Storm King's Thunder

Of Course They're Bandits

Barnabas' Travel Notes

Flamerule 19

  • Group decided to explore the keep, Athrager and I couldn’t make the jump across the broken bridge so we swam instead – water was cold but pleasant
  • Parts of keep’s walls were collapsed and boulders strewn about the courtyard, giants clearly attacked here too – no signs of invaders or attackers on foot
  • Four guards remained in the keep, all that remains of the former garrison, leader Lady Nandar was killed in attack
  • Guards confirm it was giants, specifically four pale-skinned giants who bombarded the village before taking the nightstone and leaving
  • Villagers fled north to caves, apparently a plan already in place as the guards seemed familiar with the location – hopefully they’re still alive and not food for some beast in the wilds or worse
  • Heard the drawbridge lowering, Kella let in a group of men on mounts led by a half-elf named Zolkan – very suspicious, I knew they were bandits before they revealed as much
  • Fight went poorly, lost consciousness but Athrager and Gwyn held their ground, eventually making a truce with Zolkan to leave with his remaining bandits
  • Spent the next day resting and recuperating, tried to get the flying cat to come with us but it seemed skittish – I’ll get it to warm up to me yet
  • Athrager deciphered the demon door which was apparently just a ruse of a tiefling midwife, though a symbol of a devil was found so maybe it wasn’t just for show. Also, Sandy can apparently pick locks – why am I not surprised
  • Aunyx caught some fish for dinner, they were quite good – didn’t really think dwarves knew how to fish. Are there fish underground?
  • Dinner interrupted by an approaching orc warband, confronted them on the tower. They were already injured but still orcs, dumb and determined
  • Fight ensued despite trying to avoid one, killed the orc shaman, attempted to kill their leader Garrash but was unsuccessful. Remaining orcs routed by elvish hunters, likely the ones who attacked the orcs to begin with
  • Must remind the bard that he doesn’t actually have to start big fights to right the songs about them – he’s a bard, he can just make it up

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