CM Adventures

The Matriarchs of Maelstrom
Session 67

The party recovered what they could out of the Crimson Tide and Prim buried sir piggly and set up a marker for him at the edge of the high forest and carved for him an epitaph into a plank of wood he ripped from the ship. The fire elemental that was caught in the furnace of the airship drifted away into the woods despite Draven’s efforts to reign it back in.

The party met with Captain Laz who looked shaken after having lost the airship. He told the party they needed to return to the Klauthian vale to report to their master but wished them luck in stopping the giants. Delsaphine pulled Pokeman jones aside and told him that she needed to go with them for now but she vowed to return and that they would find his brother and her crew on the Hades jewel. She gave him a kiss on the cheek and he pulled her in for a deep kiss before departing. They all took a portal to mirabar splitting the difference between the vale and the eye of the allfather where the party and the crew of the crimson tide parted ways. The party restocked in Mirabar and then set out for the eye of the Allfather.

With Norros’s magic they teleported to the oracle chamber where the 6 lanterns were lit once more.

Prim stepped forward and asked “ How can we get a new air ship”

the oracle answered: the lord’s alliance is the primary manufacturer of air ships on the sword coast

Norros asked What exactly were we supposed to do with these conchs you had them collect?

the oracle answered: you each hold one and blow into them and it will open the portal at Maelstrom, home of the storm giants

Yue asked : Is Zuriel still alive?

the oracle answered: Your companion Zuriel still lives.

Norros asked What are the abilities of the Storm giants?

storm giants breathe both air and water. they command lightning and command the respect of the rest of giant kind until the disappearance of king hekaton

Rowan asked: Where is King Hekaton?

the oracle answered: “Unknown.” Speak to Serissa, his youngest daughter. She has a clue to her father’s whereabouts, and she needs your help."

Draven asked What are the weakness of the storm giants weakness’s

the oracle answered: they have no specific weaknesses but are not harmed by lightning and thunder

The oracle chamber once again grew dark as the last lantern extinguished and the party members distributed the giant conch’s they collected Yue taking the fire giant Zalto’s, draven the stone giant’s, prim the hill giant, pokeman the cloud giant and rowan the frost giant. Xing told Yue he would stay to guard the oracle chamber to make sure they would be able to return He wished her luck embracing her before they set off. They all got in a circle with norros focusing the magical essences of the horns and they blew into the conch’s simultaneously. As they channeled its magic a portal formed in the center of the chamber and the party all dove into it.

The party emerged on a glowing glyph carved into the floor of a circlular room with 2 exiting hallways, a set of stairs going upward and a pool of water. The moist walls here were covered with bioluminescent lichen, snails, starfish, and barnacles. Tiny, harmless crabs crawl across the floor, avoiding the sigil. As the party arrives they hear music: a powerful female voice accompanied by the deep, haunting tones of a masterfully played pipe organ. They head up the spiral staircase and see 2 female storm giants on stage one playing and the other singing to a room full of giant ambassadors from every giant race. As a storm giant guard spots the party coming up the stairs the performance is interrupted and the guards interpose themselves between the party and the storm giant’s guests and performers.

The Storm Giant sisters Mirran and Nym stand up and Mirran orders the sotrm giant guards to stand down so she and Nym can learn what bring these “puny creatures” to court. The party explained that they had important information for Serissa and wished a meeting with her. Nym replied that Serissa is “far too overwhelmed with important matters” to grant the characters an audience at this moment but if they would wait downstairs she would inform her of their arrival. The party agreed to be led downstairs but prim cast invisibility on Rowan and told her to stay up here and see if the giant’s were planning anything.

The rest of the party was led downstairs to a waiting room but rowan remained above while Mirran and Nym talked to the Giant Lords seated at their performance. She told them she believed that they were assassins just like the ones that killed her mother and that Serissa must be informed that it would please the Storm giants if they “took care” of their intruders. The other giant ambassadors looked hesitant but did not wish to offend the storm giants in their home so they went downstairs as requested. Rowan telepathically sent a warning to the party that an ambush was on the way and to be on their guard. She then followed Mirran and Nym to the audience chamber.

