After many years of research and exploration I have now taken my largest step in creating the magnificent Kobold empire. It started during one of my routine stops at a library, their collection of tomes on dragons and kobolds alike proved to be both large and ineffective. Apparently they also allow just about anyone in as well as I was rudely interrupted by a small group of foreign travellers. Well, I say foreign they did have among them a scholar of Chinese ancestry named Ji Ning I believe. Odd fellow, rarely speaks and can apparently generate beams of energy from his mouth. Should probably check for possible draconic blood ties. He had with him a small elven boy garbed in some form of ritualistic clothing made of feathers. I would come to learn however that he is in fact an adult that was shrunk by magic. He seems to worship some God from an western land that I have not heard of possibly some variety of blue dragon. Should probably investigate but the boy irked me somewhat when he revealed their plight to me. It seemed that they wished to slay the spine dragon that had made it’s den on island off the coast just because it has a habit waking up every few centuries and killing a few hundred peasants. He seemed to take offence to my disinterest in the matter and I in turn grew weary of his presence demanding that he leave me to my research. That is until I was interrupted by the librarian who threw me out with a broom making this the eighth time this month that this is occurred. Mark my words when the empire is founded my first decree will be to burn every broom we find, just pay the servants some extra coin for the added labour.
While outside however an entity familiar to this group of adventurers spoke to me introducing himself as Karzak an undead dracolich and quasi deity. Seemed to be fishing for some kind of applause the way he spoke. Speaking of pompose introductions it seems that the scholar has a talking tiger called Gestr supposedly some great warrior descended from the Gods of another foreign land. While his longwinded introduction did cause me to doze off he is certainly a most capable combatant. There was another individual among them too, a girl with large wings and a pet bird who seemed to gather crowds of adoring fans who led her to leaving on what she called an “extended tour and vacation”. It was at this time that I told them of my plans to recover the crown of the Kobold King and found the glorious empire to which they showed remarkably little interest in. Instead they seemed too preoccupied with their current quest: collecting various weapons of note for reasons that I do not currently know. However, it is quite well known that the previous king had a famed weapon though little is known about the weapon itself. Thus it seems that they have agreed to assist me in my endeavours at least for the time being. The cleric Achlys also seems to have an order of paladins as well who were kind enough to carry my equipment.
It seems that these adventurers have also contracted the services of a drunken captain piloting a Chinese airship. How he acquired one is beyond even my comprehension given how protecive they are of these vessels. Deciding to inspect the ships facilities I discovered that the interior is far larger than expected. Upon my wanderings I even stumbled upon a herd of cattle which I had assumed were part of the vessels pantry. Thus determining the highest quality bovine among them I led it back to the others only to discover that they are part of a delivery. Well, if they didn’t want people assuming they were on the ship’s menu they should have had a sign up saying so. In any case, we arrived at the island soon after with Achlys enchanting Gestr with many potent spells. Deciding to observe the effectiveness of my new parteners I allowed them to take on the being alone while I documented the event. My notes follow:
“Jester is now capable of flight due to Achlys’ enchantments and has now pounced at the dragon’s head. The claws dig deep and the creature is in much pain retaliating with a gust of sonic breath. I have just asked how to properly spell Gestr and will now write so accordingly. Achlys has now gained partial control of the sea water and has now joined Gestr after the latter is pummelled by several of the dragon’s hits. The wounds seem less severe than expected but Achlys seems to have sustained similar wounds out of nowhere. Possibly another enchantment. When asked about the level of injuries sustained his response could be identified as an 8 out of 10. Both are soon hit with another bout of sonic breath with Achlys now deaf but Gestr soon delivers the finishing blow. Overall performance: 7/10 deemed acceptable”
Thus from these observations it would seem that I may have indeed found some capable aquantences though there is indeed room for improvement. Achlys himself seems incapable of actually engaging with an opponent while Gestr, while powerful, is susceptible to injury. Thus my skills in ranged combat should prove a welcome addition. Also, on a side note we did indeed discover a sizeable hoard and I intend to add a portion of it to the imperial treasury once it is founded.