== The Story ==
I arrived in the swamp at the house of an old hag. By that I mean a literal hag, one of the fey. The journey there was long since I had been on the other side of the world tending to Cult business and the rest of the party had traveled by flying castle. I do so wish I had been there for that. I imagine it was extraordinary as I long to fly.
After arriving the others filled me in on the events that had transpired in my absence, including the fact that Rezmir had been killed but was apparently still alive, the fact they had a tenuous alliance with a cloud giant and had struck an arrangement with a vampire. That arrangement being she would spy on the cult from within (thereby gathering more information than I could) and in exchange we helped her acquire ‘food’. An arrangement that I am oddly comfortable with. True, it will involving sacrificing live to the vampire, but considering what I learned, and apparently the vampire confirmed things are going to get much, much worse. Sacrificing a few to same possibly millions is a fair trade in my book.
As part of the deal we had to eliminate Rezmir (again). To do so we had to infiltrate her ‘lair’ and destroy the thing that kept her bound to this world. Then we could take the dragon mask she carried. Otherwise it would just return to here as it is bound to her. Turned out her lair is in the mountain that houses the twin black dragons. Not exactly a walk in the park, especially since the entrance to the mountain is warded.
Warded by the very hag in whos living room I sit writing this. She had a deal with Rezmir that she would protect the mountain in exchange for Rezmir eliminating the Oni and Formians that crossed over from the feywild. It seems that the swamp she choose to make her home is a place in the world where the veil between planes is weak enough for some to simple walk through. The party agreed to help her be rid of the pests in exchange for entrance into the mountain. Since Rezmir has been lax in her duties (because she has been distracted by an adventuring party disrupting her plans) the hag is willing to renegotiate the deal.
After a hearty breakfast of carrion stew (I don’t recommend it to everyone) we set off to fulfill out end of the bargain. Little did I know the area was invested with carrion crawlers, though thinking back I should have. We deal with the young ones then had to face off with their mother. A nasty, acid spitting creature who was in a foul mood. We survived, though barely, and rested before heading off again. This time trying to be careful as I suspected a hyrda lived in the lake called Hydra lake. Sadly I was correct. We managed to mostly avoid it by using Silence and Darkness but when it came up to see what had caused the sudden darkness (a fact I need to rethink on later) it notices Edward just as he dashed behind some bushes. When we realized it had discovered us we made preparations to attack it. Edward suggested it might be better off to take it down now rather than have it sneak up behind us later. We agreed and when it got closer Elyria unleashed on it.
The fight was shorter than we expected. Thanks to Tairen’s knowledge of hydras we were able to take it down fairly quickly.
We then made our way into the feywild where we saw several creatures having a discussion. Turns out these were the ones we needed to eliminate for the hag and they were in the process of crossing over into our world to harass her further.
Edward and I dashed out and began the attack with Tairen and Elyria staying at range for the most part. Tarien has created some new undead minions (a fact I’m still not use to, and something that I will come back to in a moment) and used them as fodder. They didn’t last very long but were able to delay the creatures, which turned out to be an Oni, A Formian and an Ogre, giving Edward and I a change to inflict some heavy melee damage. As always Elyria did her fair share and more damage wise as well.
Afterward we noticed that there was a duplicate house on this side of the veil to the one the hag lived in, only this one had an ettin and a cyclops in it. The ettin was another creature we had to kill. Tairen had created his new minions from the remains of those that the hag herself had buried in the swamp. In exchange for letting him do this she demanded two sets of ettin heads. Meaning we had to kill and behead the ettin. Fortunately he himself was carrying a couple heads, though I don’t know why.
The formian had managed to infect Edward with it’s Evil Eye so he wasn’t quite a formidable as he usually was but we still managed to take down the ettin and cyclops without much trouble. I came through with barely a scratch myself. Afterward we return to the hag home in our world and gave her the heads as well as the formians eye and the Onis head. She was able to brew us up a nice potion that me may very well use against the dragons.
And now that we have fulfilled our end of the deal she has taken down the wards. After a night of rest we will venture in the mountain to met our fates.