March 14, 994 11:30 p.m.
Party Gold = 222,750 g.p.
The group introduced themselves to the dwarf, who described himself as Prince Malak Thunderhelm. Tyzzer and the others felt so comfortable with him that they told him of all of their victories over the giants and said his escape was safe. The heroes noticed that he looked able to hold his own in a battle, but maybe not as powerful as the party. He convinced the party that he wanted to remain safe and not be seen by his torturers. The party let him go.
Soon later, after letting Ja’Elle nose around through a supply room and after inspecting the room he emerged from and finding a nice bed along with a locked and trapped chest that Ja’Elle triggered, the heroes decided that the dwarf must have fooled them and he must be Obmi Ironwhisper, the dwarf traitor they were sent to find and return to the dwarven clan holds. They quickly, but unsuccessfully tried to track him thinking at first he may have bolted from the fire giant hall altogether. It seems he did not.
The group found a room with a great battle plan room with giant seats and another for a dwarf. There was a map layout of 100 miles by 100 miles that had plotted areas that had been attacked by the giants along with likely future attack locations.
Rowena, with the help of Charzin and Ja’Elle was able to use a magical mapping ritual, but the mystery dwarf did not appear on it. The group searched through various scrolls and parchments and found a note from Eclavdra to Snurre. It read:
“Your Highness, King Snurre of the Fire Giants:
I request an audience with Your Majesty on a matter of great importance. A glorious opportunity awaits us. I have been granted permission by my superiors to offer you tribute for a few precious moments of your time. It has been years since representatives of our two peoples last spoke and shared a flagon of hot wine. On this particular occasion, Erelhei-Cinlu brings you a new promise of victory over your hated enemies.
If you will hear my words, please convey your interest with all haste. I look forward to hearing from you and visiting your great hall.
Eclavdra of House Eilservs"
The group decided to not rush to find the dwarf, but instead to go slowly and smartly forward. Next the headed back towards the treasure room that housed the volcanic iron golem. On the way they searched for a secret door at the end of a long passage to nowhere. Charzin opened the door, which entered into Frupy, the fire giant queen’s, room.
A battle ensued. Frupy, protected by two female fire giant knights, two fiendish dire weasels, and 8 azer hall wardens put up a decent fight.
Frupy activated her soul trapping mirror to draw Tyzzer out of the fight. Rowena clouded the area in front of the mirror, frustrating Frupy and stopping her ability to trap more souls. Rowena also dispersed many of the azers quickly. Charzin, Bui, and Ja’Elle did battle with the nasty dire weasels and the defending fire giant knights. It took some teamwork, but the party was able to break through the queen’s defenses and destroy her.
Tyzzer sensed another soul had been trapped within the mirror, so after being freed by Rowena, and after Charzin confirmed that destroying the mirror would free the other soul(s), the group crushed the mirror and out popped two, Javok and a female crow named Thalra Yauntyrr.
The group questioned Javok. He said he was scouting for Nan Hornberg, to send information that would be helpful for the heroes, but was captured and put into this mirror.
Thalra Yauntyrr provided lots of interesting information that could prove useful in future encounters with drow and possibly others.
According to Ja’Elle, Thalra told the heroes the drow had:
- Rejected Lolth
- Driven out of home city
Thalra wants to:
- Given away as tribute by “friends”
- Wants to find friends
- Wants to harness power of elder elemental eye against Lolth followers
According to Bui – put another way, the enemy of our enemy is our friend. She wants to harness the power that is currently being used by giants to kill innocent surface dwellers in order to wage war against Lolth’s followers. We are pretty okay with that trade, though we should be aware this is not without its risks. Will we have to go back to afga…the underdark… to deal with the nice drow not using the weapon we game them how we see fit?
The group agreed to let Thalra go and Javok stayed on with the heroes (the heroes later changed their minds about both). The group gained treasure.
Next, the group headed for a rematch against the volcanic iron golem. With Bui’s ability to shut down the golems attack for a few rounds and Ja’Elle knocking it out for a round, the heroes destroyed the golem.
After unlocking and opening four of the five treasure chests, the group was much richer and had various magic items to distribute. Rowena took a LVL 22 +5 Blackflock Robe and a LVL 21 Ring of Resourceful Wizardry. Bui took a +5 resounding mace and a LVL 18 Bag of Tricks Rust. Charzin took LVL 20 +4 Deathcut Leather Armor. Lots of wondrous and valuable items were found.
Along the way, 3 potions of vitality were found and distributed amongst the group.
After these experiences, having learned more about themselves the heroes found more powers they possessed (as they leveled up to LVL 19).
The heroes plans to go one level down, probably not into the den of giants, but instead to follow the descending passageway likely taken by the dwarf they seek to reacquaint themselves with next time.
March 15, 994 4:30 a.m.
Party Gold = 310,850 g.p.+ 3 vitality potions
The group has Chest #5 unopened, the head of Frupy, and a piece of the volcanic iron golem ready to deliver to Brazzemal. They still need the fire giant forge priest and Snurre’s sub commanders.