We have prevailed over the Fire Giants and their stronghold. We have even freed several captives we have discovered inside their dungeons including a very special prisoner of theirs. Time will tell if this has any consequences in the future but for now, we are all safe with a long way to go yet exploring more of the perpetual night filled caverns of the Underdark. Below is a detailed description I’ve put together of the encounter. It is my hopes that you memorize this and later repeat it back to me for that is in essence a large part of becoming a storyteller like your father. Practice memorizing what you hear and read.
Mok and Clearice flew across the lake of lava and just as they got within throwing range of the Giants rocks I teleported myself, Morrin and Omega to the top of the forts walls. Upon materializing Morrin transformed into a four armed gargoyle while Omega drank a potion to transform into a raging dinosaur. With brutal efficiency, the two of them dropped the 2 giants on this side of the wall before Mok and Clearice could join us. As they did so, the other two visible giants on the far side of the gate walls jumped down and fled across the courtyard.
This courtyard was filled with strange dogs, hellhounds, and two great pillars of fire stood before the keeps doorway with a row of statues lining the outside of the keep itself. Once Mok joined us, he proceeded to unleash blast after frosty blast towards the fleeing giants putting those other two down before they could retreat to safety inside as those dogs did. While this was going on Clearice managed to save the tortured and dying human we saw get flung over the walls and pulled back up earlier. Just before the doors closed sealing us out 2 large fire elementals stepped forth from the pillars and fled inside with a puff the pillars had gone out disappearing with the flight of those raging infernos.
Leaping from the battlement Omega charged towards the gates while the rest of us flew or were carried down as we watched Omegasaur ram into the door and burst it to pieces! Morrin summoned a Rhino who proceeded to try and bash the other door inwards. I guess reports of a Rhino on the docks might have been true at this point. Fearing for his safety Clearice left the human outside and proceeded to follow the rest of us inwards. I should note the Rhino eventually did succeed at bashing in the remaining door but by then we had already entered.
Inside the fort was a large entrance chamber with the hellhounds having just ran inside being closest preventing Omegasaur from entering fully took precious moments before we could clear them from the entrance way and by then most of the Keep seemed to have joined the remaining Giants. Surrounded by three sides our backs to the open doorway to the open courtyard we bravely stood our ground! Mok declaring he would handle those to our right while Morrin dealt with those to the left Omegasaur stomped into the room towards the two burning elementals. There must have been about another 8-10 or so Fire Giants along with 4-5 Spell Casting Giants and those two Fire Elementals in total. In just the matter of a minute we had reduced it to a couple of their spell casters and the elementals but not before one of them managed to put a burning wall of fire blocking the doorway forcing us further into the room.
As Omegasaur ripped and bit at those elementals, he became engulfed in their flame to the point where a raging 15 foot tall burning Allosaurus stood in the middle of the chambers striking fear into everyone’s heart. It was then we heard a loud noise outside in the courtyard. Fearing for the safety of the human we had just saved Dusk flew through the burning wall of fire and quickly came back through screaming telepathically in our heads about an even Bigger Fire Giant coming!
Into the chambers burst the Fire Giants Leader nearly twice their size swinging a might sword he managed a lucky blow against me as I fled towards the middle of the chambers. There we stood our ground, Omegasaur fighting the remaining fire elemental, Morrin standing against the leader and an Efreet that was summoned out of nowhere while Mok, Clearice and Myself hid behind offering cover fire at our enemies.
Exhausted from the amount of enemies and seemingly overwhelmed as the remaining casters seemed to be focusing their energies on healing their leader as we threw what we could at him Mok pulled out a strange combination of Staff and Rod and proceeded to suck up the magical attacks the Efreet threw his way. I later learned it was a Rod of Absorption and with it he was able to harness their magical energy to replenish his at least enough to provide us with one more blast of cold energy driving the Efreet out of the fight and dealing with one of those pesky caster giants but not before we watched Morrin collapse as the Efreet managed to shoot off one last round of acidic rays melting Morrin’s cloak as he lay prone and unresponsive on the ground.
Those casters dispelled Omega’s Dinosaur form but not before Mok put out his burning body using his Staff. Still Enraged Omega charged at the remaining caster dropping him in a flurry of swings. Now alone the Fire Giant Leader attempted to pull back into the courtyard stepping through the flames only to have Omega step after him while Mok put out the burning body of Morrin and with the aid of Clearice get him back up and moving around. As we chased after we arrived in time to see Omega desperately battling the Leader to see his mighty blow drop this Huge Behemoth of a Fire Giant.
