Planning begins to rescue Blagothkus’s children. In order to ensue the children recognise the party as being friendly the group gather some personal items and learn the nicknames used by Blagothkus.
During the journey Janthyra Tarmeikos begins having nightmarish dreams, awakening each morning each more and more haggard and lacklustre, not to mention having serious headaches.
The party mount the Wyverns and prepare to launch into the air. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam successfully whispers in the ear of his steed and launches into the air, followed by AZIM and Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer. After a short detour, Sir Axialrod Moonbeam catches up with the rest of party and catches sight of the Stedding of the Hill Giants.
At a glance, the watchtower appears to be burnt to the ground, with human sized tents nearby. AZIM uses his Ki powers to cast Pass Without Trace on the party who attempt to sneak to one of the doors of the burnt watch door. As they get closer, the burnt part begins to move and a red and scaly beast – a Red Dragon – emerges from the ruins 30’ from the party.
Errich moves off to one side and fires his bow at the beast, successfully nicking it. Jareath Lockwind shoot his bow twice, hitting once, again moving to ensure the breath weapon hits as few as possible. Janthyra Tarmeikos moves away. Casting Hex on the Dragon, before Eldritch Blasting the Dragon twice with big damage. Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer moves towards the fighter, casting Warding Bond, and moving on. The dwarf then Action Surges to move again and casts Sacred Flame, but the Dragon saves and takes no damage. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam charges into the Dragon and swings at the beast, hitting it and terrifies the Dragon. A mighty swing indeed! The fighter action surges and hits the Dragon again, this time twice. AZIM also runs in to hit the Dragon with his new mace, which bounces off his scaly hide. His second attack hits, before dropping into a defensive stance.
The Dragon roars in pain and frustration, and takes to the air. Both the fighter and monk miss with their attacks as it flies off into the distance.
Errich fires again at the Dragon, this time missing. Jareath Lockwind also shoots, this time hitting once for paltry damage. Janthyra Tarmeikos hits twice again with her Eldritch Blast, the days of lack of sleep, seemingly not having any affect of her ability to cast spells. Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer takes guard, ensuring he stays within range of his spell. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam and AZIM clamber over the ruins.
The Dragon flies out of range of the party.
The party move back together, preparing for the next wave to occur. From the tents, people begin moving around. The party attempts to hide in the rubble. The party can hear the Cultist poking around in the rubble and muttering about the dragon’s leaving, before going back to their tents. Janthyra Tarmeikos uses the Wand of Treasure detection to search for treasure but only find the bones of large wolves.
Sir Axialrod Moonbeam listens at a set of double doors and can hear the sound of children playing, the sound of very large children. The party sneak to the next set of doors and again listen, this time hearing the sounds of a kitchen at work.
The party attempt to open the double doors leading to the sounds of playing children. Errich successfully pushes open the door, surprisingly quietly. Seeing more than a dozen 7’ tall Hill Giant children, the party decide to go another direction and sneak towards the next set of double doors. Again, Errich pushes open the giant sized doors. This room looks like a den with two chairs covered in human skin. Just off the Den is a pile of straw.
Errich searches the pile of straw but comes to the realization that the pile is the bed of a big bear. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam sneaks past the straw pile to see a fairly large room. A large fire pit is in the centre of the room, a long table sits at the back of the hall with 5 chairs, the room is also full of Hill Giants laughing and drinking. In a massive chair sits the biggest Hill Giant yet with a Great Bear at his feet.
Deciding this is a bad idea, the party backs out and back into the ruined watch tower, instead trying the door with no sound coming from behind it. In this room, it looks like a empty dining room with massive dining table in the middle. A Copper Dragon head is mounted above the fireplace. Ohhh, the villains.
The party open the door to the kitchen, again the door makes no sound as it slowly opens revealing varying kitcheny things. Two Hill Giants yell instructions at their minions – 12 Orcs and 3 Ogres. Knowing there is no way to cross the room the party launches an attack on the kitchen staff.
Errich Uses Hunters Mark on the Ogre, then fires his arrow, doing mass damage to the poor Ogre, then runs under the 7’ tall table. AZIM runs through the room, looking to block the exit. Jareath Lockwind moves into the corner of the kitchen and uses the Wand of Winter to cast Ice Storm killing 4 Orcs and wounding two of the Ogres and both giants, one worse than the other. The bard sings little ditty for the fighter. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam charges at the Ogre and hits.
