SAPPHIRE THRONE: Giants of Ages

Troubled Waters

My father seemed unnerved by my tale of adventure. When I mentioned the hill giant, Furrl, he dropped his goblet. He blamed it on his advancing age. My father told Balik that there is an ordinance that the giants must stay away from the small folk. This order was sent down by the giant king Hekaton. Ghelryn Foehammer found KAT at the Onyx Spider. Ghelryn brought the gift of dwarven plate mail for Balik. The plate mail has a strange rune on it. The next morning, after my morning workout, we met at the Ghostly Minstrel for brunch. Balik told us about the Foehammer lineage, which is short and begins in Ptolus. The Foehammer clan is mostly smiths. We decided to go back to the Onyx Spider and saw Ghelryn. He told us of some strange fellow chanting in the surf by the docks. Ghelryn admitted that though the rune has been in his family as long as he can remember, he does not know its meaning.

We went to the docks and saw what appeared to be a priest chanting. The water shot up in two geysers and then sea spawns came to attack us. After all but Graham and Balik almost died, we managed to defeat the sea spawns. The priest-like enemy escaped to some underwater cavern.

We managed to get potions of water breathing. We returned to the docks and got into the water. Graham led us to the underwater cavern, where we encountered a wall. Graham used the decanter of everflowing water, blowing the wall apart and Aldren away. Some force prevented the water from entering the cave. KAT heard the clicking of a claw. On the other end of the cave was the head of a female storm giant. The clicking was coming from a hook horror. Also in the cave was a kraken priest. We killed the hook horror and the kraken priest. We set up a system of nets and brought the storm giant head to shore.

We were met on shore by Ghelryn. After renting a cart, the head was brought to the temple of Inurath while I got my father. My father, Ives, seemed to know Targus. Ghelryn and the rest of us recalled the Night Of Dissolution.

Balik, Aldren, and Graham went to the Noble Library. Balik learned that the clock face represents the Day King and the Night King. He also learned that the clanless dwarves had been enslaved by giants. The rune on Balik's armor is the giant rune for fire. The temple we found in the Moonsilver Forest is tied to giants. Balik learned that the Foehammer clan was valued by the giants as smiths. Ghelryn most likely does not know about his ties to the giants. The oldest dwarf in Ptolus is called Eberk and claims no clan. His is on Clasthamus Isle in the Necropolis.

I will ask my father about Targus in the morning.

 

Off diary notes: The Day King was known for his kindness while the Night King was known for his cruelty.

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Fool's Errand

I have found myself at the Onyx Spider because the Ghostly Minstrel is unusually busy tonight. I am joined by my friend, Balik, a forge cleric of Teun. A fancily dressed man has requested that the bard play a song about giving behirs fire. Two fellows at a nearby table are watering down and sharing an ale. A dwarf by the name of Ghelryn Foehammer is looking for someone to hunt some game in the Moonsilver Forest. Balik and I have been cast together with KAT and two wizard types, Aldren and Graham.

We arrived at the village of Mistmill, our set off point for the Moonsilver Forest and its strange, blue mist, and met Shandra Stol, the high priestess of the town, a Lothian worshiper. She told us that the strange, blue mist has been here since the village's founding and very few people journey through it and fewer still return from it. We will take shifts watching over the remaining cattle. The people here are… interesting.

During the night, Graham sprayed Shandra with a geyser of water. Balik saw something in the woods and roused the party. We met Prince Thornacious, who told us that a giant is responsible for the livestock shortage. Sylus, the town alchemist, sold us a bottle of condensed mist, which seems suspicious.

We retrieved Aldren from the alchemist lab and made our way to the temple, where we met Furrl, a very logical hill giant. In exchange for helping Furrl, he left the temple in Balik's care and gave him an old, dwarven clock face. As we were about to leave, Thornacious entered through a portal and attacked us. Thornacious turned out to be a hag.

While we were able to defeat the hag, it was not without losses. The hag planeshifted Furrl to Inurath knows where. The temple seemed to be devoted to day and night. It has nothing to do with the gods of the twenty four hours. We spent the night in the temple and set forth for Mistmill with the recovered livestock. The mist remained. On our return trip, we stalked and killed a deer to bring back to Mistmill. Shandra was surprised we returned. We believe she was working with the hag. She confessed to having worked with the hag. I have used the lavender dye in my hair and it looks very good. I returned to Sylus to find that Aldren and Graham have shaken down the alchemist for nine gold pieces and written "cheater" on his door. We brought Shandra to the church of Inurath in Ptolus to bring her to justice. A quick word with an acolyte led to a meeting with Targus. We left Shandra with Targus and went to Balik's temple to learn more about the temple we found. The dwarves at the temple think it is a relic from the Stonelost. The dwarves got us passes to the Noble Library. I then went home to tell my father of our adventures.

 

Off diary notes:
Thornacious was sending the livestock to the feywild. The writing of "cheater" on the door resulted from the town alchemist's attempt at using semantics to get out of paying a bet. 

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