We spent nearly a day inspecting the fort for treasure and found amongst it a portal to the realm of fire and some prisoners, 2 duergar, a single drow elf inside cells and 2 more humans in a pit. We promised to free the duergar and drow once we leave but they didn’t seem to believe us nor offer us any information on the Underdark. The humans were priests of Kossuth and once freed quickly speed off to their friend we had saved above and into the Underdark.
It was in the bowels of the fort we came across a cold room. Strange for a place so warmed by a lake of lava and inside we saw a Red Gemstone on a pedestal. We took some time here to rest up and then prepared ourselves as Mok entered the chamber and retrieved the Gemstone but not before doing a strange dance stepping into and out of the circle around the pedestal. Mok noticed a strange figure seemingly trapped inside the stone and presumed it was a stone of holding or some such capable of trapping a creature or person and holding them frozen in a moment. After speaking with her Goddess through some divination Clearice determined it would be safe to break the stone. Mok tried but wasn’t strong enough and it fell to Omega’s mighty strength to crush it which he did.
In a flash of light appeared an Efreet-like person named Prince Alfyal! Who was happy to be freed. He explained that he was enlisted to assist the Fire Giants and their allies of Efreets only to be imprisoned to keep his silence about their base of operations and the portal they had created to the fire realm. Since he was immortal, they kept him frozen in the stone protected from scrying and divination in that chamber so no one could come to his rescue. As thanks for freeing him he offered Omega a reward or should Omega choose another member one who had “lost the most” in the struggle to free him. Thinking of Morrin’s loss of his cloak he said that Morrin should be rewarded. Morrin put forth his hand to have a ruby ring placed onto an empty finger causing his hand to burst into fire! Prince Alfyal told him to let the fire consuming him and sure enough the fire eventually went out on it’s own bonding the ring to him. Prince Alfyal the told Morrin and us that this ring would Identify him as a friend to anyone from the plane of Fire and provide him with many abilities of fire and protections from fire.
With that, we lead Prince Alfyal to the portal and he returned home as we left we shut the doors to the room. We freed the 2 duergar and drow as we prepare to leave and finish our exploration. We also wanted to permanently seal the portal or reduce it to rubble but lacked the power at this time to do so. When we return to Raven’s Deep we will mention this in our report in hopes they can send a group specifically designed to seal portals to other realms or at least cause a controlled cave in to destroy this fort and keep it and the portal out of other cruel hands.
200gp of drow coins
100 GP of zhakaran coin
150 GP of Raven’s Bluff gold
There is a spider pin, looks like it is worth something
4 Imic holy symbol (elder fire giant who’s evil)
A giant sized bolt of red and orange spider silk worth 200gp
A bottle of Infernium, which is a rare bottle of alcohol from plain of fire.
A curtain of Silence woven of spider silk and no sound can pass if you hang in a doorway. 6ft x 10ft.
Leader of Fire Giants Sword
+3 two handed sword (Huge) does damage of one category higher, need a 22 strength just to wield it, need fire giant strength to not go last in the round. Makes the sword and bearer IMMUNE to fire. You can cast reduce on the sword, and then you need an 18 to wield it, a 22 to not go last that reduces it to a large weapon.
Ring of Elemental Command (Fire) Morrin received
- Resist energy (fire) (as a major ring of energy resistance [fire])
- Burning hands (unlimited use)
- Pyrotechnics (twice per day)
- Wall of fire (once per day)
- Flame strike (twice per week)
Elementals of the plane to which the ring is attuned can’t attack the wearer, or even approach within 5 feet of him. If the wearer desires, he may forego this protection and instead attempt to charm the elemental (as charm monster, Will DC 17 negates). If the charm attempt fails, however, absolute protection is lost and no further attempt at charming can be made.
Creatures from the plane to which the ring is attuned who attack the wearer take a –1 penalty on their attack rolls. The ring wearer makes applicable saving throws against the extra planar creature’s attacks with a +2 resistance bonus. He gains a +4 morale bonus on all attack rolls against such creatures. Any weapon he uses bypasses the damage reduction of such creatures, regardless of any qualities the weapon may or may not have. The wearer of the ring is able to converse with creatures from the plane to which his ring is attuned. These creatures recognize that he wears the ring, and show a healthy respect for the wearer if alignments are similar. If alignments are opposed, creatures fear the wearer if he is strong. If he is weak, they hate and desire to slay him.