Session Five (continued)
After nearly another full day of travel the party comes to Amphail. Dagon meets with Arleosa Starhenge, the proprietor of Stag-Horned Flagon, the local tavern. Yudani and Shorty wait outside the tavern to see what the townsfolk are up to. Dagon, Kashag and Lloyd meet Arleosa and she is the most gorgeous woman they have seen thus far. Before Dagon can even decide to approach her or not Kashag insists Dagon seduce her, “If I didn’t have a wife…”
Flattered by the attention of Lloyd and Dagon Arleosa tells them of her adventures with Miros in the traveling carnival troupe. She playfully recalls that she captivated a few adventurous admirers in her day. “One of them was so enchanted with me that he gave me this ring and told me that it represented a special favor. All I needed to do was whisper his name, Keltar Dardragon, into the ring and he would help.” She gives Dagon the wooden ring and wishes him luck. Before she can get back to work Dagon draws her into an illicit conversation, she is flattered by his interest and invites him up to her room. Lloyd butts in, “You want fuck?”
Arleosa is so enthralled with Dagon’s expert seduction that she doesn’t even notice the weak attempt.
Yudani senses a disruption in the fabric of reality and upon entering the tavern she sees Dagon being led upstairs by a gorgeous woman. Unable to follow them she instead stands in the center of the pub griping about Dagon taking such a gorgeous woman.
After a time Dagon rejoins the party looking entirely pleased with himself, Yudani glowers at him as they make their way back outside. Upon inspecting the town Shorty notices flyers being handed out to people pronouncing the birthday of Tylandar Roaringhorn. The finest food and ale will be provided for a banquet. Yudani overhears some townspeople muttering that this is a blatant attempt by the noble to warm hearts before he takes over as lord warder when Lord Ilzimmer’s tenure is concluded.
The mention of free food draws the party to the square. Lloyd immediately tries to interest random townsfolk in gambling with him, but he cannot manage to get anyone’s attention. Shorty finds a huge pile of chicken and eats it while staring at Kashag. Kashag eats quietly on his own. Dagon approaches Arleosa, ready for round two, and manages to convince her to leave the party. Before separating from everyone he stops by Yudani and convinces Arleosa to let the woman join in. Lloyd again attempts to say something but no one notices him.
The three of them go back to the tavern, Dagon is a bit tired so his performance isn’t as grand as before but Yudani is so amazing that Arleosa doesn’t even notice the difference. Feeling refreshed and satisfied they return to the party. Before they make it back three giants stroll into town. Making a beeline for the tables full of townspeople.
Thinking fast the party members decide to take out the threat before they reach the townspeople. Nearly all of the townsfolk run screaming. Acting quickly Kashag takes flight, Lloyd rushes forward, Shorty grudgingly gets up from her chicken.
Shorty immediately runs behind a building to hide, Lloyd uses some spells as the giants attack, and Kashag decides to create a hulking illusion of a dragon. The three giants separate, two attempt to squeeze between two houses while the third circles around the large stage. Before the two giants can make it past the building Lloyd uses his scroll, Wall of Fire to block their passage. Kashag tosses down a fireball, critically injuring the two giants trapped by the firewall. One giant turns back and intends to circle around the house to get into town safely. His comrade, confidant he can endure the wall of fire, enters it fearlessly and his bones clatter to the ground on the other side.
With one giant down the party is emboldened, Dagon and Yudani notice the fight and rush onto the scene. Both focus on the giant circling around the stage while Kashag keeps an eye on the one stomping around the house. After several blows from the party Lloyd pulls out his decanter of endless water and attempts to knock the giant down. His luck for the day seems to have run out as the water splashes across the giant. Seeing this epic fail Shorty reaches into her bag of tricks and tosses out a panther, it rushes the giant and with one heroic blow knocks the enormous creature to the ground.
Dagon sees the downed, wet, giant and sees an opportunity. With surprising grace he bounds over the giant and as he flips over him lightning spills from his open mouth nearly destroying the giant. As the giant pushes to his feet and continues moving toward the table the party members are struck with a realization, “The giant isn’t attacking anyone?”
Yudani, Lloyd and Kashag are immediately disgusted by what they have done and refuse to fight. Kashag instead makes an illusion of another giant beckoning to the remaining two, with a full bag of food, in hopes that they will leave. The giant by the stage sees his kin and starts to leave in that direction, Dagon makes his way the the giant near the house.
Shorty, unwilling to let the giant escape, follows him, “Shillelagh!” Lloyd yells at her striking out with his staff. Surprised and angered by the sudden blow she ignores him and takes off after the giant, deftly dodging a second strike. With a heroic effort she jumps onto her panther climbing up the giants back and slams her sword into his back, using her body weight to drag it down. Splitting him open and leaving his torn body behind her, feeling satisfied.
Dagon casts sleep on the giant and the party breathes a sigh of relief as the danger is gone, but wonders if there was real danger all along…
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The party interrogates the remaining giant, “Why are you here?”
“You can’t just steal other people’s food. Why don’t you make your own?”
“Don’t know how…”
“If we let you take the food will you tell us where your home is?”
Looking at his fallen brothers, he shakes his head, “You will hurt them.”
“No, no, no.” Dagon says, a bit unconvincingly, “We just want to help them so they don’t do this.”
Feeling tempted by being able to take food to his leader he finally concedes, “It is called Grudd Haug, to the North East.”
While the giant collects his food for the information the party quietly discusses if they should kill him or not. Torn between what they should do, the giant leaves without any more bloodshed.
Tylandar arrives, “What is the meaning of this?” The party explains what happened, “You let him take my food!?”
“It was free food, it was going to get eaten anyway.” Kashag points out tartly.
“You’re right, I am sorry, I was flustered by this sudden attack. They should not just take our food.”
“We know where there hideout is and we will take care of the problem.” Dagon assures him.
With night fully upon them the party decides to sleep at Arleosa’s inn before starting on their journey once again. Instead of sleeping Kashag spends the entire night reading his book, Yudani attempts to attune to her mace but one word is whispered into her mind, “unworthy…” Frustrated she goes to sleep.