Dragons' Claw Portals
Small Teeth Portal
portals is expensive and requires costly materials. Thus, Valraxaxath
needed a portal near a trade center where wealth was prized above
all things. The Small Teeth Mountains in the south of Amn were perfect,
and they are the home of a great blue wyrm, as well. Valraxaxath uses
this site to trade with the people of Amn in Murann, and he has not slowed
down at all even when the ogre mages took over this area. Rich caravans
also provide a good source of treasure for hoards, and dragons from far
away come to hunt riches in these lands. They can also use it to escape
pesky adventurers who chase them too closely.
is set in the mountains high above where most of the humanoids live. The
portal is a triple-sized variable portal that uses keys
to select each destination. The portal itself sits in a ring of
natural rock hanging below an outcropping and can be reached only by flying
creatures. If creatures fly through the portal and it is not active,
they crash into the side of a rock face, which is extremely painful. It
opens only four times a day.
default destination is a cavern deep underneath the Peaks of Flame in
Chult, and those emerging from it come out in a spot far enough from the
exit that those without knowledge of the area are not likely to find their
way out before salamanders and other fiery creatures attack. These battles
tend to happen quickly since the portal transports the creatures
to this cavern while it transports all of their equipment to Valraxaxath's
secondary hoard in the Wyrmbones (south of the Shaar). The spell analyze
portal can show that the Small Teeth portal has several destinations,
but it focuses only on the Small Teeth destination.
destinations link to the rest of the Dragons' Claw, and each has a key
- The portal to
the Forest of Wyrms requires a dragon's breath weapon to activate. Breathe
through the gate as you approach, and it sets for this destination.
- The portal
to the Dragonspine Mountains requires a spell cast at the gate to activate
it. Any spell will do.
- The portal
to the Dragonjaw Mountains requires the user to speak the word "gem"
- The portal
to Rethild requires Valraxaxath himself as the key; unless he uses one
of the other keys, Valraxaxath always goes to Rethild when using this
humanoids, especially those in the ogre mages' armies, have noted green
and white dragons flying out of, or into, the Small Teeth in the past
year or so. Often these dragons return to the mountains laden with wagons
in their claws. They even have reports that red and green, or green and
white, dragons are cooperating. One survivor of a dragon attack says,
"Two great beasts acted in concert, cutting off escape and countering
our attempts to kill one or the other with distractions or devastating
attacks from the rear. I survived only because the beasts thought I was
dead." Tensions in the region south of the Small Teeth are increasing,
but the all-out dragon attacks that some fear have not materialized. This
is because Valraxaxath needs to maintain relations with his trade partners
here, so he restrains the other dragons somewhat. North of the mountains
is fair game for dragon raids.
to Incorporate the Small Teeth Portal Into Your Campaign
- Player characters
could stumble across two or three dragons attacking a very large caravan.
The dragons flee or carry off the goods to the Small Teeth. Local lore
reveals that at least one of the dragon types is not indigenous to the
area, and the merchant hires the characters to track down her missing
- Valraxaxath is
having trouble with copper dragons in the Dragonjaw Mountains near Aglarond.
Appearing as a human wizard/merchant in Murann, he asks the heroes to
travel to these mountains and investigate the rumors that evil dragons
are masquerading as copper dragons and disrupting the work at the gnome
mines. Coincidentally, some copper dragons are playing tricks on the
gnomes that look very suspicious. Valraxaxath (not using his own name)
tells the characters how to use the portal to get to Aglarond,
but leaves out the part about them having to fly to use it.
- A silver dragon
flees two reds and uses the portal from the Dragonspine Mountains
to the Small Teeth. The silver is near death, but the PCs find her as
she plummets to the earth (scorched, of course). The reds disappear
back through the portal. Before dying, the silver relates to
the characters that the two mountain ranges are linked and suggests
that they try to close the portal before more reds come through.
Unfortunately, the silver does not have that great a memory, and was
rushed anyway, and so she cannot recall where the portal is located.
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