The party immediately found themselves in an emergency situation. Their airship was on fire! Altitude was dropping! And the dragon was coming around for another pass!
422 went down to the engineering level to see what he could do to fix the engine. An I-beam collapsed on the main drive and the air elemental inside was trying to escape. Unable to convince it to stay put, 422 began patching up the breach, but inadvertently opened the crack just enough for the elemental to escape. Phaetari didn’t have much better luck fixing the port stabilizers.
According to the airship captain, standard procedure to fight deck fires is to fly the airship through clouds. Ash went to navigation to assist but found the pilot unconscious. He took the wheel himself and steered the limping airship into the nearest cloud formation. However the high winds proved too much to keep the ship steady and although the fire was doused, the airship sustained further damage as the gale torn larger holes in the hull.
Hammurabi and Gate were more successful in defending the airship from the dragon’s second attack run. The airship’s main turret was damaged but the gun itself was operational. Rather than trying to fix the turret, Gate simply ripped the gun off its mount and balanced it on his shoulders while Hamm fired. The shot clipped the dragon who flinched and missed the airship with its flame breath.
While the ship was safe from being fried, it was still in an inescapable descent. The captain ordered everyone to ready for an emergency landing and the airship crashed into the jungle below.
Hammurabi and Phaetari were the first to pull themselves from the wreckage. They were relatively unharmed while the others were not as lucky. Ash was buried under debris, Gate had a tree sticking through his chest and 422, who took refuge inside the containment sphere that once held the air elemental, found that the sphere remained intact but was violently ejected from the airship upon impact. The rest of the airship crew perished in the crash. The only other one to survive, apparently, was the prisoner Soloman who was being transported on the airship to his execution. He had escaped from the wreckage before the others awoke.
The next morning, after bandaging their wounds and savaging supplies, Ash found the trail of Soloman and the party took off into the jungle to find him. The first main hazard they came across was a rushing river. Their attempt to ford the river was troublesome for most and the rapids swept all but Gate and Hamm downstream. Down the river Gate found those who were swept away clinging to jagged rocks for dear life. Tying a rope around himself and a tree, Gate waded back into the water to grab the other party members while Hamm helped pull them back to safety. It was a tiresome ordeal and the party camped for the night. Their night was far from restful as the nighttime rains brought a mudslide down on them.
Heading out again the next day, Ash came across a herd of animals and successfully hunted several of them, replenishing the party’s food supply. Later they came across new tracks as they followed Soloman’s trail. Their apparently had been a fight and a native warrior was found dead. As the party examined the body more natives emerged from the bushes, pointing their spears at the intruders. Phaetari attempted to communicate with them telepathically but the only message they got was that she was a witch.
The party was victorious in fending off the hostile natives. Later that night when they were resting, monkeys attempted to steal some of the party’s food, but the warforged easily scared them away before they could make off with anything.
On the trail again the party was attacked by a vicious beast never before seen by mankind: the monkeybear! The monkeybears swung in with the ability of an ape and the strength of a mighty bear. However Gate was able to hinder their movement and the party soon gained the upper hand. The remaining monkeybears fled. Phaetari slew one of the fleeing bloodied animals, a direct violation of her teachings, and was subsequently plagued with an image in her mind’s eye of the monkeybear’s cubs slowly starving without their mother to return to them. Until they were killed by a raptor-like predator. (Travis, you gotta upload that image you drew. It’s epic)
The party tracked Soloman’s trail to a clearing where the trail suddenly ends. Just then, a bird lands on 422’s shoulder and asks him to confirm his identity. Though taken aback, 422 does so. The bird then asks that they please remain at that spot and flies off. Later an airship lands in the clearing. The captain of this airship, the Climax, identifies himself as being part of the same squadron as the crashed airship and was sent to search for survivors and recapture the prisoner.
With everyone on board, the Climax continues its search for Soloman. However Soloman finds them first. He rides in on the back of the red dragon that attacked the previous airship. The dragon sweeps down and attaches itself to the side of the airship with its powerful claws and breaths fire on the open deck. Ash grew giant magical vines which locked the dragon down in place, but its continued thrashings were tearing apart the side of the airship. 422 used one of this wind generating devices to push the dragon off the side of the airship while simultaneously pulling Soloman off his mount and onto the deck of the airship. Enraged, the dragon swept down again and began tearing up the other side of the airship, which was now heavily damaged. Hamm realized that this airship had a cannon much like the previous one did. He turned the gun to face the dragon and fired, blasting the beast off the airship. All was quite for a moment and no one could see where the dragon had fallen to. Just then it appeared up from under the airship, directly in front of Hamm and grabbed him in its teeth. Gate charged and swung a fatal blow with his ice hammer. Hamm pulled himself free of the dragon’s grasp just as it began to plunge into the air below and barely caught the hand of his allies reaching over the bow of the airship.
The Climax was heavily damage but was able to limp away from the fight (1 hp left!), and the party successfully recaptured Soloman.