May 27

Against the Giants: Session 158

With the stone door locked, the heroes backtrack to the other corridors, exploring further. They locate a secret door with treasure chests inside, loot them, then discovered an abandoned living quarters with desks and crystal statues: naturally enough these animate and attack as the heroes enter and begin searching the room. Ungrid and Xellos smash one each, Sidni destroys another, and Halmary weakens one for Calibos to finish off. The room, sadly, is empty of treasure or anything of note. However, from the chests they find a scroll, with a knock spell that they use on the locked stone door. Inside the room is the lair of a malnourished and insane medusa. Thankfully, first to enter is Calibos wearing his helm that protects him against gaze attacks: he manages to ignore her deadly gaze and charges her, badly wounding her and distracting the creature long enough for Ungrid and Xellos to move in, eyes averted, and slay her. They loot the body and room, finding plenty of jewellery to cart away.

They head back down and through the lower level, to the other set of stairs heading down and encounter a pair of ogres that demand a toll for safe passage: Ungrid throws his hammer at one, killing it instantly, leaving the other for Calibos to kill. These too have some loot, plenty of gold and electrum coins from past tolls. They head down a corridor, and find a door leading to a natural cave, with a cave bear that isn’t too happy being disturbed. As Calibos and Xellos deal with it, a door opens down the corridor and a hell hound and ogres come out and engage the others. None of the monsters prove particularly dangerous, as the hell hound falls to Ungrid’s hammer, but not before it singes his beard. This insult cannot go unpunished, so Ungrid takes his rage out on the ogres next, killing them, albeit with some help from Halmary. Meanwhile, over the in the cave, Calibos and Xellos slay the old grey-furred cave bear, and Sidni explores down the corridor and discovers a cage hanging from the ceiling: inside are a pair of women, who Sidni frees. They introduce themselves as Matilda and Patricia, adventurers who brought their daughters down here and have since lost them, having been kidnapped by the ogres. They join the party, although the heroes keep an eye on them.

Beyond the cage corridor is another natural cavern, into which the heroes descend and come face-to-claw with a trio of owlbears: these too prove to be merely a pause in the heroes exploration, all falling to Calibos’ superior strength. Through another door are several shriekers that scream; these are pulverised. Beyond them, troglodytes who hurl spears and– by pure luck more than skill– wound Calibos; the heroes then proceed to slaughter them and loot the room; Halmary triggers a cloud of yellow mould spores, but manages to not breath any in.

Another door stands on the rear wall, and the heroes cautiously approach…

End of Session

Kills: 4 crystal statues, 1 medusa, 5 ogres, 1 hell hound, 1 cave bear, 3 owlbears, 10 shriekers, 8 troglodytes.

May 25

Against the Giants: Session 157

After looting the bodies of the dead cultists, the heroes squash some fire beetles, get ambushed by a harpy and more cultists, but slaughter them easily enough as Xellos blasting the harpy out of the sky with some magic missiles, then Sidni awakens an iron statue in one of the chapels, which Ungrid and Halmary destroy as more cultists pop out to attack: Ungrid hastes himself and cuts several down, as does Sidni, and Calibos, while Halmary flame strikes the rest. By now the heroes are fatigued, having trekked all day and entered the dungeon without resting. They start looking for a good place to make camp, somewhere they can defend: during their search they find barracks, kill more cultists, and find several jewellery-wearing troglodytes that Ungrid decides to simply slaughter. With no more monsters in the vicinity they camp down in the barracks and spend an uneventful night resting.

In the morning they explore the rest of the dungeon level, looting gems and finding a magic spear as they do. They head back up by a different stairs and come into a catacombs, partially empty: Halmary wanders about, making lots of noise, but it appears deserted. Then they come across a locked stone door, which Ungrid smashes open with his other magic hammer. Alcoves hold statues, and another door stands opposite. The statues, naturally enough, animate and attack as soon as the heroes try the other door, but Ungrid and Halmary destroy them.

They approach the stone door…

End of Session

Kills: 6 fire beetles, 1 harpy, 8 acolytes, 1 iron statue, 1 stone statue, 7 veterans, 4 troglodytes.

May 17

Against the Giants: Session 156

Our bold heroes continue delving into the dungeon, Sidni and Halmary leading the way through the room where the thouls were slain. The next room holds a trap: scything blades swing out from the ceiling, injuring both adventurers. This prompts Halmary to pray to his goddess to reveal any traps, and immediately spots the next blade trap. Sidni unfortunately triggers that one too, furthering injuring herself, but a bit of curative magic soon mends those wounds. Further on, they come across a room where a dozen lit candles float in the air. Calibos takes one with them.

Next room holds statues, two of which are attacked after the heroes poke and prod around the room for a bit, but both crumble to the blows of Xellos and Ungrid. They backtrack to the stairs they came down from, spotting a pair of carrion crawlers that Calibos just hacks to pieces with his new giant strength. They loot some corpses the crawlers were munching on (including a new magic shield). Some kobolds scatter as they approach and are largely ignored. Next up is room with old mirrors fixed to the walls, reflecting their torch light and making it difficult to see. Which is why Calibos walks into a gelatinous cube as he tries to grab hold of a double-snake headed staff seemingly floating in the air. There is a moment of worry, as they recall how such a cube nearly killed the paladin a few months back, and Halmary and Sidni grab oil ready to hurl at it; but their worries are unnecessary, as Ungrid and Calibos just pulverise it as simple as smashing jelly with a mallet. They take the staff, which also turns out to be magical.

