups offer support from their members and allies, who are spread from Nashkel and Candlekeep in the south to Neverwinter and Mirabar in the north.
- The Harpers are a loosely organized group, members are allowed wide freedom of action, who are dedicated to equality equality and justice and keeping power out of the hands of those who don’t deserve it. Their symbol is a silver harp nestled between the horns of a crescent moon. Some wear their symbol openly and others keep it concealed.
- The Order of the Gauntlet shares many of the Harpers’ principles but emphasize faith, vigilance, and constant struggle against threats of evil. Many of its members are clerics and paladins. Members wear their holy symbols openly and often wear the symbol of the Order of the Gauntlet, a gauntlet grasping a sword by the blade.
- The Cult of the Dragon used to be more active in lands to the East and focused on creating dracoliches. Its shift to the Sword Coast and new emphasis on living dragons and on Tiamat are cause for concern. The cult is on the move and it’s up to something big; the Order of the Gauntlet, the Harpers, and a third allied group known as the Emerald Enclave want to thwart the cult’s plans.
- Leosin and Ontharr do not know why the Cult of the Dragon is amassing wealth and shipping it north.