The giant ambassadors came down the hallway heading to where the party was being held. Norros received the warning from rowan and threw up a wall of stone blocking off the giant ambassadors from the guards who were watching them and they set themselves against the 2 storm giant guards. The ambassadors began slamming on the stone wall trying to break through.

Meanwhile Mirran and Nym were up in Serrissa’s throne room telling her about the assassins sent to kill her. Rowan called out that that was a lie and they were only here to meet with her to help her find the king. As she revealed herself the guards stepped up to face her but Serrissa ordered them to stand down so she may speak. Rowan called out the sisters for sending the giant ambassadors to assassinate her party and Serrisa was shocked and ordered her two ogre guards to go instruct them to cease this at once and to bring the party to her and that she would deal with her sisters then. Rowan quickly rushed back down the stairs with the ogre guards just as the ambassadors were breaking through the wall and just began to clash with the party the Ogres called out by order of Serissa for everyone to stop what they are doing. The giant’s halted their assault and the party was led to her chambers.

Serrissa apologized for the way they were treated and told them her sisters were too hasty but they have been on edge since their mother was killed by small folk and now with their father missing she has been trying to hold things together but she doesn’t feel like she commanded the respect that her father did. She introduced herself and her advisers Imperator Uthor and Lymrith who sat on either side of her. She said that if only she could get the giant lords together they might be able to reach an agreement. The party told her that the giant lords had rampaged through their lands and they had to slay the leaders of each of the giant kind to protect their lands. Serissa seemed very upset at this fact and broke down proclaiming that this is all her fault that she was too weak of a leader to control them and now they are all dead because of her and only if her father were here that none of this would have happened. She began to break down and Uthor comforted her. Lymrith suggested they send the puny folk away but she ignored her advice saying it was ok and she needs to make this right and finally be the leader her father wanted her to be.

She told the party she knew they were only protecting themselves and requested their help knowing they were capable just by the fact they were able to make it here. She requested that they find her father and that she had only one clue to her whereabouts. It was a wooden coin with a picture of a golden goose on it. She told them she prayed every day for his safe return but was unable to locate him even with their best spellcaster’s scrying abilities. Lymrith advides caution with the puny folk and said that these could very well be the ones who killed her mother and abducted her father. Serissa questioned how she knew her father was abducted and not just missing and Lymrith said it was just an assumption and she hoped he was still alive. Norros took the coin and inspected it recognizing it as a gambling chip of a specific brand of casino found in Yartar. Serissa was impressed with their knowledge and requested that they hurry to there and find what they could of King Hekaton. The party agreed.

Before they left rowan requested a picture of king heckaton and she was going to try to scry on it to see if she had any luck. Serissa agreed and asked the party to wait just a moment and she would retrieve one for them. Serissa left her scepter on her throne and headed into a back room. Looking around nervously Lymrith got up and told the party. “Even though she trusts you small folk I do not. Lymrith grabbed Serrissa’s scepter and teleported out of the Hallway with Imerator Uthor protesting but she was gone before anyone could stop her.

Sertissa returned with a painting of king heckaton and asked where lymrith went and they explained the situation to her upsetting Serissa further telling the party that that scepter was needed as a symbol of her ruling power and without it she could not control the magic of her throne and her claim to be the head of the storm giant and she would have even less influence over the giants than even before and wondered how her trusted adviser could betray her like this? She once again requested the party to help her find her father to help resolve this that she believes in her heart that he is still alive. She handed the painting over to rowan who tried to scry on it but found there was nothing but interference and something blocking the ability to detect where heckaton in. She then knelt down and prayed to Lurue for intervention and guidence on where to go next. She felt a warm feeling in her chest with the answer that her next adventure lies in Yartar. The party looked at the coin and knew that if there were to be answers found that it would start there.

Serissa told the party to use their conch’s once more to return them from whence they came but they could use them anytime to return to her should they find any news of her father. She wished them luck and she was placing all of her trust in the small ones just as her mother had and may the allfather be with them. The party used their magic conch’s and left the Matriarch of Maelstrom to her thoughts and hopes.

