We stumbled across a cave entrance that had eluded Dunfallon’s notice from the air, so Gibley just had to check it out. While I stayed outside with a dozing hatchling, the goblin went in accompanied by Rumble and Noralei.
They were not gone long, for it turned out to be inhabited by an animal of some kind – absent at the moment.
Gibley did find a few scraps to give to his dragon later.
We were about to move on when Dunfallon dropped in to see us. As he slid off the back of his eagle we all saw that he was wielding a knobby stick and made to strike the hatchling with it. Before any of us could react, the hatchling was awake and threw itself at the stick. It was soon wrapped around it and making contented sounds. The pixie laughed and explained he had found this dragon training staff near the cave that was farthest from the river.
Dunfallon had recognized it from his library research. And Gibley confirmed its use by his people.
His hope soared that he may soon be back with them.