Siliceous

The Jarl Awaits...

It is Feb 15, 994 at 2:30 a.m.

The party has fought their way through a swath of frost giants, and now follows the secret path taken by Hasskarth, the fire giant who is said to advise Jarl Grugnur. The group passed an illusory wall. Rowena needs time to collect herself. The others have no time to wait. Inspired by Rowena, the other heroes are able to regain some of their strength and powers. Rowena then hangs back, out of sight, but within earshot of the party.

Kissandi puts on the hat of disguise, transforms into a rock monster, and peers through the other illusory wall. She sees a brightly lit room filled with frozen dwarves and three frost giants. The giants appear to be readying themselves to defend their jarl.

The group coordinates a surprise round as they enter the room. Ja’Elle gets off an attack. The others position themselves closer to the giants. With the surprise round and being much quicker on the draw in this fight, the party bloodies the first giant before he can even act. The giants respond with a fury. The bloodied giant hits Kissandi with a chilling strike. The other two giants pick up frozen dwarves and hurl them at the party. The frozen dwarves shatter into a thousand pieces as they break onto the hard ground.

The heroes make quick work of the first frost giant. The other two giants are unable to withstand the onslaught and overwhelming presence of Ja’Elle, Kissandi, Tyzzer, and Bui.

During the battle Tyzzer peered behind a curtain, noticing a heated room, later discovered to be Hasskarth’s quarters. After the win, the group retreated to these quarters. Kissandi and Bui talked religion outside of the curtain while watching the far curtain for signs of the jarl or his servants. Ja’Elle and Tyzzer went inside to inspect the quarters. Ja’Elle uncovered a trap on the chest, but he was able to disable it. He found a pile of gold coins (5000 gp) and a tube. Tyzzer took the tube and found a scroll written to Hasskarth from Obmi. Ja’Elle had heard of Obmi Ironwhisper before, an alleged traitorous dwarf noble. The note appears to put Obmi as advisor to Fire Giant King Snurre. Tyzzer kept the note.

Kissandi perfectly lobbed a burning torch under the curtains to the next area. It took a little while, but the curtain went up in smoke revealing the jarl’s quarters. Inside were three winter wolves, Hasskarth, Jarl Grugnur, and Svarhilda, a female giant wielding a sweet mace.

After an initial attempt to draw them out did not work, Tyzzer and Bui followed Ja’Elle and Kissandi into the battle. Ja’Elle and Bui each had three or four critical hits in the battle. Bui reprieved violence against Grugnur eliminating two rounds of his attacks. Tyzzer command the battlefield and directed a multitude of extra attacks for Kissandi and Ja’Elle. Kissandi never missed. The heroes stayed conscious throughout the entire battle so far, but are running lower on resources. One by one, the winter wolves were destroyed, enraging Grugnur. Hasskarth and Svarhilda were killed. Grugnur assumed blizzard form and was able to make it past the heroes. We left off as the party pursued the blizzard towards the illusory wall.

It is Feb 15, 994 at 3:15 a.m.
Party Gold = 109,885 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

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On the Doorstep of the Jarl
On the Doorstep of the Jarl

Started at Feb 15, 994, at 12:30 a.m.

The battle continues…

Gnotmir enters the room, followed by four frost giants (one was the one who ran out of the room moments earlier). Gnotmir says to his allies to stand down and watch him destroy the invaders. The heroes do significant damage to Gnotmir and the other frost giants join in the battle. During the battle, the frost giants attempt to get to the arcane ballista, but are thwarted by Ja’Elle, who pushes them back and then mans the ballista himself for the rest of the battle. When Gnotmir is destroyed, the tide is turned. The heroes are emboldened, receiving their encounter powers and action points back.

