Can you believe the Feathergale Knights now need to ALSO be crushed? Well they do. Those “false faced” pigeon-lovers have been fronting for the Air Cultists. Obviously, the smart way to travel to the spire is through the underground tunnels and arrive with the element of surprise…unless the underground passage comes above ground right where we would have traveled via the overland route.
Yep, that happened.
We approach the lowest level of the spire where the stables holding hippogriffs are. The sneak approach seldom is successful, and this use does not disappoint. We are immediately discovered and engage in combat. From the lowest level to the pinnacle we climb, slaying all those before us. It is not until the highest level that we encounter serious opponents mounted upon the horrible vultures, circling the tower and pelting us with arrows.
Though they outnumber us and are mounted upon powerful creatures, they succumb to our greater will. Not without some heroic moments, however. Rawrly and I have to leap from the tower to kill the last Knights…a rather exciting six seconds culminating in ground impact. Not enough to kill us, but I will consider alternate means of descent in the future.
Through the spire we travel gathering gold and equipment. We discover a note indicating that our new compatriot’s search for a Waterdeep noble may be in vain.
“Merosska, We are pleased to hear about the outcome of your altercation with the Black Earth cult, and we praise you for the capture of one of their prisoners. This noblewoman from Waterdeep has an interesting tale to tell, and we shall enjoy interrogating her further. Keep a close watch on the Sacred Stone Monastery. I want to know what our enemy is planning next. Your beloved queen, Aerisi Kalinoth”
It looks like it is time to enter the underground passages forming the central elemental node yet again.