The Temple of Draco
You ride towards the cloud & the spire. As you approach within sight
distance of the structure you see a large one story building in the shape
of an n. You see no defenses, walls, or guards. You sense peace &
tranquility emanating from within. In the open space to the south of the
structure there is a path close to the building folling alongside it all
the way around the upside U part. There are many small trees & seedlings
this open area as well as what looks to be a large well. The 4 points of
this building have large spires. The four spires all fly flags containing this symbol.
Athos looks into the woods around him, "Seems this is a temple of sorts,
probably abandoned...they were probably killed by all the THINGS...so much
good their god did them, ha!" Well, i suppose it might just be safe. With
that Athos dismounts and ties his horse to one of the trees. "Who is behind
me?" he says as he proceeds to the entrance at the center door.
Jason jumps off his horse and runs to catch up with Athos. "This
building is not abandoned Athos so do not walk into it as if it is. I
have felt two life form contained therein and I don't think you should
disrespect them by strolling in as if you own the place. We will knock
"Very well, Jason " Athos says as he stops in his tracks, "Lead the way."
Jarryd loops the reins of his horse around a nearby sappling, pulling the
long spear from it's sheath. "C'mon, let's go see if anyone is home."
He knocks at the door with the butt of his spear.
A short little human male answers the door. He appears about 5'0 middle
aged brown hair brown eyes, wearing spectacles which keep sliding down his
nose. He looks shocked/surprised to see you and says,
"C..Ca..Can I h.. he..help you?"
Caoimhin gently elbows Athos in the ribs. "Indeed, Athos, it seems
only force of arms has protected this temple from the terror outside.
How fortunate that they held such worldly might."
Kendra ties her horse to a tree and runs to catch up with the group. Just
as she approaches the door a man appears. She pushes her way through the
small crowd and says "Good day sir, sorry if we disturbed you in any way. My
name is Kendra and our group has been choosen by the king to travel the
country and check on the fine citizens of this land." She pauses for a
moment and then continues "We have experienced some strange weather this
morning and couldn't help but notice this dark cloud over head. Do you need
any assistance or is all well within?"
Gareth gestures for everyone to relax. "Greetings good sir. I am Sir
Gareth Arr, a paladin serving Pikahl." He bows his head in greeting. " As> my companion Kendra has noted, we are indeed a party under duty to King
Arion. We have been charged with investigating these lands to determine
the extent of their safety or danger. Although we have left Dragonmeyr
just a few days ago, we have already noticed several environmental
situations that merit further investigation. When we came across your
dwelling, we decided that you might have a better understanding of the
situation regarding these incidents, of the general state of wandering
creatures, and perhaps word of how others fare in the surrounding lands.
If I may inquire... how fare the state of things here?" As Gareth speaks,
he takes time to really examine (hinthint) the gentleman before him. Those
behind him notice that although both of his longswords are sheathed,
peaceknots have obviously been removed.
You notice that Malissin has not come up to the door with the rest of
the party. He is hanging back far enough to still look at the entire
front of the building and down as much of each side as possible.
His, empty, arms are at his sides.
The sort little man replies slowly trying to take in all your details.
"I..I..will get my m..ma...master. Please wait a..a..minute."
He gently closes the door behind him.
"Well, it seems that we have someone more powerful here than it seems..."
Athos then turns to the rest of the party, "So, what do you 'sensitive' folk
have to say about a presence of great power residing elsewhere in the castle
As you stand waiting, discussing things amonst yourselves, the door opens
Before you stands a human male. He appears to be early to mid 50's with
graying brown hair, and twinkling blue eyes. An embarresed pink tint colors
his cheeks. He is dressed in simple white cotton robes trimmed in red. The
symbol around his neck matches that which you noted upon the flags above.
You looks you all over and speaks.
"Welcome travelers. I am Dalamar Flint and this shy little man"He gestures
at the man who you met earlier "is Royce my cook & friend. We are servants
of His Lord Draco. You are a sight for tired eyes. It's been many a long
year since we've had any guests here. Come in..Come in!!" He steps aside &
gestures you inside. You see a long wide hallway with several doors.
"Hello, my name is Athos. And I thank you for inviting us inside." with that
Athos steps into the estate.
Gareth bows again after examining the new representative. "Greetings
sir... I am Sir Gareth Arr, a servant of Pikahl. If it would not offend
you, I would like to stable our mounts, then return to discuss the abnormal
situations the lady D'Shane mentioned." He pauses and furrows his brow for
a moment. "It strikes me oddly that such imbalances in nature would occur
so close to a site holy to the diety of order... perhaps you can help to
explain this and provide information of the surrounding area."
Gareth will lead the mounts into the stable/sheltered area, examine it,
then quickly return to participate in the discourse.
Jarryd lowers the tip of his spear so to pass beneath the doorjam and
steps inside. "Then this is a temple of Draco? What is the black cloud
above the castle?"
"Good day Dalamar and Royce. I am Kendra D'Shane also a servant of Draco.
My father, Gelden, is a priest in Landry. He has traveled this region, do
you know of him?" Kendra waits for a response and then continues. "We have
come across several weather anamolies this morning. We couldn't help but
notice the dark cloud overhead. Can you tell us anything about it?"
After entering the room, Jayar turns to Dalamar and asks, "Were you able
determine anything about that strange occurence this morning? We were
camped south of here when it happened. We searched for a while, but the
thing that we could find was a lot of fissuring in the ground."
You all join Dalamar in the small but comfortable parlor. You chat about
what you've found, find he knows very little about the storm, though you do
discover that he felt the same feeling that most of you felt this morning
during the storm. Royce serves you all drinks, & later supper is served.
Dalamar offers you a bed for the night, & answers any questions that you
ask. But doesn't apparently know any more than you do. He seems to be a
sweet (but embaressed about the cloud) old man.
Malissin asks several questions over the course of the evening which Dalamar answers to the best of his ability. So does Gareth, recording all the answers in his little journal. Unfortunately, Dalamar doesn't know much more than you do.
You are served a good meal & you retire for the night. Morning comes, bringing with it a simple but ample meal.
" I thank you for your kindness good sir" turning to the rest of the
group Cole looks anxiously. "If no one else objects I'd like to be on our
way, I am anxious to get to Port Ikishpo, I've never seen the ocean and
I've been in a hurry to get there since we left the castle." Looking a
bit embarrassed now he turns away and plays with his black stone.
After breakfast Kendra shakes hands with Dalmar and Royce "Thank you for
the fine food and warm beds. If you do not need any assistance then we will
be on our way to Port Ikishpo. May Lord Draco be with you."
Kendra will tend to her horse before leaving. She will check the weather
and see if the cloud is still present.
"Yes, thanks," adds Malissin. "It's always nice to break up sleeping
on the ground and eating preserved rations with a nice bed and
some decent food."
Jason thanks Dalamar for his hospitality then goes to the stable and
tends to his horse.
The journey continues....