My crew was around level 26 or so and I was escorting the village chief from Cassardis to the Shadow Fort. I spotted the drake in the woods so I took the long way around and headed northwest (above the lake). I killed like a million gobos and dropped off the old fart then headed back the same way. Not once did I engage the drake or even here my pawns mention it. When I was north of the lake fighting saurians I saw the drake lift off into the sky (above the trees by far) and fly.
About 2 mins later I get a message "leather cape has been dragonforged" and my lol-worthy 3 star leather cape I haven't replaced is now dragonforged! I didn't get any exp or anything and I didn't see any other messages, but the drake is gone now. Can the gobos in the area kill him? Did he crash?
"So build that wall and build it strong, 'cause we'll be there before too long"
Nah, I doubt the Goblins can kill it. Apparently that Drake has a weird Dragonforging thing like that. I recall someone telling me how he first encountered the Drake and just ran. Moments later, he got the Dragonforged message.