The adult black Wyvern stings Ozzy, poisoning him (Thank Halav for the amulet that helps him to resist poison!) and bloodying him. The large Brown adult Wyvern gets back onto its paws , only to be fireshrouded (NATURAL 20!) by a vengeful Ozzy as having failed to grab the reins of his horse) he runs past the beast towards the group of horses cowering under the tree by Switch.
Tol gets back to his feet and dropping his bow, he slashes with Aecris at the young green Wyvern attacking Kathra, only to be stung in return. Memnon is also stung by the White Wyvern he’s just set on fire with his flaming mace, but the flames seem to deter the Wyvern and it fails to pump its venom into him. Seeing his companions being stung and running across the field of battle, Memnon creates a beacon of hope, weakening two young Wyvern and healing himself, Kathra, Tol and Ozzy. Invigorated, Kathra cracks the shell of the green Wyvern, the crunch of breaking ribs audible over her battle cry. Switch dismounts from his pony and faces up to the black Wyvern advancing on him.
Feeling the venom coursing through him, Ozzy smashes the black Wyvern into a clump of trees with a twist of space and the brown adult Wyvern, truly ablaze from the fireshroud, flaps into the sky and away from the melee. Memnon receives a nasty bite from a white Wyvern, Tol lands one half of a two fanged strike and Switch narrowly avoids being snatched into the air by the black Wyvern. As the ebon beast lands close to Memnon, the Tiefling channels the divine power of Halav through his holy symbol, blasting it with a lance of faith. Roaring in pain, the creature swoops at him, but its claws sail over his head as the Cleric ducks out of the way.
Perhaps the power of the Traldar God emboldens Memnon’s companions, as they begin to gain the upper hand (wing?) over their foe. Switch disembowels a white Wyvern with a sneaky backstab (32 damage!) and Kathra strikes a crushing blow (26 damage) against another. Ozzy shakes off the effects of the venom and casts a flaming sphere against the black Wyvern. Tol truly finds his mark and cleanly severs a wing from the green Wyvern, slaying it. In a moment of bloodlust, he charges into the black Wyvern, slashing down its flank with his blade. Now only two Wyverns remain.
Switch again deftly avoids the black Wyvern’s claws and Memnon further strengthens the faith of his colleagues by landing an almighty blow with his mace (NATURAL 20! 24 damage + 4 fire damage). The brilliance of his strike enables Tol to spend a healing surge, which seems to invigorate him more than usual. Throwing caution to the wind, Kathra strikes recklessly, slaying the white Wyvern outright. Caught between the holy fury of the Cleric of Halav, the bloodlust of the Half-Elf Ranger and the blazing heat of a flaming sphere, the black Wyvern takes to the air, heading away after its brown mate. Can Wyverns hold grudges? If so, then this pair surely must against bear a mighty one against The Heroes of Winterhaven, who have slain three of their young.
Seeing to their wounds, taking the three stingers to perhaps sell on for their venom and also a couple of trophies (Tol some Wyvern hide and Memnon a claw to fashion into a pendent) the heroes resume their travels sans Ozzy’s steed, sadly slain by a Wyvern in the chaos of battle.
As the party travels onwards, the skies darken clouds pregnant with snow. As the heroes approach the box canyon location of the settlement of Highdell, the snow begins to fall. Approaching the gate, its keeper is initially reluctant to let the party through, but Memnon’s diplomacy proves irresistible and the heroes are soon inside the protective 15 foot wooden wall.
The settlement’s buildings are stone and wooden structures, many of which are built into the walls of the canyon. Amongst their number are an alchemists (Barovitch’s) and general store (Mallo’s Merchandise). The heroes stable their horses at the Smithy and take 3 rooms at the Inn. The groups splits, Ozzy and Tol visiting the Alchemist and Memnon going to Mallo’s . Tol goes to ‘check on the horses’ (oh dear) and Switch joins some miners at the Inn in their dice game.Barovitch’s two storey, iron plated structure is staffed by the proprietor, a Gnome who has several potentially interesting devices for sale. Barovitch buys the three Wyvern stingers for a total of 30 gp and Tol and Ozzy leave to report back on the items available. Memnon finds nothing of particular interest amongst the merchandise on offer at Mallo’s, although it does offer a good supply of basic equipment and items.