Game Date: 12/5/2015
Location: The Game Keep
Campaign: Shattered Star, Session 40
System: D&D 5e
Bjertha Brawlbaker (Matt) - Dwarf Fighter
Fellany Mertien (Cliff) - Human Fighter
Gustav Greycastle (Graham) - Human Necromancer
Maruca (Daniel) - Elf Ranger/Cleric/Rogue
Slancio Brioso (Daniel, subbing for Thomas) - Human Bard
Turns out this group of giants was of a different faction from the ones working for the dragon. They offered to show us the way down into the dungeons, if we would do them the favor of eliminating their enemies. We didn't necessarily trust them, but since they were asking us to do something we were going to do anyway, we accepted their help.
Once we were satisfied the North and South tunnels didn't go anywhere important, we explored the East tunnel. With Meruca scouting in the lead, first we came to a small room with a seven-sided pillar. There were runes on each side of the pillar, but they were so worn they were almost impossible to read. After a very high perception roll, we were able to read this much: "..who sleep in Guiltspur’s shadow shall know this fear, and what waits beyond shall..." We kept going.
Slancio hit two of them with a lightning bolt from across the gore, and Bjertha used her Boots of Striding and Springing to leap over the difficult terrain. Bjertha killed one of the giants, then fell through a trap door. One of the Hill Giants knocked out Gustav's zombie Fire Giant. Meruca flew Fellany over the gore, and Fellany managed to kill one of the Hill Giants in one round, doing over 100 points of damage from all her attacks. Then Fellany fell into a different pit trap. The final Hill Giant fled out the far door.
By this time the rest of the party had finally made it across the pit. Meruca slid down into Bjertha's pit, and flew her back out. Slancio helped Fellany get the rest of the way out of her pit. We were all low on hit points and ready to find a place for a long rest. This would have been the worst possible time for three Rift Drakes to fly into the room through side doors, but guess what happened next.
We've gained enough experience to reach level 12, but won't do so until we get a long rest.