At the request of its Elders, a very large contingent of Arcane Society members headed to the hidden gem of Evereska for a meeting with its High Elder, Shelendra Imesfor. Instead of being confronted by the usual array of ne'er do wells that the Society has become accustomed to facing in recent months, they were greeted with open arms by the Evereskan Elves, so beloved of Sune. Evereska, under Imesfor's watchful instruction, has steadily rebuilt itself over the years and is now close to its former glory. Once inside the walls, the Society visited some of its resurrected sites: The Floating Gardens, Sune's golden temple and Cloudcrown Palace, open to the trees and sky above.
After their walk around Evereska, back at the palace, the Society ate and drank to their hearts' content - Ample portions of oarsk and tekrue were accompanied with forest mushrooms, dakesi and many other local fruits and vegetables, and all of these were wondrously paired with fine Elven wines and mead. And a glass of the famed elverquisst put a nice finishing touch to a fine meal before the Society was finally called forth by the Lady.
Lady Imesfor made it very clear from the outset that she had heard about, and was very impressed with, the Society's prowess. And instead of striking a political relationship with the Society, she wished to call them friends. High praise indeed from an elf. But as with all things, there was a price to this new found friendship. Lady Imesfor asked the Society to deal with some troublesome kobolds that had found their way into Groaning Cave and had since taken root. During an evening raid, the kobolds had sneaked into Evereska and stolen a statuette of Sune, the return of which Lady Imesfor would pay handsomely. And if that was not enough, these little tricksters had somehow managed to enslave four Adolescent Dragons: Black, Brass, Silver and Gold. Although the Society was in no way bound to act, their interest was piqued enough to accept this challenge and circuitously made their way to Groaning Cave. [Add a footnote here about blind mages walking through the countryside and unable to follow directions
Once inside the cave, they were immediately confronted with a challenge at the first door - guess a number correctly and move on; guess it incorrectly, and get whisked away to another room where a group of kobolds would poke and prod them, laughing the whole time like a pack of hyenas. After a couple of tries, the Society, much to the kobolds' dismay, guessed the number correctly. For their reward, the Society were sent to a dungeon where they would wait to be fed to the dragons. Inside the holding cell, the Society came across some remains of previous occupants. Judging from the collapsed rubble on top of the remains, it appeared that the poor souls were trying to escape and were unfortunate to be standing underneath the ceiling when it fell. After searching the rubble [footnote 2 about blind mages
], the Society were able to push aside some very loose stones, which led to a flooded cavern. They swam to the other side where, fortunately for them, they came face to face with the Gold Dragon.
The Dragon explained as much as it could about his predicament, and what could be done to be removed of the gheas. He instructed the Society to slay the Black Dragon and enlist the Silver and Brass Dragons to break the bindings which held them down so that they could gain entrance to the main kobold chamber. Upon being ported to the Silver Dragon however, they were immediately embroiled in battle! The Silver Dragon had gone half-crazed from being imprisoned and mistook the heroes as his captors. With one of the metallics dead, this did not bode well for their chances of escape. Unperturbed by this apparent turn of events, the Society pressed on and were next in front of the Black Dragon which was immediately dispatched. Lastly, they met with and discussed the situation with the Brass Dragon who quickly came on board with the plan. Lastly, the Gold Dragon, along with the Brass Dragon, were able to muster what energy they could to get the Society to the Kobold chamber - which they were miraculously able to do.
The Kobold King and his minions never knew what hit them as they were blindsided by the sudden appearance of the Society right in the middle of their nightly meal! One by one, or rather tens by tens, the kobolds were easily turned to dust by the Society's magical incantations, the Kobold King dying next to his would-be throne. Finding the hidden stash, the Society recovered the Evereskan statuette of Sune [footnote 3 about really blind mages
] which was returned post haste to the Evereskans.
Speaking on behalf of the Gold Dragon, the Society was able to easily convince Lady Imesfor to allow the Gold Dragon to retain the rights to the cavern, which was a suitable den for a dragon of his stature and would be a wonderful neighbor in times of need. That settled, the Society returned to the dining room and found more bottles of elverquisst - especially Grevaine the Blackbird who seemed to have a particular penchant for drinking the ruby colored liquor.