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The party slept in the grove where the teleport circle had deposited them, and were unmolested during their respite from the second trial. The next couple of days of travel sped by and Kaurophon seemed pleased and almost eager, the closer the group came to the Skull at the center of Occipitus. They were perhaps a mile distant, traveling through a patch of Occipitus that was pocked with what appeared to be bleeding ulcers when Kort and Karamus spotted something large a couple hundred feet away and flying directly toward them. It proved to be a black dragon, which Kaurophon identified as Vorkaire. The dragon seemed content to cast protective spells upon itself as it lazily closed the distance to the adventurers. The party cast a few preparatory spells themselves, and Kort even impaled the dragon with a flaming arrow.
Its first attack was a tactic commonly employed by Ashton, casting a ray of enfeeblement targeting Kort. In response, although reluctantly, Kaurophon launched a fireball at the scaly foe. The result was spectacular and terrifying as the flames scorched Vorkaire causing it obvious agony. The half-fiend quickly tried to get behind the rest of the party, but the dragon dived after him and bit him, mostly ignoring the flying assault Jarvyk was bringing to bear. It stayed focused on Kaurophon until Kort interceded, placing himself bodily between the two. He and Jarvyk entered a flying flank with the beast, which quit the skies to bring all of its many limbs to bear against the cleric of Moradin.