XP – 7905
GP – 2150
DT – 10
R – 1
Magic Item – Maul +2 G 24 (Ilikan)
“Kalalythica has gone mad seeking all this power. Why is he even bothering the small folk, there has always been an understanding that we stay out of their business.” Whispers one giant prepping for a ritual.
“I don’t understand her motives either, changing the ordning is dang- hey did you hear that?”
From the shadows, just beyond the rope bridge a goliath and half elf approach.
“I seek the giant’s that will join our cause.” Says Illikan with a glazed look.
Puzzled, and startled the giants give pause and allow Illikan to continue, “It seems we have been chosen by greater beings then us to unite. We overheard you also do not agree with Kalalythica’s treatment of the small folk. We have been tasked to investigate and restore the ordning and the path has brought us to Kalalythica she must be stopped. Perhaps you can help?”
“Ha, you puny fools, Kalalythica is too powerful for small folk. We do not even dare enter her chambers. She is far too dangerous to cross,” one of the giants scoffs as he walks towards a boulder to perhaps arm himself.
“Hold on brother.” The second giant grabs him by the shoulder, “If these small folks have been chosen to restore the ordning, maybe they can help defeat Kalalythica.
“How can we prove ourselves,” Illikan interrupts.
“Kalalythica has gone so mad she has sided with filthy Barbarians, if you rid this cave system of them we will see if we can convince the others to at least hold back to allow you to face her. I do not want to alert the other giants you are here, as there are few who are very loyal. If you hold your bargain we will hold ours. Once this is done we can show you where her chamber is.”
In a deep guttural voice from the darkness Grim mutters, “It will be done.”
“Yesssss this is your chanccccce Ferrossssssss to redeem your wife’sssss life.
Ferros emerges from the darkness and looks at the giant’s with as death stare. “Perhaps you were there when my wife was raped in front of me as you picked your teeth with my child’s bones. It is not you or the others I fault, Kalalythica must die!”
The giants nod to Ferros making sure not to stare into his hatred. “Let it be, find us in the caves when you rid this place of the barbarians, we will hold our side of the bargain and grant you access to face Kalalythica.
Without hesitation Grim climbs up the rope, “Over here, I think I heard something, definitely not giants.” He goes over to take a better look as the others slowly make their way back up the rope losing sight of the giants.
Alion, the last to make it up see’s Grim come back from the darkness.
“They’re sleeping, they won’t expect an ambush some of them are sleeping others are circle jerking around a fire.” Grim states, “there’s about 6, maybe 8, not sure I almost charged in, but held back.”
“So the savage finally learned his lesson after the Roc incident,” Alion snickers.
“Let’ssss approach quietly Demigorgan hassss a plan.” Lysss says while slithering towards the entrance. “Grim distract the ones playing with each other.
Grim picks up a rock and tosses just out of sight of the chamber. “Hey, what was that. Boss will kill us if he saw what we we’re doing.”
With the distraction Lysss motions with her hands and begins to mumble, “Demigorgan deafen the ones asleep.
From the darkness Alion threads a suggestion into the unwilling barbarian.
“I didn’t hear anything, guys let’s continue I want to finish, c’mon.” as one confusingly begins to hold the others back reaching for their crotches. The other barbarians shrug him off, “GET THEM!”
Grim charges forward with his glaive howling with a blood rage. In a blink of an eye manages to cleave one in two. One of the barbarians move out of way charging, and it seems two rust monsters were feasting on their own cages. Seeing the fresh steel of the glaive they charge forward to Grim.
“Oh no you don’t,” Ferros reacts sniping them with 4 arrows stopping them in their place.
Seeing the barbarian charge towards Grim, Illikan produces a wall of flames scorching the barbarian causing him to quickly reposition.
In a frenzied flurry, Grim and Ferros finish off the awake barbarians one by one. The only ones left are the deafened sleeping barbarians which Alion begins to drain their blood, slicing their throats open making sure to feel the warmth pour over his hands. “Yes these will do” Alion crushes some bone dust from his pouch, then begins to cut into his palm. “Rise my children. The recently dispatched barbarians skin melts as bones rise into animated skeletons.
“More, let’s kill more,” Grim forces his way through to another hallway.
“Wait,” Ferros says. Ferros sees a tentacle creature with a large gaping maw blocking the cave entrance. “It looks hungry, Illikan quickly reacts, “so let’s feed it.” Illikan drags some barbarian bodies to the dark pool, tossing them forward making a big splash. Lashing out a tentacle grabs the body and brings it towards it’s maw and quickly rejects it throwing it at the cave wall. The sound of bones snapping echoes throughout the chamber.
“It won’t eat flesh, I’ve heard of such a creature before. It must be a Roper. ” Ferros remembers. It only eats jewels.
“Ha eating Jewels, who’d ever heard of such a thing? Alion begins to flip through his tome looking for any reference. He reaches into his bag taking out a heart shaped gem stone. You’re telling me this precious stone that I worked hours for is what this thing eats. You ARE dumber then you look. Alion begins taunting Ferros motioning the precious stone towards the creature. The sound of a whip cracks as a tentacle lashes towards Alion’s hand as the gem is forced from his grip. “Noooo I was going to use that for my research.” Alion cries out.
Ferros quips, “You are dumber than you look, it won’t be long before it’s hungry again let’s go.”
