Riley and Sar’n test out their Lawn Mower weapon plan to make sure it works, while the others prepare for the strike on Kofrath forces. Everyone rests up, readying for the fight, eagerly waiting another opportunity to engage the Kofrath. The elite troops selected for the strike gather in a field for the attack, ready to go, while Davros gives a stirring speech to the gathered troops in the background. The drunk, dwarven mage teleports the lot into the mountains to fight the Kofrath. Riska quickly lays out the battle plan, to let the Kofrath get out into the open and cut them off from retreat before striking and everyone moves into position.
Riley sets up in the path of the enemy with the Tritta troops while all the others set up under the cloak of invisibility along the path. As the Kofrath emerge from the cave and move toward the ambush, the forward elements note that the force is larger than previously anticipated, and also includes wyverns and salamanders. Perhaps the attack will be a hit and run after all. The Kofrath troops fan out to attack Riley and the Tritta troops, Sar’n and Lilith see some in the back go invisible. Riley stands before the shield wall as they fire volleys of crossbow bolts on approach, deflecting missiles to lure in the enemy troops. A powerful looking Kofrath comes forward from the halted ranks and Riley moves forward to meet him, encouraging the other troops to wait to spring the ambush. He breathes fire, Riley leaping into the air as it splashes against the shields behind him. Other troops fan out to surround the squad as even more troops spill out of the cave. Riley teleports behind him and lays him flat with 15 blows in a single round, following by a blast of Searing Light from his circlet. The battle now begins in earnest as the leader stands up, flaring out a large pair of wings.
With a taunt to his adversary, Riley drops a web on the nearest Kofrath troops rushing forward and springs into the sky to launch the signal. He triggers the Tensors Floating Disk in mid-air and activates his Blade Barrier, threshing the troops below with a 20 foot high wall of magical blades turned on its side. The magical lawn mower shreds troops as Sar’n and Lilith begin their descent. Lilith drops Quaal’s Feather Tree tokens, which turn into full size, massive oak trees as they fall and soon plow into the troops below. Shiele makes her first stealth strike, teleporting behind an enemy and shanking him brutally.
The enemy below quickly targets Riley and dispels his Blade Barrier, followed by a variety of spells. Riley dodges lightning bolts in midair, some of the spells are haste on the troops below. However the Fireballs cast a the Tritta troops do hit and take out a few of them. Another volley of crossbow bolts fly at them as well, but none fall this time. Davros moves in to attack, activating his imbued stone of Tensors Floating disk horizontally and casts Rain of Embers on it, sending a blast of fire and divine magic into the Kofrath ranks.
At the mouth of the cave, the one directing troops transforms into a red dragon and heads toward Sar’n and Lilith. The Kofrath swing away from the center of the field to attack the troops surrounding them, screaming and launching breath weapons. Crossbow bolts launch at close range on the south flank into the charging Kofrath as Riska shouts a charge. On the north flank, the charging Kofrath also meet a barrage of crossbow bolts, some even flee from Davros’s fear aura. On either side, it is a blood bath among the assaulting forces. Shiele begins the evacuation, teleporting troops out as quickly as she can to the evac site. Sar’n and Lilith make a snap decision to utilize the secret weapon they’ve concocted. Full retreat is in effect now and Riley teleports back to the Tritta troops. With a quick command, he orders them to prepare to evacuate, using his Abundant Step, after killing two more Kofrath, to teleport his squad to safety.
As the massive ball of lava hardens and falls from a high altitude, Sar’n and Lilith teleport to Davros’s flank and begin evacuating people with teleportation. Davros blasts off a spell and carries the nearest troops away with his boots of teleportation, with a quick warning from Sar’n that he does not need to return as the rest can be taken by others. Riska and the last of his troops fight until they’re evacuated also. Riley’s adversary roars in outrage and transforms into a mature red dragon, crushing nearby Kofrath in the process. He turns on the northern flank and blasts them with flames, killing several, including many Kofrath in his path. Those that survive attack the northern flank also, felling more of the attack force. On the southern flank, more of the attacking force falls to enemy attacks as Shiele returns to evacuate the remainder.
The quick thinking Sar’n imbues a copper coin with anti-magic field, throwing it to the dragon who greedily snaps it up and quickly comes to regret this decision. Back at the evacuation site, Riley attempts to wake their drunken, dwarven mage to get ready to teleport everyone back to camp. He unleashes a temporarily incapacitating belch of unusual strength in Riley’s face. Back on the north flank, Lilith blasts more Kofrath with lightning and prepares to evacuate just before the impact of their secret weapon. The Kofrath blast back, but Sar’n and Lilith manage to negate some of it with their rods of absorb. Davros casts healing spells to help keep the north flank from collapsing entirely. The dragon picks the coin from his gullet and throws it back at Sar’n, looking rather annoyed. The anti-magic field coin bounces off Sar’n’s adamantine wings and lands between the opposing forces. Riska gathers the forces, pulling back slightly and tightening up to teleport to safety. The growing hoard of Kofrath attacks again, landing a few more blows and felling a few more soldiers before the remains of the attack force teleport to safety. Shiele gets knocked down, but quickly springs back up to teleport away nineteen of the thirty-seven remaining troops including Riska. Sar’n flicks the coin back at the dragon before teleporting Leeroy and six others away to safety.
