After defeating the Demon doorway, the party ventured into the deepest level of the Dragons’ Lair in the swamps of the Abyssal Waste. Reaching Barkhad’s Lair, they were confronted by a swarm of demon-flies that called itself Legion. The demon-swarm blocked the path to the body of Shakhath and surged forward to consume the party.
Blinded and deafened within the swarm, the group struggled to free themselves from the biting flies. Carrion wounded many flies, and set some on fire, while Bronagh projected spiritual guardians to protect them and Dasterbolt also set some ablaze. But the cloud of flies fell upon Dasterbolt and brought him to the stone floor, and killed him.
Using the strength granted to her from the Stone Giant Armor, Bronagh picked up Dasterbolt’s body and fled the room, yelling to Carrion to get out of there. Bronagh and Carrion managed to defeat the last swarms of flies, using everything at their disposal. They found an alcove, and Bronagh began to prepare a ritual spell to bring Dasterbolt back to life.
The spectral form of Shakhath, freed from his entrapment beneath the demon Legion, met up with them and participated in the ritual, along with Carrion and Bronagh. The Resurrection was a success, and Dasterbolt’s soul returned to his body.
Shakhath told the group of his belief, along with the information given to him by Kelemvor, God of Death. He had found a shrine defaced with the symbol of the Nameless God, and the words “O Death, you have lost your hold”, and believed that the Nameless God was not entirely destroyed and was somehow returning.
He blessed the party and they looted some items from Barkhad’s hoard, before an army of Kobolds arrived led by Eadoo. The Kobold had played the dragons against each other, and the party was in the middle, slaying dragon-loyal Kobolds and clearing out traps and demons. The party began to fly over, creating distractions with summoned Worgs, when a dragon returned to the lair: Barkhad the Gorger himself, injured but still alive and furious at his betrayal.
In the chaos, Shakhath levitated the party and flung them and himself down the passage away from the battle. They flew to the Kenku in the Abyssal Waste before Shakhath left them for the Howling Spire to meet with Faelivir.
The party made a deal with the Kenku, to group them with Lohikaarme the Stone Giant, and send them to the Mountains where Dasterbolt would eventually build them a stone nest-fortress. For now, they had the protection of Lohikaarme and the Stone Giant had guides through the bewildering surface world.
The party returned to Thesselmar and gathered their various animals, having freed the first Guardian and sent him to Faelivir, and escaped themselves from the burning mists and fetid swamps of the Abyssal Waste.