A child wailed over her dead parents outside of the Drunken Dragon Inn. Chalk and Koram looked over at Valance. The priest of the Spider God punched the ale and wine stained hardwood table.
“Damn it, we are not heroes! We don’t need to get involved!” the cleric snarled.
“That could be you out there,” Chalk said coldly.
“That was me out there, once upon a time!” Valance hissed back.
“And look how you turned out,” the Scholar of Wexos remarked sarcastically.
“Look, people are dying, the dragons aren’t going away,” Knat said. “We need to do something.”
Valance realized that arguing was futile. They had all met here, many years ago, and the Drunken Dragon Inn had been a refuge and a home for the adventurers. Dragons were running rampant, killing people, looking for something that somebody, probably one of the dungeon delvers, possessed.
“It is the Crystal Sword they are after,” Graff, the innkeeper said as he brought another round. “I am sorry I ever took it from the Astral Raiders, sorry that I gave it to you, Koram, sorry to have caused so much misery. It is said that long ago an alliance of dragons made a pact with the Astral Raiders and they never lose their swords. Never.”
Chalk mumbled a spell and stood, he walked over to the barricaded door. Koram drew the Crystal Sword and joined him. The screams of the dying outside was becoming unbearable. Knat pushed her chair away, then the Scholar of Wexos, and Nudge. Valance sent a prayer to the Spider God, drained his cup of spiced wine and joined his companions.
Without a word Koram kicked the door of the inn open and the adventurers ran outside, and the dragons all stopped what they were doing and turned upon the the bearer of the Crystal Sword and those around him….
This concludes three years of daily posts on the Ancient Vaults & Eldritch Secrets blog. I have blogged through good times and bad, sometimes more than once a day. Every day I have striven to give my best, to give something to the oldschool gaming community and I hope that I have. Even if a post just sparked an idea of your own, I hope that you had fun at your gaming table. I thank every one of my readers, all of the input and all of the hits mean more than you will ever know. I really don’t want this to be the end, but I want to leave people wanting more. In the end, I leave it up to my readers to decide the fate of AV&ES. I am going forward with more than one project with the blog. I have more ideas (I am not sure that I can turn that off now), yet three years worth of posts is a lot, there is gaming material for years and years within these pages, is it enough?