Rowena calls upon the elements to control the battlefield, electrifying the giants and keeping others at bay with a wall of fire. As the enemy is weakened, Bui makes the enemy wilt with his glorious presence, the standard of the silver dragon, and his ability to restore the other heroes strength. Kissandi makes excellent use of her ability to regenerate once per day in this very long encounter. She helps in weakening the enemy as her focus on her oath target pains others who try to engage in battle with her. She continually deals damage to her foes and adds in many more strikes guided by the warlord, Tyzzer. Along with guiding Kissandi to extra attacks, Tyzzer sacrifices himself to prevent attacks from targeting Rowena and Bui. Tyzzer also makes great use of his new frost axe to deliver key blows to the enemy and prevent a lot of cold damage from harming him.

After destroying the enemy, Ja’Elle finds an ice chest by the throne filled with 5,000 g.p., Kissandi notices the wall Hasskaarth walked through is illusory, as is another wall beyond it that likely leads into the quarters of Jarl Grugnur.

The group takes a 15 minute rest.

Tyzzer and Kissandi go to Vaald. Their request to go free Hyrkzag’s ghost by delivering Gnotmir’s sword is granted, but the other three heroes are left behind. After delivering the sword, the ghost is freed, Kissandi is relieved, and the ghost motions in the direction of something glimmering in the rubble. It is a ring. Tyzzer gains a ring of true seeing (LVL 19).

Next time the goal is to find and defeat Jarl Grugnur and his fire giant advisor Hasskaarth, and to cement the alliance with Vaald. The group did not yet search the barracks or the den, the areas from which Gnotmir, and the various frost giants likely came from to enter into the large battle that just ended.

The party gathers back in the Hall of the Iceskull Throne, moving into the hall between the illusory walls. The party moves into the hall between the illusory walls, ready to enter the quarters of the Jarl.

The group is one encounter past a milestone. Many daily powers have been used. Action points may be used.

It is Feb 15, 994 at 2:30 a.m.
Party Gold = 105,085 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

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Granted Entry to the Hall of the Iceskull Throne
November 27, 2013

Starting at Feb 14, 994, at 4:00 p.m.

With a temporary ally in Elektra, the heroes enter the hall of the winterlord named Vaald and his two very large three legged and three armed creatures. Several dwarf slaves chip at the ice sculpture of Jarl Grugnur on the dais in front of the giant double door with a snowflake design.

Elektra is clearly annoyed that the group wishes to negotiate with Vaald rather than attacking him. After providing some digs and a little information, Elektra storms off.

Tyzzer begins communications with Vaald, the frost giant winterlord. The diamond hide corns translate the negotiation. Vaald is willing to ally with the heroes and end hostilities if the heroes overthrow Grugnur, but is unwilling to personally help in the overthrow.

The group convinces Vaald to give them a rough map of what lies beyond the snowflake door, to release the dwarf slaves, and to recommend a location to take an extended rest.

Ja’Elle does some scouting.

The group goes to the Haunted cavern for an extended rest. There, Kissandi is possessed by Hyrkzag’s ghost. Speaking through Kissandi, Hyrkzag tells the party that to give him peace, Gnotmir must be destroyed and his sword presented to Hyrkzag’s body. Hyrkzag served Kvaltigar. Kvaltigar was jarl. Kvaltigar’s bro, Grugnur, slayed Kvaltigar and set him ablaze. Hyrkzag was Kvaltigar’s bodyguard and attacked the other frost giants, only to be killed by Gnotmir before he could avenge his fallen lord. Hyrkzag says he will reward you for freeing him.

The group takes an extended rest and then returns to see Vaald.

Vaald opens the magically locked doors for the party.

The party makes a plan to take on of the arcane ballistas and then teleport over to the other. Haskaarth, the fire giant advisor to the jarl, tells the party to come forth into the center of the room. The heroes surprise the other giants and the battle begins.

The group quickly dispatches one of the two frost giant shield bearers. The other enemies are much tougher to defeat. Tyzzer holds off the other shield bearer as Kissandi and Ja’Elle wade further into the hall. Rowena is able to use Bigby’s icy grasp to help Tyzzer keep the giants at bay.

Ja’Elle tries to knock out Haskaarth and take out the mammoth and rider unsuccessfully. Kissandi is able to weaken the frost giants on the way to the western ballista. Bui’s presence deals the finishing blow to three enemies during the battle.

