After an epic struggle, we eventually managed to cut down fourteen Frost Giants in that melee and only suffered relatively light casualties. Kaira healed up the wounded fighters and we decided to search the barracks for loot. We entered several caverns and found very little until we entered a large cavern with a crystal clear pool of water babbling in the corner. One of the players spotted something shiny at the bottom and then we were attacked by a lone Frost Giant that we cut down without too much trouble. We searched the pool and retrieved 200 low value shining gems worth 10 G.P. each. After having searched the Barracks of the Frost Giants, we returned to the ledge and roped up to continue exploring the complex. We were mostly out of offensive spells and had little healing left at this point but decided to press on anyway.
We continued down the hallway past this guard post and once again came under attack from a fusillade of boulders and both Lucias and Taleth were hurt badly this time. The giants were so far away that they could see us with their infravision well enough to hurl stones but we couldn’t see them. They shouted an alarm and charged down the hall towards us. Since we were in bad shape at this point we decided to turn into a left hand branch of the tunnel to take cover from the barrage of boulders – this turned out to be a huge mistake! Suddenly, we were confronted by three fire giants that attacked us from the left hand tunnel while the four giants on the right were charging at us up the other hallway!
This quickly turned into a desperate situation as our two front line fighters were so badly beat up as to be useless in melee and we were under attack from two sides. Teth-en-Aire, our Elven NPC ally, saved the day when he pulled out a scroll of Wall of Stone and cast the spell to seal off the right hand passage so that we would only have to fight one group of giants at a time. Cyrcla the Elf cast invisibility on Lucias who only had a few hit points left at this point and he fell back to the newly created wall of stone to quaff a potion of Extra Healing. Taleth also fell back to heal as best as he could while the rest of the group fought off the three very tough Fire Giants in a desperate struggle for survival. They eventually killed them but only after several of the other characters were similarly beaten down including our other fighter Bellinorn and Teth-en-Aire who ended up fighting off the giants with the help of the others.
Once the fight was over, we realized that we were trapped in the cavern by our own wall of stone! Since the Frost Giants to our rear had gone past the “Y” intersection into the passage we had just come from, Teth-en-Aire had to cast the spell on the entry to the Fire Giant cavern and effectively sealed us in. After quaffing healing potions and using the last remaining healing that we had available, we explored our new accommodations. The cavern held several large braziers that burned with fiery coals to keep the fire giants nice and warm and we also found a considerable sum of gold (9,000 g.p.) and a bear figurine with topaz eyes as well which appeared to be worth a great deal of gold. We also found a thick and long rope in one of the giant’s bags.
In retrospect, we made several mistakes this session – the assassin pressed on into the barracks rather than falling back which ended up stirring up the hornets nest but the end result of that fight wasn’t so bad (we killed some 15 frost giants there and found some loot). The real mistake was pressing on when we were mostly out of healing and arcane spells. When we were assailed with the rocks, our third mistake was to turn into the Fire Giant’s lair rather than just falling back – that nearly wiped out the entire party. The amazing thing was that we found a decent amount of loot and killed some seventeen Frost Giants and three fire giants and somehow managed to survive the session without anyone being killed. All in all, it was a very exciting session as well due to the element of uncertainty and desperation.
We made a resolution to learn from our mistakes if we could only figure out a way out of our current predicament. We knew the Frost Giants would be back and if they could manage to break through the wall and attack us in the Fire Giant cave we could be finished, so we had to find a way out through the rift or onto one of the other ledges before they could do that. We ended the session there as a true cliffhanger as we contemplated our options and began to plan our escape…
TO BE CONTINUED…