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Crash of the Crimson Tide
Session 66

Prim 2 took a step back from the orb and Dimension doored out of the room and grabbed his amulet of eavesdropping and called for help from the party. Prim Pressleaf heard his called and told norros the castle was in trouble and the party all quickly gathered to teleport to Lym Armaal where they landed on the lawn at the top of the castle and engaged the Cloud Giant’s security forces Firing a wall of thorns and a sleet storm in the way of the giants and the navigation orb. Cressaro assessed the situation seeing they were being over run and ordered his guard to smash the orb and not let the castle fall into the puny one’s hands. The guard started making his way over to the orb while the other two giants engaged the party.

Draven Rowan and norros took to the front lines and began fighting the Guard captain while prim grabbed pokeman jones and dimension doored inside the navigation orb room to keep the castle afloat. The guard tried to push past pokeman but was driven back out the door by himself and prim and was banished to another dimension by rowan. With the immediate threat out of the way they went outside and helped the party finish the captain of the guard and his lackey. The party lost track of time as they finished the giants outside and the banish wore off leaving the last giant right on the outside of the orb room. He dashed inside and took a mighty swing at the navigation orb with his morningstar. A sickening crack was heard across the sphere and the crack grew and started to splinter through the orb.

Prim quickly dimension doored one last time into the room and grabbed a potion of immovability and jumped at the giant’s arm and morningstar smashing the potion all over himself and the arm locking them in place in space right before the morning star was about to come down for a final blow on the orb. Pokeman jones rushed in and began striking the restrained giant who was fading fast. with one last grasp he attempted to pick up pokeman jones and slam him into the orb but pokeman and his armor proved too heave for the heavily wounded giant and he finished him with a crack of the staff across the chin.

The entire castle started to list and fall as the crack further splintered and norros ran up to the orb and used his arcane knowledge and mending spells and repaired the damage just in time to stabilize the castle. The party breathed a sigh of relief and looked up at prim suspended in the air still asking for help down. With a might pull and inspirational words from Prim pokeman ripped him from being locked in space which slammed him into the ground. Sore but thankful prim asked if they could take a nap before returning to the Stone giant cave. The party agreed and took more precautions securing the rest of the castle. Encountering some air elementals which threw yue and rowan over the side of a walkway only to be saved by Draven rushing to Yue and Bigby’s hand catching rowan as she fell. The party regrouped to cleanse the castle of the air elementals.

The party rested for the night before returning to Deadstone cleft. They once again snuck past the Roc which returned to its nest and entered the cave. The noticed a stone giant using invistitude of stone to move through the rock in an attempt to ambush the party but its swing went wide as pokeman jones was looking at the floor and bent over to inspect something the greatclub of the giant swing wildly just missing his head and the party turned to see what had tried to jump them.

Prim jumped into action Deceiving the stone Giant telling him that they were not intruders but sent as emissaries from the frost giant’s to form a pact with Thane Katalithica. He stopped to hear their story and told them to wait as he would consult her and see what she wanted. The party waited in the entrance of the cave and after a few minuted went by the stone giant returned and escorted them in with a stone giant and uthgardt tribal escort. They arrived deep into the chambers of deadstone cleft to the Thane’s Lair and She asked the party’s reason for being there.

Prim told her that they frost giants sent them for an alliance as the other giant lords were dropping dead from an adventuring party and that they wanted safety in numbers and were willing to put the stone giants ahead of them in the ordning and would help them crush the small ones for their insolence but thy all needed to meet using their magical conchs to discuss this with the storm giants.

Thane Katalithica was suspicious but decided to see if the small ones spoke the truth or were setting up a trap so she demanded one of them stay behind and would be killed immediately if there was any betrayal. Norros volunteered to stay behind and the Thane took 2 of her stone giant bodyguards and they headed out to the Crimson Tide. One of the guards whistled to the Roc as they exited the cave and it stayed put in its nest.

As they boarded the airship Captain Laz looked nervously on as the Giants boarded their airship and he started doing some math hoping it could hold all this weight. Yue and draven helped stoke the furnace and the whole crew took off towards the eye of the allfather. As they lifted off the Thane’s Guard whistled into the distance and the Roc took off from the nest and joined the airship in flight. Prim’s eyes grew wide with fright and he took the party not involved in keeping the airship aloft and had a team meeting downstairs. The giants began to take notice of the dragon helms the crew was wearing and began whispering to themselves.

