The group get up after a free stay in Elizabethtown and debate on if they should go back to Quarrytown or over to Dragonhelm to do more good deeds. With the thought of more weird pictograms out there on the loose the team opts to go to Dragonhelm abd opt to take a ironclad down the river. With the fare only being fifteen cents the party expect there to be some trouble along the way.
While the group got settle on deck Hujo looks for someplace to sit down when grey figures start pulling themselves on board. He opts to point it out to the party and a sailor close by, while the sailor opts to run away Eloise tells the trio of figures to find a lake to jump in with a deck of cards in her hand. Something about her demeanor scared them since two of them did jump back into the river. Sebastian prayed to his Lord for guidance and Hujo rushed up short of the one onboard letting everyone know the things stunk. At this point several more come on board rushing the group, Hujo intercepts and fought monsters mostly from his initial position while Eloise and Amanda traded shots over each other’s shoulders cause them to go slightly deaf for a bit, Jacob found out getting scratched made you sleepy and Sebastian delivered divine judgment. With the battle on the back squared away hearing cries for help from the front had most of the party rushing up to shot down more of the stinky river raider creatures. The last of the critters were taken out by Hujo and the lone soldier at the front of the ship roaring out in revenge for his fellow sailor that got pulled into the river by the creatures.
With the battle over Hujo banged on the captain’s wheelhouse door while he was driving and asked for his money back. With Hujo fifteen cents richer the party land at Dragonshelm. They find out that wasn’t always the town’s name but once the new mayor had come into the town with a ‘tame’ dragon named Jerichco things changed really quick. Anyone who seemed to argue against his position disappeared suddenly making it easy to put himself in the position of mayor. After watching the show with the dragon Eloise noticed an odd collar around it’s neck she thought might be for controlling it.
After Eloise and Amanda did some big eyed batting eyelash persausian they got in to see the dragon up close and Eloise found out the origins behind it. Once back at the inn the party meet up in the girl’s room where she revealed her vision of how the tame dragon came to be. Being a baby dragon and growing up was not the case. Seeing visions of a human sacrifice and a dark ritual by the mayor had the team thinking although the souls were in a tortured state inside the best Sebastians initial thoughts of putting it down seemed to be the best option for it.
Hujo asked the group if they thought they could say they’d liked to be hired as bodyguards against Captain Blood. The thought of someone with a dragon wouldn’t be scared of some pirate was brought up to which Hujo remind the group Captain Blood had a good twelve to sixteen large ships with heavy guns and mexico funding his raids so he wasn’t just some small time pirate. The thoughts of getting into the Mayor’s place from the Dragon’s cave was mentioned by Eloise and Hujo wondered if the Dragon was made at the pictogram, Eloise reminded him they probably didn’t do the ritual here since the stories were the Mayor had come into town with the dragon.
With the party wondering what to do they all looked at Hujo as he ate a pork bon loudly. Looking at the group he stated he figured if the Bodyguard idea didn’t work that sneaking in during a show when the dragon wasn’t in the caves might work if they were lucky. In truth finding evidence on the mayor and turning it over to the Pinkerton’s or the Texas Rangers and backing away would probably be their most indirect method to deal with the situation but it put them out of the sights of getting in another fight with a dragon.
He also thought it was odd the dragon had access to the water and could come and go as he pleased if he was being controlled. The multiple caves and an unseen water route in and out for the dragon seemed to smell like a possible smuggling operation as well possibly. Or a mining operation searching for the pictogram, or something related to dark magic. As the rest of the group stared at Hujo he blinked and looked at the group and started eating another pork bun declaring he liked Pork Buns.
The party had to agree their little chinamen was indeed odd at times.