Feb 13, 994 at 11:00 p.m.
The group talks for a bit before deciding to head back up the stairs in an effort to find a way to the frost giants on the ledge above. Before ascending, a booming voice approaches from the north.
Ja’Elle and Kissandi lead the charge into melee against the frost giant skeleton Kvaltigar and Wintermaw, his enormous winter wolf wearing spiked bones on his armor. Finding his weakness to radiant damage and critical hits, the group makes quick work of Kvaltigar. Before his death, he said that he thought the party was sent by his brother, Grugnur, to kill him again. Grugnur is the Frost Giant Jarl. Wintermaw did a lot of damage to those who willingly tried to pierce the bone spikes, but eventually succumbed to the onslaught.
During the fight, the group noticed strange powers bestowed on Kvaltigar when he stood in the blue luminescent haze.
Tyzzer took the Greataxe of the Glacial Rift from Kvaltigar.
The group decided not to follow the tracks left by Kvaltigar and Wintermaw coming from the north in an effort to get to the frost giants watching the ice dome from above.
Ja’Elle scouted ahead. Ja’Elle was able to get an attack off before the frost giants could act. One giant fell 100 feet to the floor of the rift, but survived the long fall. The other frost giant was mobbed by the party and quickly perished.
The frost giant who fell raced up the stairs and was slashed again by Ja’Elle as he ran past to call for help. The group was able to kill him quickly, but not before he had alerted a nearby cave filled with ogres.
The battle continued in the quarters of the ogres. Many dwarves are seemingly kept as slaves in a pit within the ogre den. The ogres, led by Thurbash were brazen as they withstood much damage from a wall of fire erected by Rowena for quite some time.
Thurbash was able to fool the group into thinking ogres were going to get more help. Ja’Elle tried to sneak around to find a back entrance or exit from the cave and was noticed by a frost toad, who started croaking. This set off other frost toads croaking. Ja’Elle returned to the group and let them know that an area with at least a frost giant and a winter wolf was likely aware of intruders in the nearby area.
The heroes have taken significant damage and expended many resources, but know they have learned enough to improve their abilities (by leveling up) when they next have time for an extended rest. A few ogres remain on the other side of the wall of fire. Likely reinforcements will probably arrive to help the ogres soon. The battle continues next time.
Party Gold = 66,145 g.p.
(owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)
Feb 14, 994 at 12:15 p.m.