8/23/14 – 66th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 2 – At the Pillars of Melkartes)
Game Dates: 1/25/901 N.Y.
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 26, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 76, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 77, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 32, hamingja: 3
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 25, hamingja: 0
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 75
Solsdagur, the 25th of Morsugur, 901 N.Y.
Early in the day the heroes approached the peak of the mountain they had been climbing, following the rough trail. As they approached the peak, they could see an ancient marble temple, cracked and ruined with age, and from the temple pulses of energy flaring up into the tempestuous sky, apparently churning and driving the storms above. Caelrath said that he could not identify the type of magic represented by these strange pulses, but he thought that it was some form of divine power, not arcane magic.
Approaching closer, Estrid Freysteinn decided to use a druidic prayer of eagle eye to see what the area looked like from above. This actually revealed the fact that they were being stalked by cyclopean giants, smaller than the one they had encountered previously, but still deadly-looking. There were more cyclopean giants up ahead, including some of the huge ones of the sort they had encountered.
Coming closer, more cyclopean giants emerged from the temple and arrayed themselves in front of it. The party of heroes decided to talk to them first. Salome Arkonides decided to speak for the party, with Caelrath willing to translate her speech into Jotnamal. So they addressed the giants, who responded suspiciously, at first. But then the heroes took a gamble – when the giants asked who sent them, Caelrath said, “We are here for the Storm King!” (he was, of course, equivocating a bit . . . he meant that they would be here to kill the Storm King if he were present, but knew they would interpret his words to mean that they were here to see or serve him). Once the heroes said that they were “here for the Storm King,” the giants relaxed and allowed the heroes to approach.
But as they got closer, one of the giants called into the temple, informing whoever was within that the approaching heroes were servants of the Storm King. From the temple then emerged a svartalfur, heavily robed and hooded against the sunlight, who declared that this was not possible, for the Storm King would never choose the likes of the heroes for his minions . . .
While some of the heroes seemed to think that the situation could be salvaged, and began trying to convince this strange svartalfur that they were indeed envoys of his master, meanwhile Estrid Freysteinn decided that the game was up, and cast a flame strike at the svartalfur . . . but it dissipated as it struck at the dark elf. And so combat was joined! Salome Arkonides used her aura of justice to give all of her companions the ability to smite evil. Caelrath used a galdur spell to veil the heroes in illusions that they were small insects, like gnats, thus making them nearly invisible. The battle was furious, lasting barely a full minute, during which Karlsefni Thorsgodhi was killed, but so were all of the cyclopean giants except one (who was blinded by a spell and fled the battle), and the svartalfur was taken prisoner.
After the battle, having taken the svartalfur prisoner, the heroes began to tend to the wounded and the fallen Karlsefni Thorsgodhi.
XP Earned: 54,402 (9067 each)
Total XP: 181,312 each
XP to level 12: 220,000