13 Flamerule, Year of the Warrior Princess (1489 DR)
Ruins of Thundertree, Sword Coast
Still unaware of the exact location of Cragmaw Castle in Neverwinter Woods, the heroes traveled to the ruins of Thundertree to seek out the druid, Reidoth.
In Thundertree, they came upon unfamiliar zombies seemingly composed of the ashen remains of the village that was burned over three decades before. In time, they found Reidoth. The druid said he was studying the Ash Zombies. Reidoth also talked about a mysterious group of cloaked people he’d seen in the village. When asked about the other group, Reidoth said he thinks their presence in Thundertree involved the young green dragon, Venomfang, which had taken a tower in the northern part of the village as its lair. He suspected the mysterious people might be members of the Cult of the Dragon, whom he had heard were becoming increasingly active along the Sword Coast.
The heroes were surprised to hear that a green dragon was nearby. Nevertheless, they asked Reidoth about the location of Cragmaw Castle. The druid stubbornly refused to help the group unless they help him slay or drive away Venomfang. The heroes thought the druid had taken leave of his senses, but they agreed to help him.
The heroes along with Reidoth made their way to Venomfang’s lair early in the morning. When they confronted the dragon in its lair, the battle nearly cost the entire group their lives. With one breath of its poisonous gas, Venomfang defeated half the group. The heroes immediately surrendered and begged the dragon to let them leave. Venomfang consented, provided everyone relinquished their coins and magic items. The human paladin of Lathander, Randal, was not happy to surrender Talon the magical longsword he found in the Redbrand’s hidout, but he had no other choice.
As the group walked away from Thundertree, Reidoth conceded to helping them find Cragmaw Castle. He felt it the least he could do considering they had tried to help him and then lost their valuables.
The group used their backup weapons and traveled on to Neverwinter Woods, the druid Reidoth leading the way to Cragmaw Castle.
They all vowed that someday, when they were better skilled and equipped, they would return to Thundertree to slay Venomfang!
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