Giantslayer

That painting isn't playing around.
It doesn't look that deep.
We began with Blazemore and the shortstacks:) deciding to swim to the bottom of a lake to see what was so interesting down there. You overcame a giant gar, (which you kindly let escape), some nasty toxic forge dust, several merrow and for old times sake a chuul. But in the end you found a prayer called the blessings of Rosag which you think is important but you have no clue what it might be used for. Next you headed north and came upon a dark passage that you wisely decided to investigate. In the cave you battle some cave giant, rock trolls led by Grumchog who was something called a buggane. There was also a mongrel cave giant with two pet frilled lizards but last and most strange of them all was the room with living cave painting, hopefully the strangest thing you will ever run into. But they like all that came before them were defeated. Giving you time to figure out that the floor is a map and with some items found earlier in the cave you figured out which direction was true north. Once you accomplished this you realized there were special places marked on the map and now you knew where they were. Indeed you realized that the temple at the bottom of the lake was marked on the map. There are three more places marked on the map. Could there be something important in each of these places? There are only a certain number of ways to find out. If you decide to head to the next closest place marked on the map you will have to follow the trail the giants took the captured humans earlier. We’ll see where your adventures take you on Saturday. We can go over the loot to make sure we didn’t miss anything. Feel free to ask any questions, I’ll see you Saturday.

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Gristlecrack and friends
She don't play no games
The adventure began with our favorite heroes deciding to continue their search of Minderhalls valley aboveground. They came upon what had certainly been a giants camp. In the ashes of the fire pit they found the remains of some eaten humans but none of the group can speak with the dead so no more answers were found. A couple days later they met the giant led by a huge female mongrel hill giant (of Taiga ancestry) named Gristlecrack. She travel with a small group of regular and moss trolls. With good tactics it was a tough fight. But the heroes were able to survive with a few rather large scars. p. That evening they were attacked by an advanced spire drake named Karrak. Not a particularly difficult battle but it did catch them unarmored. Note, I liked the random encounter when you rest so that will be more common when you rest. Ideas for a fair chance are gladly accepted. You were also given a deck of cards that could grant a great boon or more than one but there is a challenging guardian(based on your level). All characters will not be required to draw. Each character can draw one time whenever they choose. If you decide to draw at different times you have to face the guardian each time. There are good, bad and good/bad possible results. I’m also still coming up with ideas for cards and welcome any thoughts. It will be weighted towards good results. Sorry to wander off on that tangent. p. The next day they came upon a temple as shown on the cave floor map. This was named the Aduromi’s chapel. Built in honor of her god Zursvaater. The main guardian was an enormous giant flytrap that was quite challenging. After defeating the huge plant they found a pile of false geodes that were trapped to explode if cracked in to. This had little if any effect on you. Eventually you found a secret door and inside you found a giant sized bag of holding and the real fire geodes. There are three and each weighs 750 pounds. These seem like they could be useful but you’re not exactly sure what you need to do with them. p. The last battle of the night came against several marsh giant wight. They hunted the spire drakes in this area and were turned into drakes when they died. Not a tough fight. Nearby you found a cave on a cliffside that was the lair of three spiredrakes, Scarrak and two found dead, killed by the marsh giants. In the lair you found several nice items including the drakesbane horn. But most importantly you found several tablets chiseled with archaic giant ruins. You were able to translate the runes and learned the process for lighting the fires of Minderhalls forge. p. This is where we will begin the next session. I’m looking forward to Saturday, it is unlikely you will level up mid session(not impossible, so think about it), if you don’t you will level up at the end of the night. See you then.

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What's a Benaioh
Thats disgusting

We started with Kane rejoining the group. Then you happened upon a group of marsh giants guard some dwarven caves. you didn’t try to go in at the time but there is something of dwarven historical value if you ever want to back track. As for the advanced marsh giants, with an impressive spell-attack combo by Thornbeard the battle went pretty quick but giants almost always leave marks.

p. It took a few days to reach the next temple, you fought your way across a bridge defended by a couple well prepared stone giant. You also had the pleasure of learning about deep bogs and the kindly water trolls that live there. The next day you arrived at the shrine of Fandara. Fandara is the ancient stone giant goddess of earth, knowledge and the cycle of life. Inside was all of the equipment required to prepare deceased giant warriors for burial. The only guardian were called benaiohs. They began in clay vessel form and when the clay vessels were destroyed they exploded and became oozes. They infected o few of the party members with -wormrot but you were able to defeat the benaiohs and remove the disease. p. With all of the items required to restart Minderhals forge you made your way to where there appears to be a gate on the map(Onteros confirms this). On your way you came upon a group of giant hunters, they were out making sure that giants not accepted into *******s army left the vale. You dispatched the ogre barbarian guard so quickly the leader ran away after casting a stinking cloud on the party.This is where we left off. You haven’t n

made it back to the bridge where you fought the stone giants yet. If you track the diseased mongrel slag giant you see that you come to a fork int the path to the right leads to the stone giant bridge the footprints go to the left. Will you let Nakurrh live and possibly follow you or will you hunt him down. In the sky over the trail on the left far in the distance you see something. It’s not a drake or anything what could in be……

p. Maybe you’ll find out Friday or to the gates either way leads to adventure and maybe even loot.

See you at Joes Friday

JPS

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Minderhals cathedral at last
Whats that smell?

Having found all of the ingredients to relight Minderhals forge you began making your way to the cathedral. On the way you were attacked by several barbarian ogres led by a disgusting diseased mongrel slag giant of ash giant ancestry named Nakurrh. You beat off the ogres so quickly Nakurrh ran away. This session began with the group deciding to hunt her down and remind her why no one messes with the Blazemore bunch.
It didn’t take long to find Nakurrh, who had found a few manticore hunters one hill giant(one shot kill by Pigpen) and a cyclops(with a tied up manticore) to join with her. It wasn’t a long or difficult battle but in the end the blight that was Nakurrh was ended. She would truly not be missed by anyone that knew her. You wisely decided to kill the manticore it would have just attacked if you hadn’t.
Next up you had to get through the gate into the valley of Minderhals cathedral. The gate was guarded by a pair of smilodons a hill giant and an ettin. They fell like all that had come before them and you were able to see the cathedral you had been searching for. The head of recruiting was within. But there were hundreds of giants in between here and there. With some scouting Pigpen was able to find the toilet drain to sneak into and avoid fighting an impossible number of giants. So you may be a bit stinky but that is certain to go unnoticed in this camp. You made your fortitude save so you can manage.
When you reached the top you found a tent with the cathedrals chef Rotter Bloodfreckle with over 100 hit points, also one shot killed by Pigpen. That was amazing and caught me off guard for sure. Well done. The noise brought the Occulus a ogre mage (in disguise as a super ugly marsh giant witch) she blasted off a few lightning bolts before being vanquished. You found some stuff in the two tents and this is where we finished.
You can figure how you want to enter the cathedral. There are 4 stone giants at the top of the staircase but with care they shouldn’t notice you. As long as things don’t get noisy. There is a door into the cathedral right by Rotters tent. This doesn’t appear to be the main entrance. There are two smaller entrances on either side of the building with the main entrance in the center. You would have seen this as you approached the sewers. I believe that is all. See you on the 16th.

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