Storm King's Thunder

The One When We Accidentally the Boss

Bink! Milo! Shay! I’m so glad you’re all here. You’ll never believe what happened!

While you was out, this mad wee kobold named Mepo showed up to help with the giants. So we took the conch thingy and ported to this underwater palace, like. There were a whale and I made friends with it, kind of. Oh! And another whale that were just angry no matter how much fish we fed it. And Ridian almost got carried away in a whirlpool! There was these sleeping storm giants all over, and we got some wicked loot out of oysters bigger than me. I found a saddle that looks well posh, and I just remembered that I have notes for a spell that makes animals friendly, innit. So I’m gonna try the saddle on the bear later. I’m just a few practice shots away from learning a cool new multishot at the minute, as well. (Ed: I’m 17 xp from leveling!)

We almost forgot that we was meant to make friends with King Hexagon, but luckily we didn’t kill anybody. He weren’t there, but his daughters were. Anton brought Hexagon’s dead wife back to life and their daughter gave us this coin. She said it would help us find him. Oh! You’ll never believe who else were there! That Death of the Desert lady what killed Harshmag. And a load of different giants for some reason. Some of the giants was on her side and some on ours. She tried to run away, but Sayra stopped her and she changed into a dragon. This time we killed her dead. We should go to the desert and look for her hoard. She’s got sons we could kill an’ all.

And on the way back to the castle, I met this bloke called Rindwiver and he traded me these mad cool glasses for my old bow. [she puts them on] (Ed: These delicate eyeglasses were designed to clip onto the nose of a giant. They appear comically large if worn by a Medium or smaller-sized creature.)

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A Bargain with a Cloud Giant?

To Kreed Grayson, Lord Commander of the Ghost Annihilators:
I was recruited along with a band of seasoned adventurers to assist a group called Acquisitions Incorporated (AI) to storm a cloud giant’s castle. But first we were tested and a bizarre test it was, we were ambushed by a group of thieves in an alley where we were supposed to meet our contact. We made short work of them, literally the shortest of our bunch fireballed them and killed all but one, who immediately surrendered.
Our contact appeared with a flourish and tried to enlist us into AI, I declined as my loyalties are already at odds being a tool of the Lords’ Alliance and also a proud member of the Ghost Annihilators. We struck a bargain and Seira, the small pyromaniac mentioned above, would become a sub-intern in their ranks and we would contract out to her. That was fair and met my quota for masters to report to. We were traveling with a flaming skull, he assured me he was not evil and so I believe I did not violate any of my oaths to the Ghost Annihilators, may Kreed Grayson strike me down if so.
We elected to take griffons to the cloud giant’s castle at once, not electing to take the HALFF maneuver our contact was pressing upon us. However, when we arrived the aerie we were supposed to land our griffons at was swarming with giant birds, eagles per the other members of the party. I should have mentioned to them how near sighted I am and slightly hard of hearing, growing up on the streets of Luskan I did not get the vitamins I needed to nurture healthy senses. Ah well, that is my burden to bear.
So yes, eagles, we elected to do our own HALFF maneuver without the AI tablet that they wanted us to use for this purpose. Seira feather falled us at the exact right moment and we came in with perfect stealth, that is until we started moving. People’s love of heavy armor, I’ll never understand it. All I need are my thin robes. Luckily the patrol that spotted us when a moving plant and the nature cleric, forgive me I forget his name, was able to befriend the odd creature and it went on its way.
We searched the castle and found the majordomo’s chambers. Inside we were able to find a secret mirror world entrance to her private office and discovered empty vials of poison. Later we found poisoned guards, the majordomo was obviously behind the poisoning. We also found a nice shield and staff for our fighter (oh bother – what was his name?) and the aforementioned nature cleric, respectively.
On to the next area and we discovered the lord’s chambers and his diary. He really does like small folk. Oh I forgot to mention we were looking for proof that his intentions with the small folk were truly for peace. We found that evidence. We went to meet with the lord and then chaos broke out, briefly.
We met the lord and he seemed quite excited to meet us, but his majordomo was trying to pin the poisoning on us. Luckily we convinced Olthanas (the lord) that Balakar (his evil majordomo) had truly been behind the poisoning. Balakar caused Olthanas’s choker to actually start choking him and summoned a white dragon to attack. I worked on freeing Olthanas with my crafty mage hand while the rest of the party dealt with the major threat of the dragon and majordomo. The dragon breathed cold on us, but my spells protected me. Seira and the sorceress (my I’m terrible at names!) fireballed and even used lightning to take out the two enemies while I freed the lord.
The white dragon turned out to be his pet, so we were able to save it for him. Olthanas was pleased with us and returned us to Neverwinter, successful in our mission. Hopefully this helps stop the giants from their slaughter throughout the lands.