They decided that now that the thane was away from her lair they would go try to offer her food and poison her the way they did to the Jarl and then jump them but the roc might make it more complicated if they try to escape of it so they would have to put them to sleep with something they slip into everfull or mass suggest that they lean over the edge and push them overboard to their deaths.

Draven went back above deck and in draconic spoke to yue and told her of the plan. Thane Katalithica used slight of hand and made an unseen gesture to her guards understanding the plot against them that they would play along and follow her lead.

The rest of the party came up above deck and offered the giants Wine to drink and Thane Katalithica praised the puny folk for their hospitality……and betrayal and took a swing at them smashing the cup to the ground and they giants set upon the party in the air. Most of the crew rushed below deck to get out of the way delsaphine trying to protect those she could while the party fought the giants. the Beastmaster giant ordered the Roc to attack and it sank its beak into the balloon and tore a giant hole into it, causing the airship to start plummeting to the earth. It then dove down and landed on the deck and slashed its talons across the furnace ripping it apart and spilling fire and a trapped Fire elemental across the deck of the ship which was now ablaze.

The giants all rushed towards the roc to try to climb onto it as it continued to peck and slash at the party not letting the spellcasters get off their magic stopping draven from banishing it. As it was about to piece into Draven with its bear Sir piggly dove in front of him takign the brunt of the attack and was torn apart and collasped onto the deck of the Burning crimson tide. Prim Screamed SIR PIGGY NOOOO and tried to start making his way towards him in the chaos. Using this opportunity Draven finished his banish spell and sent the Roc to another plane of existence. The Thane finally looked up with Fear in her eyes as her escape route was cut off. The Ship was falling faster and faster with captain Laz yelling for the crew to get above deck and prepare to abandon ship that he can’t shop it from crashing.

Prim used a polymorph spell to turn the party and crew into giant eagles and they tried to fly away with everyone making it off the ship except for Xing who was caught and beaten unconscious by the desperate giants. Rowan dropped her transformation and prim called upon his succubi wit hthe golden fiddle to pick her up. She used a heal spell to bring xing to life as a club was coming down to finish him off. He did a backflip and jumped onto the burning ship’s rigging until the other succubus came and picked him up and they all flew off the ship and watched in horror as it went down and exploded in a massive fireball at the edge of the high forest.

The party landed and searched the wreckage to find the Stone Giants and sir Piggly slain from the crash but also the final magical Conch lay within the wreckage which they received. The sent a sending to norros that they got the conch but lost the air ship to come to them now. Norros who was sitting in the cave under guard was studying the giant stalactite in the stone giant cave was able to decipher the following carved into it.

  • What must I do next to please you, noble father?
  • Do the dream-creatures pose any danger to us?
  • Are there any traitors in my clan?
  • Can these puny barbarians be trusted?
  • Is the gnome lying about Loudwater’s defenses?

and the answers carved next to them:

  • “Destroy the works of the surface dwellers,”
  • “Yes,”
  • “Yes,”
  • “No,”
  • “Yes.”

Upon seeing the last one he heard the call from his party and teleported out of the stone giant cave to the ship only to be surrounded by inferno landing on the deck of the ship. He quickly ran out of the blaze and was extinguished by Yue and draven. They all took a moment to breathe as they looked at their final magical conch that they had sought for so long and thought about sir piggly’s sacrifice as Prim sobbed over their fallen companion and vowed to tell tales of his bravery.

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Giant’s chess and a Roc’s mess
Session 65

As the chess pieces turned to face prim the King piece on the opposite side animated further and took the opposite position on the control pad. He began moving his pawns to prim’s side of the board and smashing his pieces on his orders as he called them out. Prim quickly tried to figure out the rules to the game as it was no ordinary chess match. He called out to his pieces and tried to inspire them to fight and his knights and rook were able to smash through about half of his opponent’s forces but his opponent’s queen fought through his line and felled his king.

