The following morning, the town guards come to collect the criminal who destroyed public property. However, the bandit had died from shock after being burnt half to death without medical attention through the night. The guards decide to put wanted posters to catch the remaining bandits who had escaped.
Finishing up breakfast, the party heads to the edge of town to find their mysterious quest giver. They are met with a strange merchant named Athelm*, with a wagon full of large crates.
Athelm tells the adventurers of a beast in Darkwood Forest that needs to be slain, and that a few people are looking for vials of its blood. They are given a magic rock that was said to attract the beast. The party stocks up and heads to the forest.
Getting deep into the forest, signs of a large creature are found; claw marks and paw prints that estimate the creature at 5 times the height of a human being. Bob decides to find a better vantage point to look for the beast. He flies into the air with the magic rock, surveying the area.
A spit of acid*** flies at Bob, and a battle commences. Bob attacks the beast first, while the party trails along to find them. The beast is revealed to be a Fire Salamander**. The adventurers fight hard against the beast.
The salamander takes great interest in the magic rock, and the party realizes that the rock was its egg. The battle is hard fought, but Aang finally maims the creature greatly with an exploding ice shard, ripping the creature apart. Finishing it off, the party goes to collect its blood in vials, but not before calculating the temperature which glass melts, and if the vials could indeed hold magma hot drake blood.
Satisfied, Aang being a fire resistant Ginossi, fills and holds the vials. Returning to Athelm, they receive their payment for slaying the beast and retrieving its blood. The heroes go to rest after a hard day's work.
*Athelm was remembered wrongly by the DM as Ames, and subsequently called him that through the episode. Having mixed it up several times after, Athelm seemed to stick better than Ames with the party.
** The description of the Fire Salamander was not developed. The party envisioned it and eventually shortened it to fire drake after. As a random quest encounter, it shouldn't have mattered if not for the egg the party had kept and hatched after.
***Also, it was a mistake that the Fire Salamander shot acid and not magma.