The giants deal ranged damage to the eastern ballista turret and from Haskaarth. The mammoth tramples Ja’Elle and lots of furniture. At one point Ja’Elle is knocked unconscious and fails one death save. Bui calls Ja’Elle back into the fight. Bui and Tyzzer keep the group motivated and on their feet against a tough enemy.

The heroes destroyed two frost giant marauders, two frost giant shield bearers, and a nyfeller mammoth, but in the end Haskaarth escapes into a secret passage that appears to lead to the jarl’s quarter, the frost giant marauder who manned the eastern ballista turret escapes to the frost giant barracks where Gnotmir and others are as the heroes pursue in this direction.

The battle continues next time…

It is Feb 15, 994, at 12:30 a.m.

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An Ambush and a Rescue
November 8, 2013

Feb 14, 994 at 1:30 p.m (after a milestone)

Passed the Remorhaz and the two elder blizzard dragons, the party continues deeper into the rift in search of the Frost Giant Jarl Grugnur…

After some exploration just beyond the guard posts and 30 foot high door, Kissandi spots to humanoid sized ice men standing watch. On the second try, Ja’Elle and Tyzzer are able to team up and lift the portcullis six and half feet so the group can enter.

As the party goes beyond the entryway, they are ambushed by an ettin from one side and four frost giants from the other. The battle is challenging. The ice archons are able to send hailstorms onto the party as the large meat shield keeps most of the rest of the party engaged. However, Ja’Elle is able to run underfoot of the giants and quickly sneaks up on the ice archons.

Meanwhile, the rest of the party is tough enough to withstand the best the giants have to offer. Tyzzer’s Axe of the Rift almost nullifies attacks from the frost giant marauders, but the ettin is able to knock Tyzzer unconscious. Bui quickly restores Tyzzer as Kissandi hammers away at the giants while holding the line to keep Rowena at a safe distance. Rowena, on her last bit of energy, continues to singe the frost giants with fire.

Ja’Ellle sends one of the ice archons flying over the small cliff face and knocks the other onto his back. Ja’Elle keeps the ice archon on the cliff based so he cannot continue the ranged assault on the rest of the party. After making quick work of the archon on the cliff, Ja’Elle climbs down the cliff to destroy the second and joins the fray Against the Giants.

The battle is won. The group loots the place and finds a robe of quills, taken by Rowena, and a key. After a little more exploration, the group finds Elektra, a storm giantess, imprisoned.

Elektra says she is the daughter of the storm giant lord Krombaalt. She is clearly unhappy with her father for sending her to deal with these miserable, untrustworthy frost giants led by Jarl Grugnur. In a tense negotiation, several moves by the party help win her over, at least for now. Bui does two key things, surprising Elektra through intimidation, able to stop her in her tracks for a moment. Later Bui uses his healing ways to help others win her back over. Tyzzer has studied just enough history of war to help convince her of the party’s cause. Ja’Elle is able to convince her that the party is more worthy than she thought.

Elektra gives the party some good information and is willing to fight alongside them for one encounter before returning to her father.

Ja’Elle and the group explore a bit more, noticing a room with a raised dais, a statue of solid blue ice carved to resemble a mighty frost giant. In the room are several dwarves hanging from ropes off the 20 foot tall statue, carving it. There are a pair of heavy stone doors carved to resemble two halves of a giant snowflake behind the statue. There is a giant-sized ice chair and a hanging tapestry off to one side. A frost giant with an ice-tipped staff and fur-lined armor and cloak presiding her, joined by two bizarre creatures with three arms and three legs apiece. Each creature has a gnashing mouth atop its stony, egg-shaped body.

The party intends to enter when we next play. The party just hit another milestone.

Current Status:
Party Gold = 100,385 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)
Feb 14, 994 at 4:00 p.m (after a milestone)

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Mythic Beasts - Remorhaz and Two Elder Blizzard Dragons
October 4, 2013

Feb 14, 994, at 9:30 a.m.