All of the remaining opponent pieces seems to turn on him next as if to strike the final blow. Prim pieces all began to power down but he cast animate objects on them and they rushed to his side as he gave a speech to inspire them to fight. They did their best but were being pushed back until Felgolos came out of the greenhouse and joined the frey clawing through the remaining ranks until prim was able to checkmate his automated opponent. Breathing a sign of relief his companions caught up to him to find out what all the noise was to find the lawn scattered with chess pieces. The party decided to take the afternoon to rest recover and decide on their next plan of action. Prim teleported back to phandalin and retrieved his simulacrum prim2 and instructed him to fly Lyn Amaal back to phandalin while they were going to find the Stone giant Lord.

The party departed on the airship. Along the way they received a message from Tsernoth:

“ No my shining light has been extinguished! The island has been invaded in my absence and Agetha destroyed and the brazier gone. All I have left is this blasted book I left for. I must find who is behind this.”

The party was disturbed by this news but decided they needed to find the last magical conch and arrived at Deadstone Cleft. They set down on the outside of the canyon and saw a series of caves as well as a long canyon with a stream running through the middle. They decided to go the through the canyon but to get there they had to sneak past a next with a Gargantuan sized Roc nesting within. Though normally noisy the party managed to get by without attracting the birds attention and found themselves in a massive canyon with giant stone giants carved into the rock walls. Pokeman Jones went to inspect them but didn’t notice an activation switch under his feet near the Statues which activated the canyon’s defense mechanism. Five of the statues came to life and began assaulting the party. Pokeman and draven took to the front lines and tried to hold them off while Yue Norros and Rowan took to the back lines to support them.

They looked around from Prim but did not find him only to look behind him in shock and horror to see him making a dash for the Roc’s nest with him yelling this will either save us or kill us! As the stone giants pushed the party into a corner of the canyon Prim used Dominate monster on the massive bird and despite its struggle he was able to focus enough to possess and control the creature. It took flight and came to the party’s aid slamming into the stone Giant’s crushing a few giving the party time to recover and break the remaining forces and survive the trap that was sprung upon them. They let out a sign of releaf and planned to rest in Prim’s mansion before exploring the canyon further. But as they were about to rest Prim heard distressing audio from the amulet of eavesdropping that he gave to prim2.

He heard the Giant’s back on Lyn Amaal breaking into the navigation orb room. The party had forgotten that prim’s mass suggestion spell had worn off and they wished to retake their home and revenge for the death of their countess.

As Prim2 turned around he saw 3 giants in the doorway weapons drawn as they called for him to step away from the orb.

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The Lavish Luxuries of Lyn Armaal
Session 64

The party decided to search Countess Sansuri’s throne room and found it full of gemstones and a massive black sapphire atop the throne. norros notices that there were glyphs of warding protecting it and he was able to dispel them and the party pilfered the throne room of its wealth. they then headed to the 2nd floor of the castle running into the castle guards preparing for them loading up ballistas. as they went through a door they were fired upon had to take cover behind some giant crates. Prim used animate objects to make some of the crates come to life and distract one of the could giants while draven banished another to a separate plane of existence. pokeman Jones rushed the 3rd one of the outside platform and began dueling it. The giant grabbed pokeman staff while he was holding it and began hitting pokeman with his own staff repeating “quit hitting yourself” until Felgolos dropping in behind pokeman jones and unleased his lightning breath upon the giant.

The captain of the guard Cressaro heard the ruckus and brought reinforcements from the south. They picked up crates and barrels from a storage room and a barrage o storage containers came crashing down upon norros with one barrel cracking open covering him in wine. Prim used mass suggestion on them taking over their minds and convincing them that they should return to their rooms until the danger passes. They left the battlefield leaving only the giant fighting the boxes prim had conjured. Pokeman jones lined up a bunch of fireworks they had gotten during the festival in silverymoon and set them all up in a row aimed at the giant and yue conjured flames in her hand and lit them all. the rockets careened into the giant taking him off of his feet exploding in the skies above Lyn Armaal in spectacular fashion.

The party returned to the hallway and heard sound coming from the door to the northeast. Prim listened to the door and heard the noises of a kitchen, pots and pans banging and arguing over recipes. Prim charged into the room and saw 3 ogers dressed in cook hats and aprons in the middle of making pumpkin pies. they introduced themselves as Dret, Drat and Korb. they offered the party food to try and prim thought it was delicious and told them that it was dangerous to be here as intruders were in the castle and they needed to escape and take their kitchen to the cm guild hall.