Your Servant and Faithful Skeptic,

Quick Ben Altentross, Hedge Wizard

cc: SEER

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Whoever thought a sprite could poison a paladin?

“Queen Titania says you have to go to sleep. Now.” Raisie glared at Shay, looking pointedly at the sword across the half elf’s lap which was being honed and oiled.

Shay glanced over at the tiny sprite. “Raisie, you know I’m not tired. I already tried to sleep. All I managed to do was wake almost everyone else with my tossing and turning.”

“Yes, yes, but orders are orders. You have to go to sleep now. If you don’t, I have orders to shoot you.” Raisie flew small loop-de-loops in the air in front of the feypactadin. She drew her bow and nocked an arrow. “You know she’ll be upset if you don’t talk to her tonight.”

With a sigh, Shay set aside her sword. “Ok. Do what you have to do.” She knew humoring the sprite would be the only way to get any peace at this point.

With a tiny gleeful cheer, Raisie drew back the arrow and let it fly, hitting Shay in the shoulder. Shay looked at the minuscule arrow, then back to the sprite. “Was the supposed to hurt?”

Raisie shook her head, “Nah, it just needs to break the skin enough to deliver the poison.” Then, with a nod, “ Any second now”

“Wait, what? Poison? I didn’t say you…. Could….” Shay blinked her eyes slowly as the world went slightly out of focus, before drifting off to sleep.

Well, pet? What do you think of your “squire”? That unforgettable voice drifted across Shay’s consciousness like a feather, rousing her enough to partake in another waking dream. Isn’t she everything I promised?

“Raisie is awesome! A bit of a prankster, but I would expect nothing less. Did she tell you of our latest mission?” Shay looked around, mist swirling as she turned, but the Summer Queen chose not to reveal herself this time.

She did not. That is why I ordered you to appear. I wish to hear how you and she are getting along.

“Oh. Right! Well then…." Shay put her thoughts in order, mentally preparing her report. "As you know, we’ve been working on this problem with the giants and the Ordening. We’ve finally managed to get one of those teleportation conches, which we need to go.. somewhere.. I’m not sure where. But, we got a message from some dwarves that they were having issues with stone giants and they asked us to intervene.

“We went to this place called Deadstone Cleft, which is in the Greypeak mountains. Stories say it is the place stone giants go when they’re ready to die. Only, they don’t actually die… or they do but its because they petrify over time.

“Anyway, we get there, and we decide we need to scout the area. Raisie eagerly volunteered to scout, starting with a roc’s nest. I remembered you showing me how I could see what she saw, so I looked through her eyes. The roc’s nest had some stuff we thought might be interesting, but there were no stone giants out there so Raisie moved on. She went into one of the larger caves and found a group of Uthgar barbarians. After relaying the information to our group, we decided that cave was where we wanted to start our exploration.

“Using Rhydian’s magic, we were able to sneak up on the Uthgar, and they were simply no match for our group. The next cave had a few stone giants in it, but Rhydian’s magic was still in effect and we snuck up on them also. When they don’t get a chance to attach first, one or two stone giants is not really much of a fight either. At this point, though, Raisie was mostly just staying out of the way because we didn’t want a giant to smush her like a bug.

