CM Adventures

Unicorns that fly and Castles in the Sky
Session 63

As midnight fell upon Phandalin Rowan was awakened in her room by the box of fun rattling. She went over to the box and opened it and a cylindrical birthday hat appeared on top of her head. As it did she looked out the window and saw a wonderful moon in the sky and felt compelled to go visit the apple orchard and pray to Lurue. As she took a stroll outside she found Norros soaking in the Magical hot tub. As she approached he was just about finishing up but as he exited the tub the gender swap ability has taken hold and he was sporting the body of a woman.

Having seen this before but knowing Norros had no idea what just happened Rowan kept a straight face and wished him goodnight as as they passed she giggled to herself as she entered the apple orchard. There she found Nilsa walking through the orchard and she greeted her. Nilsa told her she sometimes walks here out at night when she can’t sleep and was thinking of her mom. She asked if Rowan would mind if she came with her while she prayed in the moonlit glade. Rio told her of course and they found a nice spot. They knelt down and Nilsa prayed for her mom and Rowan Prayed to Lurue for guidance on the next step of their journey.

As the moon shone down upon the two of them the cylindrical hat on rowan’s head slid down onto her forehead resembling a unicorn horn and the moonlight reflected off of its angle revealing a doorway in the moonlit glade. As rowan looked up at it her eyes widened in awe as she looked at it she noticed symbols relating to lurue all over it. She passed her hand through the doorway and the chilly night air was replaced with a warm comforting and welcoming breeze. They stepped through the doorway.

On the other side Rowan found herself in this beautiful meadow with a waterfall directly ahead of her pouring into a crystal clear lake with a small island in the middle. On this small island she saw a creature standing on it. She blinked and rubbed her eyes to make sure she wasn’t still dreaming but standing before her was what she always imagined a Unicorn would look like. She approached it to say hello.

The unicorn noticed rowan and trotted up to her. Telepathically she heard its words in her mind:

“Hello Rowan, Yes I am Gwyn, I am a symbol of hope, joy, salvation, and protection for the needy, forlorn, and forsaken. You have been a champion of these causes and Lurue has heard your prayers and bid me to summon you.

Life is to be relished and lived with laughter. Quests are to be taken on a dare and gifts are to be made on a whim. Impossible dreams are to be pursued for the sheer wonder of the possibility of their completion. Everyone, no matter how unique, is to be praised for their strengths and comforted in their weaknesses. Evil melts quickest in the face of a rapier wit and unshackled joy.

Search for adventures and in your pursuit find happiness.”

And with that the unicorn dropped off a cloak off of its back and took to the skies flying across a rainbow created by the waterfall.

Rowan stricken with awe and happiness grabbed the cloak and noticed the Unicorn pattern on the back and felt an immediate connection to the unicorn she just encountered knowing they would meet again and her heart was filled with renewed determination for adventure, Nilsa looked up at her and smiled saying oh my gosh rowan this is what you have been looking for since you were as old as me right? Rowan nodded and they headed back through the portal and returned to the Stonehill inn in Phandalin and slept well until the dawn came.

The next morning the party bid farewell to those in Phandalin and took off on the Crimson Tide setting course for Lyn Armaal. On the trip After being started when others pointed out his appearance Norros reverted back to his normal self over night and then began working on the adamantite they salvaged from Ironslag making armor out of it borrowing some of the flame from the airship’s furnace and his fabricate spell. Prim tried to convince norros to make sir piggly some battle armor with his skills.

Xing Pulled Yue aside and he told her that in speaking with their mother and learning the story of how she described their home village was attacked by the “Spirit bird people” and that their parents tried to hide them and she Hid Yue well the father Yunlong tried to hide Xing but was captured in the process. She fled to the cliffs and fell off where she ran into a hag coven and was stripped of her memory. From there she was fortunate to run into Thalia’s company who took care of her and they traveled in search of business and her memory in the process where they eventually found each other. Xing let Yue know that when he was captured and grew up he never knew that Yunlong was his father and he was always chained up and the Spirit bird tribe always tried to get him to kill him but he never could bring himself to do it but couldn’t figure out why. The last place he knew they were was in an old base called the Harpshield castle. He said that would be a decent place to look if they wanted to search him out and rescue him from his prison if he was still alive. Yue agreed that this would be a good plan. They also talked about letting the rest of the party know about their relationship before they let it spill to their mother as it might be too much for her to take in right now.

They called a meeting with the party on the deck of the crimson tide and informed them that with the recovery of Yunlong’s memory they discovered that they were twins but that had not changed their feelings for each other and they would appreciate it if they didn’t mention it in from of their mother when they were in Phandalin as she was still recovering and dealing with the fact that her kids are still alive. The party agreed with some giving Yue a ribbing about the revelation and Rowan being very excited for their new adventures together and the romance involved. As they spoke Captain Laz called out that they could see Lyn Armaal ahead. Even though they were still miles away floating above the high moore they could see a floating castle in the sky. in the distance they could hear bone chilling roars of pain that they only heard when fighting and inflicting pain upon dragons. They approached the castle with caution and set down on the cloud substance that was similar to Zephyros’s tower. They approached the giant sized doors and decided to knock.

A few minuted past by and they knocked harder trying to get a sound through over the roars of pain heard within. Finally the doors opened and 2 could giants emerged and asked the party to state their business. They told him that they needed a meeting with Countess Sansuri that it was important to the safety of the sword coast. The told the party to wait there. A few minutes went by and the sound of painful howls died down. A few more minutes went by and the cloud giant emerged from the doorway once again and told them they were granted an audience with her to proceed inside.

The party was led to the Countesses throne room which was very opulent with huge cloud giant statues marble bleachers adorned with gems and many Aarakocra guards. There they found her sitting upon her throne. They leaned why she was nicknamed the Lady of masks as she wore ones that reflected her feelings and currently she wore a Shakespearean theater frowning mask. The party asked what the noise was coming from the castle and she told them that was none of their concern and what was their purpose for contacting her as she was quite busy. They told her that the ordning was broken and of their journey with Zephyros to try to restore it and needed her magical conch to accomplish it and asked to borrow it. She told the party that they thought Zephyros has gone crazy looking into that crystal ball of his too long and that the cloud giants were almost on top of the ordning and she wants to place her people in charge and couldn’t trust that task to puny folk.

The party asked if they could do anything to earn her trust to show that they were worthy of helping her and she said that there was one thing. She said she believed her destiny lies buried in the past, waiting for her to unearth it. She told the party that her ancient ancestors, anticipating the fall of their great empire, reportedly hid their magical knowledge and wealth in vaults and left markers for future generations to find them. The greatest of these troves was a cache of “dragon magic”—spells and artifacts plundered from the lairs of powerful wyrms. Sansuri wanted to find this cache and use her newfound power to destroy her ambitious rivals and convince the rest of giantkind to kneel before her. Sansuri told the party she believes the gods will reward her appropriately for doing so. When that day comes, all other cloud giants will thank her for doing what they could only dream of.

She said that they had captured a dragon but he was being stubborn in revealing this information to her but if the party could get the information out of him she would reward them with what they seek. The party agreed to go speak with the dragon and were led to the chamber where all of the roaring was coming from. Inside they discovered an adult bronze dragon who was cut bloodied scarred and chained to the wall. The party asked to be left alone with it to be able to extract the information they needed.

