Chapter 5

Anti-Paladin and Dragon

July 6, 2019

Settling into his first full day as the official Lord of Tazir, Gazande quickly discovered the dull reality of being the village ruler, dealing with a lot of mundane and boring things all morning. With Devin’s help, he hired a new servant and then went on a walking tour of the village after a visit to the Tova family to have them start harvesting the “wizard’s leaf” the party had decided to cultivate for trade.

Mernpool had been appointed by Gazande to be his new sergeant, overseeing the security of the tower. Raz, who spent all morning practicing flying on her magic carpet, hovered to the top of the tower to point out to him the top of the jungle pyramid two days’ journey from here. That was when they spotted a blue dragon approaching from the sky and a party on foot coming toward Tazir from the desert.

Gazande and Zeex headed for the Serpent Wall where Seran had been wandering, with Rhodedendron backing them up. Raz and Mernpool watched from the tower top as a trio of orcs led by an armoured warrior headed straight toward the Serpent Wall to engage Gazande, calling him out by name. This villain identified himself proudly as Skavonek and his intention to kill the Lord of Tazir and raze the village.

Settling into his first full day as the official Lord of Tazir, Gazande quickly discovered the dull reality of being the village ruler, dealing with a lot of mundane and boring things all morning. With Devin’s help, he hired a new servant and then went on a walking tour of the village after a visit to the Tova family to have them start harvesting the “wizard’s leaf” the party had decided to cultivate for trade.

Mernpool had been appointed by Gazande to be his new sergeant, overseeing the security of the tower. Raz, who spent all morning practicing flying on her magic carpet, hovered to the top of the tower to point out to him the top of the jungle pyramid two days’ journey from here. That was when they spotted a blue dragon approaching from the sky and a party on foot coming toward Tazir from the desert.

Gazande and Zeex headed for the Serpent Wall where Seran had been wandering, with Rhodedendron backing them up. Raz and Mernpool watched from the tower top as a trio of orcs led by an armoured warrior headed straight toward the Serpent Wall to engage Gazande, calling him out by name. This villain identified himself proudly as Skavonek and his intention to kill the Lord of Tazir and raze the village.

The Blue Dragon

The blue dragon opened the combat by dive-bombing Raz on her carpet, but she managed to avoid the attack. Mernpool wasn’t as lucky when the large wyrmling wheeled around and alighted on the tower top before disgorging a devastating lightning bolt from its mouth, incapacitating him.

On the ground, a goblin produced a bag of bones which animated into three skeletons which joined Skavonek and the orc as they advanced on Gazande and Zeex. Rhodedendron’s spellcasting attracted the arrows of the other two orcs and after a brief melee, Seran made a run for the nearby smithy and up onto its roof while the dragon was chasing Raz. When the elf ducked inside The Mill, the dragon turned its attention to Seran, flying over and biting the monk to death.

Meanwhile, Gazande was face-to-face with the most Evil person he’d ever been in the presence of and when the villain healed himself between attacks it became clear that Skavonek was an Anti-Paladin! With the berzerking barbarian Zeex beside him, the dragonborn was able to hold his ground for the time being, but the blackguard was proving to be a very potent nemesis.

Seeking its next victim, the blue dragon leapt to the ground and sank its teeth into Rhodendron, putting him out of the fight. The orc archers switched to swords and closed in on the embattled paladin and barbarian and even the goblin joined in on the attack but the dragon vapourized it with another electrical blast that hit Gazande and Zeex.

It was Raz who drew the dragon off with a perfectly aimed arrow in its back, right between the wings. Infuriated, the wyrmling gave chase and the elf had to pitch her magic carpet to the very limit to stay ahead of the monster, taunting and shooting arrows the entire time. Eventually, she managed to bring down the beast with only two arrows left, by which time Gazande had fallen and Zeex slain by the exhausted Skavonek.

Circling around on her magic carpet, Raz shot her last two arrows. The first was a wide miss and the orc archers returned fire, missing in turn, but the second and final arrow struck true: Savonek dropped dead and the skeletons disintegrated. The two surviving orcs immediately fled back into the desert.

Raz was the heroine of Tazir. The frightened villagers cautiously came out to look when the sounds of battle had faded and found the lone elf with a dead anti-paladin at her feet and a slain dragon a short distance away. They showered her with adulation for saving the day, although the victory was marred by the loss of Seran and Zeex.

After a little time and care, Gazande, Rhodedendron and Mernpool were on their feet again and a funeral pyre was prepared for the dead, including an honorary feast for the fallen made of dragon steaks. The village had been saved from villainy twice now by the adventurers and there could be no happier subjects in the land.

The next two days passed very quietly for everyone. Raz flew to Omosa on her magic carpet to deliver the first installment of Gazande’s debt to the duke and a letter written by Rhodedendron describing recent events. Duke Alcibes was extremely impressed and promised to come see the skeleton of the dragon soon. While in the city, Raz did some shopping for healing potions and made some enquiries into the Thieves Guild trying to buy poison but, because of her high profile, she wasn’t trusted enough to sell to. Before leaving, she put out the call for interested adventurers to come to Tazir.

During the two days Raz was away, activity in Tazir centered around the rendering of meat and organs and the bones of the dragon for display, although a proper artisan would have to be hired to do anything more impressive than mounting the skull over the tower’s entrance. Besides that, the village was a place of welcome rest for the heroes after the intense adventuring that had brought them to 4th level.

Chapter 6: Pyramid of Death