Written by Daniel Caddaye
The vessel grim and daring
Elwarin mutters a short incantation before his eyes turn milky white as he communes with Ovif, updating him on the huge fire in the direction of Nonthal. Ovif says that the party might way to come back sooner rather than later.
The nunchuked ships sail from the river into the Nonthal lake and the change in currents strains the connecting rope, snapping it half with a loud crack. As Reily and Everett attempt to keep their respective ships steady Kalebark dives in and quickly reaches the severed ropes and starts pulling the ships together, his muscles bulge and strain as he enters a rage and feels the massive force of the currents pulling the ships apart. Elwain flourishes his hands and an image of a bull appears on Kalebarks arms casting bulls strength on him. Shadek gracefully flips off the ship sliding down the rope to rest on Kalebarks neck and as Kale pulls the rope together Shad uses his nimble fingers to quickly tie them together. As kale releases, the ropes tighten and grown but remain strong.
Oh Captin my captain
Sailing along towards Nonthal and the ever-growing smoke, the ever vigilant Reily Blackblade spots a disturbing sight; a dozen heads on spikes along the shore. The beheaded soldiers are Turmish Public Forces, the same soldiers we encountered on the road and that we sent to Nonthal. It is a solemn moment and for many one that strengthens their resolve to find who is behind this.
Fallen cold and dead
Soon after a flaming arrows sores from the shore towards the ships, Reily points out the direction as the arrow hits the sail. Shadek quickly climbs the mast to patch the sail and put out the fire as Elwarin shouts some melodic arcane words and a Song of Fire and Ice rains down on the would be attacker. A blood-curdling scream pierced the still air and the body of a halfling lays on the ground, unmoving as the ground and trees are ground are both burnt and frozen.
It’s voyage closed and done
Moving one barrel from the second ship to the first Elwarin begins to experiment with the explosives and concludes it will only explode on contact with water. The party also strip the second ships of its sails and sets up the explosives nearer the edges of the deck. Reily stays on the explosive ship as Everett sails the others to a safe distance, Reily then grabs a barrel piercing the wood and dives into the water at the ships bow and just as he hits the water he disappears from view, vanishing into the Ethereal Plane as the barrel explodes and sets the ship sinking rapidly, quickly there is a huge explosion and waves rock the ship. Reily soon appears on the main ship unharmed. A charred and half disintegrated body floats high in the sky before hitting the lake.
The ship has weather’d every rack
The party sail into view of the city of Nonthal and their fears are confirmed, it is aflame and the docks, as well as most of the cities buildings, are destroyed.
Quickly and with purpose the party beach the ship close by and head for the city square. The city is totally deserted, only alight and destroyed buildings remain. The ground vibrates as for giant creates emerge up across the square.
Shadek climbs the fountain to face one of the giants as Kalebark moves across the square, Reily and Everett move to attack the closest one with Shadek and Elwarin casts spells from the back lines. From the height of the fountain, Shad is at eye level and strikes a crippling blow on the giant who seems unfazed.
Kalebark faces off against the Giants now flanked by three at once.
The Giant facing shadek lands a huge blow but not enough to weaken Shad’s reflexes and he easily dodges his second attack and the giant now off balance falls prone. Everett worried for his nimble friend speaks a short prayer and appears to visibly weekend as he sacrifices his life force to heal his friend.
The party continue to batter the giants. Shad muttering under his breath climbs onto the prone giants back and as he stands up he is stuck there, flanking him from behind and working together Reily hamstrings the giant and it collapses to its knees as Shadek cuts its throat.
Everett faces off against a giant and takes blow after blow, but with every hit he takes he gains insight in how to defeat his enemy. Kalebark takes down not one but two giants with his full attack, reminding the party just how deadly he can be. with on giant remaining, knocked prone on the stone ground against the party he attempts to stand and takes attacks from all directions, and before he can stand he has lost both his legs and arms and is destroyed, crumbling to dirt.
O the bleeding drops of red
The party then start to put out fires and search for any survivors, they find more charred remains and heads on spikes, no evidence of who is behind this all, Elwarin studies his spell book and does some complicated calculations and drawings before commanding the weather to create a thunderstorm. Over the next few hours the rain puts out the fires, but the damage is done and none remain. The party then resolves to return back to Brighstone Keep, entering the Teleportation Circle and arriving home instantly where they speak with the guild and begin their preparations for war.