|Purple Dragon episode|
|Episode no.||Episode 21|
|Purple Dragon episode list|
In which the victory is celebrated in Suzail.
The Loylist army accepted the surrender of the Exile forces. The mercenary companies were given honours of war, and were allowed to return to Sembia with arms and colors. After some initial reluctance, Dorian managed to convince Othos to follow the knights to Suzail so that their courage would be honored in the capital. This required imbibing copious amounts of ale by Sir Dorian, Sir Jorstag and Othos. Sir Jostag learned that throwing up was more or less expected.
The victors returned to Suzail where they were greeted by the royal heralds who instructed them to set up camp outside the city and prepare for a victory parade.
The next day, the heroes received an invitation to the royal palace. Sir Dorian arrived with his fiancée, Mabel Ironcrow and Sir Jorstag with Miranda Beauregard. Much to the surprise of those present, Iordan arrived in a black coach with Mariza Delhumi, the magistrate of Arabel.
They guests were received by the crown prince and the regent, and given several honors. Each hero received an enchanted signet ring. These are normally awarded only to the royal family and their trusted retainers. They were also granted permissions to use a laurel on their coats of arms.
Words were exchanged between Sir Dorian and Sir Jorstag about their ladies' beauty . This prompted the crown prince to suggest that they settle the matter on the field of honor the next day.
During the evening, Florian spoke with Othos and learned that he and Balnock had once visited Aran Cabal in their youth. They had learned of the place from an old skald, and new it was a bad place where Aran the Dreadful was buried in a vast city with his warriors. He was a great general who once served a long forgotten king.
Sir Jorstag and Sir Jorstag met with the crown prince and his retinue next day. Prince Azoun proclaimed that the should fight in full armor on foot, until honor was satisfied but not unto death. While Sir Dorian managed to wound his opponent, bold Sir Jorstag was the superior combatant, and was declared the victor by the prince. Sir Dorian apologized without reservation, thus satisfying both his and his opponents honor.
After the duel, Sir Dorian played a game of castles against the prince. Like his late father, the young prince proved to have a natural talent for the game, and managed to score a draw against Sir Dorian. The prince was disappointed and exclaimed that there must be a winner. Sir Dorian gently explained that castles was excellent training for war, and that sometimes there were no winners on the board or on the field of battle. The prince seemed somewhat mollified by this, and invited the knights to his rooms to show off his impressive collection of tin knights, warriors and monster.
A week or two after the celebration, Iordan traveled to castle Valdiir to follow up on some of the clues to Aran Cabal he had found on his last visit. He spoke with old Sir Edmund Valdiir at the family castle. He is great uncle of the Count Valdiir's grandfather. As a young errant knight, his brother Hermann had fought many duels and lost, and quested to prove his courage and regain his honor. He had fought against witches in service to the wolf queen, and found a map with the location of a great necropolis, a city of the dead laid out like a spoked wheel. Sir Edmund's brother left on a quest for Aran Cabal but never returned.
- The heroes have clues to the location of Aran Cabel.
- Baron Delnir and Count Harmel will probably be put to trial and judged by their peers for their return to Comyr, but not for the war itself.
- The heroes now have some idea of the location of Aran Cabal.
- Sir Dorian will try to convince the Regent and her husband to grant lands in Felsenmark to some of the knights who proved themselves in battle.
Treasure and rewards
- Each hero (including Sir Markvart) received an enchanted signet ring with their personal seal. This is a great honor since they are usually given only to members of the royal family. In game terms, the difficulty of any forgery rolls to imitate such a seal is increased by +20.
- Each hero was granted the honor of augmenting his coat of arms with a laurel wreath, if desired. This honor will not be passed on to his issue.
- Sir Dorian managed to throw up out sight of the barbarians.
- Such a seal is virtually impossible to falsify (+20 the Forgery DC).
- Sir Markvart was conspicuously absent, but still received the rewards in absentia.
- In Cormyr: A Novel, King Azoun is described as a very skilled and intuitive player of the game.
|Campaign||Purple Dragon • Episodes • People|
|Heroes||Dorian Wolfe • Florian • Iordan Chaff • Jorstag Carmog • Klaus Stierheim • Markvart Caldera|
|Setting||Cormyr • History • Rulers • Nobility • Laws|