-Ambushed! Ten badguys jump from hiding spots and attack with their buddy who led us into the trap. Their ambush does some damage, but our fierce counter-attack cuts them their numbers in half. The ambush quickly turns into a rout when the ambushers are forced into melee and the party is reinforced by healing potions. Only two survive.
We interrogate. They say they are Red Sun mercenaries hired to ambush the “interlopers” and by a purple clad lady. Apparently many of the raiders are just mercenaries. Back at their camp there are a couple hundred kobolds, over a hundred men (mostly mercenaries). Captain Baren leads the Red Sun. Weird chick in purple robes Frulam Mondath leads the cultists. There are two other cultist leaders, a giant lizard looking intense guy— Landregosa Cyanwrath. Rezmir is some guy Frulam reports to, looks like intense blue lizardy guy but black. Camp is a dozen miles east of here. Don’t know much about dragon.
We have heard of Red Sun, operate in southern region of Sword Coast. They have a disreputable reputation in that they play by the rules but are scummy.
We then sneak back to castle. On the way there we hear two groups arguing with each other about who was working with him. Mayor and Castellan are glad to see us and ask about what happened to Mill. Very curious to hear about mercenaries. We have just enough time to take a short rest when the dragon attacks the castle. We take up positions to return fire and oh it is terrifying. The dragon lands in the courtyard and intimidates us a bunch. He makes Mikko come out and asks him to become the dragon’s thrall. He plays with us, and then tells us to kill the purple robbed cultist in a week or he’ll kill us all. Then he leaves.
Barrow returns to the prisoners and asks them how they identified themselves to each other. Apparently there wasn’t much coordination and then didn’t expect much resistance. We try to take a long rest but are awoken at daybreak. Giant lizardy guy is at gate with a bunch of raiders and some prisoners. We watch from the wall. Apparently he will exchange prisoners if one of us duel him. Alisrassa volunteers to challenge the blue lizardy guy. He easily beats her down and then stomps on her neck. She dies. A feeling of floating on water, then rising. Her wounds stop bleeding, something weird happens and she doesn’t die from being slashed open by a greatsword. Long rest time.
Alisrassa comes back to consciousness and feels very offset and sluggish. She feels a need for something, but knows not what. After praying she feels that crusading is her new focus. Everyone else talks to Mayor who thanks everyone and asks party to infiltrate enemy camp and do what the dragon asked. Also find out everything we can.
Talk to prisoners again. Apparently Black Sails mercenaries, and unaligned dudes. We investigate around town trying to figure out if it was targeted for any particular reason. A half elf in robes approaches us (tan robes), Nessan Moladra. Monk from Belghast, went to Candlekeep, then got attacked in town. Leosan was their leader. Was in town to learn about dragon cults. He wants us to save their leader who is a half-elf with beard, moustache, black hair, slight. Mikko agrees to help him. Leosan’s life work was researching dragons especially the " Cult of the Dragon. "
We head out, catch a deer, and find a campsite of raiders roasting rabbits. Mikko approaches them telling them that we are Blacksails and everyone grabs their weapons. We slaughter them after learning little from a captive. We come nearer to the army and find its tracks leading to a valley, which is apparently weird. Boulders fall on us when we enter valley. Ambush! Everything goes sideways but we make it through by expending everything we have. We save one for questioning.