Celine was eager to leave Dinu and none of us were eager to stay long in Hamil, as we still had our doubts about Lord Celus and his trade, so we decided to venture north, passing briefly in Hamil but continuing further until we returned to Desya. The train took us there quickly and without incident and there we went about our different errands, Raniel to report to the main officers of the Delvers, but me to find Yueh. I found him in an inn, lingering in town still, and we spoke for a long time, since I had much to say and a slow tongue to say it with.
While in Desya, we discovered that the other group that had helped us against the kobolds was in town as well. We had little time to catch up with them, but I overheard that they too had some dealing with Celus, though I wasn’t sure if it had been good or bad.
Raniel soon rounded up our little band and told us of a job his Delver contact had told him about. A small hamlet just due north was having trouble and it seemed likely to be more kobolds. With that information, we rode a train north until we found the town. It was a small farming community that was still getting ready for planting season, but we learned that many livestock had been stolen at night and that all tracks pointed to kobolds that lurked in the forest northwards. Additionally, some trees were found uprooted, though by what, they did not know.
Surprisingly, it was Celine that best found and followed the tracks for us, but we soon found ourselves outside another cave, much like before. Theoro slipped ahead to see what we were to expect, but our presence was soon noticed and several of the small yipping creatures poured out of the cave and attacked us. It was a longer battle than I expected, for though these were mere kobolds, two of them had gear that had been made by no kobold and they fought with discipline and skill. However, we began to turn the battle in our favor.
I assumed that there would be reinforcements in the cave, so I was not surprised when one of the leaders told the others to stay near the cave. However, I was surprised to hear that it was an effort to protect their ‘tiny god’ from us. What that could have been, I did not know. Soon though, a small hatchling dragon hopped out of the cave and began nipping at anything close to it, friend or foe. The thing seemed very fond of Kestrin’s summoned rats and quickly set on them with relish, but was disappointed as none of them were edible but merely burst into mist between its teeth.
We focused our efforts on the kobolds and did our best to stay out of the way of the hatchling, for none of us had any desire to harm a creature that was only just barely out of its infancy. We soon crushed the kobolds and the hatchling, seeming to notice the lack of anyone near it, took off into the sky above and flew away before we could do anything to stop it. Fortunately, no more kobolds were found in the cave and those that we questioned stated that their raids had been to find food for their ‘tiny god’, the hatchling. When questioned, they finally stated that its egg had been a gift from an ancient dragon. For what purpose, the kobolds didn’t know.
We retrieved our bounty from the farmers and returned to Desya, but once there we spoke with Windswallow from the other group, as he seems to have a strange link with dragons. He didn’t know of the ancient dragon the kobold’s spoke of, but whatever dragons he communes with stated that this dragon had been dead for eons. One dragon even flew out and met us near the Obelisk to hear our story itself, unsure what to make of the ancient dragon’s connection to an egg-napping. This dragon, who was none other than Nadab of legend, stated that he’d speak with the rest of his kin and they would be on the lookout for anything else pertaining to the dragon-who-should-be-dead, Nithlhet.