The group decided to explore in the direction that the runaway giant went. Not far down the path, Ja’Elle found the frost giant seated on the floor, crying softly. After discovering this frost giant never wanted to fight, the group was able to get some information from him confirming the Remorhaz. He said he would pay up if the group would bring its hide to him.

The group decided to battle the Remorhaz. Using Ja’Elle as bait, the group got it out of its lair and into the open. The frost giant threw axes from the ledge above while the party made quick work of the foul beast. Many daily powers were used, but it only swallowed Tyzzer for a few seconds before Kissandi dealt the death blow.

While some beheading and starting to skin the Remorhaz, Ja’Elle searched the lair and found a dagger of surrounding +4.

From here the party decided to try to get more info from the frost giant. He refused to give information, but paid up with a large ruby worth 1000 gp.

The group let the frost giant live and continued south, finding a gaping pit, some ice toads, and two frost giant guards. The frost giants were posted on ledges 30’ above ground level flanking a 30’ high door with a mural.

After doing battle with the giants and the ice toads, the party was surprised to see not one, but two elder blizzard dragons enter the fray, focussing a lot of attacks on Rowena. After a long, difficult battle, the party emerged victorious, and Rowena alive.

The group searched the dragon lair and found a +4 suit of dwarven chainmail and 15,000 gp in valuables.

The goal has been to find a path towards Jarl Grugnur, but the group does not know if they are going in the right direction to find him.

Party Gold = 100,385 g.p.
 (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)
Feb 14, 994 at 1:30 p.m (after a milestone)

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Battling Deeper into the Rift Pt 2
September 8, 2013

Feb 14, 994 at 12:15 a.m.

The fight against the ogres continues. Each side does not enter the fire and waits. One ogre is killed with a ranged attack.

Two medium sized winter wolves are spotted sneaking up on the party from behind.

The battle continues on two fronts.

When the winter wolves are hit, they turn into whirling zephyrs of snow and are insubstantial.

The ogres are defeated.

The winter wolves are bloodied, but escape.

The battle continues in a nearby cavern where ice toads re-sound the alarm.

Kissandi makes quick work of four of the five ice toads.

A giant and two large winter wolves enter the fray.

The mass resist cold greatly reduces damage from the winter wolves and the giant.

The winter wolves and giant are defeated, just after another giant escaped deeper into the caves.

Battle highlights:

  • Ja’Elle’s dagger found the weak spot of many enemies with multiple critical hits
  • Kissandi’s ability to use lashing blades to damage enemies and repulse others kept her mobile and on the trail of many oath targets.
  • Rowena’s wall of fire and mass resist were huge assets for the party in the battle. Area attacks also ripped into enemies.
  • Bui’s ability to demoralize bloodied enemies with his own powers and the standard came into play several times. He also neutered the power of Thurbash, the ogre leader, and healed many.
  • Tyzzer’s gameplan and commands let Kissandi and Ja’Elle deal a ton more damage. Tyzzer’s use of his new Great Axe of the Glacial Rift came in handy for ranged and melee attacks.

After killing everything but the frost giant who got away, the group searches the dead in the final cave, then decides to retreat, rest, and learn from so many great battles over the past week or two, knowing that with a little training each character will be able to do more.

Ja’Elle comes up with an amazing plan to carefully get areas searched, dwarves saved, and find a safe spot to rest afterwards.

Ja’Elle, Kissandi and Rowena search the area on the ledge, find no treasure, see no action in your quick check below the edge, and move on.

They carefully move on to the alarm toad area and find no enemies. They search the area and find an unlocked wooden chest atop a pile of frozen skulls. Inside there a two sacks of 750 gp each (1500 gp total), a pair of spiked boots (-1 speed, ice walk ability – no slippage), a necklace of finger bones, a handaxe blade (to be used as a hand chopper), a metal helm (clearly used as a bowl for soup), and a wooden spoon.

Then, Ja’Elle remains as a lookout as Rowena and Kissandi return to the ogre cave.

