3rd Flocktime, low summer, 592 CY
As evening approaches, the resistance fighters lay in wait, prepared to ambush the next supply/tribute caravan, in the shelter of a ruined and abandoned village between Pregmere and West Town. With poison glyphs of warding in place, and several of pits, the heroes hide themselves in trees and the skeletons of barns. A few hours ago Corvin and Sidni scouted ahead using the flying carpet and took note of the escort: it looked like they were more cautious than last time, with an extra fire giant joining the ranks, together with a robed cloud giant, and with a pair of orcs driving the six wagons. Six hill giants, twelve ogres, three fire giants, a cloud giant, and at least 12 orcs in all. Although worried about the larger giants, there was not too many nerves, since every giant that they had gone up against had been slaughtered with a minimum of casualties. What were a couple more?
The wagons rolled down the road, aiming for the centre of the village, no doubt expecting to draw up and make camp. As they reached the crossroads, the lead fire giant walked straight into the first of the poison glyphs, sending up a flash of blue light that did nothing but startle the giant. Seeing that it was not going fall down dead, Corvin raced out from the trees and let loose one of his deadly arrows, but the giant shrugged it off as well; but it could not ignore the hurled hammer Grontdrengi as Ungrid hurled it through the air, smashing into giant’s chest, crushing its ribs; nor could it ignore the trio of magic missiles that stabbed into its flesh as Phildor’s spell slew the monster, which crashed down to the ground, nearly taking the front wagon with it.
The rest of the party broke cover, Sidni shooting an ogre with a finely aimed arrow, and Mim– quaffing a growth potion as he ran in– and Elgir advanced straight into the enemy’s midst, hacking away.
However, despite the ambush, the giants and their allies didn’t seem all that surprised and like a well-oiled machine they swarmed towards the immediate fighting. Then, from the front and rear wagons, orcs flung down and pulled open iron chests, out of which great whirlwinds poured forth: deadly air elementals that swirled and moved to attack.
On one side of the road, where Ungrid, Mim and Elgir attacked, the warriors dove into the battle: Ungrid’s hammer flew through the air, smashing into another fire giant, while Mim struck a hill giant and with a boom of thunder his sword knocked the giant down to the ground, and Elgir leapt over the prone giant and slashed at an ogre. On the other side, Corvin staggered as a rock thrown by one of the fire giant’s smacked into him; an ogre charged towards the thief, but crossed one of the glyphs and fell dead. Sidni shot an arrow into one of the orcs, killing it instantly, and as Halmary moved up so that he could join the battle, and the two arcane spell-casters moved into a better position, from the rear of the line of wagons, the cloud giant cast a spell: a fireball spat from its fingers, soared through the air and exploded amongst the trees, scorching Sidni, Halmary and Corvin. As the flames died, Xellos cast his own spell, making the earth’s teeth explode from the hard ground, stabbing one of the fire giant’s in the leg, and slaying a hill giant as it ripped through its chest. Then Phildor cast his own spell, and a trio of hill giants, the wounded fire giant, and four of untouched ogres were suddenly confused.
The battle seemed to be going well for the heroes.
Ungrid slew his second fire giant, his hammer smashing through its chest and cracking a few ribs of the hill giant behind it. Halmary tried to dispel the air elemental, but it had no effect, so instead Xellos shot it with a flurry of magic missiles and Mim hit it with his sword, the magic cutting through the ties that bound it to the plane; but the whirlwind stayed put and buffeted Mim back, but the dwarf stood his ground as well. Another rock was hurled through the air, but this time struck Phildor, making the mage stumble to his knees. He retaliated by placing an illusionary wall in front of the spell-casting cloud giant, hoping to delay its attacks– a trick that worked, and forced the giant to move around it; but then it cast haste on its allies, and suddenly eight of its allies speeded up! Arrows flew from Corvin’s bow, wounding an ogre, and Sidni drew Lord Quench and charged one of the large brutes. The wagons vomited orcs, as two dozen of the crude humanoids joined the fight.
Another giant fell to Grontdrengi, and another was almost knocked down as it doubled-back and returned to Ungrid’s hand. Xellos made more of the earth’s teeth stab at the enemy, one shattering an elemental and sending it howling back to its own plane. Mim, now free from the wind, hacked away at the nearest orcs, leaving Elgir to take care of the approaching ogres. Another ogre stumbled and fell into a pit, and an orc followed his example, breaking its neck as it landed.
Then the battle turned: Mim took a heavy slash across his chest as a fire giant swung at him then took another blast of wind as the other elemental attacked; a hill giant broke through the line of attack to whack Ungrid on the head, and another rock struck Phildor, sending the mage back into the trees for cover. Across the field, he spotted the cloud giant weave a spell and promptly disappear from view. The ogres, speeded up, struck Elgir, Xellos, and another stabbed Mim in the arm. Halmary retaliated with a well-placed Flame Strike, incinerating a hill giant and the ogre nearby. In the wave of heat and smoke that followed, Xellos took advantage of the distraction, and decapitated the ogre that had fallen into the pit.
And the battle turned again: Mim gave a roar and sent the remaining elemental back to where it came from, and Phildor summoned up his own earth’s teeth and slew a few orcs and stabbed the foot of a hill giant, while Elgir slew an ogre, catching another on his backswing.
But the battle was far from over: orcs moved in, flanking with their hasted-ogre allies, and the remaining giants closed ranks; and the cloud giant was nowhere to be seen…
End of Session
Kills: 2 fire giants, 3 hill giants, 6 ogres, 6 orcs, 2 air elementals.