We awoke to our first sunrise in many weeks, and set out on horseback for the mining town of Redrock, 160 miles to the north. Along the way, we encountered a suspicious villager who tried turn us into the local constable, an indifferent patrol of red hand soldiers, and a refugee fleeing redrock with her two children after giants had killed the woman’s husband. Joelo gave the poor woman 50 gp to help restart her life in Brindol. In return, she told us we could stay in the family’s shop in Redrock. She had no use for it anymore
Arriving in Redrock, we witnessed the aftermath of a brutal battle: Smashed and burned buildings, and a recently dug mass grave. Near the edge of town, we also found a strange circle of ashy dirt and dead vegetation. It appeared to be the aftermath of some sort of spell casting, but nothing any of us recognized.
A group of citizens was gathered around a speaker in the village center. The man loudly blamed the god Pelor for abandoning the town, and punishing the people for their sins by sending giants to kidnap their loved ones. Unable to standly idly by, Joelo defended his diety, countering that his god had sent the party to help. His oratory skills won the day, and raised the spirits of the villagers despite the destruction around them.
The villagers explained that the giants had attacked with no warning. After subduing the village, they split into three groups. One group headed southeast, another to the west, and a third group took half a dozen villagers as captives and went north, presumably to the nearby salt mines.
Not wanting to take on a fortified mine without the rest of our party, Joelo, Lusherina, and Keth tracked the group headed southwest. We caught up with the giants as they were camped in the forest outside the town of Elsircross. Circling around them, we continued on and warned the town of the impending attack. The obese goblin constable ordered us to defend a portion of the town, while the red hand soldiers defended the rest and the former mayor evacuated the town residents.
When the attack came, the main force of giants rushed the town center where the red hand soldiers waited. A smaller group circled around to try and flank the defenders, but we were waiting for them, and stopped them in their tracks. Keth attempted to negotiate with the giants, appealing that we had a common enemy in the queen. It was no use however. Whoever their new leader is, his only goal seems to be destruction of the valley and enslavement of the people.
The giants were carrying:
- 3300 gold
- 2 emeralds (500 gp ea)
- +3 cloak of elvenkind (Lusherina took this, and gave Joelo her brooch of shielding)
Current treasure (21,606 gp)
8 pearls (100 gp)
2 sapphires (250 gp)
6 emeralds (500 gp ea)
+2 holy symbol (1500 gp)
+2 chain mail of fire resistance (1500 gp)
+2 amulet of health (1,500)
Raise dead scroll (ritual)
1 cure moderate potions