The group journeyed of from Queen Titania’s Castle headed to Orellia the Grey to pick up the tokens that she had offered them. On the way they passed a trio of Mastodonts, huge rock creatures which ripped rock from the ground and crushed it to eat the gravel. Reaching Orellia’s mountains, they traversed up the road leading up the slopes, while under surveillance from her gargoyle guards.
The entrance to Orellia’s castle, a grey bastion of elegant stone, was guarded by a pair of Urguai. The stone guardians let them inside after a command from Medusa, and Medusa swiftly led them through the castle, past Orellia’s courtiers. In Orellia’s throne room few words were spoken. Orellia directed them to pick up the tokens that would be used to take over Cassandra’s nodes of power, and the necklaces that would protect them from Cassandra’s charm powers. The group tried to press her for information, but was unwilling to pay, when it turned out that she would want a favor in return.
Outside the castle, Medusa conjured the Gatekeeper, and Rudolf payed the Gatekeeper’s price by telling a story about how, during his training to the Blackwatch, he was caught by a teacher doing something quite embarrassing.
The Gatekeeper lead them to the Emerald Spring. Rudolf scouted ahead, and spotted Chrosnar the Giant resting on his throne over the spring. After a quick discussion about tactics, the group moved in, and relatively quickly brought down the giant through a combination of ranged fire from Rudolf and devastating melee from Thrunn and Zorg. Wounded, the giant fell back and offered surrender to the group, but Thrunn simply moved in and dispatched the giant with two mighty blows.
Those that needed it healed up in the magical spring, and Tarkin placed the token in the spring with the help of Zorg. The ground shook, as control of the node of power was passed to Orellia. Then Thrunn offered a story to the Gate Keeper of how he had once allowed a human woman to braid his beard. He had been in love with that woman. Accepting the payment, the Gatekeeper led them to the Meadow of Dreams.
Several tries were made to penetrate the fog that shrouded the Meadow of Dreams, but those that ventured inside quickly feel into a sleep-less dream. Luckily the victims were secured to a rope, and could be pulled out by the rest of the group, once it became apparent that they had succumed.
First was Rudolf, who dreamed that he was ambushed by goblins in a forest, but escaped, only to witness a large goblin army on the move.
Second was Thrunn, who dreamed that he was in the mountains near his childhood home, and found a dwarven caravan that had been attacked and massacred.
Next they tried sending in Vren, without a rope. Through her eyes, Tarkin witnessed her moving through the fog, fighting imaginary foes, and at one time passing just past the font at the center of the meadow.
After a lot of discussion, it was finally decided to send in Rudolf and Thrunn together, tied to the same rope.
The pair first dreamed their way into a ruin, dodging traps and kobold ambushes, before finding a temple to Tiamat with a dragon statue covered with gold. However, when they tried to loot the statue this time, the statue came alive and attacked them. Through fireproof armor and some luck, the pair overcame the dragon, and Rudolf stuffed his bags with dream gold. Rudolf also tried placing the token on the altar of the temple, hoping that it might be the node of power, but nothing happened.
Leaving the ruins, the pair entered the streets of Highspring, and was beset by dark elf assassins. Fleeing across a square, they sought refuge in the temple of Castiri. There they talked with one of the priests, telling him that they were in a dream, and asked if he could lead them to the node of power. The priest acknowledged that they were in a dream, but found this a problem, since they couldn’t offer him any knowledge to the real temple of Castiri while in this dream. He offered his help, however, on the promise that they would come to the temple once they had returned to the real world, to accept a mission to bring the temple a specific piece of knowledge that they were looking for.
Rudolf and Thrunn agreed, and the priest led them down the stairs, and through the large double doors that would under normal circumstances have led to the library. In this case, it lead into a small forest clearing, at the center of which stood a font. Rudolf placed the token in the font. And both the people in the dream, and those outside felt the earth shake. Expecting the dream to end now, the pair offered their goodbyes to the priest, only to stand there awkwardly when nothing happened.
Meanwhile in the real world, the rest of the group took the shaking to mean mission success, and dragged the pair back out of the fog, before applying a bit of physical abuse to wake them up.