There was civil unrest in Klantyre, where the sovereignty of the ruling MacGregor clan was in doubt. Lachlan Stewart, Laird of Clan Stewart, had evidence that the MacGregors had the assistance of a powerful demon, called Mammon, that gave them an unfair advantage during the original dwarfmoot when the ruling clan of Klantyre was decided, after the dwarves were exiled from Rockhome for practising magic. Now Lachlan was demanding a new dwarfmoot. All of the major clans of Klantyre were arguing against each other and determining which clan should rule the Principality.
The Stormwardens met with Angus McCrae, Cannech’s father. He asked them to go to Rockhome, to retrieve an ancestral axe that would give clan McCrae an edge when the dwarfmoot happened. A previous expedition to Rockhome had been despatched, led by Fergus McCrae, Cannech’s cousin, but he had been gone for a long time.
Meanwhile, Altani was forced to sell her wyrmling black dragon to the local menagerie, as the party decided it was too dangerous to keep around. Patrin saw a baby gold dragon, also in the menagerie, who was begging to be released, but Patrin decided to ignore the creature.
The Stormwardens flew to Rockhome in the supply aiship Pegasus. They found Fergus’s missing skyship, the Griffin, tethered in the mountains near Rockhome, but did not find Fergus. Instead, they found a horrific scene where the dwarven crew had fought and killed each other over some mysterious pieces of red gold. Then, they were attacked by a mad icedrake. When they defeated the icedrake, they saw bits of red gold embedded in the monster.
Cannech read the logbook. The initial team had found the secret entrance to Rockhome. The initial team, lead by Fergus’s fiancee, Beatrice, last reported seeing a nightmare in their ancestral city: ‘dwarf had ripped dwarf apart’, signs of quakes, collapsed tunnels and poisoned gas. There was also some strange red gold that the dwarves had brought back to the Griffin as a geological sample.
The logbook detailed how the expedition team debated whether to abort the mission, but thought they could use Fergus’s map to find the Crypt of the Dwarven Kings through a side shaft. Fergus identified two routes to the Crypt – one through the ‘Chamber of the Old Masters’ and another through the ‘Hall of the Ancients’. Fergus lead this descent and promised to send regular communiques via the message ritual.
From there, the entries grew shorter again, with little to report other than cabin fever and growing aggravation among the crew. The logbook detailed how everyone was growing more paranoid and suspicious, especially around the presence of the gold. The last pages of the logbook were smeared with blood.
Cannech lead the party into Rockhome through the Chamber of the Old Masters. They were joined by a mysterious Shadow Elf assassin, called Veldin. Gretchen convinced a guardian golem that she was a shapechanged dwarf, while Cannech forged a suit of armour to prove that he was a noble dwarf. After continuing through the tunnels, rifts of poison gas and fighting off strange monstrosities, the party made their way to the Crypt of the Dwarven Kings. Cannech made a bargain with an ancient dwarven guardian spirit to cleanse Rockhome. The guardian told the party that the demon, Mammon, had come to Rockhome and led to a terrible era of dwarf fighting dwarf, corrupting the very gold that the dwarves had prized so highly. The demon Mammon had been summoned by the Alphatians during the war, and had not been banished when Alphatia had sunk beneath the ocean.
When they entered the Crypt, they found that it was guarded by a possessed golden dragon, who was infected by the cursed gold. The party killed the dragon, but brought her back to life, cleansed of evil. The dragon demanded to know where her egg, containing her child, Malakhar was! It looked as though the baby dragon was now the host for the demon Mammon. The dragon, who gave the name ‘Goldie’, turned herself into the form of a dragonborn, to assist the party with returning to Klantyre and finding her son.
Cannech found the legendary axe and returned it to his uncle. The dwarfmoot started. Goldie asked for the party’s help to liberate the trapped dragons in the menagerie, but they refused. Goldie left them, displeased at their lack of assistance.