Prim complemented their abilities and convinced them to jump in the portal he created and they abandoned their posts and headed to a portal to phandalin to begin their new jobs. The party smelled a tantalizing aroma coming from a room adjacent to the kitchen and they discovered the largest pumpkin pie they have ever seen baked onto a magical shield, prim draven and yue all took a piece of the pie and saw there were dwarven runes written upon it. they wanted to see the rest of it and didn’t know how they would finish the rest of it until Felgolos lumbered in behind them and consumed the rest of it in 2 bites. They discovered it was a dwarven thrower shield after wiping the dragon slobber off of the shield.

The party continued upward to the 3rd level of the castle discovering an art room with paintings and many art objects in the room including a legendary bardic instrument the Anstrum harp. in an adjacent room they discovered Contess Sansuri’s potion room. They found a massive key in the room. Draven and Pokeman jones climbed up on a table and tried to jump and grab it off of the wall, Draven jumped and missed but pokeman jones snagged the massive key off the wall and they took it with them.

They then went outside and discovered a magnificent garden with a chessboard with all of the humanoid sized pieces set with different headpieces with crown for the king and queen piece and griffon helms for the knight pieces and spears for the pawns. they decided to leave the board alone as well as a greenhouse they saw on the lawn and headed inside again finding themselves in a hallway. they searched another room finding only gardening equipment but upon returning to the hallway and continuing deeper into the castle found a hearth and fireplace and mantle with an Aarakocra head mounted above. The party studied it and it looked exactly like the guards that countess sansuri used. Upon thinking about it they all seems to be exact replicas of the one mounted on the wall which creeped the party out and they took the head off the wall, threw it in the fireplace. Yue noticed dwarven script on the fireplace which read “Ild”. as she said those words the fireplace lit and incinerated the stuffed head.

The party continued on finding another giant who warned them to stay back away from the room he was guarding and he wouldn’t let them touch the children. The party told them they had no interest in harming the cloud giant children(alastra and kaaltar) but they needed to leave right now and offered them a portal to phandalin. The guard introduced himself as Count Thullen. He told them he would never forgive them for what they did to the countess and was ready to send the children away and try to avenge her until he saw Felgolos stomp around the corner and he knew he would just be throwing his life away so he left with the children to go protect them knowing he had to abandon his home. He left through the portal prim setup and the party found themselves next to a door that had a big keyhole. they used the key they found earlier and opened the door discovering themselves now in sansuri’s library.

Norros and draven’s eyes grew wide with wonder as they ran around the library like kids in a candy store discovering many books chronicling the rise and fall of Ostoria and a one-of-a kind book of original plays written in Dethek, the Dwarvish script, with Common translations, by a legendary and long-deceased cloud giant poet named Delevarius weighing 50 pounds. A thorough search of the library yielded Sansuri’s enormous spellbook, which is 5 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 2 feet thick. It had bronze covers inlaid with sixty gemstones. Norros could barely move it but the party together was able to get it into their bag of holding.

The party finally made their way up to the next floor outside once again discovering a room with the navigation orb to the castle in it. Draven decided to study it while the rest of the party moved to the top spire of the castle. going up the final set of stairs the party found a room full of masks created for every mood sansuri was in that she would interchange and the stairs finally lead up to her room. the party searched and searched but couldn’t find the magical conch anywhere. Night fell of Lym armaal and finally Norror sat on her bed and noticed a false opening in her headboard. upon opening it he noticed a slot for the tiny chest he found on her body. Upon placing the chest in the slot a floorboard opened up bringing a leoman’s secret chest out of the ethereal plane and they found the magical conch within as well as several giant sized gemstones and golden tapestries.

The party gathered up the riches of lym armaal and prim went to investigate the greenhouse with felgolos only to be attacked by awakened shrubs which the dragon tuned into a quick salad. Prim then investigated the chessboard and upon stepping on the board and touching a piece all of their eyes turned red and the pieces shifted to face him.

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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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