Having rested, the party awoke to speak with Irthos on the events of the previous days. Sharing the information about the cause of the fire and the strange “elemental dragon,” they told Irthos everything. Following this brief council, he explained that things had been largely smoothed over with Leavenholm and Crimsontail, but that he had contracted out their aid to Crimsontail as a form of repayment.
The party made their way to the lair and encountered Crimsontail. After a brief exchange, they headed into the ruins to explore and discover the reason for workers’ disappearances. Along the way they noticed carvings of various dragons that seemed to be composed of pure elements. Speculation included that they were the predecessors to dragons. Eventually it was discovered that a colony of giant ants were living deep in the ruins and were causing the deaths of the workers.
A climactic battle with the queen then occurred in an ancient temple to Io. The queen was defeated and the party searched the room to find a large tome written in ancient Draconic as well as several magical implements bearing the symbol of Io on them.
After returning to Crimsontail the party was allowed to keep the implements and she revealed that Orium dragons could impart a semblance of life on their breath, and suggested that perhaps other dragons might learn to do so as well.