Saturday, July 18, 2015

Shattered Star: GIANT SIZE ISSUE!

Game Date: 7/18/2015
Location: The Game Keep
Campaign: Shattered Star, Session 30
System: D&D 5e
DM: Rusty

The Party:
Bjertha Brawlbaker (Matt) - Dwarf Fighter
Carlie Nackle (Cliff, subbing for Chere) - Gnome Wizard
Fellany Mertien (Cliff) - Human Fighter
Maruca (Daniel) - Elf Ranger/Cleric/Rogue
Slancio Brioso (Matt, subbing for Thomas) - Human Bard
Tai Lindro (Angela) - Human Monk/Warlock

The Session:
We started with a little downtime, during which each of us did some carousing.  Tai and Maruca became legendary carousers, but Fellany and Bjertha didn't fare so well.  Once we'd have enough fun, we got ready to start our search for the next shard.

We were to travel to Windsong Abbey, which is known for its lighthouse, and for hosting Clerics from all over.  One the way we were to stop at a small town called Sandpoint, to meet with a fortune teller named Pilla Linuveshi.  It took a couple of days to reach Sandpoint, where we met Pilla at the tavern.  She told us she'd recently seen a giant, and had found a blood-soaked cap.  The cap was the style that is often worn by Redcaps, a violent breed of fey.

We continued our trip.  A couple more days on the road and we reached a scene of devastation.  Houses had been destroyed and fields had been burned.  The abbey's lighthouse still stood behind a high wall.  The wall itself was partially crumbled and its gate stood wide open.  In one of the nearby houses we found a pair of sleeping Hill Giants.  While we readied a plan, an Ettin approached.

Tai shoved her Immovable Rod into a sleeping giant's nose.  This could have been a difficult fight except the DM kept rolling ones.  Tai killed one Hill Giant, Fellany killed another, and Meruca finished off the Ettin... right around the time reinforcements arrived.  Two more Hill Giants and another Ettin joined the battle.  After a few more rounds we finished them off too.

After the fight, Tai climbed the battered wall to assess the situation.  Around the abbey, more buildings had been ruined, and she saw a few more giants waiting for us.  She came back and told us what we'd face, and we discussed our options.  We had Carlie turn invisible, intending to fireball the giants, but by the time she reached them they were hiding in the ruined buildings.  So Carlie retreated, Tai ran in and got the giants' attention. 

It was yet another Ettin and pair of Hill Giants.  A few turns into the battle, Carlie managed to get off her fireball, killing a Hill Giant.  We made short work of the rest, and headed into the abbey.  Tai ran ahead to scout each room.  As we followed her, the ceiling collapsed on the rest of us.  We could hear snickering from up above us, so we searched for stairs to the upper level.

Tai and Meruca were first up the stairs, where they met four Redcaps.  These guys were pretty tough. They each had two attacks per turn, and could only be damaged by cold iron weapons.  The Redcaps started the battle by hitting us with a fear effect, which Slancio and Fellany failed.  Slancio saved after one round, but by then he was so far away he spent a couple of rounds getting back to the party.  Meanwhile, Fellany barricaded herself in a room, and missed all but the tail end of the battle.

Bjertha went down several times in the fight, her party members healing her mostly so they'd have an extra meatshield.  Slancio used a Heat Metal spell on a Redcap's iron boots, which was super effective.  As usual, Meruca and Tai did the most damage.  It took some doing, but we wore them down and finished them off.  We ended the session there.  We haven't rested or done any post-battle healing yet.

Reminders: We each received 5,333 xp, bringing most of us up to 44,686.  Also, we each received 4 renown points.  There is no game next week. 

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