Using Zinianna’s raven familiar, Nevermore, to scout the castle, our heroes decided to make their way around to the northwest tower. The plan was to scale the wall and sneak around, avoiding the patrols of lizard folk and bullywugs. It was a similar plan to the one they executed at the roadhouse. Veya was the first to climb to the top of the tower. Once they were all up, she pulled away some of the shingles so they could access the top room. It was dark enough inside, that Zinianna sent Nevermore in to scout.
The bird died.
No sound, just the sense of a ghostly hand. Our heroes decided to skip the tower and go into the courtyard instead. A few drakes were patrolling, so Tobin dropped a fog cloud on them and they snuck through in the confusion to the castle’s central tower. They burst in just as the drakes noticed them and barred the door behind. Inside, our heroes discovered they’d just interrupted a meeting between a half-dragon and a Red Wizard of Thay. The Red Wizard they recognized as Azbara Jos, the wizard who joined the caravan from Baldur’s Gate. How he beat them to Naeryar Castle, they did not know. Rezmir ordered the wizard to destroy the intruders.
A short, brutal battle followed. After a few exchanged, Rezmir, the half-dragon, chose the better part of valor and attempted to retreat just as an elf descended from the upper levels to join the fray. In the end, the three cultists were defeated and the heroes kepts Azbara Jos alive for future questioning. The battle was swift enough that a general alarm was not raised and after deflecting a patrolling lizardman and bullywuf, Broken Sky barred the door with his Immovable Rod so they could search the tower in relative privacy.
It was clear they stumbled into the heart of the cult’s operations in Castle Naerytar. The Black Dragon Mask was now in the heroes hands, along with, Hazirawn a mouthy sword that practically dripped with evil intent. Tobin grabbed the dragon mask and added it to his collection of cultist robes and also grabbed Rezmir’s symbol identifying her as an officer of the cult. They searched the tower, avoiding an attack by gargoyles guarding the top level when they saw the symbol around Tobin’s neck. The top level of the tower appeared to be some sort of observatory and was home to a Farseer of Illusk. They peered through it, spying on the lair of the dreaded black dragon of the Mere of Dead Men, discovering that one feared dragon was, in reality, two! With care, they removed the Farseer from its housing and packed it to carry with them, strapping it to their large, strong, barbarian woman.
They snuck out much like they snuck in, though under cover of darkness, hauling both the Farseer and the unconscious Azbara with them. They returned to their canoes and retreated into the swamp, intent on setting an ambush for the cultists heading north from Baldur’s Gate with the stolen treasure from Greenest…