Meanwhile, Tyzzer and Bui return to help set the dwarves free in Thurbash’s cave. Tyzzer finds a chest with keys to unlock the chains that shackle the dwarves, along with a pile of gold (10,000 gp), a skinning knift, old sandals, and a waterskin. Two other alcoves are crammed full of stolen provisions, including barrels of ale and crates of food.

After winning over the dwarves with stories of city life and wisdom gained on the street and breaking the top off some brews, Tyzzer is able to win some key information from Haelin and the other dwarves of Undermountain. They have heard tales of a great bug lizard beast in the ice dome that can swallow giants whole, but know nothing about other locations in the rift. Tyzzer figures that this must be a remorhaz, and plans to avoid it. They offer their thanks for freeing and saving them. They also tell Tyzzer and Bui of an exiled dwarf noble who now serves King Snurre the fire giant chief as an advisor. The dwarf lords want this traitor to stand trial for treason and are willing to pay 250 pp for his capture. Haelin and company ask the heroes to save and return any more dwarves they free back to their homes and families. Tyzzer and Bui escort the dwarves to the entrance to the rift before saying farewell. The dwarves intend to return to the nearest dwarf clanhold, Undermountain. Bui and Tyzzer return to find the rest of the party.

The characters rest and level up.

Already subtracted 1800 for Kissandi’s LVL 6 +2 magic holy symbol (bought previously, now added). Already added the loot found by Tyzzer.

Party Gold = 84,745 g.p.
 (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)
Feb 14, 994 at 9:30 a.m. (after extended rest)

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Further Into the Rift
September 1, 2013

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.

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Into the Rift
July 27, 2013

Feb 13, 994 at 8:30 p.m.

Just after an extended rest the heroes descend into the rift. After moving along a ledge, the group entered a cave, snuck up near some winter wolves, but then woke them up.

Tonight’s game began with combat. The heroes very quickly dispatched the two winter wolves and then two frost giants, one who was a hand axe thrower and the other who fought with an icy great axe. The area was searched, but no treasure was found. It appeared to be an entry guard area. Both Rowena and Kissandi scored two critical hits in this encounter.

Next, the heroes followed some fissures in the icy ground and pathways. Ja’Elle was almost dragged into a pit by icy tendrils, but managed to hold onto the ledge. Bui recalled his ally.

After planning, Ja’Elle and Rowena were able to leap to safety and explore the nearby icy caverns. They found eight humanoids encased in ice as trophies. In a minute, Rowena melted one of the casings, the one with the female elf, then searched her. Ja’Elle and Rowena returned and reported back.

After following the cave passageways further, the heroes found another ledge. Choosing between entering another cave or descending stairs, Rowena convinced the party that the heart of the enemy lie down into the rift.

Descending the stairs, the group noticed many large snow drifts, jagged ice, some blue florescent mist above small areas of the ice and a misty haze through the rift. Rowena melted one of the snow drifts. The rest of the party was a bit distracted. Rowena convince the group to descend further.

Two of the snow drifts were well disguised white puddings, that spouted pseudopods and surprise attacked the heroes, engulfing and digesting them on a few occasions. Fire did extra damage against the white puddings. Every time the puddings were hit by weapons, they split and created another spawn. Despite this difficult battle, none of the heroes were knocked unconscious, but much of the energy and resources (heal surges) were spent in the battle. Rowena and Ja’Elle took care of several pudding spawn. Kissandi and Bui did a lot of damage to the larger puddings. Tyzzer directed many attacks by his allies and was digested twice, taking a lot of damage in the battle. During the battle, Kissandi spotted two frost giants stationed on a ledge 100’ above whose eyes were fixed on an ice dome not too much further to the south. Ja’Elle got a feeling that danger awaited not too far away to the north, too.

As the battle concluded, Tyzzer received a mental message from Elrilmarioum, shared the gist of it with the party and then responded telepathically as part of the sending ritual originated from Elrilmarioum.

Elrilmarioum: “Nan wishes you well. Mission is recover battle plans from Jarl Grugnur, who coordinates Snurre’s raids. Vaald offers end hostilities if Grugnur killed. Determine genuineness.”

