Episode 111 - The Egg is Broken
A few days pass. The Waffle Haus is being rebuilt. The windows have been repaired and there is a shed for Lance, the mule. Nar'l's spellbook has some writing in Elven, which Evelyn can read. She learns that Laeral Silverhand, ruler of Waterdeep, went into Xanathar's lair and the beholder was very intimidated by her.
Paultin stays in his room and drinks for days. Evelyn is worried about him. She asks him why he's still upset. He mutters something about how "she's dead because of me. Not you." Who's she? He says, "Sandra." Evelyn doesn't know who this is. Paultin says that Sandra was his wife, and she died because of him. This happened long before he met the waffle crew.
They had been married for 2 years. He was out doing a gig. When he came home, people had gathered around his house. There was blood everywhere. Someone killed her.
He said that he had played at some shady places and he made some enemies. The crime remains unsolved. Since that time, he has kept people at arm's length. Evelyn says "We're here at the end of the arm, whenever you're ready."
Elsewhere in the house, Martym Trek, the boy that Simon had abducted, is trying to do a magic trick, but it is not working.
There's a really loud knock on the front door. It is raining outside and the sun has set. Strix assumes it is a customer for the bakery. She opens the door. It's Handrew, the severed hand. It had been taken by the Raven Queen back when the group was in the Shadowfell.
He gives Handrew a pen and the hand writes, "Hi." They converse for a bit, but Paultin doesn't learn much.
The Invading Army
The next day, the heroes are awakened by the sound of horns. They are some distance off. The group is pretty sure the horns are some kind of alert for the city guard.
Strix takes flight on her broom and in the distance she sees an army. Waterdeep's griffon cavalry have taken flight. Strix flies up to one of the griffon riders and asks what is going on. An elf army and.. a forest (treants).. are attacking a village near Waterdeep.
A small cadre of robed individuals make their way through the streets. They summon dinosaur mounts and stampede toward the Waffle Haus. One of them is Alisande. She is riding a tyrannosaurus rex.
Strix is ambushed in the air. Two armored figures on pterodactyls with rainbow feathers swoop down on her. They throw golden javelins at her.
Strix flies back and joins the group. She knows most of the city guards are out dealing with the invading army.
Alisanda is about to entangle the group and then she becomes upset. She asks the group to help her find the ring and she'll let them live.
Warrington leaves the waffle haus holding a keg of smokepowder and threatens Alisanda. Alisanda commands him to drop the barrel. He does, and there is a massive explosion. Warrington is engulfed in flames and the house collapses. Paultin is trapped in the rubble. Warrington survives, too.
End of Session