Report of Operations: Copperpot & Comet Fall
Eleint 19th, 1401 Dale Reckoning, Year of the Sheltered Viper
Scribed by Pawn Xandos Klaxxan
Operation Copperpot was never our only effort to prevent the invasion of Waterdeep by Vanrak Moonstar's Legion, it was in truth only a distraction effort to take enemy focus away from Operation Comet Fall. When we made contact with Alathene Moonstar and learned of the coming Super Moon and the effect it would have upon the Moon Doors, we agreed to set into motion a plan that if successful would destroy Vanrak Moonstar and cripple the Legion. We were partially successful in my assessment.
Castle Shadowdeep Infiltration Team of Operation Comet Fall
Grey Hand Enforcer Aries Vexx
Clergy Alain of the Great Guide
Caliope Dirtpaw of the Lhuvenhead Trading Company
Alathene Moonstar Presumed Dead
Mount Shadowdeep Assault Team of Operation Copperpot
Guild Master Cornelius Tauber
Pawn Xandos Klaxxan of the House of Heroes
Grey Hand Enforcer Brujo Slain by Blackguard Hans Copperpot
Adventurer's Guild Master Wyk Whitehorn
Clergy Anovallis Starmane of the Lady of Mysteries
Aniewien Dy'neren Elven Archer Slain by Blackguard Hans Copperpot
Adventurer's Guild Journeyman Valyar Floshin Slain by Blackguard Hans Copperpot
Sir Xale of the Knights of the Blue Moon
The members of the Castle Infiltration Team entered the Void Door just South of the City of the Dead, while the members of the Mountain Assault Team entered the Void Door in Caravan Court. As the Assault Team marched through Shadowdeep combating every Legion Patrol they encountered along their route, the Castle Infiltration Team used Invisablity, Stealth, and Guile to move as quickly and as undetected as they could in a direct route to their objective of Castle Shadowdeep. It was the goal of the Assault Team to draw attention away from the Infiltration Team, and in this the Assault Team was successful. Due in no small part to the combined arms of the Team's capable melee combatants, arcane prowess, archer, and the Moonraker Lazer artifact we were able to overcome all of the Legion Patrols we encountered in the streets.
The Infiltration Team managed to infiltrate Castle Shadowdeep undetected, and reached Vanrak Moonstar, where the phylactery made of the fourteen gathered dark crystal resonators collected from across Shadowdeep was used to allow Alathene Moonstar the opportunity to confront her brother. The plan was for Alathene Moonstar to use her superior understanding of magic to wrest control of the Eye of Jupiter from her brother Vanrak Moonstar and use it to deliver as many celestial bodies from across space as needed to crash into Castle Shadowdeep with enough force to destroy Vanrak and his closest followers. To facilitate this all the members of the Infiltration Team accepted there may be no escape for them, and that in order to see Vanrak Moonstar destroyed, they may need to accept mutually assured destruction. Thankfully Alathene Moonstar was able to provide to them a Moon Door to flee through, as the Comets arrived to destroy Castle Shadowdeep and all who remained within it.
As the Infiltration Team worked to navigate the dangers and sentries of Castle Shadowdeep, The Assault Team reached the peak of Mount Shadowdeep where the Legion's main body was stationed under the command of Commander Amuarri. It was just before the Assault Team's final advance against the Legion that Clergy Anovallis Starmane of the Lady of Mysteries began her prayer that allowed those present to access the Weave despite the often suffocating effect the Plane of Shadows had upon the flow of magic.
"This battle we fight is not just one house against another, but many houses against a tide of darkness…
The Triad, Lord of Battles, The Lady of Strategy, The Moonmaiden, The Mother of Magic…
They are all here with us… they have sent their greatest champions.
We are the rocks, the wall that will not just hold this evil at bay… but to push it back.
To make it fear the light…
To strike such a blow that this evil will turn from this path and tremble to hear the tale of the hero’s than stand here this day…
We all have lost dear friends… Hans… Jed… Dorian… Sarenna… Flynn… Soosh… and many more
When we need strength this night… think of them, our friends… their sacrifice… let it not be in vain and let us not fail where they stood strong.
This corruption… this twisted form of the weave… it’s use is the highest form of blasphemy to the Mother of Magic.
And I extend her blessings upon you all… you brave souls… you saviors of the City of Splendors… you Champions of the Prime.
May we be worthy of the duty that now sits upon our shoulders and may our prayers be heard in this place of blight.
