Veraka had listened to the entire exchange without so much as saying a word, merely listening as his friends exchanged nervous words, and cautioned strategies on how to proceed with their next plan.
"So, Zyzzat's tower, or at least a hint on how to find it, is probably in Luskan. Not my first place that I would start looking, but this is not my expedition, I'm here because someone happened to be stupid enough to try and abduct my children. Now they all now just how much wrath a Storm Warrior of Bahamut has."
"Just as well, as these friends of yours need to know how much loyalty you have towards the Dragon Father's cause. A book that can summon such powers is not to be taken lightly, and as his vassal, it is your responsibility to accompany these good folk on their quest to find your friend, Zyzzat, and then to rid Faerun of this book," came a low, booming draconic voice of Jormungander, as he slowly pounded his way up to the group, his mighty claws putting furrows into the ground with each step. The remainder of the Vanguards trotted up slowly, awaiting their commander's orders.
Veraka looked up at the giant gold lizard with wings, and nodded his agreement; "I won't argue that I will accompany them, however, Jormung, what of Neriah, and my children, as well as the remainder of the Vanguards?"
"you still 'ave nother respon'Obility towards yer friends, lad," came a sharp dwarven voice as Garmug walked up to the group; "sides, if'in ya're worried bout your wife and youngins, I believe Master GreatScale here can conjure a portal back to the keep."
Veraka, though he hated yielding to his Archmage, and his former mentor, they both had valid points indeed. As a paladin, he was sworn to defend those whom needed his shield, and defeat all evils on Faerun.
The aasimar then looked to his wife, and let out a long sigh; while he would have loved to have her accompany him, both for her magical powers and to spend more time with her, she was needed by their daughter and son now. That left their magical prowess vastly outweighed by their martial powers.
He scooped up some of Biot and Nix's food that the two had prepared and nodded a thanks their way.
While Veraka ate some food, Jormungander and Garmug exchanged some words, wondering whom it would be that their Knight-Commander would choose to accompany him.
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