The dragon breathing heavily asked told the party if they were coming to kill it just do the job and put and end to its suffering he doesn’t know the information sansuri seeks. He only knows the location of a few other dragons but not the magical horde she keeps asking for. He said he was about ready to just make up a location to get her torment to stop. The party asked for his name and he said his name was Felgolos and they told him that they met another bronze dragon in their travels names Zirazlem to which his eyes perked up telling them that Zira was his daughter who ran away to join the Zhentarim which he hated them for. He said he used to do strafing runs on Zhentarim caravans to frustrate Auctorius and hopefully find her again but to no avail and he just wished to see her one last time. He pleaded to the party to help him get out of here and he would aid them in whatever way he could.

The party agreed and Norros dispelled the magic runes on the shackles holding the dragon and then picked the locks to the neck restraints. Felgolos looked like he was in rough shape so rowan draven and several other party members began to patch up his wounds and fed him healing potions so he seemed fit to travel. The Party prepared themselves with bigby’s hand by norros’s side and unicorn protectors around rowan and burst through the giant door setting upon the cloud giants there. A great battle ensued with Yue getting set upon and surrounded by giants and their griffon pets. She fell to the ground about to be crushed by them only to be saved at the last minute by Draven’s eldrich blasts taking them both out.

Enough noise was made to draw the attention of the countess and her Aarakocra guards. The party fought the bird creatures but as them thought they struck the final blow they seemed to shatter into ice and snow and crumbled to the ground instead of spilling blood. The countess attempted to use her magic upon the party but norros was able to counterspell it and bigby’s hand punched the mask off of her face as she scrambled to recover it yue lit her on fire and Felgolos set upon her tearing at her throat in retribution for the pain she inflicted upon him. With the other guards defeated he watches as she burnt and bled out. The ground floor now quiet the party quickly searched for the magical conch but only discovered a tiny treasure chest on the countess and began to plan their next move.

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A Feast for the Vain
Session 62

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

-Nawala."

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.

-Sister Garaele”

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.

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Return to the Eye of the Allfather
Session 61

The child who had his memory returned to him and was sent to Neverwinter where a message from Prim Pressleaf reached droop. The message read a request that he bring the child to Luskan. Droop looking for ways to prove his bravery accepted the task and rounded up some of his friends along the way.

Erelosa begged him to come along and droop agreed as long as they could get others. He asked around and was able to get Sildar Hallwinter and Zem slatedust from Phandalin to come on their adventure. Sildar and Zem brought Duchess the wolf along for the trip and Droop also brought his luck dragon and they set off on a road for Luskan.

The trip went smoothly until rain started to pour and they came across a bridge guarded by goblins and trolls. They demanded they empty their pockets and stated they needed to search all traveler’s for something called the ring of winter. The party wasn’t about to give up their valuables and a fight broke out. Silder and Zem took out 2 of the goblins and even erelosa was able to fight one off with her rapier seeing her 1st combat she stuck close to droop and sildar as she fought and inspired her companions. Duchess charged the trolls and tried to bite into them knocking one to the ground tearing into it by getting clawed by the other knocking him unconscious.

Lorayln rushed to duchess’s side and petted him casting cure wounds to seal where he was gushing blood. A rumble to the earth could be felt as a frost giant emerged from the trees demanding the party give up and relinquish their belongings. Erelosa in a panic took out her flute and called to Zira for help.

Being pulled away from Ironslag Zira appeared in the field across the bridge from the party and saw the frost giant making its way across the bridge towards the group. Even though she was heavily wounded she took flight and unleashed her lightning breath upon the frost giant as he crossed the bridge slowing it down. Droop used hypnotic pattern to stun a troll and Zira swooped in and grabbed it by the neck picked it up into the air and decapitated it on a fly by.

The party set upon the 2nd troll with Droop cutting it down. By this time the giant made its way across the bridge and was making a straight line for erelosa when sildar and dutchess jumped in front of it absorbing 2 mighty axe blows cutting duchess deeply and put him out of the action. Zira swooped around and beat her wings and with a mighty gust took the giant off of his feet and then landed biting and clawing at its neck.

While the frost giant was distracted droop ran in between the giant and the dragon yelling “DROOP IS BRAVE!” and stuck the frost giant in a vital area from behind slaying it sending it toppling off of the bridge to the water below. The party gathered themselves and stabilized duchess and attempted to patch up Zira before continuing north. Zira felt some of her wounds from the vonindod couldn’t truly be healed with conventional healing but she was well enough to go seek help and she set off after making sure the party was safe.

Back in Ironslag the party gathered themselves and hearing commotion throughout ironslag after finishing off the vonindod decided they needed to leave before anything else showed up and to take the slaves with them to free them. They ran up a nearby set of stairs and came across more dwarves trapped in cages guarded by hobgoblins. They got the jump on them and quickly dispatched the guards and freed the remaining captives.

They worked their way backwards out of iron slag hearing infighting between the yakfolk and the remaining fire giants as they left managing to avoid the bulk of the group. they entered the mines and collected the dwarves from the mansion and told them to flee down the mountain and keep running back to where they came from as their airship could not hold them all and the Apparatus of Kawalsh that prim procured from ironslag. The party noticed the Yakfolk village was empty and figured that they must all be down in ironslag hashing out recent events with the fire giants. the party quickly debated torching the village but their airship arrived and they decided to leave with haste and sent the prisoners down the mountain as they took off.

Captain Laz was surprised to see the giant apparatus on his ship but with yue’s help they had more lift to the balloon to carry all the extra weight brought on board and the party set out for 2 days to reach the eye of the Allfather.

The party found the normal entrance to be collapsed in so they searched for and found the secret entrance spoken of by Zephyros before his message was cut off. They explored the tunnels. The party split in 2 both running into traps but Draven and Caryandra ran into a group of ice spiders. With a resounding “EEP” Caryandra climbed up on draven’s shoulders and stabbed one waggling celery wildly carving it apart flinging its spider guts everywhere. Draven blew 2 of them apart just in time for pokeman jones to round the corner and crush the final one and reunite the party.

After exploring the tunnels the party found themselves in a great hallway with a statue of a stone giant at one end. Caryandra noticed that some tiles looked different and Norros went to inspect it instructing everyone to go back by the statue in case it was a trap so it only hit him. As the party approached the end of the room norros activated the tiles causing the stone statue to drop its hibernation and it swung its greatclub at the party smashing rowan and pokeman jones. The party did battle with the stone giant ending with rowan shattering it with a harm spell.

As the eye of the allfather grew quiet once more the party found their way back to the main hall with all 6 statues in it but the portal was closed. They saw that each of the statues had weapons except the frost giant statue. They searched the rubble upstairs for any sign of Zephyros or Harshnag and they found a bag of giant goods including a owlbear plushie which Draven and Caryandra argued over but she eventually won it from him with her persuasiveness. Upon inspecting the rubble they also found Harshnag’s axe. it was such a large weapon it took the entire party to bring it back to the main chamber. Rowan scryed on it to try to determine their location but could not confirm their existence at all as the spell found no purchase. and so they were left wondering what happened here.

