Storm King's Thunder

The Battle of Nightstone
In which two groups of bad guys duke it out

2016-10-18

Silvin shared some Giant lore with us:  this attack is not usual for giants, Storm Giants are at the top of the Giant hierarchy, and usually the Storm King keeps the other giants in line.  Kella claims that they were cloud giants.

Lady Velrosa- the noblewoman who put out the word for adventurers to get rid of the goblins – we need to find her.

Flynn collapsed.  I took a look at him, and he's got an infected wound from the demon dog attacks, and we have to get some mushrooms from the caves to make a poultice for it.  We hid him in the hayloft until we can find some mushrooms.

We decided to investigate a farm house that goblins had come out of earlier.  The house is staved in by a giant rock, and there's a woman's body under the rock.

The next house is undamaged, but there's a boulder in the garden with some person's remains under it.  The house has been ransacked.

Two sets of goblin tracks go up to the windmill.  Varis wants us to keep one of the goblins alive to interrogate.  As we enter the dark and cluttered space inside the windmill, Varis sees a couple of goblins who haven't noticed him yet.  We paused to listen to their conversation, they are talking about not seeing their companions in a while.  Suddenly, our ranger shot one of them right through the throat, killing it instantly.  I called upon Rill to smite the other, burning one arm.  Silvin shot it with a ray of frost and Birel shot it with a crossbow bolt.  The goblin still survives, but it's in danger.  Varis climbed up in the rafters and tries to grab the goblin, but missed.  The Ranger shot the goblin right in the helmet, knocking him out.

Loot from the goblins:
    6 cp

Longo is the goblin.  Boss Hark is the goblin chief.  They raided the town today, but they didn't see any giants.  They thought it was weird that there were no people in the town, only giant rocks.  After finding all of this out from our interrogation, we left him tied up in the windmill.

We decided to head for the keep.  There's a 15-foot long section of the bridge to the keep that has been hit by a rock and dropped into the moat.  We went back to the general store to find a grappelling hook.  Korgidar threw the rope over the gap and tied it off so that we can cross to the other side.  Varis fell from the rope as we crossed the gap, into the moat.  We lowered a rope to bring him back up.  

We knocked on the doors of the keep, and they opened under our hand.  The bailey of the keep has many boulders in it, so it got bombed pretty heavily.

The door of the citadel is opened by a normal human guard, who lets us into the great hall.  There's lots of rubble and the body of a woman is laid out on the dining table, it's the Lady Velrosa.  I asked what her faith was.  She was a Meiliki worshipper.  The Lady is a widow, and has no children.

The guards told us that the townspeople fled north to the Dripping Caves.  We decided that the guards would wait in the keep, and fix the bridge.  We headed to the stables to find horses.

The guards worship Meiliki.

As we entered the town, we ran into 6 guards led by a half-elf.  They represent the Zenterim, who want to take over the town and have it serve them.  The half-elf is named Xolkin and he worships Loviatar, the goddess of pain and torture.  

Kella comes from the keep, she seems to have a sword wound on her arm.  She apparently killed the guards in the keep.  I tried to grab her arm to investigate the wound, but she slipped through my fingers.  Silvin tried to order them to leave town, and Korgidar started to get beligerent with them.  The bard tried to talk his way into the good graces of the Loviatar worshippers.

As we went into the stable, we heard Xoltin call out to his henchmen to close the drawbridge, as orcs are coming.  Silvin sent his raven into the air and saw 2 dozen orcs heading toward the town.  We decided to get back into the keep to stay out of the way of the coming battle between the worshippers of pain and the orcs.  We went up on the battlements of the keep to watch the battle.  The orcs surround the town, and one of them noticed the broken bridge may be a way into town.  There's a fight, until Xolkin engages the head orc.  Xolkin managed to kill the orc leader, but was taken out by the orc spellcaster.  Kella took out the spellcaster, but was overwhelmed by the orcs.  Eventually, the orcs prevailed, then noticed us in the keep.

