The old cloud giant‘s name is Zephyros, and he was directed here by an extraplanar creature he contacted via a “Contact Other Planes” spell. It seems the Ordning has shattered, and Zephyros wants to understand why and how he can fix it.
Giant society (such as it is) is defined in large part by the ordning; a caste system imposed upon the giants by their gods, chief among them Annam the All-Father. The ordning determines where a giant stands among his or her ilk. Traditionally, storm giants stand at the top of the ordning. Tall and powerful, they struggle to keep the weaker races of giants from despoiling the realms of small folk and sparking conflict. The greatest storm giants are powerful seers, skilled at identifying and interpreting cosmic signs and divine omens. The aloof and aristocratic cloud giants, one step below the storm giants, rarely condescend to deal with lesser giants or small folk. Extravagance defines their culture and their place in the ordning. Below them are the tyrannical, warmongering fire giants and the merciless, predatory frost giants. Fire giants rank themselves by their forging skill, whereas frost giants rank themselves by their martial prowess. Near the bottom of the ordning are the xenophobic stone giants, who mostly live underground and regard the surface world as a realm of dreams. How well they sculpt stone determines their place among their peers. The lowest and smallest of the true giants are the hill giants, as gluttonous as they are loathsome. Hill giants are dullards who live in fear of their more powerful giant cousins. In hill giant society, the biggest rule.
Zephyros introduces himself to the Heroes, and they to him. He is excited, as their names were provided to him via the “Contact Other Planes” spell who can help him fix the Ordning. He tells the party he needed to come to Nightstone, find the party, and then discover what “Goldenfields” is. The group is unsure, but they are happy to help.
Talking to Morak Ur’gray, the dwarven innkeeper at Nightstone and now the unofficial leader of the village, Goldenfields is an agricultural town about a 10-day journey north of Nightstone. Hearing the Heroes are departing for Goldenfields, Morak asks for a favor. The Xelbrins were an elderly couple killed in the recent giant attack. Morak knows from previous conversations that they had a son named Miros who lives in Goldenfields. If the party could relay the information of his parents’ demise and deliver their pet, a tressym cat named Rillix to their son, Morak would be most appreciative. The group agrees.
Heading to Goldenfields
Zephyros thinks it will be a 3-day flight from Nightstone to Goldenfields in his tower. He invites the Heroes to stay on the first floor of the tower but asks they go to none of the other levels. Zephyros enjoys talking with the party as he holds “small folk” in high regard. The group learns the following during the trip:
- Zephyros learned from the spells he cannot interfere directly. He can help the party in small ways (such as flying them to Goldenfields), but he cannot take direct action.
- Zephyros is a powerful spellcaster; however the “Contact Other Plane” spell has driven him insane on more than one occasion.
- Zephyros explains the Ordning. Currently, the “King” of the giants is a powerful storm giant named Hekaton. As ruler of the giants, he sits on the Wyrmskull Throne, which is powered by Ruling Scepter.
- Zephyros home is in the Moonshae Isles.
During their first day of flight, Aaron gets the ink and parchment from Zephyros to copy the Detect Magic spell into his spellbook.
“Asshole” Air Cultists
The second day out of Nightstone, the group sees a group of 9 humans riding giant vultures heading to the tower. Zephyros is currently asleep.
The humans land, clad in the robes of air cultists. The leader of the cultists is named Amarath, and his assistant is N’von. They are dismissive of the Heroes, wanting only to talk to Zephyros. Their master is Yan-C-Bin, the “Prince of Evil Air.” They offer a gift of magical dust to entice the cloud giant. Zephyros retreats to his room to perform a “Contact Other Plane” spell to make his decision. Although he returns to indicate he is not interested, the cultists demand he rethink his decision. When Zephyros casts the spell again, it drives him insane.
Insults between the cultists and the Heroes increase, until N’von pulls a dagger. Combat ensues. While the party has no problem with the cultists, they have a HUGE problem with the Invisible Stalker Amarath brought in his bag of holding.
It is a long and bloody fight, but a successful casting of Fairie Fire by Aaron (via a scroll) turns the tables, and the party is victorious. During the battle one of the cultists escapes on a giant vulture, leaving eight of the vicious birds right outside the tower doors.
End of Session.
28 Ches 1493 3:00pm
The characters advance to 5th level.