“We continued exploring and, I think it was in the next cave, we found Kayalithica. She summoned a stone golem thingie which was harder to hurt than most things are, but in the end we prevailed against both. And we rescued a gnome clockmaker, who’s going to live in our flying castle with us now. Everyone else was asking about other stuff the giants might have. And I asked if there were any other prisoners we might need to rescue. We had to deal with a few more things, but Raisie was mostly just watching my back at that point.“

So, everything is working out well. And your friends? Do they finally believe that you and I converse?

Shay nods. “Yeah, I think they do. I actually have someone who really really really wants to meet you, when we’re done dealing with all the giant stuff. It’s ok, right? To bring her?”

Of course, pet. Just remember, I will hold you accountable for her behavior, for good or for ill. As long as you are willing to pay the price, she is welcome to visit. Now, though, I think Raisie’s poison is wearing off. We shall speak again soon.

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A letter to Nalaskur Thaelond at the Bargewright Inn.
Rhydian’s gifts to all of his friends
  • Sent via Airship once we leave in our flying castle. I would have also given the Airship captain 100gp to drop off the letter.*__

Dear Brothers and Sisters I send news of our attempts to fix “The Orderning”. So far my cabal and I have been having some success in dealing with the giants. We now know that we can help fix it all by dealing with the Storm King of the Giants. To this end we had to face one of the Giant lords. We did the bidding of the giant’s oracle and now we have chosen to go after the richest of the giant lords, The Lady of cloud giants in her flying castle. The attack on the castle went without a hitch. Flying things don’t think to look up, they are busy looking down on everyone and it cost them. We attacked from above and with Shar’s blessing I cloaked my people in darkness so the guards did not see us, and I flew them in. Arrows from the shadows made short work of the watchmen and we had insertion. It was grand, silent and efficient it can be difficult working with matures, but the young elf girl Lia so skilled with a bow, I am sure I could make a real assassin out of her if she was to get away from all of the tree hugging. No really she hugs tress, and has a pet shrubbery. If she ever leaves the Emerald’s someone might try and recruit her, in about 110 years or so. But back to my point we were in the castle, and no one knew it. We found the high ladies bedroom, and we were attacked by her invisible servants. Sadly for them they could not see in the darkness, and once more Shar’s blessing protected me, and gave me to power to enact my revenge for their attacks upon me. I had to laugh at the irony that the invisible could not see their attacker as I stab them. This place is amazing and all of the masks this giant had collected. It was amazing and we had our plan set. We found her magic books and scrolls and our mage Milo realized that we could control the giant queen with a dominate monster scroll we discover. So we sat down to wait for her to return to her room, and from there the ambush would happen, and we would get control. But all great plans are perfect on paper.

As we got settled in we heard the roaring and screaming of torment. We went to look.
In the lower court yard we killed more of the watchmen, but one did scream out before its death. We were then attacked by griffins and giants and water elementals. Ok the water elemental did not attack until I attempted to hide in the swimming pool, so that might have been a minor mistake. But come on who would guess that the pool was dangerous. It was amazing thought. The mage Milo jumped into the water and sent the elemental to its home, and it never returned. WOW that was kind of cool. Now that the giants knew that we were in the courtyard with the pool, guards responded. We fought and killed all the guard, but one. It was a difficult fight and Anton had to heal us all many times to keep us going. But the Fay Knight Shayleigh and the Bink the smelly went toe to toe with the giants so I could do my work. Getting hit a giant is no fun, but getting stabbed by my dagger is also no fun. The last giant attempted to run, and in doing so called out to his mistress for help, it could not have gone better. She walks in like she owned the place (ha-ha) with only one giant as her back up. It was amazing Shayleigh went up and took it down in one shot. She hit the giant and it fell to the group crying. Then Anton and Milo cast the control monster spell and BANG, we own a flying castle.

So here is the gift part, well other than the knowledge that I am giving to the Zhetarim about what is happening to “The Orderning”. The gifts remember when I said we heard screaming and roaring, well that was from the Dragon Felgolos. He was trapped here as a prisoner, and sadly my cabal has released him. The good news is I have collected his blood, and scales that were in his cell, as well as the chains that bound him. I am not sure what our magic people can do with such stuff, but I have heard that it can be useful in scrying on someone or something. So a gift, just remember to tell out sisters and brothers that it came from me.

