Each giant statue stood with its light ready for questions.
Draven approached the Frost giant statue, presented with broken shield and frost giant skull and asked where the Conch of the Frost Giant’s resides: the statue spoke:You seek Jarl Storvald
“Travel west, o’er mountains, to the Sea of Moving Ice. There, among the glaciers, you’ll find Svardborg-the berg of the frost giant jarl. The conch you seek rests on his icy throne.”
Yue approached the Fire giant statue and asked Where is Zuriel? The statue responded.
“Traveling north along the high road passing the Mere of Dead Men.”
Rowan approached the Cloud Giant statue, presented the Mithril Spear tip and asked where the Conch of the Cloud Giant’s resides. the statue spoke:
You seek Countess Sansuri
“Travel southeast to the untamed moors, and look to the sky for Lyn Armaal-the castle of the cloud giant countess. The conch you seek is in a secret chest. Search the highest spire.
Prim approached the hill Giant statue and asked where is harshnag and zephyros? The statue responded
“Beyond my site.”
Norros approached the Stone Giant statue, Presented the boulder giant relic and the cracked horn and asked where the Conch of the Stone Giant’s resides. the statue spoke:
You seek Thane Kayalithica
“Travel southeast, o’er lands high and low. Cross the great forest to the gray peaks, and search for Deadstone Cleft, canyon of the stone giant thane. The conch you seek is in her possession.”
Pokeman Jones Approached Storm Giant statue, held out a keepsake from Digiman Jones and asked “Where is my Brother?” The statue spoke.
Being held in a cave of waterfalls in the Korinn Archipelago by the Kraken society.
After all the lights went out the party realized they had gained much knowledge about their foes and started to form a plan on where to go 1st. as they were discussing this plan Draven touched his pocket and realized there was a bag placed in his pocket. Opening it he found a note within:
“Draven never forget you are my champion as well. Use these to keep you safe. Give them hell hero and come back to me
Contained with in the bag were custom charges for his pistol and a potion of luck she acquired for him. He asked rowan to send her a sending which said:
“Nawala, Thank you so much for the Gifts you left me, I didn’t notice I had them until now and after I fought the fire giants but I’ll put them to good use! PS. Im not a Dad am I?”
After a few minutes Nawala responded with:
“ I am glad they found you well I know they will serve to keep you safe. As for your inquiry we will talk when you return to me. Until then stay safe my champion.”
The party decided to head out to face the frost giants in the Sea of Moving ice 1st as it was the closest location when studying their map. Caryandra turned to the party and told them that it was her time to go for now as she needed to check on the child who should have arrived in Luskan for now and until next time. She departed for her home city without waiting for individual goodbyes.
As they boarded the crimson tide Prim noticed his harper tube was filled with a note which he read:
“Halia Thornton’s Zhentarim have arrived here in Phandalin and putting on a show to demonstrate their occupation of our town. All seems to be going according to plan. Stay safe.
Prim informed the rest of the party as they set off and arrived at Svardborg which was a massive floating iceberg with giant sized wooden lodges build on the ice and ships sailing around the harbor. Several appeared to be returning back fro ma hunting trip. The party spotted one incoming with at leave 20 frost giants on board as well as a massive frost giant who seemed to be directing them. The party had a tail wind and landed on the glacier 1st and sent the airship away while they quickly darted into the closest lodge they could find.
The party found themselves in a giant mess hall for the Frost giants. it currently seemed empty but pokeman jones noticed a flock of ice mephits in the rafters so the party was careful not to disturb them. they ducked behind some curtains and found a hallway leading to the back kickens and storage areas for the food. Norros sent his familiar up in the rafters to watch the main hall to make sure they wouldn’t be ambushed.