Norros and Draven worked on the idea to put the axe into the frost giant’s hands and Norros rigged up a pulley system to raise it up that high. Upon placing it into the hands of the statue the portal to the oracle reactivated and the party entered the oracle’s chamber. Eigeron’s spirit greeted them and upon asked what happened here he told them that the Doom of the desert Lymrith arrived seeking the oracles power and Zephyros and Harshnag tried to prevent her from having it closing the portal and them he heard part of the temple collapsing but couldn’t tell them any more about what had happened as he was sealed off. But he suggested that if they were successful in their journey to seek the oracle’s advice on what to do next.

As he spoke the six lights of the oracle began to glow awaiting the inquiries of the party.

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The Vonindod
Session 60

The party tried to circumvent the way around to where they thought Zalto was but found themselves in an armory full of giant sized weapons and armor so they doubled back and headed north to find a series of pools and wheels to control the flow of water coming off the mountain. Norros sent his bat familiar in to investigate and it got smashed by a rock. thrown by a fire giant. The party heard him call out “Duchess Brimskarda run and save yourself!”

The party saw the fire giant rush into the room backed by a horde of goblins and ogers. The party quickly cut through the goblin horde as Pokeman Jones and Draven fought the fire giant and brought him down. They moved into the next room and saw doors to the south and east and stairs heading upwards. The party opened the southern door which was a storage closet that they found food a chest of colding with food in it and some healing potions with draved quaffed and some of his earlier wounds started to heal. Norros set an alarm trap across the stairs and the party struggled to push open the heavy iron doors to the east and managed to crack it open just far enough to fit a person through when a hallway full of goblins loosed their arrows. Pokeman Jones jumped in front of the barrage and deflected the arrows with his shield protecting the party.

Draven loaded his pistol with scatter shot and pulling away from the wall strafed across the door opening fired into the hallway with the resulting shrapnel felling the goblins stationed throughout the hallway. The party rushed through the door hearing a mechanical whir to the south they pushed open the door and saw a massive forge and a gigantic humanoid mechanical construct being held up by chains and a 2 large fire giants the larger of which wielding a massive mace with a cage on top with a human locked inside. He proclaimed to them:

_ “I sense magdera here, thank you for bringing the dawn titan to me. After I crush you my vonindod will be complete and We will prove to all we belong at the top of the ordning, Why don’t I give you a sneak preview of what is to come?”_

After he spoke the Vonindod’s eyes lit up and rose to a standing position and started to work its way over to the party. the smaller fire giant ran behind the construct.

Zira ran to the front of the party and proclaimed:

_ “I am Zirazylym, the last of my family line which you thought you ended. I have waited centuries for this moment “Lord of the fire giants”. You build these monstrosities to hunt my kind but no more. I will end your line today. I will take what you have taken from me and tear your machines asunder!”_

As she spoke Zira dropped her seeming and become a reverted to an Adult Bronze Dragon, took flight and charged Duke Zalto. The party took cover behind some crates and tried to fire some ranged attacks at the vonindod. As Zira approachjed the vonindod fired its death ray at Zira clipping her bringing her to the ground injuring her but she pushed on in her hatred biting and clawing at Duke Zalto he swung at her with his mace rattling around and bludgeoning the man trapping inside and he slammed the mace into her.

Yue fired magic missiles into the Vonindod but they seemed to be absorbed into it and its eyes turned a light blue and fired an electric beam back at her slamming into her. Pokman Jones and draven rushed the Vonindod. Draven covered pokeman’s approach firing eldrich blasts into the Vonindod which also seemed to be absorbed and it fired an elecric beam back at him as well. Pokeman Jones reached the vonindod and began smashing into it with his staff finding the adamantite it was made out of very hard to dent but managed to buckle in a few spots with the help of Yue’s sleet storm. Rowan ran out and fired a guiding bolt into the vonindod and its eyes changed to a black color and shot a necrotic beam back at her. Norros and prim ran over to a big mechanical construct in the corner that looked like a crab. Prim recognised it as an apparatus of Kawalsh and he climbed in and tried to figure out how it worked while Norros covered him.

The vonindod recharged its death ray and fired upon pokeman jones which slammed into him injuring him. Carryandra drank a potion of invisibility and slipped behind the front line of the battle and noticed The duchess playing with her bracelet which seems in sync with the actions the Vonindod was taking. She loaded up her crossbow discharge and fired it through her head killing her sending her to the ground smashing the bracelet into pieces.

The Apparatus rolled south onto the battlefield with prims face grinning ear to ear out the front window providing a distraction just as rowan reached Zira and healed the dragon and she beat her wings knocking Zalto to the ground just in time for pokeman jones to arrive and set upon him smashing the giant’s head with his staff crushing him. Zira took another blast from the vonindod and dropped to the ground on her last legs the vonindod raised its fists as if to finish her when its power seemed to run out and the eyes powered down as the construct fell apart. Zira appeared very injured and was breathing heavily from the battle with the dragon slaying machine.

Before the party could heal her wounds further she heard a cry out in her head from Erelosa “ZIRA HELP” and she was called to her side and disappeared from Ironslag. The party quickly searched the room and found the magical conch from Duke Zalto and unlocked the prisoner from Zalto’s mace cage who introduced himself as Jasper Dimmerchasm, a Zhentarum agent who was sent here to spy on the fire giants but was captured. He stated he was glad they sent someone to save him as he thought he was going to rot in that cage forever. The party caught their breath from the fight and started to plan their next action.

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Into Ironslag
Session 59

Norros Sprung into action and called forth Bigby’s hand and sent it forth to try to grab the drarf held aloft while Caryandra and Zira fired arros from their crossbows striking the Fire giant in the shoulder and knee pulling the axe away from the drarf’s throat. As the giant let go Bigby’s hand swooped in and grabbed the dwarf. The rest of the party descended on the fire giant and finished him off. The Dwarf thanked the party and they sent him and the rest towards the mansion and told him to stay there until it was safe. Zira went up to the Giant and proclaimed. “Zaltember you got what was coming to you after all you have done.” And she stabbed him before moving on with the rest of the party telling them that they had just killed Zalto’s son. Caryandra Held out her arm and the flying snake she named “Danger noodle” wrapped around her arm as they prepared to head further in.

As the party watched the dwarves run off Norros noticed the mine carts circling throughout Ironslag and wanted to create a distraction so he used his stone shape and carved a ramp under the mine cart tracks to cause a wreck in the assembly line and the cart line came to a screeching halt. They heard shouting from a southeastern chamber and heard a fire giant yelling “Put your backs into it and get that wheel moving. I’ll show you what happens to insolent workers I will make an example of you.”

The party opened the door to a chamber with a massive wheel which up until last minute was powering the mine carts. A dozen dwarven slaves were working the wheel while a fire giant and 2 ogers were supervising. The party entered just as a dwarf was executed. The party sprung into action attacking the giant before he could reach another slave. One of the ogers ran and open a cage releasing a pack of hell hounds upon the party breathing fire onto Pokeman jones. Norros and Yue tried to quell their flames with their storm and ice magic and eventually the party fininshed them and freed the slaves sending them to the mansion as well until they were finished here.

The Dwarves told the party Zalto was making them mine adamantite here in the mines to work on a machine in the lowest levels of Ironslag called the vonindod which throughout history was used to combat dragons. The party thanked them for the information and found some stairs leading downward. They heard the elevator being taken upward as if reinforcements were coming to the upper levels to see what the commotion was so they descended further down another set of stairs into the depths of iron slag.