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The Sacking of Nightstone
The one where we ran into some goblins

Storm King's Thunder
2016-10-04

It's been a year since the fall of Tiamat, and the Sword Coast is rebuilding.  I'm travelling north out of Daggerford.  I'm surrounded by idiots who are to big to be ignored:
    Flynn Lagos:  a big flamboyant idiot.  Claims to worship Tymora, but doesn't seem serious in his devotion.
    Corgidar:  dark haired, quiet idiot.  Professes no faith.
    Varis:  Tall, dark idiot with white hair.  Says that he will talk to me about his faith later.
    Sylvan:  stereotypical elf wizard.  Might be an idiot, definitely a jerk.  Seems angry.  Seemed offended when asked about his faith traditions.
    Birel:  female idiot.  Lots of istruments.  No discernable faith tradition.

We have heard that the leader of Nightstone is looking for someone to deal with some goblins threatening their town.  We're headed that way, and are camped near a cross roads 10 miles from Nightstone.  We arrive at Nightstone late the next morning to the tolling of a bell.  The keep near the village is partially collapsed and the bridge leading from the keep to the town is broken, but there is a drawbridge that's down, so we head for the town over the drawbridge.

I recall that Nightstone got it's name from a giant chunk of obsidian with strange glyphs on it in the middle of the town.  I'd like to get a look at that monument.

The bell sound is coming from what looks like a church or chapel near the drawbridge.  We decided to check out the church.  It's dedicated to Lathander, God of the Dawn, and Mielikki, Goddess of the forest.  I'm ashamed to say that Flynn recognized the paraphenalia of these gods, but I didn't.  

When we enter the back room, there are two goblins hanging from a rope that disappears into the ceiling, ringing the bell and living large.  When I asked them what's going on, they said that the humans were all taken to "the Boss."  The one wearing priest's vestments attacked Flynn, but was instantly skewered by Flynn's rapier.  We all try in vain to hit the second one, Sylvan shot it with a flaming bolt and Varis skewered it through the neck with a crossbow bolt.

Stuff on their bodies:
    3 blocks incense (5 gp ea)
    Holy Symbol of Mielikki
    3 empty vials

When we get to the town square, there is a big hole in the ground, maybe where the obsidian obelisk was.  There are two beasts eating a dog across the square.  The beasts growl at us, and start running toward us.  We try to shoot them, but one of them bit Flynn while the other clawed and chewed at Corgidar's shield.  Sylvan is hitting one of the beasts with lightning bolts.  I implored Rill to strike the unharmed beast dead, and He heard me, channeling blinding white light through my Holy Ruby, encasing the creature in light until it fell to the ground dying.  The face of Rill appeared to me, smiling down upon me.  

Goblins appeared, shooting bows at us.  Flynn hid behind the wall of the well and shot his bow into the air.  I called upon Rill to bless and heal Corgidar, and He chose to bless our efforts today, healing my companion.  Rill granted Corgidar the strength to strike the beast, and provided the opening for Birel to cleave its head from its body.

We engaged in a protracted sniping fight with the goblins until finally Varis shot the last of the goblins right in the eye.

Stuff on the goblins:
    Gold ring (25 gp)
    5 cp
    live chicken in a sack

We decided to go hide in the trading post for a quick rest.  My companions looted the store because they apparently have no respect for other people's property.

In the inn, there's a three foot rock that obviously broke through the ceiling.  There's a dead goblin on the floor with a crossbow bolt in its chest.  When Flynn calls out, we hear a noise from the kitchen area.  When we go into the kitche, there is a goblin rooting through the food there.  It grabs up a giant sack and tries to run away, but Flynn ran it through with his rapier.
Stuff in the sack:
    muffins
    block of cheese
    cooked chicken,    
    bullseye lantern
    2 flasks of oil
    cloves
    saffron
    dented silver ring (20gp)
    cracked hourglass (25 gp if fixed)

We searched upstairs for survivers.  we found much destruction, and a woman cowering.  She tells us that three days ago a cloud giant castle appeared above the city and rained rocks down on the town.  They pulled up the nightstone in the center of town while the goblins attacked.  She professes no belief.  She's apparently a monk, and says her master is Wei Li.  A monk who professes no belief, interesting.

Stuff found in the Inn:
    Dwarf sized chainmail
    dwarf sized helm

As we are looking in the stable, an arrow came down from the rafters.  Varis immediately shot the goblin that was hiding up there.  

stuff on the body:
    1 cp
    wooden box with symbol of the trading post on it containing 10 silvered darts.

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