The party rummaged through the crates of meat and fish and barrels of wine and ale only to discover some magical cleaning supplies in a back room. By this time they heard a warhorn sound and giants calling to prepare the feast as the Jarl had returned. Several giants came into the mess hall and began carving up a mammoth into steaks for the feast. Thinking quickly prim crushed up some poisoned om nom berries and put them into a vial he cast invisibility on the vial and animate objects on it and sent it into the main hall. The party locked themselves into a closet and barred it with the immovable rod.
Using Norros’s familiar as eyes in the great hall the party waited until the Jarl enteres and sat at the head table. He congratulated the giants on a successful hunt and proclaimed that they would find the ring of winter yet and bring about an age of everlasting ice. The Giants toasted to him, as he looked out upon them prim had his animated vial dump the poisoned liquid into the Jarl’s goblet. Storvald drank deeply and finished his wine and began the meal as the giant ate and drank and discussed their hunt. After a few minutes Storvald began looking more pale than usual and slumped in his chair and collapsed onto the floor. His advisers rushed to his side and helped him up a stairway to his throne room where he could be ore comfortable and they called for the local mage wizard to come heal him. The mess hall went into a frenzy with the latest developments.
The party seeing this happen knew that somehow they had to get to his throne room and get his magical conch and that going through a room of 20+ raging frost giant was likely suicide. Dravan searched the locked room they were in and discovered a mouse hole with a tunnel chewed into the back wall of the lodge. The party polymorphed into mice and charged through the hole and up the stairs after the Jarl passing by undetected until they came across a human wizard working with vials and potions frantically. He noticed the mice scurring up the stairs and proclaimed “I don’t have time to deal with these vermin!” He pulled out a wand of fireballs and fired it at the group of mice incinerating their form leaving the party in their original form surrounding him slightly charred.
Started he demanded to know who they were. They said they were doctors here to help the Jarl as they heard he was sick. Suspicious the mage took them to the throne room and told the Jarl they had unexpected guests. Prim stepped forward and proclaimed that he knew of the assassination attempt against the Jarl and he had the antidote to save him and if he was given access to the potion bench he would make it right away. At a loss as to how to help their leader the frost giants wearily allowed him to try threatening death if he was lying.
Prim took out a sack of random materials from his bag 2 ghouls teeth, 1 pinch of magma ash, 1 dragon scale, and mixed it into one of the most disgusting liquid the party has seen in awhile. He fed the potion to the Jarl and wrapped him in a mummy bandage and told the frost giants he would recover in 24 hours and to also give him this greater healing potion in the morning.
Prim looked around the room and also saw the Magic conch on the seat of the throne and he proclaimed to the room that usually a poisoning of this kind could infect objects especially one that the target would keep at his side and even play with as an instrument. One of his advisers knew he might be referring to the horn and showed it to him. Prim proclaimed “PUT THAT DOWN GOOD MAN DO YOU WANT TO BE INFECTED TOO?” The giant dropped the horn quickly and prim ran over and wrapped it in bandage and proclaimed that this might seal the poison for now but he needs to take it and make sure it is not harmful to anyone else.
As the giants began to protest Prim made the accusation that the mage was the one who tried to poison the Jarl and that he has been plotting against him for years. The mage denied such accusations but upon searching his belongings they found a diary with a plot in it with damming evidence of his plan to take the ring of winter for himself and overthrow the Jarl. The frost giants executed him on the spot after the evidence was revealed and gave the party his wand of fireballs and his journal as payment for their assistance and asked if they would take away the magic conch so noone else would be infected and so the Jarl may recover. They proclaimed the party as friends to the frost giants and bid them a good day.
After the party left they ran to the air ship as fast as their legs could take them to get out of there in cast the Jarl took a turn for the worse and soared high above Svardborg. Upon reading the diary of the mage they discovered that the frost giants captured some Adult white dragons named Cryovain and Isendraug. They learned they were shackled by magical restraints that could be unlocked with the magical gnomish phrase “uvenfetter”.
