Chaos explodes in the center of Gelid City as the adventurers hop aboard a wagon in a high-speed escape. Although they are beset by clockwork horse-riding guards, a shape-shifting vermin mage, and an imminently closing gate, our heroes prevail, due in no small part to the heroic efforts of their new friend, Quinn, a mysterious sorcerer of the Everymen Brotherhood.
After their daring escape through the city, the group met up with the Everymen Brotherhood and, after a brief standoff (due mostly to Rayne’s mistrust), the group agrees to be blindfolded and led to their campsite.
Much to the group’s surprise, the leader of the Everymen Brotherhood turns out to be none other than Archibald, former High Mage and Hand to King Reginald. He informs them of the state of Tarragonia:
-Lord Dracarys (the being that the group released 25 yrs ago) is actually a demi-god; the son of Tiamat, the evil she-dragon goddess of death and destruction
-With the birth of Dracarys, evil magic has been released into the world, creating magical beasts and thinning the barrier between the material planes and the alternate ones.
-Dracarys has seized control of the Human Kingdom and has turned the national religion into a cult of Tiamat, in which the priests and clerics gain minor draconic abilities and even believe they may become dragons
-Dracarys hatched the five evil dragon eggs 25 yrs ago, and due to the power of his evil magic, the dragons have had accelerated growth, nearing adulthood in this short stretch of time
-The Halfling Race, being the most diplomatic and likely to combine the other races’ forces against the Human Kingdom, has been wiped out, and their home in the eastern plains is now believed to be haunted and home to the Undead
-Lord Dracarys, as the King’s Hand, usually acts through his “Fingers” (specialized thieves, soldiers, mages, and psychopaths of unique ability) and his dragon shamans
-The Major Church of Heironious, base of the Paladin Order, has been destroyed, along with the last of the Paladins. This includes Itto’s father, though his brother is rumored to be alive. In its place, the Church of Hextor now reigns in the Northeastern mountains
-The five remaining good dragon eggs must be found and gathered together. As Dracarys has been seemingly unable to destroy them, Archibald believes they can drain him of his god-like powers. Each egg is in one of the different kingdoms and guarded by one of the five evil dragons.
After a night of debauchery, romance, and shovels (Rayne tries to kill Itto (again) with a shovel before getting smooched by Slink), the group awakens to an emergency tactical meeting with the Everymen.
Apparently a group of Frost Goblins has managed to make its way south past the Wall and is now seeking an alliance with a nearby Hobgoblin tribe. Archibald believes that if this alliance is formed, it could mean a breach on the Wall and major problems for the Kingdom. After a debate between traveling to Draken’s Point and the Half-Orc Kingdom versus stopping the Goblin alliance, the gang agrees to find the Goblins, but with stealth and guile, rather than brute force.
On the path to the Metal Mines, the group comes across hanged Everymen and when Slink tries to loot the dead (rather than cutting them down for a proper burial), the group is surrounded by a band of hobgoblins and a larger ugly humanoid monster that rushes towards them…