We fight for our home…
We fight for each other…
We fight for the light…
And we WILL be victorious…"
As the prayer was finished the Guardgoyles and Clockwork Hornets that had been prepared for the battle ahead were armed with Fire Bombs and cloaked with magical Invisablity before being released to the Shadowdeep Sky to rain fire down upon the Legion Forces, and the Assault Team fractured into two smaller teams. Grey Hand Enforcer Brujo and myself were responsible for advancing ahead to seek out and disable any Siege Weapons that might prevent the effective holding of the narrow pass or interfere with the approach of the flying mounts of the Blue Moon Knights. Guild Master Cornelius Tauber of the Adventurer's Guild was to lead the other members of the Assault Team to the Narrow Pass were they would establish a foot hold and work to prevent the Legion from moving to interfere with the Castle Shadowdeep Infiltration Team's efforts. It was here that our plan began to falter and break down.
While the Guardgoyles and Clockwork Hornets successfully delivered their alchemical weapons upon the Legion Forces disabling several Siege Weapon Crews and destroying numerous Legion formations, Greyhand Enforcer Brujo and I failed to initially find any Siege Weapon emplacements nor any means to access the Legion Encampment other then the narrow pass. This failure of ours slowed the initial rapid advancement that our plan required for successfully taking and holding the narrow pass. In an effort to make up for our initial failures Grey Hand Enforcer Brujo and I hurried up the narrow pass where we were stopped by Legion Forces holding the Pass and blocking our advance. Grey Hand Enforcer Brujo fought without faltering against the overwhelming enemy numbers, until the arrival of the former Paladin of Helm and member of the One True Vision, Guardian Inquisitor Hans Copperpot for who this operation was named in honor of, arrived mounted upon a Nightmare in service of the Legion as a Black Guard and delivered a fatal blow to the Grey Hand Enforcer. It was then that I abandoned the narrow pass and the overwhelming enemy forces to race Blackguard Hans Copperpot back to the others of the Assault team to warn them and aid them in battle against him.
I failed to prove swifter then Blackguard Copperpot and his Nightmare, Journeyman Valyar Floshin of the Adventurer's Guild was ruthlessly cut down without warning. It was then that Blackguard Copperpot threw the marking signals that the remaining Siege Weapon Crews were awaiting to begin targeting their weapons. As Guild Master Cornelius Tauber rallied the remaining Assault Team members in defense against the Blackguard's attacks and incoming Siege Weapon munitions, I briefly engaged the Blackguard in a small series of skirmishes before abandoning that effort to seek out and destroy those crewing the Siege Weapons in an effort to prevent further munitions from overwhelming the Assault Team.
Finding the remaining Siege Weapons and their crews proved more difficult then disabling them. It took time to cover the dark grounds of the mountain top, and even with vision enchanted with a potion of ultravision, flight by consuming a potion of dragon's blood, and numerous potions of speed consumed to make my legs faster, it still required time to find the emplacements. Time that left the remaining Assault Team members venerable to the Siege Weapons, in addition to Blackguard Copperpot's continued deadly attacks. It was while I searched for and worked to disable the Siege Weapon Crews that the Elven Archer Aniewien Dy'neren was slain.
As the Siege Engines fell quiet Clergy Anovallis Starmane of the Lady of Mysteries sounded the Horn of Calling and summoned the Knights of the Blue Moon to the Battle and the Assault Team moved to secure the narrow pass. As the griffon mounted Knights of the Blue Moon harried the Legion's flanks, Master of the Adventurer's Guild Wyk Whitehorn used his arcana to polymorph himself into the form of a Balor. Together Guild Master Cornelius Tauber, Guild Master Wyk Whitehorn in Balor Form, and Sir Xale of the Knights of the Blue Moon managed to surround and confront the Blackguard Hans Copperpot within the narrow pass. Against the combined efforts of the three, Blackguard Hans Copperpot was forced to flee for his life, and was last seen grievously wounded and flying away atop his Nightmare. It is unknown if Blackguard Copperpot, escaped Mount Shadowdeep with his life intact.
It was immediately after this final confrontation with Blackguard Copperpot that the Comets summoned by Alathene Moonstar through the power of the Eye of Jupiter began to rain down upon both Castle Shadowdeep and Mount Shadowdeep. As the Knights of the Blue Moon took flight from the mountain, we survivors of the Assault Team gathered our dead and moved with all the haste we could muster for the nearest Moon Door as Mount Shadowdeep erupted in celestial fires behind us.
As of the time of writing this, there is no confirmation that Vanrak Moonstar, Commander Amuarri, or Blackguard Hans Copperpot were destroyed. If they remain a threat to Waterdeep, they do so without the Legion they once controlled, the infrastructure they once used to coordinate it, and the Collector to swell their ranks. This is why I believe our combined efforts of Operations Copperpot & Comet Fall were a partial success. It is in my assessment that while Waterdeep is no longer facing an immediate threat of invasion from Shadowdeep by the Legion of Darkness, we must not dismiss the possibility that such a threat may once more rise from the unknown darkness to threaten the City of Splendors once more.