Rhydian Wicked-Tree of Evermeet

Rhydian would have asked that 500 gold worth of his treasure would be two of the masks from the collection rather than sell them. I would have given this letter with the masks to the Airship captain to deliver.

This letter is to our red dragon benefactor (Terry cannot remember the name)
Countess Sansuri is dead and here is her mask. She had masks that she would wear to show her mood and emotions. This is her mask that shows her surprise that she is now dead, and her mask to show her fear as we did it. I send these masks to you as a gift for the use of your Airship, and her loyal crew. I hope that you enjoy looking upon them as you think of her demise. It did not feel right not to send you these gifts after all the help you gave us by sending your Airship.

With Gratitude
Rhydian Wicked-Tree of Evermeet

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Putting an end to perverted undead love
Plan B was to let the face eating monster tear my eyes out

To: the Temple of Talos in Luskan

Ahoy Acolyte Stormwind,

I thought the temple might be interested in some disturbing events that I witnessed recently. I was near the town of Parnast working on the giant hunting business, when all the sudden me and my crew were surrounded by a ghostly fog that transported us to a realm called Barovia. The lord of the realm, Count Strahd, is obsessed with his brother’s former lover Tatiana. She is somehow cursed to repeatedly come back to life and die horribly before he can get his hands on her. Apparently Strahd made a bargain with a dark god at a place called the Amber Temple which didn’t give him quite what he wanted, but caused him to become a vampire. When we arrived we were told of a woman Esme who for some reason thought Strahd’s plan was a good idea. She tried to make a bargain with a dark god herself to become undead and look like the target of Strahd’s affection so she could get some kinky undead loving from him. While I support most perversions you can think of, this one goes to far. We had to kill her. We were able to find Esme with the help of a coven of witches who sacrificed some of their life essence to perform some sort of scrying ritual (apparently, they don’t know of decent scrying magic in their realm). We found Esme before she could complete her ritual, and were able to trap her spirit in a magic locket one of the witches gave us. Before I knew it we were transported by the ghostly fog back to Parnast.
I will try to bring the locket back to the temple for further study. I would recommend we send some clerics to Barovia to clear out the undead and what I can only guess is a curse that makes everyone crazy. However, I don’t know how we got there or how we got back. Maybe this was some magic of the giants to try to keep us away, but it wasn’t any magic I recognized. It also could’ve been that blue dragon who claims to be responsible for breaking the Ordening. I still don’t know why the Ordening was broken and who stands to benefit. I say we kill ’em all and let Talos sort them out.

may Talos guide you,
Anton Roberts

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Fire and the giant in the fairly tale castle

Hi Nighty,

I know, it has being a long time since I last wrote to you. This hero life is busy, I know.. me a hero, who would have thought? Anyway, our last adventure was amazing and I find myself thinking of how much you would like to hear about it… so here it goes..

Our journey started this time walking toward Lord Gavin house, which I may add: he does not seems to be too bright, or at least have a long list on his to do. He has kept a sword that he was suppose to destroy, one that, by the way, possessed him and yet he kept as a souvenir mounted on his walls. YES! I KNOW, RIGHT!?

Anyway, we got there to find part of the house on fire and some member of the Cult of the Dragon. I wanted to try to question them for any clues, after all I still haven’t being able to find anything that would give my friend, Laucian`s soul peace. But sadly I saw fire, the amazing waves and forms of it, the bright red and orange, the smell and sound of crispy wood as it sizzle to it.. I`m going away from the point, my friends and comrades in the group needed my help to put the fire out, hence I went toward the fire JUST TO HELP.

I`m not sure what happen, I believe they kill the members and then found the brilliant Lord inside a cage, as well as his Troll (humans…) no sure what happen, I was HELPING with the fire; but apparently his sword and some money was taken by some guy that were in the same castle that we needed to go.

And WHAT A CASTLE! we found the Giant that kill his son. We end up in front of a big door, no sure why giant think they are secure when they make such big holes belong the doors, we tiny ones, in this case Binck, with a little help of magic can just crawl in LOL.

