Continuing from where we left off, our adventuring party was now approaching Castle Naerytar. We dismembarked from our canoes and started to make our way towards the castle. We were approached by some Lizardfolk and talked our way into having them show us the direction to the castle entrance. Instead of always 'hacking' out way through the adventure, I thought today would be best to try and talk our way out of some of the encounters.
We entered the castle and started making our way through the ground floor. Most of the encounters we used the same story that we were working for the 'Cult of the Dragon Queen' and that Rezmir (a half dragon) was expecting us. When we approached the inner ward of the castle we were attacked by 3 guard drakes. Now that we are all at level 5 and our fighter level 6, the guard drakes were no match for us. We continued our exploration and came across a guest room that looked to be occupied. We rummaged through the dresser drawers and came acroos some red robes (we believe they belong to a red wizard we encountered on our caravan) and a small locked wooden box. At that moment a fireball shot into the room catching the room on fire, our party took full damage except my Wood Elf Ranger only suffered from half damage. Once we regained some hit points we attempted to pick the lock of the wooden box. We left that to our Rogue, he picked the lock and opened the box and an acid arrow shot right at him causing enough damage to bring his hit points to 0. Our Cleric stabilized him and then healed him with some magic.
We were at our stopping point for the day. In the room we found a spiral staircase leading to the second floor of the castle and we will continue from that point next week.