Feb 15, 994 at 3:15 a.m.
The heroes hope to defeat Grugnur and solidify and alliance with Vaald and the frost giants. Grugnur, the lone survivor from the boss fight, is on the move in blizzard form, the heroes in hot pursuit as Rowena rejoins the pursuit.
Grugnur flees through the illusory walls, reentering the ice skull throne room as the party runs to keep up. He continues in blizzard form through the barracks, but Rowena is able to place a portal in front of him and bring him back to the party. Ja’Elle managed to get ahead and scout a little.
Grugnur breezes away again through the barracks and into the cavern of the frozen pools. A dozen glacial fire beetles give a strange light to this room. Grugnur shouts something in giant as he goes through. Ja’Elle spots 2 frost giants in robes carrying staves. As Grugnur crosses the frozen pool, he awakens something underneath. A huge bulette emerges from under the pool. Rowena attacks just before the rest of the party decides to retreat. The dire bulette rips through the ice and burrows up below Rowena. The others come to Rowena’s aid. After 10 or 15 seconds, the giant shamans enter the battle.
Running near empty, Bui is knocked unconscious during the battle by the powers of cold and fire controlled by the shamans. He is near death when Rowena stabilizes him. The bulette is defeated. Grunur returns in blizzard form, commands the frost giant shamans to call in a frost drake. Kissandi leads the charge against the shamans. The drake has a powerful attack but does not last long.
Grugnur makes a final stand. At the command of Tyzzer, Ja’Elle finds Grugnur’s weak spot and delivers the fatal blow. The jarl is dead.
Collecting treasure from the chest in the frozen lake, the treasure vault in Grugnur’s chambers, and the barracks, the party makes a huge haul. Bui gains a +5 (LVL 21) holy symbol. In Grugnu’rs treasure room, there is a crystal communication globe mounted on an 8-foot tall sculpted pedestal of ice. The treasure found includes:
Frozen Pool Treasure Chest:
- crystal statuette of Cryonax with gems for eyes (2,500 gp)
- silver medallion set with a blazing fire opal (1,500 gp)
- 3,000 g.p.
Grugnur’s 3 Treasure Chests:
- mitral crown (15,000 gp)
- gem-studded jewelry box (7,500 gp)
- five pieces of jewelry in the box (1,500 gp each = 7,500 gp)
- frozen potion of vitality (Bui took it)
- golden astrolabe studded with gems (15,000 gp)
- 15 – 1,000 gp gems (15,000 gp)
- 3,000 gp
- +5 holy symbol (LVL 21) (Bui took it)
- 200 pp (2,000 gp)
- bundle of scrolls made from human & dwarf skin with Grugnur’s battle plans (Quest done!)
- silver and gold brazier (7,500 gp)
- platinum comb (2,500 gp)
- black cloak embroidered with astral thread (2,500 gp)
- 2 frozen potions of vitality (unclaimed)
- 4-5,000 gp gems (20,000 gp)
- 2,000 gp
The group returns to Vaald and notice the mangled bodies of the dwarves that were freed by Vaald strewn about the outskirts of the room, several blue trolls, a frost giant, the two large Xorns, and Vaald.
Initially the party cannot tell if Vaald is acting tough for the others who are in the hall or if he has turned on them. After a few party members drop their weapons at Vaald’s orders, it becomes clear to Ja’Elle and then the party that Vaald never intended an alliance with the heroes, that he was just using them to help him come to power here.
The heroes are weak and have little resources left. Vaald has called on their surrender. Rowena picks up her orb and readies to fight…
It is Feb 15, 994 at 5:00 a.m.
Party Gold = 211,385 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)