Dragon Showdown

After rescueing King Hekaton, the part is teleported to Neverwinter. They contact the Harpers and begin to research the papers they grabbed from the Morkoth. Skamos takes the squid cult's unholy book to Thor's temple, but they want to destroy it immediately. Skamos returns it to the Harpers and a mage translates it for their study. The charts and logs and diary are analyzed, apparently the Morkoth was simply sailing aimlessly at sea to serve as a mobile prison for the storm giant king. They did not visit any unknown or possibly secret bases. Skamos and Sir Conlan question Daggerdark's corpse with Speak with Dead but the captain's spirit little useful information. Astrid takes the body for disposal and burns it with multiple fire spells.
They take the loot from the ship and sell the spell book and set of fine daggers, then go shopping for magic items. Once rested and equipped, the party uses the Conch of Teleportation to return to the Storm Giants' Court.

A Royal Request
The party arrives and is met by a friendly storm giant guard. The party is taken to see the court and discuss their recent findings. The king has a request for them. He has decided to personally confront the dragon Imryth and recover the control key to the storm giants' magic throne. He asks the party to accompany him. Since the dragon is quite powerful, the party will be given extra training by his people and he will provide each of them with a Potion of Giant Size, which will cause them and their carried equipment to grow to storm giant size, the potion lasts for 24 hours. In addition, he will provide transportation to the dragon's lair in the desert east of Ascore, an abandoned dwarven city. Sir Conlan explains about the dragon cultists that have been assisting them, but King Hekaton does not want them or their master, the red dragon Klauth, involved. The party agrees. The storm giant gives them Potions of Water Breathing, then takes them through an underwater tunnel to a large area where they meet a group of whales who tow them through the water to an island where the rocs nest. They board the rocs and fly east, passing over Neverwinter and heading inland. They finally come to the desert and land a distance from Imryth's lair which is under an old amphitheater. A thunderstorm hovers in place over the ruins, shrouding the desert. Valfir, Alaric and Erza scout ahead while Astrid relays messages. The amphitheater is old and sand choked with a large hole in the center, presumably the entrance to the dragon's lair. There are two trebuchets in the stands and 23 statues. But many if not all of the statues are gargoyles. There is also a small camp of three tents nearby, tracks from the camp enter a set of stairs leading underground. But the tracks are snakelike, maybe some kind of creatures like Nagas? Alaric and Erza move under his Pass without a Trace spell and try to disable the trebuchets. Valfir scouts around and causes a sinkhole to open in the sand, exposing an opening into the caverns beneath. He sees something snakelike moving within, but purplish, not blue. Trying to link up, Alaric and Erza find another sinkhole and end up in the catacombs underneath. Valfir is able to get to them and pull them out with a rope. The party also spots a giant skulking outside the ruins, when Valfir approaches, it is Harshnag! Valfir contacts him, then brings everyone back to confer and plan the attack.

Silly Quotes and Smart Remarks
Discussing cosplay and how many people would get a "Father Guido Sarducci" Star Wars mashup costume of Father Greedo Sarducci
Kevin "Sixteen year olds only pay attention to anime costumes"
Lee "And big boobs"
Kevin "That's pretty much the same"
Lee "There's a lot of overlap of those circles"
Everyone got the same mental picture and started to laugh
Lee "I didn't mean it that way"

Discussing hunting down the kraken "god" Slarkrethel
Kevin "I don't believe in squid gods"
Chmiel "Squids should be eaten, not worshipped"
Jim "We'll be serving calamari for a long time"

Trying to read the squid worshippers' unholy book
Kevin, to Chmiel "If you turn undead, I will dispatch you"

Shopping at the magic store
Kevin "He's got a spear and magic helmet"

The dragon's lair is in the desert beyond the abandoned dwarven city Ascore
Chmiel "Ass Corp?"
Lee "Bang Bus 19: Ass Corp"

Jim can't remember the name of the red dragon the cultists follow
Michael "The metagaming pigeon flies by <squawking> 'Klauth, Klauth' "

The party is given Potions of Giant Size
Jim "I have a vision of each of us trying to drink a keg"
Describing the potions
Lee "It lasts for 24 hours…" Starts to snicker
Jim "Is it blue?"