Anyway, we found our self in an INVISIBLE room, what a VIEW. oh did I mention? this castle was FLYING!! The sighting moment was interrupted by the giant we needed to kill, I think we are getting too good at this, he died pretty fast.. I enjoyed it; and then Binck cut his head and tight it on his waist, and I ride it on the way down as I played with balls of fire. Some barbarians came, no sure why, they ran away.. shrugs.

A small group stay behind to fight us, in a very annoying way, he had this dark matter around him which made him difficult.. he eventually fall down, as everything that confront us do.. hi hi hi… we recover the sword, which whom? it? … anyway Shay talk with it and kept it, no sure if that`s good, it seems that some ritual prevent the sword now from possessing others..

Oh and then we fought a dragon! poor thing.. they say he was not, but I think he was a baby, he looked big, but what does not to us?

Fun? right? right?

Then we went back to mister smart, gave his money back; Shay kept the sword.

Until next time,
Seira

PS. I wish Binck took a shower, he otherwise is fun to hang out with. He let me ride on the giant head!

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Harshnag the Flat

We continued raiding Uthgardt tombs. What fun! We found all sorts of odd giant things mostly unguarded, well except for a few ghosts and some Uthgardts we made short work of. We also went back to The Great Worm Cavern and Shay talked to her imaginary friend, well her new imaginary friend and we got imaginary boons? So I guess not imaginary? Who knew!?

So – back to the Eye of the All Father and lo and behold Harshnag that Grim guy was waiting for us. We placed all the artifacts (that we didn’t want to keep) on the oracle’s platform and we were left to make a choice. We eventually chose the cloud giant, Sansuri and all seemed to be well.

Then we came out of the sanctuary and there was a gods darned Ancient Blue Dragon waiting for us. I tried to take it and fight with Harshnag but the fool knocked the temple down on top of him and the dragon. We all barely escaped.

Milo sent his elemental in after Harshnag but his remains were far too destroyed for our priest to return to life. So we instead decided that it would honor Harshnag for one of us to wear his armor into battle against those he fought.

The captain of our airship gave us one interesting bit of information, he never saw a dragon going into the temple – he saw a female storm giant and gave us a detailed description. We went to Waterdeep to find a map to Parnast and talk to that dragon expert with all the cats and one really big “cat”. We got a map to Parnast and talked to the dragon lady.

She found information that there is an ancient blue that is called the “Doom of the Desert” and the “Dragon of Statues”. She lives in a cold desert far to the east, name of “Iymrith”.

So on to Parnast, or to this cloud giant’s castle that is stuck in my head? Or look for this desert? We’ll see – but either way – it’ll be fun!

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Is Shay really crazy?
Party Consequences

The night after visiting the oracle of the all-father:

Something’s bothering you, my pet. We can’t have that. Come tell me what’s wrong.

The musically feminine voice echoes through Shayleigh’s mind just as sleep overtakes her. The next thing she knows, she is standing in the glade where she swore her Oath of the Ancients before the Summer Court. But it is not Oberon who has called her this time.

“Titania! My lady!” Shay quickly drops to one knee, her right hand forming a fist over her heart as she bows her head. “Have you summoned me to the Feywild?”

Tinkling laughter spills forth from the Summer Queen as she gestures for Shay to rise. Don’t be foolish, childe, this is but a dream. Your distress, though, has caught my attention and I would prefer it to cease. Ergo, we shall speak and address the cause of your unhappiness.

“Oh.. I’m sorry. Well, you see… “ Shay frowns for a moment. “I think, maybe, it’s because I’m tired of people not believing that I talk to you. Or, to other things.” The glade darkens and the air crackles as Titania’s displeasure is made manifest. Suddenly realizing that an angry Summer Queen was a VERY BAD thing, Shay quickly continued.

“I mean, they believe in you. They just don’t believe that I actually can actually communicate with you at all. And, well…. We are on this huge quest to fix the giants ordening so they stop fighting. Somehow, finding giant relics at these tribes of barbarians is supposed to help that. So, we just were at this one tribes home, and a coatyl talked to me. For some reason, I was the only one who could hear him.. it.. her.. and she was stuck in an altar.. and they all just looked at me like I was crazy. I’m not crazy, am I?”