Tyzzer: We are at cusp of frost rift. Will find plans and try to talk to Vaald. Will kill Jarl fo’ sho’. Stay strong!

The group posted lookouts, Ja’Elle to the south watching the frost giant watchers and others near the base of the stairs. After a short rest, the heroes have healed up and are ready to go.

Which way will the heroes head next? What dangers await?

We’ll find out next time.

Party Gold = 66,145 g.p.
 (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)
Feb 13, 994 at 11:00 p.m.

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Visions, Riddles, and a Shortcut to the Rift
June 29, 2013

Between sessions…
Fyrai summons each of the player characters into a small room to receive questions. Based on answers to those questions, each character is given a challenge.

Starting the session…
Feb 9, 994 at 8:30 am
Glint & Tegan both dead are being carted along by the sheep from the stone giants.

In Tyzzer and Ja’Elles’s vision, Tyzzer is a newly crowned king facing many challenges. Ja’Elle tells Tyzzer that this is the chance to take out the dragon. Tyzzer, convinced by Ja’Elle and the Highways and Byways Chair, decides to personally join in an attempt to destroy the dragon, forgoing other threats including finishing the threat behind the giant raids, a seemingly much more powerful threat in devils, and the ongoing concerns about elves.

In Bui & Rowena’s vision, Bui and Rowena make their way through Dis part of Hell. Choking on ash, they make great progress towards a source of power. Bui decides the source of power will be better than his prayers in saving multitudes of lost souls. Near the goal, Bui distracts devils and sacrifices himself so Rowena can reach the power source. Rowena puts on a helm of unfathomable power even though she knows it will not help her free the lost souls.

In Kissandi’s vision, she and Ja’Elle make their way through a crypt full of countless undead. In the name of the Raven Queen, Kissandi heroically takes out several undead before succumbing to the never ending horde.

After the visions, Fyrai and Thorbalt are somewhat satisfied and feel they can trust the heroes enough to share the wealth of the ancient empire with the group. But before sharing, the group must solve some puzzles.

Dragon Puzzle – Thorbalt tells the party that Bahamut will grant you protection if you solve the riddle. The party descends a staircase and enters a square room made of sandstone. The far wall has a 10′×10′ engraving of a dragon head with a black crystal in the center, a red crystal in the top, a blue crystal on the left, and a white crystal on the right. Runes are engraved above the dragon head.

A translucent rod lies on the ground.

Rowena uses her ritual and read the runes. They read in draconic, “Thrice blessed fire protects thy flesh against Adaelantar’s wrath.”

Kissandi, Bui, and Rowena are able to change the color of the rod. The party figures out that using different colors on the rod and touching it to the crystals on the engraving have different effects. Pretty quickly the party is able to turn all the exterior crystals to red. The center crystal is touched. Having solved the puzzle, the stone wall creaks open. The adventurers move into the hidden chambers as the dust settles. A wave of fire engulfs the room and the party. Nobody is hurt. All are energized, gaining the effects of an extended rest and regaining lost healing surges from their earlier visions. Not only this, but Glint and Tegan return to life!

Fyrai is impressed and now challenges the party to three riddles. For each riddle solved, the group will receive an additional reward.

3 Riddles – the group solves all three very quickly.

Riddle One given by Thorbalt:
I am all on my own,
Wounded by iron weapons and scarred by swords.
I often see battle.
I am tired of fighting.
I do not expect to be allowed to retire from warfare
Before I am completely done for.
At the wall of the city, I am knocked about
And bitten again and again.
Hard edged things made by the blacksmith’s hammer attack me.
Each time I wait for something worse.
I have never been able to find a doctor who could make me better
Or give me medicine made from herbs.
Instead the sword gashes all over me grow bigger day and night.

Answer: A shield – what you must provide the world

Riddle Two said by Thorbalt & Fyrai in unison:
Turn us on our backs.
And open up our stomachs. You will be the wisest of men.
Though at start a lummox.

