After the ambush, our heroes found themselves exhausted, and retired for a night of much needed rest. In dreams, however, they would find only battle.
“Waking,” the adventurers found themselves on a large bridge made of craggy, broken Obsidian traversing over a moat of lava, surrounding a black fortress built into a volcano. Around them, the field was littered with bodies of the fallen, and the sound of an intense battle could be heard not far off. Not knowing how or why, as is so often the case in dreams, our heroes knew their names to be different.
Palooka was a changeling rogue named Yeng-Tsu.
Drakeheart was a dragonborn warlord named Ignus.
Sigil was a warforged warden named Silva.
Lanharath was a Kalashtar Psion named Sanguis.
Korfax was a human cleric named Ferro.
The five knew that the bodies scattered around them were fallen comrades. They also knew that their fight lay across the bridge of obsidian and through the menacing fortress. The five didn’t get far, however, before there appeared in the sky above them a dark, black form, bathing them in shadow. With a roar, and a powerful gust of hot air, the Dark Dragon Tanyeina landed in front of them.
Tanyeina confronted them, calling them by name, referring to the party as the “Knights Elemental.” Not in control of their own voices, the party responded to Tanyeina. It was clear that this dragon had been defeated once before by these Knights Elemental and they had shown pity on the creature. Ignus promised the beast their mistake would not be repeated.
Despite not being able to control their voices, our heroes discovered that, thanks to Lanharath, they were able to communicate telepathically.
Once Tanyeina had been wounded enough, she tried to flee to a more advantageous position on an outcrop of rock away from the bridge. Ignus gave chase, and twice failed to cling to the creature in the air. While falling, however, he was able to deliver a wild strike, sheering some of the beast’s calf. Using his dragonmark, Ignus hit the lava below as if it were ground, being able to walk on top of it.
This gave Drakeheart some pause, however, and after a few moments, he realized what was wrong: the heat did not burn him. He heard Ignus let out an amused and pleased laugh, and Drakeheart knew then that the fire would not harm him. Ignus was one with the flame.
Rallying, Tanyeina tried in vein to launch another desperate attack, but Silva was able to summon a thick, protective forest of shelter that blocked any attempt she could hope to make at hurting our heroes.
The battle was fierce, but the party made short work of the great dragon, and as Ferro delivered the killing blow, Tanyeina cursed the group and fell off the bridge, and was enveloped by the lava below.
As they regrouped and approached the gate to the fortress, they were greeted by their ally and leader, Terra. The party recognized him instantly as Terr, but still could not fully control their actions, and were unable to voice their questions. Terra led them through the gates to where the bulk of the tired army lay recuperating. Seeing that his army needed rallying, Terra took his place at its head, calling upon the tired soldiers to continue the fight in Eberron’s name, saying that Khyber had to be stopped.
Waking fully in Shell’s House of Counter-Culture, the party heard some familiar voices outside their room. They had a brief discussion about their shared dream, and decided that they should inform Professor Nephryt about it. Leaving their room, they found Captain Gilliam was there with the Sky Pirates Biggs and Wedge, Baron Lusarius von Elandria was with his new shadow, Killivash, Gydd Nephryt was there with her old shadow, Gallath, and Shell was there, painting away.
The party had a brief conversation with the room about their plans to head to the lightning rail station to pursue the next piece of the Name of their homeworld. Lusarius, however, seemed only interested in going to the haberdashery. Before he and Killivash departed, Killivash pulled Lanharath aside and told him he did not trust him or his friends, and that if they didn’t have the Baron’s best interest at heart, there would be repercussions.
Lanharath expressed to the group that he suspects that the Baron used to have some way of controlling him, and that he thinks the Baron might now also be controlling Killivash in the same way. This made the whole party far more wary of Lusarius than they had been up to this point.
The group relayed their dream to Gydd Nephryt who seemed shocked when they mentioned the names they had in their dream. She told them again of the Golem Terra, and how he was the leader of the Knights Elemental: Wood, Iron, Blood, Flame, and Shadow. This shocked Gydd Nephryt immensely as she had no idea that the tales of the Knights Elemental were connected to the Dragon Prophecy; indeed, she thought it little more than a child’s tale. She promised the party she would research it further, and bid them good luck.
Our heroes then left the Art District and began to make their way to the Lightning Rail station at the East end of the city.