We are still fighting the dragon. Pelecus is on the ground. The rest are flying and chasing the seemingly retreating dragon. Krrr quickly realizes he’s toying with us. Just about that time Anwar is snatched by the dragon’s claw. Krrr gives chase on his carpet Zoom. The dragon climbs towards the clouds and then makes a dive towards the ground. It’s plan to auger Anwar into the ground. Krrr casts Feather Fall just as Anwar is released and Anwar is saved. Krr uses Word of Recall with Anwar. Meanwhile, Travis regroups with the rest of the party. Travis casts Etherealness, then portals to Peleston. The party regroups then Plane Shifts to the Astral Plane. Things slow down and we regroup.
The plan, find the dragon slaying swords. First up though was lots of discussion about how to deal with the dragon. Thinking about how to weigh down the dragon to keep it from flying. During this time we encountered the ejected contents of a destroyed bag of holding. Travis scrys for Alton’s DS bastard sword and Gilead’s DS sword. The vision is dark, like Shadow Plane dark. Krr asks Commune questions to verify their location. They are on the Shadow Plane and they are in the same location. Preparations are made to travel to the Shadow Plane. Later, it comes up in conversation that Pelucus’ oath to Lord Alton ended at the time of Pelecus’ death.
We Plane Shift to the Shadow Plane. Aoife was sent to Peleston before we left. Faradey cracks a joke as we arrive and he senses danger. This area of the Shadow Plane is darker and sounds are more muted than other areas we have experienced before. Faradey seems to be detecting some negativity, like the Negative material plane. This area may be close to the Negative material plane somehow. Just then two shadow mastiffs appear. Krr starts with a Flame Strike and the mastiffs charge. Anwar and Travis strike. Dandelus casts his Air Disruptors. Krr casts his Frrrball. The mastiffs seem to get more ferocious. Travis kills a mastiff. Dandelus kills the other mastiff. Frrrball scouts around. Krr uses Find the Path. The party, save Travis, feels a weight pushing on their left side. Their cloudy vision begins to clear. They find they are lying on the ground on their left side. They attempt to stand but each find someone standing above them, standing on them holding them down. Krrr, upon finding his axe missing, sends Frrrball on a wider search of the area. Anwar reaches for his mace. Travis sees his friends become “zoned out”. Faradey does a special attack on the ground. Pelecus is moving very slowly. Travis casts Protection from Evil on Krrr in hopes to snap him out of it. Anwar attacks the shadow standing on him. Dandelus casts Light Shield. Krrr feels safer with the effects of Protection from Evil, and Krr uses an Orison to figure the right choice to make. That plus the Shield of Light gives him the thought that they may be under some confusion effects. They shake off the confusion and Anwar realizes he struck himself. It turns out to be an environmental danger. For a moment they perceived themselves as their own shadow.
Krrr tries Find the Path again. Frrball scouts ahead. A cloud breaks apart and two dozen things swarm toward us. Dandelus uses fireball, killing some and damaging more. Krr and Faradey use New Negative Plane Protection. Dandelus does some other kind of effect attack. Anwar uses a bit of his Wirlwind sand to attack a bunch of these shadow stirges. He hits all of them. All but five die. Travis attacks and kills two. Krr attacks and kills one. The two shadow stirges attack Faradey and Travis, one dies somehow. Dandelus kills the last one.
We get to an area that is very dark. Just then a shadowy squid like thing, cthulhu-esque in appearance comes into view. Faradey says this thing likely has an energy drain attack. Krrr prepares to close in with the shadow squid after casting spell immunity and battle cry. Dandelus sends a lightning bolt at the squid to good effect. Faradey shoots an arrow. The squid closes the distance almost instantly and attacks everyone with tentacles. Krr’s spell immunity goes off and Travis casts Free Action on Krrr. Anwar attacks and does damage. Dandelus’ Shield of Light is absorbed by the squid which heals it a little. Travis uses the staff of lightning. Krr casts Battle Cry, stunning the squid for two rounds. Dandelus does a magical attack. Anwar attacks. Travis does another lightning bolt. Krr casts blade barrier but the creature evades. Travis uses his last lightning and Dandelus uses his last Lance. Krr does a Big Jump using Anwar as a spring board, narrowly grazing his own Blade Barrier taking a small amount of damage. The barrier is now between the squid and Krrr. Krrr insults the creature. The squid moves through the Blade Barrier, it takes lots of damage. Frrrball has been keeping some smaller creatures, shadow stirges, at bay but are now starting to close in. The creature attacks Krrr with tentacles. Dandelus uses lightning. Travis strikes it. Krrr casts Bestow Curse, blinding it. Anwar fumbles, and misses his follow up attack. Travis attacks with a critical and kills it.
We dissect the creature and find the DS swords, Alton’s and Gilead’s plus some other stuff.