Answer: A book – do not forget your studies

Riddle Three given by Fyrai:
I am, I’m not. I visit young and old,
Some I make timid and some I make bold,
Unwise is the one who pokes fun at me.
Beware, for I am a shadow of thee.

Answer: Death – will come for all of us, be sure to equip your world to thrive without you.

Rowena comes up with a riddle that stumps Fyrai and Thorbalt. Answer: Teamwork. An extra reward is earned.

Rewards:

  • A room full of ingots, each worth 100 gp – the group is able to put 100 in the cart (total 10,000 gp)
  • 5 potions of vitality (each PC takes one)
  • a map to the Frost Giants lair in a great rift.
  • Ashes of Royal Hubris x3 LVL 15 consumable (Kissandi takes all 3)
  • Symbol of Battle LVL 15 (Bui takes it)
  • Obsidian Sliver LVL 18 (Rowena takes it and gains the elemental origin)
  • Orb of Drastic Resolutions LVL 18 (Rowena takes it)
  • Information about the ancient dragonborn empire called Lantheon (Tyzzer learns more)

Lantheon (ancient dragonborn empire) myths/history learned (some from Tyzzer’s memory of his historical studies, some from Fyrai and Thorbalt):
Info: (learned last time with history check by Tyzzer is highlighted in yellow)
Long before Terkent, Rhendlich, Mar-Dir, and all of today’s continents, there were ancient empires. One of those was controlled by the dragonborn who worshipped Bahamut and lived on both sides of what you call the King’s Mountains. Many races existed in peace for many years. It was called Lantheon.

Many lords ruled. There were no kings. The lords needed to rely on one another for trade, for alliance against anything evil, and help in time of need. This worked to varying degrees, mostly very well for quite some time.

The ancient empires were before Millus Adreus and the elven written history on this continent.

For many years, under the rule of the Lantheon lords,there was a general peace and many thrived. It is when secrets crept in that the foundation crumbled, and crumbled fast. Backroom deals were made, leaders tried to preserve their power with better deals and select allies, not considering or sometimes intentionally harming others, even friends. In some cases a blind eye was turned. In others, rulers joined in on the corruption. Soon, many evils that had been for generations repressed, emerged again in strength until the empire collapsed under its own weight. We do not wish to see this happen again, but fear the process has already started over.

Nobody knows the specifics of what led to the corruption that meant the downfall of Lantheon, but there are many guesses, many centered around:

  1. The lords alliances broke down into petty land grabbing and fear
  2. Outsiders penetrated the leadership
  3. Faith in Bahamut dwindled

No matter what led to it, the lords of the Lantheon fell and haven’t been heard of for ages.

Fyrai and Thorbalt tell you they are the current generation of two families that have been set to guard their treasure and knowledge.

They hope to find the clues to the fall of the empire and hopefully one day bring it back to prominence in this land. They hope that you can help restore today’s world.

Choices made

  1. Not to return to civilization to touch base with leaders of the Silver Hand, the Sojourners, the Woodland Justice Network, or any other allies to give and get information. Forgoing checking in with those who sent you on the mission or finding out any more about your mission(s), the group chose to save time and avoid more raids by giants by plunging directly towards the newly learned location of the frost giants.
  2. To go directly to the rift where the frost giants live and attempt to lay waste to them.
  3. To send Tegan (Glaive) back to help Glint return home. They took a dimension door created by Rowena to the university in Lambasa. They were to deposit your money in a safe spot, Glint was to take his pre-determined cut of the money, and Tegan was to walk Glint back to his home near the edge of the King’s Mountains. Tyzzer told Tegan and Glint to tell Elrilmarioum and members of the Silver Hand whose paths they cross that the party is taking the attack to the frost giants at their rift and to tell them the party’s plans.

The heroes know frost giants are strategists and are evil, but do not know precise goals and have no particular quests as they proceed. They presume that the goal is to wipe out the frost giants and are confident in their ability to do this.

It takes three days and nights to traverse deeper into the King’s Mountains before the heroes find the location of the frost giants and are able to locate a cave a safe distance away.