The Orcs run at the heroes. 1 hits Jareath Lockwind. A mob attacks Errich, two hitting him. A couple attack Sir Axialrod Moonbeam, while flanking and both hit. Another mob attacks AZIM, all missing their attacks.
Janthyra Tarmeikos moves up to the door and casts a twin-spelled Crown of Madness on the Hill Giants affecting one of them. Unfortunately, the wild magic surge causes her to disappear. Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer rushes to protect the halfling and casts Spirit Guardians as he gets there.
The Ogres move to attack the party, one dies by the little naked dwarven cherubs, another swots the fighter mightily, and restrains the fighter with its chain.
One Hill Giant, with the Crown of Madness picks up a barrel of vinegar and throws it at Jareath Lockwind, hitting the poor, now vinegar smelling bard, which unfortunately ends this turn. The other Hill Giant moves towards the monk, swinging twice but misses.
Errich disengages from the Orcs and moves behind the Ogre, stabbing him in the back, killing him. Errich is now standing in the open. AZIM attacks the Orcs surrounding him, killing one of them and drops in a defensive stance. Jareath Lockwind pulls out his rapier and kills the Orc fighting him and moves behind the dwarf. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam moves away from the Orc, one hitting as he moves away and attacks the Ogre, knocking him to the ground with a well timed shield bash, before hitting him twice.
Two of the Orc’s die from the spirit guardians swarming them as they begin their actions. Three attack the dwarf, two hitting, while one move towards the halfling, hitting him as well. The halfling squeals – Is this what pain feels like. Three attack the monk, all missing.
Janthyra Tarmeikos casts Hex on one of the Hill Giants, but misses with her Eldritch Blasts. Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer Casts Spiritual Weapon on a Hill Giant, then swings his Hue the axe at a nearby Orc, killing it.
The remaining Ogre stands up and smashes the fighter, again dealing damage and restraining the fighter again. One of the Hill Giants moves beside the fighter and swings at him, hitting once. The fighter attempt to counter attack the miss, but fails miserably. The other Hill Giant swings twice at the monk, again missing.
Errich disengages from his opponent and moves behind the Hill Giant and sneak attacks as he runs off. AZIM kills another Orc and once again goes into a defensive stance. Jareath Lockwind climbs the barrels and up onto the table and casts Bane on one of Hill Giants, Ogre. and an Orc. All fail their saves. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam knocks the Ogre off his feet with his shield bash and kills him with a downward strike, before hitting the giant and frightens him as he hits.
The Orcs swing at the cleric, missing twice. The Orc attacking the fighter miss as do the ones attacking the monk.
Janthyra Tarmeikos Eldritch Blasts the Hill Giant fighting the fighter, hitting once. Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer moves closer to the giant bringing the Spirit Guardians closer, and moves the spiritual Weapon to the Hill Giant, again hitting.
The Hill Giant swings at the fighter missing twice. The fighter counter attacks, hitting back. The Hill Giant fighting the monk missing twice.
Errich stabs the badly wounded Hill Giant in the leg, bringing it down, then spins and stabs an Orc, killing that one too. AZIM continues hitting the Orcs, killing one of the team, again, dropping into his defensive stance. Jareath Lockwind casts Confusion on the Hill Giant and the Orc, both fail their saves. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam ignores the Orc, who taps the fighter as he leaves and moves behind the Hill Giant, hitting once.
One Orc follows the fighter and misses. The confused Orc wanders off and the monk punches as he leaves, killing him.
Janthyra Tarmeikos moves her Hex from the dead Hill Giant to the other and then hits twice with her Eldritch Blast. Ulfgar (Ulfgrim) Foehammer also moves his Spirtual Weapon and hits the Hill Giant.
The confused Hill Giant does nothing this turn.
Errich moves his Hunters Mark then shoots at the Hill Giant, hitting with a ballista bolt. AZIM moves towards the Hill Giant and kills it. Jareath Lockwind fires his bow, hitting once. Sir Axialrod Moonbeam knocks the Orc to the ground, then butchers it.
All is quiet.