The party camps for the night with the escaped prisoners. Lusherina has a nightmare about Talsoriel calling out for help, a menacing figure just out of sight behind her.
While breaking camp, we hear something approach. An Ettin has returned from scouting. Were able to convince on of the heads to reveal information in exchange for letting it escape.
- the giants have no choice. their new king, Soregash, wears a magic crown that compels them to obey.
- Skalmad, one of their generals is hiding out at the troll warrens, after being gravely wounded.
- the giants are keeping important prisoners at the ice spires, an ancient burial site
- their new king has taken over Stormcaller’s keep, the capital of the giant kingdom
After minimal discussion, we decide to check out the troll warrens. The entrance is guarded by a fear-inducing totem of skulls. Lusherina and Tor fall prey to it’s enchantment and must draw from deep reserves of will power to push past the entrance.
A troll and two bears stand watch inside the entrance, but they are no match for us.
Further in, we cross a river, and come to a room with several large cages suspended from the ceiling. We free an elven maiden from one cage and she warns us about the trolls in the next room. After escorting her across the river, we stage an ambush outside the door to the troll’s chamber.
We lure one troll out to his doom, then push inside. There we find Skalmad, an enormous war troll. He is not wounded as we were lead to believe. . During the fight, the elf maiden we “rescued” comes rushing towards us, shedding her illusion and revealing her true form – hideous hag with vicious claws. We proceed to fight for our lives, using all of our best abilities, and eventually killing the enemy. Skalmad is forced to flee and dives into the fast moving underground river.
(Do you follow him?)
|| surges left
|| life ending strike
|| vengeful storm
|| beacon of hope, mass cure light, cure serious