2 days ago …
Manto Sotirelis returns to The Iron Ravens compound shaking off the lingering effects of the transportation glyph she’d been hit by. The other Ravens have left several hours ago to deal with the giant in the pass while leaving Oghren there to keep an eye on things. With some confused banter back and forth she learns what she can and heads off.
- The giant attempts to cast web and is counter spelled by lucius.
- Elrik Bjornsson casts Silence right above the wall of thorns which envelopes the giant and the party members clustered around him
- Eevi Ptolomy Viciously Mocks him causing him to falter in his attacks.
- Sascha and Jurgen are hammering home mighty blows
- Aldonis fires his arrows through cover and deals good damage.
- Lucius unleashes a flurry of magic missiles from his wand.
- The giant teleports 30ft closer to Aldonis and Lucius and attacks Eevi and Lucius with his glaive
- Eevi casts Dissonant whispers forcing the giant to flee. It flees UPWARD as it begins to fly away.
- More arrows and another bolt of fire from Lucius
- The Giant flings a fireball at the ground beneath it catching everyone in the blast.
- Jurgen is protected by the wall of thorns and his shield.
- Elrik moves to the base of the thorn wall to be in range of the party to heal.
- Lucius uses a scroll of earth bind to try and bring the flying giant down. It fails.
- More arrows and vicious mockeries occur.
- Manto arrives, having finally made up the distance. she hangs back as she sees this combat going.
- The giant flies up, as it seeks to escape combat.
- Arrows follow it.
- Eevi unfurls her wings and follows it up to a well hidden cave. It is hidden in the darkness beyond, just barely seen.
- The giant casts earthbind on her, it fails.
- Eevi flies closer and casts dissonant whispers, it fails.
- The giant rushes her, grapples successfully and drags her back into the cave.
- Eevi thunderwaves hoping to break his grip. fails.
- The giant strikes her twice with his glaive, grievously wounding her, she fails to escape his grasp.
- It casts sleep on her as she falls into a deep slumber.
- Meanwhile, realizing that Eevi is getting in over her head, the group begins a harrowing climb effort to get to her.
- Elrik and Manto do a slow and steady, Jurgen uses his boots of leaping, Sascha attempts to climb quickly. Aldonis does not climb and keeps an eye out for the mounts and any possible interruptions, Lucius casts spiderclimb and easily scales what the others have trouble with.
- Sascha saves Jurgen from several tumbles as his Leaps up the mountain sometimes come on loose stones that dislodge and roll out from beneath his feet.
- Rocks tumble from the ledge threatening to dislodge people from their precarious perches.
- Jurgen hits a bad spot and rolls back down the mountain without too much damage
- Elrik tumbles from the mountain but hits hard.
- Manto and Sascha make good progress.
- Lucius makes it to the top and in a tone of voice that brooks no argument declares this engagement over.
- Lucius sees Eevi lying on the ground and thinking her dead uses a scroll to Cloudkill within the cave breaking his Spiderclimb concentration. At first nothing happens and then Eevi staggers to her feet coughing and cursing.
- “Eevi” directs “her” Elemental to attack Lucius.
- Unknown to Lucius the real Eevi dies from the Cloudkill poison.
- Jurgen makes it to the top and stands on the ledge. He readies his shield to engage.
- Jurgen is promptly Shoved off the ledge by the Elemental and will hit the ground hard if not saved.
- Lucius casts Spiderclimb on himself breaking his Cloudkill concentration to crawl down the mountain as Jurgen falls to cast a Featherfall on him allowing him to land softly and unharmed.
(( Some Discussion as to the nature of the Concentration part of Cloudkill ))
- Sascha makes it to the top and sees nothing in the cave.
- Lucius joins her and way below Jurgen gets onto his Giant Ram mount to trust in it’s surefooted ability to scale the cliff face.
- The Elemental emerges from a wall and strikes Lucius twice, each blow rocking the Wizard before merging back into the stone.
- Not seeing their target Lucius casts Wall of Fire from a scroll, lining the inside walls of the cave, and immediately “Eevi” once again comes out on fire roaring profanities in Giant.
Shedding its disguise the Giant reveals itself to be slightly shorter than when originally met but still nearly ten feet tall. Its skin is a light blue instead of red and its hair is long and white. It has two horns growing from its forehead. It clenches huge fists and roars as its clothes catch fire. Pointing down the tunnel mouth it casts a Cone of Cold catching Sascha and Lucius fully. Lucius falls to the ground unconscious.
- Sascha, normally calm in the face of adversity, sees her friend fall and loses the tight grip she holds on her rage. She charges into the cave, her Greatsword rending great gouges in the creatures flesh.
- The pain of the wounds cause the Giant to lose its concentration on the summoned Elemental as it reappears and strikes once at both the Barbarian and the Giant enraged at having been summoned to the Prime Plane.
- Jurgens Mount makes it to the top and he dismounts, charging into the cave to help Sascha.
- The Elemental attacks again targeting Jurgen and the Giant this time.
- The Giant casts Evard’s Black Tentacles targeting the tunnel, catching both Sascha and the Unconscious Lucius. Sascha is caught and restrained.
- Sensing she has no time to escape AND revive/retrieve Lucius, Sascha attempts to disrupt the Giant’s concentration but is unable to do so.
- Jurgen is to busy fending off the Elemental creature to be able to respond.
- With a vicious grin the monster watches as Lucius’ is broken and killed by the grasping tendrils of darkness.
- With an Elemental, a Paladin and a Raging Barbarian attacking it, the Giant decides now would be a good time to leave. It casts Gaseous Form and begins to float past and through the heroes.
- Manto joins the fray finally.
- Unable to do enough damage Jurgen, Manto and Sascha watch as it floats out and up.
- Sensing its Original Summoner to have left the Elemental sinks into the ground once more and relinquishes its hold on the Prime Material plane.
- Arrows fly from Aldonis as soon as it’s misty form can be perceived by his eagle eyes but it is quickly out of his reach as well.
The Body of Lucius is gathered into a blanket, the cave is searched. Platinum and Gold, Chests with emeralds and jewelry, a Steel jar with a silver seal (which is revealed to contain more Platinum), a silver plated scroll tube that contains a map to some underdark location.
In the large chest they find Eevi’s asphyxiated, poisoned, burned body stuffed within.
They find a Black Cloth that is later revealed to be a portable hole, two gold and begemmed chalices.
Gathering the loot and the fallen the Ravens make their way back to Cauldron. It is an uneventful journey back. Going to The Cathedral of Hades they arrange to have the bodies of their friends revived and are told it will be a few days before the Priests will be able to attend to the matter.