The party returns to Grudgewood, but Mildred lingers outside of town. They are approached by wary guards, who are on the lookout for them. The guards arrange a secret meeting with Red Al, who demands to know “what the fuck did you do.”
The Revengers fill Al in on what they found at Eddistone: Sir Robert Husk, the Wolf inhabiting the form of Aloysius Bouchard, and Drea working with (or for?) them both. Al tells them what he’s heard in the meantime: Aloysius, as the Risen King, was killed after they left, and it seems that Barrow Knight Gorge Entome — last seen by the Revengers as turning against the spider-fiends and in grave danger — has taken command there. But even though Entome seemed to be throwing in his lot with the Revengers during the battle, he is now calling them assassins and demanding that they be returned to Eddistone as prisoners.
Valeria visits with Hennelly, Priestess of Martiff, and through prayer has her intelligence restored. Golgaraz learns he needs to be polymorphed — or possibly have the magic dispelled that changed his form — to get back to “normal.” It is possible dispel magic won’t work due to the strength of the change, and there are certain risks associated with polymorphing — Golgaraz decides to think on it.
Bea asks about mighty wizards in the area, or kings of Barrow Wood — she is reminded that Drea was sort of both, and they had just killed her.
Volcano has pups! 8 of them. Bea bats around some ideas, but they go unnamed. The Revengers decide to travel north to the Horse Plains, following rumors of the Mountain That Moves — and the final undiscovered part of the rod. They purchase a wagon and travel as wandering fortune tellers.
The area of Prinzfeld has recovered from the March of the Pomarj — it is now a peaceful farming land, with fields and rolling hills. Many houses have been rebuilt. Some give the travelers a wide berth, and some hail them as fellow travelers, but none give them any trouble. It appears that peace with the Duke of Bark has been achieved and is being honored by all.
In an abandoned hut, the party role-plays with Kit to get him used to interacting with others. They try to teach him to order stew. At a real inn in Oakenburgh — the Happy Haystack — Kit successful orders dinner. They also hear rumors of roving kobold bands who serve “the red wyrm” of the mountain.
They meet some of the roving kobolds, but they share their fire with them for a time. Mildred tells their fortunes (as well as the fortunes of the party). All are vague, slightly menacing, and border on grim. The kobolds thank Mildred, but decide to travel on that night. They pay her for her fortunes and warn them, if they approach the mountain, that “Black Deaths man the gate.”
In the Horse Plains, they come upon a small village called Glenhollow. Some villagers are gathered to discuss the roving kobold raiders and want to do about them. Seeing Valeria, who they hail as a lady knight, they are happy to recruit the party to save them. The villagers downplay the rumors that a dragon might be around.
The Revengers are able to supply for the trip to the mountain. They leave their wagon (and Volcano’s pups) behind in the care of the Glenhollow villagers.
They approach the fabled Mountain That Moves. Though the air is peaceful and calm over the Horse Plains, there is a storm over the mountain itself. They travel up switchbacks and find they are on what appears to be an old, weathered stone road. From above, kobolds fire black-fetched arrows — and even rain boulders down upon the party. Golgaraz turns them ethereal and they pursue their ambushers up the trail.
They reach a plateau and find a grand, blocked up, off-its-hinges doorway leading into the mountain. Directly above the doors are kobolds manning two massive ballistae — they fire at the party, but Golgaraz turns them to ash with a fireball. The ballistae also catch fire, and there is a green “popping” from the kobolds’ arrow quivers as they die. Bea attempts to passwall the blocked doors, but her spell surges (to no effect).
Before the party, askew and blocked by rocks, are the doors to the Mountain That Moves — known in other times and in other lands as Dragon Mountain….
Discreet Homecoming, 1500
Fortunes Told, 1500
Gate Kobolds, 90
Group Total: 3690, Individual Award 738
Bea 3738 (Grandmother Wolf 3000, Group 738)
Golgaraz 3738 (To Polymorph or Not to Polymorph 3000, Group 738)
Kit 3738 (I Want Stew 3000, Group 738)
Mildred 3738 (Fortune Teller 3000, Group 738)
Valeria 3738 (Smarter Than She Looks 3000, Group 738)