The party awoke to find a squad of kobolds busy looting their stuff. Retlaw, who was supposed to take first watch, was nowhere to be found. The leader of the kobolds held a broad sword to Sprock’s throat and demanded his items. Meanwhile, Temerity and Lyra were being carried away by kobolds as they slept soundly.
Korin, Antares, and Roswyn (who had suddenly died and yet still lived) having had nothing but rotten luck in the three months since the other half of the party disappeared were now leaving Neverwinter, on what might be a wild goose chase to find a “dread ring” that might solve the issues the changes they’ve experienced.
Strangely, during combat, the party felt like they were unable to draw upon their full power like they had done the night before in the battle with the green dragon. The strange feeling of being out-of-place in their own bodies seemed to interfere with their ability to fight. Luckily, Korin, Antares, and Roswyn arrived on the scene and helped them finish the kobolds. Antares even went so far as to climb one of the trees to rain arrows down on the kobolds.
After the battle, the party realized that the feeling of unease had culminated in a complete change in their abilities. Antares found himself more savage and focused on raw brutal power. Korin suddenly heard the voice of a god who blessed her and her allies. Lyra suddenly found herself channeling her magical energy into her sword. Roswyn’s music took on a more mournful dirge. Sprock remained inventive but felt more focused on intimidating and taunting his targets, rather than tricking them. Finally, Temerity felt a dark influence pass over her as vice replaced virtue in her heart.
Without other leads, the party decided to seek out the dread ring. Heading deeper into the forest, they were harassed by a group of pixies who charged Sprock after he managed to grievously offend them on accident. Still, the party was able to talk the small winged creatures down and they were taken to the Queen of the fey in the area. She offered to show the party to the dread ring, but only if they defeated the werewolf tribe that had declared war on the fey.
Eventually agreeing, the party was offered the aid of two elven archers: Rhyme and Reason. They then journeyed to the hill where they would make their stand. Antares, scouting ahead, learned that the werewolf party was led by a woman, Lusa, a fellow member of his tribe. Conflicted, he opened fire on Rhyme and Reason before changing his mind and attacking Lusa instead as she entered the fray.
After facing down dozens of wolves and werewolves, the party was successful but Antares faced an intense interrogation that resulted in his ban from entering fey lands. Still, with the party’s end of the bargain fulfilled, the Queen had the party escorted to the Dread Ring, a massive gaping excavation with a ring of stones and the corpse of a dragon at the bottom.