After passing through a deserted guard post, Al-Fitar, leading the way, opened the door into a
large dark room. Suddenly, a light was cast onto Al-Fitar’s face. Instinctively, he raised his
sword, deflecting several arrows. And then the dragon people charged to attack.
Bangqiu raised the hood on his invisibility cloak and moved around the edge of the room.
Tetsukichi, Al-Fitar, and Kafka held a defensive line so that Mustapha could cast spells and Perin
could shoot arrows. Their enemies comprised about twenty dragon people—typically reckless
in their fearsome and little danger to seasoned veterans. But they were commanded by four
humans, including a spellcaster, plus a Lizard Lord like the one who had attacked Beatriss’s
fortress. After evading the minions, Bangqiu blasted their commanders with a cloud of scalding
steam. The spellcaster and one of the warriors fell, but the others raced to attack Bangqiu.
Kafka charged to intercept them.
The dragon people, sustaining heavy casualties and dismayed by the surprise attack on their
leaders, faltered in their attack. Tetsukichi and Al-Fitar pressed their advantage. Perin made a
springing leap over the dragon people to attack their commanders.
His surprise attack came in the nick of time. The two human warriors and the Lizard Lord
fighting Bangqiu and Kafka wielded magic weapons. In particular the Lizard Lord’s sword cut
through Kafka’s armor and seemed to freeze Kafka’s blood when it pierced his skin. Bangqiu
fought to protect his friend, but his sword having little opportunity to cast spells. But Perin’s
ambush gave him that time—magical glowing arrows burst from his hand. One of the
commanders was sent reeling and when he recovered, ran from the room. A blast of colored
light from Mustapha blinded the dragon people, giving Tetsukichi and Al-Fitar an opportunity to
join the fight against their commanders. The Dragon Lord was slain and the last of the human
commanders was put to flight. Bangqiu wanted to give chase, but his companions
objected—too many had suffered wounds too grievous. Kafka claimed the Lizard Lord’s sword
and the party returned to the upper level and the relative safety of the dragon’s lair.