As they went down the stairs they received a sending spell from Zephyros.

“Small ones listen carefully, the eye is under attack and this is a fight we will not win, There is a secret entrance 500ft down from the eye. We will do what we must to keep the oracle safe. It may be too late, the doom of the desert is upon us, Wait Harshnag! *sounds of rumbling and rocks rocks falling and then the sending suddenly cuts off.”

The party debated whether they should turn back or finish the job. They felt they had gone too far to turn back now and they pushed onward to try to find Zalto. At the bottom of the stairs they found themselves in a room with many massive forges. Draven tried to sneak forward but was spotted by a fire giant who picked up a massive chunk of adamantite and threw it at him stunning him. Another fire giant picked up a greatsword and carved 2 big gashed out of him before he fell to the ground unconscious and bleeding out. Norros saw the giant about to finish him off and created Otiluke’s Resilient Sphere around Draven to protect him and give him a chance to recover.

The party took cover behind big crates and forges and got into a ranged battle with the fire giants With pokeman jones sealing the walkways with webs from his staff and Norros and Yue making the terrain difficult to pass through with their sleet storms and thunder clouds. Rowan ran up and grabbed the magical hamster ball Draven was in and pulled it to the back lines where Norros dropped it and rowan fed him a potion of superior healing bringing him back to consciousness. As the party began to with the war of attrition the giants called to one in the back to go warn Zalto the intruders were here.

The party rushed and overwhelmed the remaining giants in the room and took a sword out of the forge that they were working on and prepared to face Zalto before he had time to prepare or call in more reinforcements.

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Yakfolk Hospitality
Session 58

The party decided to restock in Waterdeep and so they had prim create a teleportation circle to reach there which he used the alter in the well to accomplish. The party searched out a potion shop and restocked on healing potions and potions of fire resistance planning to take on the giant lorn Zalto next. Draven went to see Nawala and she greeted him warmly and they spent the day together catching up in waterdeep. They went around town and picked up a fancy crimson hat which made anyone wearing it look slim and a lyre which only played music that people over 100 years old could hear. He used it to drive Caryandra towards drinking for most of the day from everfull. He also recharged his necklace of fireballs at the local alchemist shop.

Rowan went to her temple and was warned to make sure to have some sort of fire resistance if they were going after the lords. Prim performed in waterdeep and made some money for the party. Caryandra passed out on a table at Nawala’s inn just in time for roam and ardra to come in and cover her with a blanket and sat down at her table discussing how everyone seemed lively in the city today and then they booked a room.

The party celebrated their finding all of the giant artifacts and planned to head towards Ironslag the next day. Nawala slipped a note and gift into Draven’s pocket which he didn’t notice and bid him farewell.

The party teleported to the Crimson tide and made their way to the mountains of Ironslag. As they saw the mountain they saw a village at the top walled off all the way around with gates for entrance and exit. they decided to land at the base and sneak up to the village. As they approached the 12000 stairs on the side of the cliff they noticed a familiar figure in Zira, who was Erelosa’s protector who worked with Nendra. They beckoned her over and she updated them on her situation that a Zhentarim spy was sent in to give the black network information about the fire giants who have taken up residence here in the last few months. His reports had stopped coming in and she was sent to find out what happened to him. She knew from previous reports that yakfolk lived in the village up above and that there were 2 ways into Ironslag. 1 Via an elevator powered by a water wheel and the other by a set of stairs west of the elevator. She states she also knows of a chimera lair halfway up to the village that they should be quiet ascending.

The party crept up the stairs and located the chimera lair and Norros sealed the cave entrance shut with his magic leaving the party free to make their way up to the top of the mountain. There was a braidge leading across the gap with water flowing underneath turning the waterwheel and there was a broken rickety bridge which seems to already have been replaced. The party made their way up to the gates and saw the yakfolk going bout their business in the village. They decided to knock and talk with them. The yalkfolk guards seemed happy to see travelers and welcomed them into their village and offered to introduce them their chieftain Kartha Kaya. They moved into the center of the Yakfolf vilalge and saw some dwarves working out in the fields and upon entering the tent of the chief he beckoned them to join him to share his food drink and pipeweed. He and the other yakfolk began eating and drinking from the table.

Prim sat down to partake of the food. Prim took a few puffs of the pipeweed and began chowing down on the food with pokeman jones. Caryandra stood in the corner and didn’t join them to eat as she noticed something wrong with the dwarven servants had manacles on their legs as if to prevent escape. and Yue looked hungry as well but as she went to eat some of the food, Rillix peaked out from her hood and batted the spoon out of her hand. Pokeman stomach didn’t feel good but his iron stomach digested the poison and handles it however as prim was taking puffs of the pipeweed he fell asleep face down on the table.

The yakfolk noted that he must have been sleepy and offered to give them lodging for the night. The party declined and all got up and left the tent. They made their way outside and the Yakfolk stayed inside and could be heard whispering to the chief. Pokeman and Caryandra carried prim outside and they decided to make a run for it to the elevator as they felt there was something wrong with the whole situation. They made a dash for the 2nd gate and Rowan and Pokeman Jones put their shoulders into the gate breaking it open.

They hurried their way inside and barred the gate again just in time that the Yakfolk came out and called to them that behind the gate was a restricted area and began firing their longbows over the gate at them. Prim got an arrow to the rear as they made their way around the corner and saw both the elevator and the stairs. The party decided to use the elevator as a distraction and Caryandra hit the level making the elevator descend while the party ran down the stairs into the mines.

Zira pulled the party around a corner and they hid as quiet as they could. A minute later they heard the Yakfolk come galloping through telling the other guards in the mines that they had intruders who used the elevator to get to the lower levels and they want everyone to track them down. The mine emptied of guards and the galloping sounds got softer and disappeared deeper into the mines. Caryandra and pokeman tried to wake prim up by slapping him in the face but he remained asleep. Yue took her hands and lit them ablaze and heated up the metal part of the arrow stuck in prim’s rear which jolted him out of the dream he was having.

The party noticed there were 3 dwarves mining and chained together in the mine. Caryandra picked their locks on their leg manacles and prim opened his magical mansion and they told them to hide there until this was all over that they would rescue them. They charged into the mansion and the party headed deeper into the mines and finally reached the upper level of ironslag. They immediately saw more dwarf slaves chained together but lightly guarded by a single salamandar. Caryandra loaded up a cold energy arrow and jumped it and they party quickly finished it off just in time for an ogre patrol to come around the corner.

Caryandra unlocked the new found dwarf manacles while prim asked them if they would fight for their freedom which they agreed to so prim transformed them into giant scorpions who then assaulted the ogres coming around the corner. Prim obscured their vision and his their presence with a neverending fog bottle and the scorpions and arrow shot by Caryandra turned into a flying snake and poisoned the remaining 2 ogres under the cover of the fog.

As the scorpions came out of the fog they came face to face with the Fire Giant Zaltember, son of Zalto, and they heard him bullying a dwarf slave around the corner. Upon seeing the ruckus he took the slave with his and backed up as he saw 6 scorpions emerge from the fog Yue tried to throw a chromatic orb at him but her aim was off in the fog and it clipped prim in the back of the head breaking his concentration on the spell and the scorpions reverted to dwarves.

