The dragon tells you that there was a structure down there that housed the Aboleths. From his description, it was almost like a red crystal-roofed dome pavillion on stone framing. The strange crystal roof bore the engraving of a vast creature, almost aboleth-like but different. Inside was a single wall with a vast array of inscriptions on it. There was no sign of an active portal nor any archway or door-looking construct. But he wasn't exploring much. He was on a search and destroy mission and the creatrues scattered into chaos when he suddenly emerged in their midst.
His tone implies that he is growing impatient and is ready to go. If you keep testing him, you're going to have to roll some dice!
I'm going to hit him with some nuclear logic upside his dragon head.
"That is the treasure of a powerful alien culture from the the Far Realm. It is likely that no dragon in all the world can claim such a thing amongst their horde. I would think the short period of time to excavate it would be well worth such an addition to your legacy. And coincidentally, you have several minions here with sleds, just waiting to transport it to your lair."
Once he has soaked that up and I've got him hook, line, and sinker, I'll add in "...but I need to examine the inscription on that wall. If you can bring up the wall as in tact as possible, I'll take etchings of it that I can decipher while we're in flight."
[sblock]Defy Danger (Int)
2, 4 + 3 = 9
Success but with a worse outcome, cost, or hard choice.[/sblock]
He is entirely agreeable to this but he warns that the lnoger you guys wait, the more prepared the enemy will be when you get there. The aboleths invaded his mind telepathically and they can probably talk to the rest of their allies in the same way. They likely know what happened here.
It is a risk we'll have to take unfortunately, as we have to know what is happening here and if it is just part of a larger invasion. Hopefully he brings up that wall first and I'll immediately begin drying it and then performing the etchings. 1 Adventuring Gear sound good?
That is a lot to etch. If you want to do 2 AG, I'll give you a + 1 to your Spout Lore efforts as if you had Bag of Books.
That works for me. 2 AG it is. When the dragon is happy with his excavated treasure and we set off, I'll carefully review the etchings while we're in flight. His big head frill should give me a nice buffer against any winds so hopefully I'll be ok attempting to decipher these things.
[sblock]Spout Lore (Int)
2, 6 + 3 (+ 1 BoB) = 12[/sblock]
Tell me something useful!
As you're nearing the end of your day long journey to World's End, you've evaluated the etchings in full and uncovered their mysteries.
While it is alien as all get out, it appears to be primarily maths-based. It seems to be some kind of probability matrix/Markov Chain going forward chronilogically through time. Who knows when it was inscribed. However, what it notes is that 3 days from now there is a 100 % chance of the event occuring here in this world. Your deep speech isn't great, but the maths end after that and it cryptically references that date: "The Creator comes. Amidst the human cattle there is a willing vessel This world will be hers. She will be pleased."
It is one day worth of travel to World's End, therefore 2 days round trip...
There are two humans in Earthmaw. They surely aren't willing vessels. That leaves the humans in the Coldlands. Hmmmm, that only gives us 1 day...doesn't leave much room for dilly dally I'll let the dragon know of my findings after we vanquish the aboleths at World's End.