The star drake left no doubt in our heroes' minds that it had full intention to kill them. Associated with the birth of the dragon gods, Tiamet and Bahamut, the star drake proved to be a heavy hitter and the fact it was a brethren caused Shimmer to pause in his attacks. The fight raged on and in the end, our heroes prevailed but one phrase echoed in Shimmer's mind even after the fight was done, "Become what you were born to be."
Almost as soon as the fight was done, the demon-hybrid Ihngril'raug appeared and carried the star drake's body off into the darkness, motioning that the treasure was theirs for the taking and Titus discovered that the last attack from the drake rendered Silvara permanently blind. Our heroes claimed the coin, gems, and magical items and rested for the night. Amongst the treasure of the room, Titus found the Hammer of Magalodahr that he had been searching for. Late in the watch, Lyra discovered that the lava pool was steadily growing. An eruption of lava suddenly burst from the pool as our heroes leapt into action and sped off through the tunnels. After nearly losing Gerath and Alexandria, our heroes made it to safety and trekked the rest of the way out of Kragh's Nest.
They made their way back to Magalodahr where they were greeted after noticing that Hope was not among them. Dain arrived and swept Silvara to the clerics to mend her broken body as King Greybeard left his throne to meet with Titus. Titus turned over the hammer to the king who took it with gladness. Unfortunately, the king had nothing better to give the company but did give Titus a letter to deliver to Gunner back in New Cottonwood. After his meeting with the king was over, Titus and Alexandria rushed to check on Silvara. The clerics had done their jobs and her eyesight would be fully returned in a few days.
In the pits of the nine hells, Hope stood listening to her Patron gloat about seizing his first placement of power. He told his warlocks that they should bask in awe over his glory. As he continued his monologue, Hope noticed a large, black spiderweb appearing above him. The devil dismissed all but three of his warlocks and turned to fight this threat. However, celestial javelins pierced the devil and drove him to the ground. Ihngril'raug walked out of the portal and greeted the warlocks. He swiftly killed the devil and consumed him. Speaking with Despair (Hope's alternated identity), Ihngril'raug got an understanding of how the Patron-Pact worked. He branded Despair with his hand, solidifying his position as her new patron of darkness and then sent her back on her way.
In Hammurabi, the company was met with a cold welcome. They were not allowed inside the village and kept constant watch over the group. Shimmer, however, was visited by Shir and gave him not only a spell to help protect his horde but also agreed to grant him several guard drakes after he had finished creating them. En route to South Warren, the company found Hope lying on the side of the road as if no time had passed. She joined them and they made their way to the glimmering city.
While in South Warren, Athelstan visited Trololo who had learned new tricks. The hunter inquired about a larger guy and Trololo handed him an experimental weapon that he demanded Athelstan field test and write back about. Silvara's brother had sold what possessions she did not want to keep and gave her a decent sum of coin while Shimmer and Theristis paid into their business venture to get the ball rolling.
Pit stopping at New Cottonwood, Titus delivered the note to Gunner. The dwarf gave Titus his blood vial back and closed up shop for good. Athelstan was confronted by the elf Hunter, father of Ira. He demanded to know what Athelstan had killed. After listing a few of the major beasts he had a hand in killing, Ira leapt into the hunter's arms telling him that she had already put her things in their cart. And with that, our heroes ventured back through the Black Mountains, across the bay, and back to Union. Carriages were waiting for them and hauled them back to their guildhall where Railyn was waiting for them. He hurried them inside and told them there was much work to be done. As Athelstan was walking in with Ira on his arm, he noticed a painting sitting in the entry hall. It was a large canvas depicting Tristin in the captain's cabin of a ship, holding the skull of Ragnar. Athelstan's eyes went wide and he let out a very loud, "God Damnit!!"
Railyn will tell the company the story of "Chasing the Smile" up to when he headed to the Guild Hall. There are several messages waiting for you as well.