The static abruptly discharges and light returns as Titania starts laughing again. Is that all, pet? You’re worried that someone thinks you are crazy? Sweet, sweet Shay, you are touched. It’s what made you into a creature upon whom I was willing to grant my boon, for such a small price. Tell me more of what happened.

Shay starts pacing as she explains, “Oh well… we went to a bunch more of these tribes to try and find more relics. Giving the relics to the oracle lets us find the path to one of them, and then we can get this magic conch.. which lets us go somewhere else. I am a little fuzzy on that part.

“But…. So I thought that maybe the Oracle could prove to them that I wasn’t crazy and I had Lia ask it if I really talked to you or was I just crazy. And it didn’t tell them the truth! It said ‘That is a very good question!’ I mean, what kind of Oracle thing is it if it can’t actually tell them that I talk to you?”

Titania puts her hand on Shay’s shoulder. If it means that much to you, pet…. Let my power grow within you. One day soon, when the power in you is strong enough, I will send another Champion to you. I have the perfect Sprite in mind. Your friends may regret their lack of faith in you, but that is their issue and not yours. Go back to sleep and know that I am watching.

Titania blows a kiss at Shay and the glade fades from view, letting Shay settle into a deep, restful slumber. Anyone on watch may notice the corners of her lips curling upwards into a smile as she sleeps.

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Giant temples have really tall stairs
In which only some dogs fly

In keeping with Harshnag’s urgency, we purchased mounts and set forth swiftly for the “Eye of the Allfather”. It was a cold and unpleasant journey, though it gave me time to bond with my Faithful Steed. Aside from that it was quite boring, almost as if few creatures are willing to attack a group travelling with a well-armored frost giant.

At the temple itself, we ran into a problem that I fear will become commonplace as we continue to deal with Giant-based problems. I speak, of course, of stairs. It’s bad enough when in twiceling towns, with their ridiculous leg lengths, but Giant architecture is on a whole different scale. The building had various deliberate traps — rolling boulders, animated statues, and so forth — but it was the sheer scale of the stairway of the stairway that I personally found most inconvenient.

Luckily, my Faithful Steed was already flying to escape the boulder trap which squished Seira’s mount like a grape in a wine press, so I was able to bypass the obstacle. Even so, if restoring the Ordening is going to alter the fundamental organization of Giant society, perhaps we can arrange somehow for the new version to mandate ramps in all new Giant construction?

After boulder traps, some angry Uthgardt barbarians1, nearly getting killed by a fiery centipede of some sort, and dealing with the poor design of the stairway, we made our way to the heart2 of the temple: The Oracle.

Conveniently, a friendly cloud giant ghost and filicide victim was there and explained the mechanics of Oracle usage when we promised to try to avenge him. The Oracle told us that we needed to seek out one of the Giant Lords, but refused to tell us their locations until we rob some Uthgardt graves. Oh well, those guys are assholes anyway.

1 Redundant, I know. I suppose there may exist Uthgardt barbarians who are under the influence of Calm Emotion or some such.

2 Or should that be “eye”, given the name of the place?

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The One with Too Many Giants

Walking through Waterdeep:

“Riding griffons is well better than riding vultures! I wish we could keep them.”

leaves rustling “It smells better, too.”

“Them bracers are pretty nice, innit? What kind of mug trades this for a magic rope? Strange things happen in cities.”

“They’ll help you fight giants?”

“Not if we run into a bloody ship full of them again! I never knew there was so many giants. Lucky that griffon woman was paying attention. I wonder if anyone is left in Firespear.”

“I felt bad leaving them. Do you think we’ll find that man everyone is looking for?”

“Artimus Cinder? I hope so. If the giants find him first…well, it won’t be good for no one. I wonder if we should use this ring? Maybe the bloke it calls knows something.”

clank, clank, whirrrrr, clank “Bark! Bark!”

“Remind me not to wind him up in cities no more. He barks at everything.”

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