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More Frost Giants & how they got there
2 sessions combined

From Bryn Shander they went looking for evidence of giant in Icewind Dale.

They soon found instead an ancient white dragon, who demanded they bow down to her and her master. Iceclaws was in a playful mood and chased them away with her ice breath instead of eating them, after telling them 3 giants went towards Huddlestone.

They found one, killed it and went looking for the other two. The other two were found dead along the way and outside Huddlestone. In Huddlestone they checked on Thwip Ironbottom, who was fine and he gave Anastasia a clockwork dog. He also mentioned a fast method of travel, somehow related to the Harpers, available from Everlund. There is another entrance in Waterdeep, in the City of the Dead.

From there, they went back to Bryn Shander to tell Markham about the giants. He made them Defenders of Icewind Dale and assured them they would get good treatment in any of the Ten-Towns. Sorelisa and Naeremos, two bounty hunters, are also in town looking for The Weevil. He was last seen near Xanthral’s Keep, between Mirbar and Longsaddle.

They take a week in the town to change the Giant Kettle into a wagon based portable pub with enough space to carry 8 people and their gear, as well as a full kettle to brew alcohol, drawn by 2 horses.

Once the wagon is outfitted, they leave for Ironmaster to get extra help for Bryn Shander. The dwarves are first rather hesitant to talk to them, but once they mention Augrek, aid for the town is secured. In addition, they found out that there is someone in nearby Fireshear who can train Griffons and train people to ride them Dasharra Keldabar.

Ravencraw recovers long the way to Fireshear and translates the tombstome: “Here lies Ezikiel. The poor sod never stopped talking about the entrance to the Catacombs of Terror being in NesmĂ©.”

In Fireshear, they stay 3 days so Anastasia can learn how to ride a Griffon. Just as she completes her training, she spots a Frost Giant Longship about the enter the harbour. She alerts the others, who try to reason with the Giants, but they are too intent on getting hold of Artus Cimber and will tear the town apart to get him.

The party decide to battle the frost giants, all 20 of them. They had to retreat, but not before they manage to kill 1. Unfortunately it came at a very heavy cost. All are injured, Ravencraw has turned to a pile of bones, Anastasia is unconscious and Rolen is dead.

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The defence of Bryn Shander

The party had some issues taking the down the frost giants, including when they proved that size does matter by throwing a boulder at Rolen, who went from climbing the wall to unconscious in front of it, a few feet further along. Eventually the party took down the leader, which made the remaining giants flee. In loot, they got a giant ivory horn, a helmet with 15 gems, some art objects, 3 humanoid skulls, a giant woollen cloak, a rocking chair and a giant kettle. Tiny now has a new shiny Giant Greataxe, two sizes bigger than the average greataxe.

Merry took 2 of the skulls (one human and one elf), but Thorin wouldn’t let her keep the 3rd (a dwarf). The giant cloak was kept with the intention to use it for shelter when travelling. The giant kettle Thorin refused to sell for less than 75gp and left with the Sherriff of Bryn Shander in the armoury for safe keeping. The remaining items were sold. Supplies were gathered and requests for aid received from Augrek, Beladora, Duvessa, Markham, Sirac and Sir Barric.

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From Nightstone to Bryn Shander
07 May 2017

After the fight, Zephyros took Merry to one side and taught her and Fidget how to use the abilities of the Find Familiar spell. He also gave Merry a spellbook which he claimed to be his old one he had outgrown, but that was humanoid sized and actually had battle damage. The party went to sleep and found in the morning that Rosa and Xarseth were gone and 3 others had arrived, Anastasia, Dorn and Rolen.

They spent an uneventful 25 days with Zephyros, during which some furthered their skills, others learned new languages or tinkered with new devices. All of them got to know each other a lot better.

Upon arrival in Bryn Shander they were warmly greeted and directed to the nearest place for a drink, Kelvin's Comfort. Here they met a knight named Sir Baric, a member of the Order of the Gauntlet. He revealed to them he was waiting for a criminal called Worvil "the Weevil" as he knows Worvil, a shield dwarf, really likes the local Firebrand ale, which can only be bought at this tavern. Before they could decide on a course of action, commotion was heard outside.

The town was surrounded by 12 Frost Giants, 3 of which were attacking the gate accompanied by 2 Winter Wolves, looking for "Artus Cimber". They would not listen to reason and the party had no choice but to fight them. Combat started and is looking rather challenging for the party.

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Story So Far

Adventurers were gathered in Waterdeep at the request of the factions. Rumours of giants on the move and attacking remote villages warrant an investigation. So parties of adventurers were sent to find information. Rosa, Tiny, Merry, Ravencraw, Xarseth were made into one party with Rosa appointed as leader.

They soon arrived in Nightstone to find it abandoned and tried to find out what happened. The obsidian Nightstone was missing too. After some skirmishes with goblins, they found Gum-Gum and Tiny convinced her to work for him. They found out about Hark and the Dripping Caves where the villagers were hiding. But before they left, they managed to capture Tot, set fire to the stables, rescued the horses, make friends with a tressym called Fidget, met Kella, handed her over, visited the keep where they found out the Lady Nandar had died in the attack, that cloud giants were responsible and that they had taken the stone. Oh, and fought a band of Orcs who tried taking over the town.

After that they rescued the villagers from the Dripping Caves and were sent to Bryn Shander to deliver the sad news to Markham Southwell of his sister's passing. 

On route, they encountered a Cloud Giant called Zephyros with his castle who can get them to their destination faster. He has revealed that The Ordning is broken and that the group will be instrumental in restoring it. A fight broke out 2 days later with an unknown group. And that is where the story shall continue next time.

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