As Riley recovers enough to attempt to wake the dwarf again, the hardening lava ball impacts back at the site of the battle. The flash is bright enough that even the half asleep drunk can see it, Lilith manages to grab the last of the assault force just before the blast hits their location. Seconds later the massive boom of the impact reaches them at the evacuation site as members of the party yell a warning to take cover. In the aftermath, they realize that they lost a third of the assault force, but wiped out thousands of Kofrath. The party takes stock and talks briefly as their mage gathers his wits to activate the retreat spell. The Kobowlder squad took only a single loss, while the Tritta squad lost the second least, the other squads lost a quarter to a half of their members.
The injured are seen to, Riska asks gives everyone two hours to recuperate before meeting to discuss the mornings events and their implications for the future. Lilith and Sar’n take a short detour to the City of Sigils and Lilith buys a winery and brewery for some reason. Kobowlders drink for free at the celestial ale house. They totally miss the meeting, but everyone else shows up. The discussion turns rather heated as the leaders of the armies learn the scope of the battle facing them. An elderly half-dwarf brings up that the Kofrath will likely use their subterranean nature to their advantage in the war. Fighting them underground would be even more dangerous as they employ Earth Elementals. RIska suggests a risky plan to draw the Kofrath into assaulting the Kobowlders Keep by drawing back the other forces into a position that would make it appear to be a tempting target. The plan does seem promising, but will obviously require some discussion amongst the Kobowlders. Finally, Sar’n and Lilith show up to contribute to the meeting, Sar’n ponders the idea of getting the enemies of the red dragons involved in the fight against the Kofrath. While an estimated 7 out of 10 thousand Kofrath reinforcement troops were destroyed, future prospects for the war are grim.
In a whole new market of problems, Sar’n and Lilith brought back celestial ale and fiendish wine for the troops in an ill conceived gesture. As people scramble to control the flow of alcohol into the troops from the wagon of casks, Riley heads back to the Keep to inform Skree and Cort. Davros also heads back to discuss things with the sect of Pelor in the Keep. The celestial ale imbues everyone with an extremely pleasant mood, while the fiendish wine makes those that drink it rather angry drunks. Luckily, more people are drinking the more plentiful celestial ale than the fiendish wine and someone switches Shiele to the happy juice instead. Unfortunately, the officers are drinking the wine and getting into each other’s faces. Some quick thinking MP’s help keep them under control with drinks of the Celestial Ale. Lilith makes certain to set aside some ale for the MP’s for later. Soon they discover that the casks and barrels are all imbued to hold larger than normal quantities of booze. By the next morning, the Tritta officers have been tied up in their tents to sleep it off while most other officers are still drinking with their troops. During the night, Sar’n heads out to the City of Sigils again, this time he purchases a shop, one that sells special herbs.
Back at the Keep, Riley tracks down Cort and Skree, filling them in on the days events. They feel the Keep is not very well defended for a dragon assault and the Citadel is woefully unprepared for such a battle also. They send out envoys and messengers with the information about the new events in the war. Luring the Kofrath into attacking the Kobowlders keep would be very risky considering the dragons would be largely unharmed by the pocket gnome defense grid and fighting more than a few dragons at a time is likely to end poorly. Riley goes to the Citadel of Bahamut to seek aid from the dragons, while Davros goes to inform High Priest Axor about recent events as well. Davros is greeted by guards and after a moment led in to meet with the High Priest, they are pleased to learn he has successfully recover the shield of Pelor. At the Citdale, Riley is met with numerous guards standing ready to defend against attackers. While Phalieux is currently out in the field, the monk is escorted up to meet with a different leader of the order. They meet in a room with magical windows observing battlefields around the world. Kaden, Phaliuex’s adjunct and high priest of Bahamut, quickly launches into discussion with Riley after he informs him of recent events. Kaden provides an in depth strategic analysis of the current situation for Riley, including strategems and likelihoods. He is interested in the new academy, but Riley can provide little information and suggests more knowledgeable magic users meet to discuss relations on the matter. Kaden doesn’t believe they can offer much to the academy, but will do what can be done, suggesting searching in the baronies for magic users and teachers. Davros learns that the order is still searching for five pieces of Pelor’s panoply, others have recovered their targets and returns home later that evening. Riley is then transported from the citadel to inform Empress Sharissa and her generals/advisers about the recent events, heading home the next morning.
The following morning at the encampment, morale is high and hangovers rampant, some are still drunk and singing. By this time, Sar’n has returned from his second shopping trip. A messenger arrives at Riska’s tent with important information, relaying a secret and curious message which Shiele is there to overhear. It seems that somewhere, there has been a shift in power that works in Riska’s favor. Shortly after that, he calls in the Kobowlders present and various important generals and officers to inform them that the King of Tritta has died and a successor chosen. Coincidentally, the successor is much more favorable to the war effort and alliance of the baronies. They impart that a solemn ceremony will be held for the people of Tritta. Officers from the encampment are being summoned home by the new baron, who happens to be the youngest son after the oldest son abdicated.