Zaltember’s fear grew to a smile across his face as he prepared to squash the Dwarves rebelling against him. He called out “My father will burn you all alive. and you your bodies to fuel our furnaces,” but the rest of the party burst through the fog and Draven hit him with a feeblemind spell causing him to revert to only primal instinct and thought. and now seeing he was greatly outnumbered fear took him and he grabbed the dwarf he was able to bully earlier and ran over to a grate and help his axe to the dwarf’s throat and held him over the pit and grunted at the party as if threatening them to get away or he would drop him to his doom.

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Stone cold feelings
Session 57

The party decided to head to the giant mound called one stone next and so they packed their things and left the whitestone residence with Rowan bidding a farewell to her parents and butler and took a sac of food with them for the trip. As they exited the house across the street the Whiteshield’s neighbor Gertrude (also known locally as “the hawk” for her bounty hunting skills) noticed a figure exiting the house that she recognized from a guards description as someone who was wanted by the city guard. Worried for her neighbor she grabbed her grocery bag and headed outside dropping it on the ground near draven and asked for help. He came over and helped her gather up her the groceries and she asked him if he would help her deliver the lunch she packed to her son downtown who worked as an accountant which he agreed to.

Caryandra slipped away from the party while they were helping the old woman and she left a note in samuel’s hiding spot on the moonbridge where he kept his book. the note read:

“Sammy, I was please to find you remember me, but I must insist you let me go. It’s no longer safe for those who claim to know me, and so I must disappear. Do not attempt to find me. Forget me, forget your adventures, return to your little library and life.

Be well.
Sincerely, C.”

Draven and Gertrude both headed downtown and entered the bank where her son worked and she delivered the lunch to him as they entered there were 2 guards there protecting the bank and noticed draven. These were the same guards who he gave the slip to the other day and they crept up behind him and threw antimagic manacles on his wrists and led him downtown. They thanked Gertrude for helping apprehend him and tossed her a bag of coins and led Draven to the guard barracks. Gertrude left the bank and headed back to the Whiteshield’s home thinking to herself “Third criminal this week” pocketing the bounty money. She arrived and informed the party that their companion needed to get bailed out and they went downtown and Caryandra was able to talk the guard down from a 500gp bounty to 200gp and she paid to have him bailed out hoping to cash in a favor later down the road. The party departed Silverymoon and headed to One stone in search of the next giant relic.

As they set down at one stone the marking indent into the ground looked like what could be described as the mark on the sky pony tribe carved into the grassy landscape. The party came across a rushing river and norros created a land bridge for them to cross and upon reaching the top of the plateau they noticed that where the eye of the sky pony sat was a giant boulder which appeared magical and the party knew that that was their next target. But as they approached the ground shoot and a heard of bulette burst forth from the ground and 2 of them were mounted by riders who proclaimed “By the cult of the black earth we claim this relic. We can not allow knowledge of us or interference from strangers hinder our mission so we sentence you to death!”

The cultists called their herd of bulette to assault the party. Pokeman jones and draven attacked the cultist riders and fought their spells up close and personal knocking the riders off of their mounts and slicing through their mage robes. Draven recited the words he read in the book of bogentle and a summoning circle appreared on the ground and a hell hound puppy appeared out of it and cooked a bulette with its flame breath. Yue blasted cracks in their armor with her fire magic and Caryandra spun and slid celery into the crack in the tough hide striking the vital point of one before ducking behind the magic boulder and began to squee at the hell hound puppy.

Prim threw his spoons up in the air and animated objects trying to send them to attack but a bulette leaped into the air and landed on him and norros. Rowan kept a bulette at way and struck one down with light bringer before running to prim and norros to heal their wounds. as the bullette was about to crush down again Caryandra fired a crossbow bolt into a crack in its armor dropping it. Pokeman and draven finished off the remaining ones cracking through the armor. As the last of them fell the party check and saw they were all ok and claimed the magic boulder which shrunk down to a 6 inch diameter sphere. Prim proclaimed “ah this is much better to transport and immediately shoved it in his pocket but the small boulder was heavier than it looked still weighing about 25lbs and pulled his pants to the ground revealing prim’s boxers that were pattered with a print of prim faces. The party sighed and boarded the ship and decided to head to Beorunna’s well for their final artifact.

They made their way across the landscape and discovered a massive hole in the ground. as they gazed down it they saw an icy rope leading into a central forest area, to the west a running spring, to the right a camp site with fires lit and to the south an alter and totem poles. Norrs decided to turn himself into a Quetzalcoatlus that was able to fit everyone but Caryandra who setup her crossbow and readied it to pick off anyone from above. Prim flew down to the forest with a fly spell ahead of everyone else and met a shamen in the forest and used his golden fiddle to summon his succubi to try to charm the shamen into pacifying the tribe that lived in this well but the succubi were not prepared to be summoned so suddenly and were off their game and failed to convince the shamen to help and he sounded the alarm in the camp alerting the uthgardt tribe to come running weapons drawn. Prim sent the “this didn’t work signal and Norros flew down with his companions on his back.

As he descended the noise woke up 4 manticore living in the cave to the west who intercepted the Quetzalcoatlus. Caryandra clipped one of their wings from up above but the other 3 hit draven and petrified the Quetzalcoatlus sending it for a crash landing transforming the beast back into norros as the petrification took his body as he lay face down in the forest. The party engaged the tribe and ran to prim’s aid with draven and pokeman jones holding off the wave of tribesmen while Yue tried to fend off the manticore but ended up getting petrified again as did caryandra as the one she shot flew up to the top of the well and as she was reaching for celery a tail spike stuck in her shoulder and she was turned to stone. rowan rushed to norros and used greater restoration to remove the pertification and he immediately saw the rest of the manticore incoming and build a stone amphitheater around them and yue to shield from the next volley of deadly tail spikes. rowan used this time to remove the petrification from yue. Prim seeing that they were in trouble hypnotized a manticore. and then helped pokeman jones and draven fight off the remaining tribesmen.

The manticore above the well picked up caryandra and tried to drop her onto draven and pokeman. her stone form fell and picked up speed to terminal velocity and it appeared as if she would shatter on the ground or kill her companions in the impact but at the last second prim was able to cast levitate just in time to slow the fall enough for draven to dive and grab her stone form so it didn’t shatter on the ground. the party breathed a sign of relief but it wasn’t over yet as the manticore made their way around the stone wall and petrified norros a 2nd time. Having enough of this yue burned the remaining manticore with her fire magic and the well grew quiet.

Rowan was out of magic to de-pretrify anyone else so the party went over the remaining dead manticore and was able to salvage enough of their tail spikes for one potion but prim was able to use his knowledge and expertise and a trick or 2 he picked up along the way to make the ingredients go further and made enough antidote to treat both caryandra and norros returning them to flesh once more. The party caught their breath and searched the tribe finding several magical items including a ring. the checked the alter at the southern part of the well and discovered Beneath the altar was a rough-hewn niche containing the skeletal remains of a half-ogre and a relic of giantkind: a fossilized horn made from the tusk of a mammoth and engraved with images of giants battling dragons. The cracked horn weighs 250 pounds but had lost its magical powers.

The party was satisfied that they found their final giant artifact and debated on their next destination around the camp fire of the former tribe of Beorunna’s well.