It is close to midnight now and the heroes grow tired, but they persevere and descend another level, encountering a party of clerical looking adventurers; they both agree to leave each be, and head their separate ways. Down the corridor some wererats are met, and after Halmary and Calibos intimidate them, one of the foolish creatures takes a swing at Calibos and actually manages to scratch him! Calibos’ Sword of vengeance leaps into action, killing the wererat with a mighty blow! He slays another, leaving the other two to Halmary to bash into a pulp. Further along the corridor, another trap spits out green gas, but no one is harmed.

Then they come into a central chamber, stairs going down, black-armoured guards defending it. The guards warn them off, the heroes ignore the threat and Halmary attempts to hold one of them; he succeeds, the others fight, one flees down the stairs. Calibos cuts down the guards in the way and everyone piles down the stairs, Xellos running over the guard blocking the exit to find himself in a temple chamber, clerics and more guards in residence. They casts spells, Xellos swings his axe, Ungrid is blocked at the entry by a guard as the rest of the party are back-up on the stairs. Halmary sets up a glyph behind them, so that they don’t have to worry about an attack from the rear. Ungrid hastes himself and kills the guard, moves into the temple, allowing the others to wade in: Xellos cuts down one cleric, then another; Ungrid kills one himself, breaks the leg of a second, allowing Sidni to stab him from behind and follow through, the spear-head impaling another guard. Calibos takes down the last man, and after the dust settles, they loot the body and examine their new surroundings…

End of Session

Kills: 2 iron statues, 2 carrion crawlers, 1 gelatinous cube, four wererats, 3 veterans, 3 acolytes, 1 vicar.

May 10

Against the Giants: Session 155

The heroes continue delving into the dungeon, finding the encounter far too easy…

They intimidate and avoid a confrontation with both the goblins and the spying lizardmen: both want their help eliminating the others, but the heroes refuse. Then, Halmary decides he really wants to see what lies on the other side of the secret door that the lizardmen are guarding and shoves one out of the way: this quickly escalates into a fight, and the lizardmen are slain by Xellos, Sidni, Ungrid and Calibos (and some treasure looted from their corpses). The secret door just leads back into where the goblins are, so the heroes decide to ignore it anyhow and head down to another level. On their way back to the stairs they come across the other manticore, which Calibos singlehandedly slays.

Down the stairs they soon come into contact with a rival adventuring party, who try to ambush the heroes and pay the price as they are cut down by Calibos, Xellos, and Ungrid. While that is happening, Halmary wanders into a room of gargoyles (statues, not the monster) and is attacked and paralysed by a trio of thouls, which are downed by Sidni, Xellos and Calibos. Once they are all a bloody mess, Calibos gets out the ‘final dead’ hammer and ensures that the regenerating monster stay down. More treasure is looted from the dead, and after waiting for Halmary to recover, they continue to explore…

End of Session

Kills: 5 lizardmen, 1 manticore, 10 veterans (rival adventurers), 3 thouls.

May 3

Against the Giants: Session 154

dyson's delve level 1

map by the very talented Dyson Logos

Our heroes continue exploring Dyson’s Delve...

…heading down to the third level after having destroyed the ghoul, and crossing a bone-strewn cavern into some catacombs. As they move through the cave, a rock almost clobbers Sidni as she scouts ahead, and draws a gang of zombies from out of the darkness: these are swiftly turned and obliterated by Halmary’s divine might, although most fall to the blade of Calibos. The catacombs are old, with broken masonry and coffins. These are looted as the heroes explore, searching for secret doors as they move along. Some ghouls try to surprise them, but Sidni, Calibos and Xellos cut them down. They locate a secret door, behind the pile of treasure the ghouls had collected, and find an untouched sarcophagus inside. Opening it triggers a flash of blinding light, that only Sidni is affected by. She is cured by Halmary’s magic, and some more loot taken away. They carry on, find another tomb with air vents blowing air down. A quartet of robber flies swarms to attack, but their buzzing is cut short as Xellos and Ungrid swat them.

They backtrack to the caverns and head further down: more exploration finds a trapped room with sleeping gas (rendered useless as Calibos smashes open the door with his giant strength) and yet more goblins. These pretend to be statues by standing absolutely still, but the heroes aren’t fooled and tell them goblins to avoid them if they want to live. The goblins agree and scurry off. Another room opens into a treasure trove, guarded by a manticore that attacks but finds itself badly wounded by the combined might of Ungrid and Calibos; it tries to retreat, but Sidni’s long reaching spear ends its life before it can flee. They loot the room and move off, finding a secret set of tunnels and rooms, with indifferent lizardmen standing guard. They warn the heroes that the goblins are theirs, so they should go away. They more or less ignore the creatures, and carry on past them instead…

End of Session

Kills: 7 zombies, 4 robber flies, 3 ghouls, 1 manticore.