Prim dove off the airship and played his golden fiddle on the way down casting fly on himself and invisibility and went up to Cryovain trapped on their great viking like ship and unlocked the dragons shackles with the phrase. The dragon blasted the giants with frost breath and smashed into one of the lodge buildings and suddenly 2 adult white dragons made a strafing run on the camp ripping apart another building before flying off. Satisfied wit ha job well done prim returned to the Crimson Tide.
The party’s next destination was back to phandalin to check on how the feigned Zhentarim occupation was going. They discovered Jasper who they rescued from Ironslag had made it back to Halia’s forces and was now stationed in Phandalen as well as some other guards loyal to Halia.
Halia was in the central field having a meeting with the Weavil, Jasper and Sister Garaelle when they saw the party approach. They informed the party that Auctorius was here and that he wasn’t happy about her success in taking phandalin. She knew that she felt his position weakening within the Zhentarim and felt like her plan was on track. The party took this brief moment of peace to check up on their companions and guild hall in the town.
The weavil called out Pokeman Jones into an arm wrestling contest to which Halia and Sister Gaerelle took bets on with sister backing pokeman jones and after a hard fought struggle won 15 gold from her.
Draven checked on Zem and the goblin kids and saw they were playing in the yard and helping Zem with his gunpowder. He asked Zem if he could make a bomb that would create a big explosion if they are goign to feign an attack on Nightstone so Halia can look good militarily that would be a help as well as some enlarge potions for pokeman jones. Zem looked thrilled to be able to make a gigantic keg to explode and he got to work on it. Draven then went back up to the apple orchards and spoke with Daren Addermath and they reminisced about his adventuring days speaking of the weirdest creatures they have seen and sharing sorrows about not being able to save Mira in what seemed like so long ago.
Xing excitedly disembarked the Crimson tide with Yue and they found Shin Lan and let her know that they think they found her lost memories and would be able to restore them. Working together they removed the delicate white strands in the thought bottle and were able to pass them back into Shin land’s mind through their arcane knowledge and study. Shin Lan’s eyes rolled back and suddenly flashed open once again. Tears filled her eyes as she Looked at the two of them but this time with deeper recognition. she spoke:
“Xing, Yue…. oh my darling children you are both ok and yet more you have come to rescue and heal me.”
Xing and Yue both snapped looks at each other to see if each other heard what they thought they had heard. Shin lan continued.
“I know this must be shocking to you having a mother again after so long. That night we were separated our village was attacked by Spiritual Bird people. I hid Yue away safely while Yunlong tried to hide Xing but they were both taken. I fled to the cliffs and fell off before they could take me. I realize now I survived the fall landing in bushes but I ran into a Hag coven which stole my memory away and left me wandering the forest. I met up wit h a traveling caravan and they were kind to me but I always knew there was something missing. Oh how I have missed you my twin children I love you both so much.”
Shin Lan embraced them both and they hugged for a second before Yue saying she needs some time to process this and ran down the road. Xing told his mother he would go talk with her as she probably just needs some adjustment time but they really are glad to be a family again.
Xing caught up with Yue at the Stonehill inn and they went inside and Xing told Yue that he was surprised to find out the news that they were siblings and suddenly the mark that has been on his hand makes sense. and he unwrapped it sowing the same brand that was on Yue’s forehead. He told Yue he doesn’t know whats going on in her head right now or how she is feeling but his feelings for her have not changed and he will always still love her. Yue took a deep breath and cleared her head and told Xing she she still loves him too and doesn’t care what other people will say that she never felt as close to anyone as she did to him and now that she knows more about their past that she hopes it will bring them closer together.
Xing looked very happy hearing Yue speak those words and told her he loves her and they kisses and embraced. They decided not to tell their mother for now as it would be a lot to take in with their recent developments but to tell the party members in private as word would probably get out soon so they didn’t make a mess of things.
As the Twins embraced, Pokeman Jones celebrated his arm wrestling victory, Draven and Darren looked upon Mira’s grave site, as Prim Norros and rowan scouted out the improvements to their guild hall they all got to enjoy a moment of peace.