Monsters Rule!

Session 35
Close the rift 1

Began the assault on the former Minotaur Monastery, Gardmore Abby. recovered ritual book from ghost in the wizard tower, and fought their way past a beholder guarding the entrance to the lower keep.

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Session 34
Crystal Caverns

Assaulted a crystal mine, where mind flayers were experimenting on prisoners to create thralls immune to the effects of the far-realm (better slaves). Lusherina learned that she was prisoner during the period of her life she can’t remember!

gained crystals that will protect them from the madness inducing effects of the rift.

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Session 33
Travel

fought bandits lead by Kleek, and learned about the madness inducing effects of the rift, and the crystals that can protect them from it.

had a run in with the queen as she tried to take the crown from them.

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Session 32
Flying castle 2

Cleared the remaining rooms of the giant castle. Freed the trapped air elemental and landlocked the castle. Conferred with Zaelex about what to do with the crown, decided to keep it for the time being. Headed south to the thornwaste to deal with the rift to the far realm they opened when they removed Keth’s sword.

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Session 31
Flyng Castle1

Entered the flying castle and defeated Soregash, the ursurper giant king. Recoverd the legendary Crown of Aramil that he was using to control the giants.

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Session 30
Frostwind Valley 2

Defeated the Dragon Icefang, and rescued the true giant king/steve’s father from imprisonment.

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Session 29
Frostwind Valley 1

fought their past giants and into the valley
Met the ice archon wizard, Zaelex

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Session 28

We chased skalmad, the troll general into the underground river. The river took us outside, where we followed his tracks down the road. We followed the tracks for several hours, but eventually lost sight of them.

frost_giant.jpg Forgetting about Skalmad for the time being, we moved on to the next location on the giant’s map: the ice spires. A long cave lead us into an icy valley surrounded by mountains. Enchanted ice storms blast the valley, obscuring visibility and driving cold deep into your bones. A pair of frost giants guarded the entrance, but we easily defeated them.

Through the snowstorm, we could just barely make out firelight coming from a cave. Inside the cave, we encountered an orc who was mortally wounded while fighting a party of humans outside the entrance to the valley. In return for healing him, he shared what he knew about the valley before leaving:

  • the giant chief lives with about a dozen other giants in a cave not far from where the orc was holed up
  • an ice elemental wizard lives in a tower of pure ice on the other side of the valley
  • at the far end of the valley is a tomb. they are keeping some important prisoner locked up in the tomb
  • a dragon lives in the highest peak. the giants and dragon are rivals.
  • more orcs and winter wolves patrol the valley for the giants

frost_giant_battle_2.jpg We were uncomfortable leaving an armed camp of giants behind us while we trekked to the far end of the valley, so we decided to raid the giant chief’s cave before moving on. Inside the cave, we fought several more giants, ice hounds. They were quickly reinforced by ogres and hell hounds, turning it into a prolonged battle.

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Session 27

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. ettin.jpg

  • 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. trolll_king.jpg. 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?)


Party status

player surges left dailies left
dave 3 invisibility
steve 6 life ending strike
chris 7 vengeful storm
Thomas all beacon of hope, mass cure light, cure serious

current loot

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Session 26
Mines outside Red Rock

On our way back to Redrock we came across a dead giant, and several human sized tracks leading away from the road. We followed the tracks to a farmstead that that had recently been attacked. Glorfindel crept stealthily up to the barn to take a closer look, and that’s when the bounty hunters looking to collect on the price our heads sprung the ambush. They should have brought more men.

Stone_Giant.jpg

We rested at the farm and then made our way to the mines outside Redrock (where we guessed the giants had taken their captives). Glorfindel once again scouted the entrance, and attracted the attention of one of the stone giants guarding the cave. We lured him and his partner out one by one and finished them quickly.

About half the captives were mining inside the cave, and we sent them back to town. The rest of them had been taken deeper into the mine. In the next room we found 2 sleeping dire wolves. Glorfindel woke with well-placed arrows, and when they chased him to the next room the rest of the party dispatched of them quickly, but their howls echoed throughout the caves.

lamia.jpgIn the last room we found the rest of the hostages – covered in lamp oil and being used by a human shield for the giant’s leader. She would have been a very attractive elf, had it not been for the insects crawling over various parts of her body. Her green eyes glowed as she called out.

“Throw down your arms, and you will live. Choose otherwise and we will gnaw the flesh from your bones around our fire tonight.”

But we never listen. At the end of the battle, 2 giants, 4 orcs and their strange leader lay dead at our feet. Spread across the table were notes on their raiding parties, and a map of the north that identified a handful of their strongholds deeper in the mountains

The notes also reveal the giants have a spy named Lott who has infiltrated the queen’s servants. He carries a sending stone that he has been using to inform the giant’s about the Red Hand’s defenses.


Current treasure (23,906 gp)
Gold: 13,606
8 pearls (100 gp)
2 sapphires (250 gp)
6 emeralds (500 gp ea)
jewelled necklace (1500 gp)
+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 wounds potion (heals 2d8 + 10 hp)

new item: stone of earth

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