FROST GIANT INTRO -
Your exhausting trek through the King’s Mountains ends before an icy rift that plunges hundreds of feet – a cold and cruel abyss. Steps carved into the north end of the rift split into two sets of stairs that descend the western and eastern faces of the rift, ending at a series of wide, icy ledges. From those ledges, tunnels lead into the faces of the rift. Below each precipice, white mist obscures the bottom of the chasm."

You found a nearby, but hidden cave. You discussed finding a raiding group, but decided instead to approach the rift at nightfall. You waited until night.

The rift is freezing cold with howling winds.

You descended down stairs on the north side of the rift.

Ja’Elle scouted ahead along a ledge slightly to east side of the northern part of the rift, called the group down to a cave face while he investigated.

After hearing two giants playing down a passage to the north, Ja’Elle discovered 2 (?) or more winter wolves sleeping in a passage to the south. The group quietly entered the cave.

Ja’Elle and Kissandi tried to quietly approach the part of the cave with the wolves. A loud crunch made by Kissandi likely woke the wolves…

Total Party Loot (most stored in civilization at “safe” locations) = 66,145 g.p. (owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)
Current Date & Time = Feb 13, 994 at 8:30 pm

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Kissandi's Second Prayer and Unusual Guardians of an Ancient Dragonborn Empire
June 15, 2013

Feb 9, 994 at 8:00 a.m.

Minion Pyramid Scheme & The Hall of Dragons
Ja’Elle & Kissandi each get a boon for their reflections on last episode. Both selected the fortune Let’s Try That Again.

Upon entering the outpost area, the heroes heard the voices of Thorbalt, a dwarf, along with a female cackling gnome. Facing various and plentiful minion enemies, following Kissandi’s quick thinking and advice, the heroes figured out how to deactivate the replenishing of the minion groups and won the fight. Ja’Elle, despite going off on his own and getting separated from the rest of the party survived the encounter. Thorbalt and the gnome escaped. The heroes took 10 minutes to rest and recover before following where they believed the dwarf and the gnome were calling them to go. Through a hall of dragons, the heroes nearly bypassed the trap, fighting an animated colossus head and hand, along with 4 stirge swarms that emerged from the dragon mouths when the trap was triggered as Bui slipped off the rope while trying to stay above the pressure plates.

The group bested the first two of three challenges set forth by Thorbalt and the female gnome. Tegan had the life sucked out of him by stirges and has been added to the cart with Glint, pulled by the sheep. Rowena is ready to rejoin the fray. Everyone else is hurting pretty good. The heroes made it through the minion horde and the hall of dragons. We’ll see what the third challenge presents and if the heroes can earn the trust of Thorbalt and the gnome next time…

KISSANDI’S SECOND PRAYER:

My Lord:

I know that you have a purpose for each of these beings I travel with. They each serve a function- as do I. That is to allow the halfling the opportunity to destroy those who might oppose you. My faith is only strengthened when I am reminded that while two among us lead during times of communication and negotiation, it is I that must take control during times of conflict and challenge.

Thank you for giving me the strength to remind the “Warlord” to think of his lessons to remember how the Trickster works. Thank you also for reminding me to command the priest to let me do looking. Sometimes I wonder if his god has only given him one strength – albeit a powerful one.

I at times believe there is hope for the bald elf, but she too often takes our leave. Is she with us? Please give me a sign.

As far as the little one is concerned, I am continually amazed and know that you have chosen the correct vessel for delivering your vengeance, when I witness him getting himself into and out of trouble. I am honored that I have been picked to be his deliverer.

Please give me strength during our third test.

Forgive me for the brevity of this prayer as we must press on – but this you already know your magnificence.

K

Paused on Feb 9, 994 at 8:30 a.m.
Kissandi retains Let’s Try That Again fortune card, but needs to use it during this side quest.
Glint has been dead a few days. Tegan just died.
One encounter past milestone, three past extended rest.
Current Party Gold: 62,345 g.p. (owe Glint (dead) or his family 6,000 g.p. more after Feb 12; owe Ja’Elle’s taylor 500 g.p. more when receive final product)

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