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The Heist
Session 56

The party gathered around a poker table that night and Prim somehow found a green visor and started the meeting by proclaiming his heist name “Primsy” and adopted the word “seeee” as the period to the end of all his sentences. Prim set a plan where they would case the joint 1st to see if anything changed since they received their information. Should everything be fine they will split into 2 parties to pull off the heist of magic weapons where prim would create a distraction by hosting a concert named “Prim Fest” in the center of town to draw as many away from that section of town as possible while Caryandra and Norros slipped in and got the goods and would ride out in the horse and carriage sending it in one direction and while anyone pursued it teleport to the Crimson tide which was now hovering over the city. The Party agreed that this was a good plan and they rested that night.

The next morning Prim set out making flyers for the event and was ready to distribute them throughout the city when they were approached by a skinny scholarly looking elf who introduced himself as Samuel Derfleaf and asked the party if they knew his beloved Caryandra as they were adventurers. Caryandra had still taken up the disguise of Seraphina. Caryandra’s eyes grew big and bigger as he approached and Yue tried to contain her laughter. Draven whispered to her that he looks like a nerd and she hissed back at him. Caught off guard the rest of the party said no they didn’t know her, some yelled out she is in Luscan and some proclaimed yes but she died leading to much confusion in Samuel.
He explained he once worked in the library until he met her when she came in one day and sent him off on a task should he complete they would be together and happy. When the party asked what the task was he told them he had to acquire the legendary tome the book of bogentle and the traveled far and wide and was given the book after being an apprentice to a necromancer named Tsernoth. The party except for norros recognized his name. Samuel said he waits on the Moon bridge every day watching for adventurers hoping one will have spotted her so that one day they can finally be together. Caryandra found the nearest pillar to go smack her head upon while Draven said that he was a scholar himself and appreciated Samuel’s profession and asked if he could take a look at the book of bogentle while everyone waited to see if his love would appear that day but who definitely wasn’t here right now.

Samuel agreed after Draven talked with him about the books he had written. They took a walk to the moon bridge and Samuel pulled the book out of its hiding spot and showed draven who began to page through it. Draven began to feel a sense of possessiveness over the book as soon as he began leafing through it and he cast darkness on Samuel and took off in a full sprint back to the party the Samuel not far behind yelling “THIEF THIEF STOP HIM!” Draven got back to the party moments before Samuel caught up to him and Norros polymorphed him into a frog. Caryandra quickly scooped him up and put him into her pocket.

Moments later guards appeared and questioned what the commotion was and prim explained that their were rehearsing for a show that day which the guards bought. Draven was like yes watch this and brought an eagle out of his shield which the guards asked him where his animal handling permit was and if he didn’t have one he would have to pay a fine down at the station. Draven began to argue and accused the guards of being racist and as the situation turned worse they were about to apprehend him for being uncooperative and he cast darkness on the guards and fled melding into the stone work of a nearby building. the guards regrouped and questioned the rest of the party who remained with most of them walking away during the commotion leaving yue xing and rowan to talk to the guards telling them they didn’t know him. The guards satisfied with their answer vowed to return to the station and put up wanted posters for a bounty on him to bring him in and they departed.

The party headed back to rowans house to find Draven there reading the book. Everyone made it back to the house with Caryandra much later than the rest. When they asked what had happened she claimed she had “Taken care” of the frog. Rowan’s mother saw the party return home and said that they had a guest waiting for them and upon entered the dining room they found Tsernoth there waiting for the party. He greeted his old friends and told them the tale of how Samuel came to his island under the guise of wanting to study under him but in reality stole his book during the night after he had gained his trust and he had come to reclaim it as the longer he was gone the longer the island was undefended as only Agatha is there guarding it and the infernal brazier. He came here to deal with his former “apprentice” and get his tome back. The party informed him they new of him and just dealt with him and brought Draven down to return the book to Tsernoth which his did after memorizing and writing down as much as he could from the chapters he read. Tsernoth thanked the party for their help once again and departed.

The party asked Draven what he was thinking and told him he was now wanted by the city guard. Rowan’s father said he would go to the station and see if he could smooth things over and get the wanted posters taken down as one of the guards is his friend and he has some pull in the city. Draven thanked him and gave him a bottle of fireflies as a gift which he put by a bunch of pictures of rowan as a child. The party decided to disguise draven so people wouldn’t recognise him during prim’s distraction concert and yue and xing also went undercover as caryandra and norros so they would have an alibi if they were seen. The party finished casing the house and everything seemed as it should and upon their final meeting prim proclaimed “THE HEIST IS ON!”

Prim set up his stage and began a massive performance in the middle of Silverymoon with the crowd cheering and even the head of the Margaster house was in attendance thanks to the advertisements given out earlier that day. The crimson tide flew high over silverymoon as a areal advertisement for Prim’s concert.

Caryandra and Norros approached the Margaster house from the west and Norros stone shaped a hole in the side of the wall leading them into the living room filled with grand chandeliers rather than the carriage house adjacent to the main house. norros immediately regretted his lack of direction started arguing with caryandra about where to go and had caryandra look at a door which she was about to pick and Norros cast dispel magic on the door disenchanting an alarm spell on the knob. The party heard talking from upstairs and footsteps coming closer so Caryandra quickly picked the lock and they got into the carriage house.

Norros dispelled the alarm magic on the carriage itself and Caryandra dug under a compartment in the seat to find the bag of magical items. At this time guards came down the stairs into the carriage house. Caryandra and norros ducked down low in the Carrage as to not be seen. The guards noticed the door ajar which made them investigate the living room and they saw a massive 5ft hole in the side of the building and they called out to sound the alarm and summon the guards as they have intruders. Norros realized he didn’t seal the hole he came into and went to their backup plan and told caryandra to hold on tight to the bag of items and grabbed her and used a teleport spell to try to get up onto the air ship.

Being flustered with the situation the aim of his spell was off and they appeared mid air and in a full plummet above the stage prim was performing on. Panicking Norros was just able to get off a fly spell which sent them rocketing past either side of prim while he was performing and they tried to improvise and made it look like part of the show. Caryandra landed on the stage and activated her bracelet of lies making many copies of her on the stage which all started performing backup dancer maneuvers. Norros join in as did yue and xing who were disguised as Norros and Caryandra.

The real Norros dove behind the stage and stashed the loot in a magical treasure chest and sent it into another plane of existence to be retrieved later and the party finished Prim Fest to the roar of the crowd. being high up on stage they could see guards rushing towards the Margaster house on the other side of town. As Prim fest concluded the party returned to the Whiteshield estate. They gathered and looked through their loot finding potions, a robe of useful items, an immovable rod, a knock spell scroll. and a ring with the symbol of Asmodeus on it. The party exhilarated from the events from the day decided to collect themselves and plan their next move.