“I hear singing, sounds like they are having fun, let’s make sure this is the last time they have any.” Grim clasps his halberd charging forward charging up a wall entering into a odd shaped room. It seems this room is shaped for a ritual sacrifice. Dagger in hand a barbarian shaman snickers, “The last component to finish the ritual, a Half Orc’s heart. “
Reacting to Grim’s impatience, Lyssss asks Demigorgan to even out the odds. Black ichor begins to manifest around the barbarian’s slowing them in their place.
The shaman begins to chant as images of barbarian gods fill the room. With the ritual almost complete the shaman’s power emits forces not felt by Illikan before. He lets out a tidal wave attempting to disrupt the ritual. Steadfast the ritual continues to drain the life force from each of the group one by one as finally Ferros is able to put an end to it.
“We must be more careful I will scout ahead, Grim stay back.” Ferros suggests. In the next cave entrance, he notices mushrooms and petrified giants scattered about. They do not seem harmful until he sees a dark pool. At a closer look they look like black puddings. Circling he sees another entrance where giants seem to be bathing. Mustering all his restraint from putting two arrows in the back of the giants heads, he goes back to the party. “No barbarians that way. Let’s go back to the entrance.”
Ferros creeps forward waving everyone on when the coast is clear. “I think I hear snoring.” Illikan whispers. “I’ll go check it out.” Illikan returns, there’s 5 they are sleeping. If we go in quietly all at once, they will be easy to handle. Illikan gives the signal and one by one Ferros, Illikan, Grim, Alion, Lysss kill the sleeping barbarians simultaneously.
“I think there are more barbarians in that chamber,” Alion suggests as Ferros and Lysss take a better look. “It’sssss the giantssss we befriended,” Lysss notessss. “Perhappppsss we ssssshould give a sssssignal.”
Grim nods taking out his halberd chopping into a barbarian cleaving off its head then tossing it into the chamber with the giants. “We met our side of the bargain,” he bellows.
Shocked, the giants respond, “We could only convince two comrades, the others thought we were playing a prank.” The giants nod. “You look like you could use some rest, you will need it. Kalalythica’s entrance is just beyond the northern chamber we should be able to buy you enough time. If you do not return, we will never speak of this.
After preparing for Kalalythica, Ferros, Illikan, Grim, Alion, and Lysss enter her chamber. The enormous cavern encircled with carvings of old petrified giants circling a stone spire. One bridge connects the entrance spanning over bubbling mud.
“No one shall enter my chambers, booming from a distance Kalalythica screams.”. “How did these small folk manage to get in here?!”
The mud begins to bubble vigorously as a fossilized giant emerges. Mud flies through the chamber coating everyone hindering their movement. It is so thik they are unable to react fast enough.
Not prepared for such an assault Ferros can only manage to get one arrow. Grim also coated in the think mud begins to hack at the giant slowly chipping away at it. Illikan looks to expose the giant weaknesses engulfing it in dayglo light. Lyssss tries to keep it at bay with forceful demigorgan energies. Alion attempts to suck the last of the life forces out of the stone. Finially the fossilized giant falls, the party not expecting what is to come next.
Time seems to stop as Kyalithica materializing behind Alion and clubs him nearly to death. Illikan lets out a great lightning bolt of energy. Kylithica seems to be hurt. With a coordinated attack, the others overwhelm manage to overwhelm her as she begins to cry out. “The giants can’t be trust” She falls back into the mud slowly disappearing.
Ferros drops to the ground crying, relieved he has avenged his wife and child’s death.,
They quickly go up the spire and find some notes, Alion reads out loud “The giants can’t be trusted.” And a sack which seems to be moving. Grim gives a swift kick and it yells out in pain.
Ferros recognizing the yell, “Elister, you’re alive? Freeing him of his bounds.
“Yes, your wife and child did not make it out of Norembar I’m sorry to tell you. Thank you for saving me I knew someone would come for me.
“I wasn’t loo-“Ferros qucily stops.
At the doorway, the giants approach.
“Thank you Ferros and others for killing Kalalythica. She was a tyrant that had to be stopped. We cannot repay yu for your loss Ferros, but we will offer to help rebuild Norembar, it is the only thing we can offer.”
Ferros lets out a last sigh almost in relief putting Norembar behind him.
“Here it is the conch” Illikan boasts. Let’s go we must make haste.
Ferros, Illikan, Grim, Alion, and Lysss return tot heir air ship resting for a night.
“I’ve been looking this thing over, and I do not understand it’s power. How do we activate a conch it just is so confusing? I tried rituals, I tried looking in my tome, I just can’t seem to find the answer. Alion puzzled unable to sleep.
“It’s a conch have you tried blowing into it? Illikan demands.
“That’s ridiculo-“ Alion cut off by a loud blaring noise.
Water begins to fill the room, and it seems Illikan has triggered the portal. Ferros, Illikan, Grim, Alion, and Lysss are teleported into a strange room surrounded by coral.
At the top of the staircase Caribbean music is being played.
Two giant sized corridors with stairs 4ft tall seem to go up forever. Looking through the openings of the room it looks like they are under the sea.
After climbing the stairs, they enter another chamber and the music stops.
“What are you doing in here.” A giant question.
“We are seeking Sarissa” Grim demands smacking his halberd to the ground.
“Why yes welcome, wait here and we will get her for you. Here make yourselves at home. We giants welcome the small folk here.”
A few hours go by as a lady giant enters the chamber.
“Sarissa? Illikan questions waving.
“Get them they are the lords alliance assassins responsible for kink Hekatong’s disappearance.” Nymm screams.
In a blink of an eye as if an illusion is dropped four giants appear, they do not seem happy to see Ferros, Illikan, Grim, Alion, and Lysss.