With the small group down the party investiagted the cave for clues. Finding out the Giants were on hire to someone refered to as the ‘Storm Queen’ the party opts to track down her or at least scout out the area she is in to find out what she is exactly. Mostly because it was closer and it would be a pain to go back to Zorth tell him what we knew and go back to the area we could just as easily go to now and save time and resources. A small village close by was the waypoint the party used since it had been several weeks since they had slept indoors now.
Finding the local innkeeper the talkative type they find the area has had odd weather and Erymos starts going into theories on the weather being affected by the ‘Storm Queen’ the group opts to have a talk with the local mage in town as well. Over some tea and pastries the group learns of the man’s theory that this "Storm Queen’ has gotten into her possession something called the Gem of the Great beyond an evil gem that has the ability to bring people back from the dead that have a great need for revenge, usually the malicious type and rip rifts between the world of the dead and ours as they come back through. It varies by race since a human might come back to a city while an elf or nymph might come back in the middle of a forest. The ritual is not precise but is definitely evil. The group opted to hire the mage to do research into who might the Storm Queen actually be, due to his theory who ever they were they probably had possession of the gem and the weather is probably a side effect of ritual.
With the mage hired to do research into the history of the area to find out who the Storm Queen is for the party the team decides to resupply their spent supply of oil from the Trolls and rations since they have been trekking through the wilderness for some time now. The following morning over breakfast an odd cloud comes in against the wind. Erymos moves to the window letting the group know it is unnatural. The rest don’t need him to explain since large blobs of reddish goo hit the ground and houses as lightning strikes nearby hills. From the screams of the townsfolk it is found out to not only be odd weather but dangerous as Erymos pokes a blob close to the front door with his staff and explains the ‘blast thing’ is acid shaking the tip of his staff and frowning. He is able to get a small ammount into a glass vial. The group tries to set one of the blobs outside on fire as Torsten realizes what they are. Immune to fire and cold the odd creatures take more damage from Hacking or Piercing versus bludgeoning. The party tried to figure out a game plan when a large blob falls from the roof down into the main hall area in the middle of the group. Erymos as usual screams, fearful for his life.
As the large blob attacks Grunk his armor it starts to sizzle. Fallen hacks off a part of the creature before Grunk snaps slashing at the beast and he vaulted over it flinging it into the wall partially as another half melts on the floor. As the rest of the group watches in silence the half-orc still gripping his glaive snarls at the melting beast still panting from the sudden explosive rage that came over him. He mumbled about his armor until Erymos gingerly stepped closer to cast Repair on the armor. Looking to their weapons Erymos does the same since they are slightly melt as if used to stir acid.
Harrimore looked to the choas still outside whistling for Hoofcrest. Between Harrimore and Erymos getting a large mass of metal in the form of an anvil and dropping it while tied to a rope so he could hoist it back up. A sudden large impact on smaller blobs would probably disable them. Erymos and the other get people out of the way through directing them out of danger or using rope charm to make rope ladders out of areas where the people can’t escape.
As the crisis is averted the town looks to the party to figure out what was going on. Erymos advised them to take stock of the town and people to see if anyone is injured or missing and repairs that needed to be done immediately. Harrimore asked if the town had this kind of thing happening often or if they were cursed. When they said they had no idea why it would happen Torsten stepped forth explaining the Warriors of Light underr the guidance of The Lantern would bring peace back and banish this plight from the land. The group moves to the Mage’s house to make sure he was okay. As they made their way up the hill several gaints seemed to step out of no where. Erymos whistled since they were large for Giants.
The gave the party a warning that if they wanted to not see the town destroyed or be killed they’d leave well enough alone. In ormonate patterned Heavy armor they waited for the groups response to stay clear. As the emissaries of the Storm Queen as they explained the group fell silent taking in the sight. Harrimore asked who it was she seeked vengence on. The Giants looked at each other before suddenly roaring and charging the group. It was unclear if they took the question as a sign of not leaving or if they were just confused realizing they didn’t know and in their frustration opted to just attack.
Fallen and Gottri were the first to rush towards the Giants, Grunk following. As Fallen hacked into one Giant she was backhanded and buffeted into the air. Grunk got knocked into the air as well one of the Gaints coming up to squash him while he was trying to pull out a potion to drink after a massive blow. Harrimore and Hoofcrest battles one on one versus one of the four giants. It was a hectic and bloody battle, Big John taunting the giants the most getting on to actually chance him. The numbers slowly fell before the group found themselves over the bodies of several Giants. The idea to cut their heads off came to mind as well.
With the party mostly healed they stagger up into the mage’s house who was watching the whole event. Using his house as a base they find he had potions of healing which the party opt to buy out and use immediately. Mostly healed up or fully healed up he updates them on the research. He found it was interesting that he found tale of a female Storm Giant soceress in the area who collected birds, a bird maven by the name of Veracus who lived with the Cloud Giant and wizard Zorth, she had her bird eaten by a large number of cats and disappeared or died under unnormal circumstances. Erymos sighed slapping a palm into his face holding up his head as his eyes closed and his brow furrowed. He pointed out into an area he thinks she would probably be.
We had concerns about getting involved with a domestic dispute but having an orb that caused tears in the plane of the living mortal word to let out evil negative spirits had us opting to go hunt her down and send her back over to the other side. The mage was curious how we’d get up to her fortress to which we explained we had potions of flight.
A scouting of the area with from Hoofcrest, Harrimore, and Gottri let the people know of the general layout. Several giants on the backs of massive eagles let the team know they’ll need to go in quietly. Since Gottri noticed they were wearing amulets Erymos figured it was why they were able to ride through the clouds without getting eletrocuted.
With the possibility of a confrontation everyone knew where to aim. With the plan set to invisibly fly up to the barge she was on floating in the clouds initially set the team took to gathering their weapons so Torsten could bless them, Gottri having a seperate invisbility spell on him so he could position the lightning rods. With another one setup on Hoofcrest and Harrimore when he came back the group stuck to Erymos to stick together as Harrimore counted down for them to get into place.
Flickering out of no where Harrimore in mid air on Hoofcrest challenged the woman to feel the wrath of the Lantern. Writhing in a pool of slimy white souls she stood in the pool of the White Walkers, the lost souls. Torsten cast a spell to silence the sorceress as Harrimore charged her as she was attacked from the front and the back. Her sword hilt began to glow from a spell Erymos cast to heat the hilt making her decide to keep fighting with it or drop it. She screamed in rage and pain but it came out as nothing more then a rasp.
As the fight moved on someone noticed the dragon flying through the air long the starboard side. As she jumped into the air to escape us and try to reach out to the dragon Harrimore jumped up slashing her the final time before she fell lifeless to the ground the orb falling from her hand. With the souls being sucked into the air Erymos suddenly not sure exactly took some advice from Torsten on evil things and just yelled for someone to smash it. As it shatters Torsten and Harrimore each sweep up half the shards and nod to each other not wanting the remnants of evil to have a chance to combine again fully. The party stops to see Fallen swinning the Storm Giants sword around with a smile on her face. Noticing us looking at us we shake our heads as she just says ‘What?’.
With the thought of destroying the ship coming to mind for some they fly down under the ship and notice an area that is probably the dragon’s layer and see treasure. Opting to allocate found resources and run for now the group snatch up a few things and take off.
Zorth is stunned to find out who was trying to kill him. Afterwhich he gave the adventurers some some items or information the party made their way back to the Capitol
Grunk’s Payout 5992 Silver pieces aka (75pounds of money)