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The Freedom Festival of Everlund
Session 55

The party decided they were close to the city of Everlund and decided to drop off the platinum badge given to them by Darathra Shendrel to take to Danivarr’s House in Everlund and give it to Dral Thelev, the one-eyed half orc proprietor. The party arrived and knocked on his door and upon seeing what they had to give him he welcomed them in as friends of the harpers. They told him of the danger the giants pose to the land and he thought higher members of the harpers should hear of this and offered them elven wine which they accepted. The party drank of the wine and suddenly they were all transported instantly to the Moongleam tower which is the harper stronghold in Everlund. They party found themselves in a fancy parlor in Moongleam Tower which contained austere furnishings and a dozen domesticated tressym. Rillix immediately hopped out of Yue’s hood and began playing with his kind to her enjoyment. Upon their arrival they saw an old Wizard approaching them from down a set of stairs. He approached the party and introduced himself as Krowen Valharrow archmage of Moongleam tower and he appreciated what the party has done for the harpers and the sword coast as a whole. He told them he has a penchant for sponsoring adventurers who are doing good in the world and he summoned his page to bring him something and in a few minuted returned with a chest full of scrolls containing various magic spells including dispel magic, fly, magic weapon, sending, tongues, and water breathing. The party thanked him for his generosity and Yue asked him since he was such a powerful mage fond of tressym would he be able to help her make Rillix into her familiar which he agreed to and shared a secret formula to bind their souls together in a ritual that would only work if they were truly bound in close friendship and love. They agreed to try it and looking at the list of things they needed Yue had Norros fashion a necklace with a Tressym ornament hanging from it. Krowen took the necklace and said he would imbue it wit hthe soul binding magic throughout the day but it might take awhile so he suggested the party enjoy the freedom festival going on today in Everlund. he told them the story of the festival:

“Everlund was a member of the Lords’ Alliance. The five leaders who currently comprise the city’s Council of Elders voted three to two in favor of separation and, in a symbolic show of support for Sundabar, condemned the alliance for its failure to come to Sundabar’s aid during the War of the Silver Marches. The decision was touted as an opportunity for Everlund to chart its own course and now they celebrate each year commemorating that decision.” He told them some of the festivities include archery, tests of strength and cooking contests and that they should go enjoy themselves for the day while he works on their request.

The party thanked him and everyone decided to head off except for Prim who stayed in the tower requesting to study the magic teleportation circles the harpers had setup throughout the land.

The rest of the party ended up back in the streets of everlund after taking another gulp of their elven wine. They spotted Zem slate dust and Sildar setting up fireworks on the streets and they went to greet them. They found some of the goblin children running around playing with sparklers he created. he let the party know he was refining and making better things with his blackpowder ever since he got his hand made for him and thanked norros. He said that he made a bunch of fireworks for the end celebration and that the party would have a chance to win some of his creation if they participated in the festival activities. The party agreed that they should do just that and headed into a local bar which seemed to be hosting an arm wrestling contest. The party took part with Pokeman Jones and draven making it to the finals but pokeman jones taking top prize. He was awarded some grapes, a magical shield of freedom which he gave to draven for putting up a good fight in the arm wrestling match and some fireworks.

The party headed out into the street and saw the locals just setup an archery range and the party also took part in this contest with Caryandra and Rowan making it to the finals with Caryandra just winning out 3-2 in the final round in a thrilling battle of sharpshooters taking home arrows of dragon slaying, arrows of cold energy and fireworks.

The final event of the day had the party putting on their baking hats and making food in a variety of competitions ranging from survival rations, to crisp nature salads, to medicinal chicken soup, spicing up plain trout with exciting performances, and even making medicinal chicken soup. The party partnered up and Yue and Xing matched up against Pokeman and Caryandra in the finals with Caryandra and Pokeman taking home om nom berry pie, a scroll of heroes feast, some fire fruit and some fireworks.

The party having fun for the day returned to the Moongleam tower and retrieved the necklace and brought it to the town square just as the fireworks were finishing setting up. Rowan blessed the necklace mixing the soul binding power the arch mage imbued it with and cleansing it so Pure love and bond would come through clearly as they both began the ritual. The tressym ornament swirled in an arcane purple and white as Yue got Rillix out of her hood and asked him. “Do you want to become my familiar buddy?” Rillix mewed at her and placed his paw on the necklace and she placed hers on top of his paw and held it to her chest. Yue looked at norros signalling it was time to imbue the necklace with a final charge of power to complete the ritual and he sent a lightning bolt into it. Yue and rillix began to levitate and glow slowly circling in the air and at one point almost seemed to merge into one being before separating again and coming back down setting on the ground once again. Yue had never felt this close to rillix before and knew the ritual had been a success. The party all came to congratulate Yue as Zem’s fireworks began in Everlund. The party enjoyed the spectacular show or color and sound with some of the fireworks exploding into images like goblins and dragons and swords.

After the fireworks display ended the party decided they would not rest for the night but would take a teleportation spell direct to silverymoon and plan their next move. Caryandra seemed hesitant about heading back to that city but wouldn’t say why and the party convinced her to come along. Norros transported them there after asking the airship to start making its way there to meet them there. As they approached the gates the one old guard in his late 50’s named Rolim Herran saw Rowan and ran up to her giving her a hug asking how she has been and that its such a surprise to see her and that her parents would be pleased to see her safe back in town and he welcomed the party to the city.

The party decided to visit her parents 1st to have a place to stay and so Rowan led them to the Whiteshield estate in the high end district of the city. As the party crossed the moonbridge Caryandra kept looking around nervously and upon being questioned she finally opened up to the party that she had been in the city once before and that she had to get a book out of a library and had to trick the elf librarian to get this book who ended up falling in love with her and even brought her a rose on this moonbridge. She planned to kill him not to leave any loose ends but in the end didn’t have the heart to do it so she sent him away on a quest to find a stone she knew would be impossible to find so it would give her time to acquire the book and get out of town which she did and hasn’t been back since until this day.

The party felt like they knew Caryandra a little better after her story and arrived at the Whieshield estate and upon knocking Garen the butler answered and greeted rowan in his pajamas and a night cap wit ha little tousle on the end of it and slippers in the shape of an owl bear. His eyes opened wide with joy as he saw rowan and bid them to come in and make themselves at home while he awoke her parents. Rowan’s mother Lureene Whiteshield was 1st down the stairs to greet her followed shortly by her father Evendur Whiteshield who told her he was home from his business trip and was so glad they had such fortuitous timing. They asked Garn to go make rowan’s favorite pear pie and he went out into their back yard and picked fresh ones and began baking while the party told Rowan’s parents of their adventures and how wonderful Lor was and hopefully someday he could come to meet them. Garen brought out food for everyone and cut the pear pie and as he turned around to get utensils for everyone and returned to find Yue and Draven had pear pie all over their faces and the pie happened to be gone and he went back to the kitchen to prepare another one.

The party laughed and ate the night away enjoying a comfortable home and seeing where rowan had grown up. After the parents went to sleep the butler showed the party to their guest room and went to bed himself. The party gathered together one more time before retiring to bed to plan out how they were going to pull off a heist at the Margaster house the following night.

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Race to the Grandfather Tree
Session 54

The party decided to spend the night in prim’s magical mansion and he sent out his spiritual servants to take care of the party and help them relax after a hard day. Several ate a meal of chicken and fruit where the feebleminded draven kept requesting doughnuts and so the staff led him to the kitchen to help him prepare some. A few minutes later the party smelled something burning and on investigation Yue and norros saw the over was on fire having none of the ingredients were taken out of the packages before being placed in the over and the kitchen was ablaze to Norros’s horror and Yue’s enjoyment. Norros ran around trying to conjure water to put out the flames and prim ran in asking why the servants didn’t watch him and they replies with that they did watch and are currently watching him. This is whee Prim realized his instructions needed to be more specific.

