The caravan pulled around into Castle Dragonspear, the wagons circled up to camp, and our heroes sat back for a moment. Q idly questioned Eldkin about the Castle and its history, and the group was informed that it was built on the former lair of a great dragon who had died some time ago. Galuzard took a short walk, and found herself suddenly holding a letter, hastily shoved into her hand by one of the cultists. It bore the waxen seal of Tiamat.
Hesitantly, she opened it, and it contained nothing less than an invitation. She, a dragonborn, was invited to a gathering shortly after nightfall to celebrate the glory of Tiamat and her fallen dragon comrade, to be held in the* inner sanctum of Castle Dragonspear*. She rushed to tell Q. She and Q worked out a plan, asserting that if something went south Q would be willing to jump in, but would remain hidden otherwise.
They approached Salazar, their swarthy (but not sweaty, fat, or drunk) friend; while they yet think of him as “sketchy as fuck” and have avoided giving him any details of their task, they have noted his apparent competence compared to the others in the caravan and asked for his help if, as discussed, things were to go south in the ceremony. Q scoped out the inner parts of the castle, and during his walk was approached by none other than Carlon Amoffel, who had somehow found out about the ritual to be held and wished to help if necessary. Carlon, Q, and Salazar took up their posts as night fell and the cultists (plus Galuzard) filed into the inner sanctum.
Their ceremony, which included praising the treasures they had collected to give unto Tiamat , was cut short by a pair of horn blasts from the direction of the wagons. Tearing their eyes from the cultists, Salazar, Q, and Carlon discovered a gang of bandits that had invaded the camp, and were holding Oin as a hostage, a knife at his throat. Galuzard asked to be excused from the ceremony, “to protect Tiamat’s treasures”. Battle was joined when, in unison, Salazar dropped a large boulder from atop the remains of the castle walls onto the archers set out below, and Galuzard let fly an arrow into the throat of the bandit holding Oin.
Hacky slashy followed, wherein our intrepid heroes made somewhat-longer-than-expected work of the bandits, cutting them down to a man using Evan’s newly-discovered GM power of “fast forward through remaining combat.”