While this was occurring Caryandra slipped away to indulge her hedonistic side with a bubble bath. She thought about how long its been since she was able to property clean her body and hair and was enjoying it until Norros walked in on her bath. As he entered the door he was greeted with a dagger flung from the bath sticking next to his head implanted in the door. Panicking he cast Polymorph on Caryandra once again changing her into a cat submerging her into the water. coming flying out of the tub was a pissed off and wet cat that attempted to scratch Norros who ran out of the room yelling “I’M SORRY!” and shut the door behind him as a claw raked the door. Looking at the door he saw the tip of the dagger be removed and her glaring eye out the hole in the door. She proceeded to carve “prim sorry for the damage” into the door and proceeded to finish her bath. The party rested for the night and headed out in the morning.

The party boarded their ship and headed back to the village to reconvene with Xing and the child who lost his memory. They filled in xing with the information on what they discovered in the Hag’s cave and Xing said he was pretty sure that Shin Lan suffered from the same fate as this child. Caryandra gave the thought bottle to yue to see if she could figure out how it worked. Yue studied the bottle and saw a swirling white mist from within it. She uncorked the bottle and drew out a mystical white strand which she placed into the child’s ear and his eyes rolled back for a second and suddenly he proclaimed that he could remember what happened to him.

He said he was playing in the woods where he shouldn’t have been and the Hag lured him over and abducted him extracted his memory and the next thing he knew he was wandering the forest until he discovered the village and had been there until Caryandra found him and began her search for the hag. The child asked if he would be able to return to his mother in Luskan and Prim with his teleportation circle was able to open a portal to take him there. He gave him a note with instructions for droop to escort him to Luscan and the child was off.

The party rested the night in the village and set off for the grandfather tree in the morning. They arrived in the clearing north of the tree and as they approached they saw a tribe of centaurs arguing with some Dryads that were guarding the tree. the party attempted to be stealthy and crept close to heard the tribe’s leader telling the Dryads that they knew the grandfather tree had healing capabilities and that their tribe had fallen ill not being able to eat or drink for days and many were malnourished and to top it off several tribesmen had lost their memories to the damned hags in the forest. As they spoke the druids asked them to leave and the tribe leader looked as if he was ready to use force when Norros leaned against a tree not realizing it was rotted out and the tree topped over making a loud crash throughout the forest. The tribe rushed over to the area and discovered the party drawing their bows. Prim started to say something about how he should be the new leader of the centaur tribe but was muffled by Caryandra and Draven stepped forward and told the tribe that they were friends and they heard of their plight and that the party had powerful healers which might be able to assist in their sickness. Rowan stepped forward to help demonstrate her healing prowess. One of the tribesmen volunteered to let her try as the exhaustion of his affliction was becoming too much.

Rowan reached out and touched the Centaur and the healing light of Luruue cleaned a curse that was afflicting the member. He informed the tribe that he felt better. Their leader came over and saw what had transpired and made a request for to help the rest of the tribe. The party agreed to spend the day there and the Party’s healers methodically cleansed the curse from the tribe. As they were being healed the Centaurs who were feeling better wanted to stretch their legs and challenged their new 2 legged friends to a race around the grandfather tree. Caryandra and Pokeman Jones accepted the offer to race Dawill claiming they could outrun a centaur. Before the Race Yue patted them on the back casting haste on them. Prim refereed the match casting fly on himself to overlook and announce the race to the onlookers.

As the race stared Caryandra pulled out to an early lead using her frustration of not having to fight broke out into a full sprint leaving the other 2 in the dust. Pokeman Jones still adorned in his full plate armor slightly sunk into the grassy track he was chugging around but despite all the extra weight we was keeping up with the centaur as they rounded the 1st quarter of the track but ever with the haste the exhaustion set in for pokeman Jones and he was winded halfway around the track and the centaur started to pull away from him. Caryandra made it three quarters of the way around the track until she was winded but pushed on. in the final quarter of the track caryandra slowed down and the centaur gained on her but she had gained too much of a lead and crossed the finish line seconds ahead of the centaur. And the tribe cheered their efforts.

Grateful for all of the party’s help the Tribe leader gave the party a cloak and magical arrows as a gift for helping the tribe which pokeman jones donned. Dawill congratulated Caryandra on good race and gave her a gift of magical oil and a violet cinder gem. The Party spoke with the dryads who were grateful they resolved the matter peacefully and upon hearing of their quest for the giant relics allowed the party to search under the grandfather tree for any relics. Norros and Draven under a shrinking spell explored the roots of the grandfather tree and draven was able to locate an Electrum Torc that a giant once had used for a nose ring.

With their artifact in hand the party bid their new friends farewell and set off for their next location of Stone Stand. Back on the air ship Delsaphine congratulated Pokeman Jones on a good effort in the race and he showed her the giant relic they had found. Yue gave Xing the thought bottle that had Shin Lan’s memories in it and asked him to take care of it until they were able to return west to restore her and that they would have much to discuss if she got better. The party heard the voice of Zephyros calling out to them as they flew:

“Small ones we have learned more from the oracle. Listen well and I hope this information may help you.

What is Guh’s plan?
“To become the biggest giant the world has ever seen.”

Can Klauth be trusted?
“No ancient dragon can be trusted, especially not him.”

What’s up with the storm giants?
“The storm giant court is in chaos following the disappearance of King Hekaton.”

Where is King Hekaton? “Unknown.”

Who rules in Hekaton’s stead? “His daughter, Serissa.”

How can we find Hekaton? “Speak to Serissa, his youngest daughter. She has a clue to her father’s whereabouts, and she needs your help.”

The party responded with thanks for the information and told him of their progress. He also said he was going to try to ask the oracle more question but Harshnag was bored and played with the magical ruins outside of the portal to the oracle and the doorway shut and they haven’t been able to figure out how to get it open again. The party wished him luck and said they would see him soon. Zephyros bid them luck on their journey.

As the ship approached stone stand they set down outside of it and saw a tree in the middle of it and a bunch of burial mounds scattered across the hill. The party disembarked and asthey made their way up the hill they detected the strong presence of necromantic magic in the area and saw ghosts rise from the burial mounds and they prepared for combat. Pokeman jones cut though a ghost with his radiant staff and draven began firing upon them. Caryandra blasted one apart with her new crossbow Discharge sending lightning through them. Prim used a fire storm to cut through a line of them but damaged burial mounds in the process stirring up more ghosts. They charged and possessed Rowan and Caryandra. Yue blasted several apart with magic missile which only left a possessed Rowan and Caryandra. Pokeman Jones squared off with her as she tried to cut him with her longsword he smacked her unconscious with his staff knocking the ghost out of her which he finished off.

Norros build a stone dome around Caryandra forcing the ghost to leave her body to come at the party. As the ghost exited the walls the party was ready for it and turned it into ectoplasm. With the current ghosts quelled for the time being the party rushed to the tree in the middle of Stone stand and it seemed to be an old cutting from the grandfather tree. Norros magically moved earth out of the way and the party collected several long buried treasured from underneath the mound as well as a giant skull of Gurt, Lord of the Pale Giants. He was a frost giant that Uthgar defeated in single combat at the site of Morgur’s Mound. The party recalled this information about Uthgar.

Prim searched through the roots of the tree and found a branch which he placed in a Jade pot adorned with Green dragons and filled it with soil from the area to take with them. The party having acquired another Giant artifact headed back to their ship to plan the next leg of their adventure.

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