D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 44 Recap

We survive a daring escape from the All-Father temple only to receive dire warnings from the red dragon Klauth.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

“You have your quest,” the ghostly oracle intoned, “And now you must depart this place with great haste. For as I looked into the unseen storm, so it looked back. Your enemy is here.”

Right on cue we felt the entire mountain shake. The oracle continued to speak dire warnings and we looked at each other with wide eyes. We dashed back through the portal into the main chamber with the giant statues. 

She was there.

It was our first time laying eyes on the ancient blue dragon. The one who had caused all this chaos for the giants, and thus the world.

She approached like a smug cat who had cornered a mouse.

“How curious that you small creatures would go to such trouble for these brutish, corrupted giants, who did not but enslave and degrade your kind? It was we dragons who raised you up, liberated you, empowered you to throw off your chains.” Her sneer was palpable. It was all we could do to stare. 

“You have destroyed plans put into place decades ago. Traveled to the rotten depths of an old giant empire. Killed my servants. Killed my children. And for what? Come forward and claim your answers.” 

We’ve had heavy story-focused sessions before, but never has it felt like such an emotional gut-punch. Kudos to our DM for creating another epic, cinematic event in our escape from the Temple of the All-Father, only to follow it up with a series of psychological tortures for our characters via Klauth the ancient red dragon. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 44 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 37 Recap

We make a deal with the ancient red dragon and journey to the Great Worm Cavern in search of the final relic.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

We began to dig in the snow, searching for the missing relic that would slot perfectly into this ancient gong. Did it simply fall off? Prynos and a few of the white dragonborn watched us, curiosity beginning to overtake caution.

I wandered over the great winged serpent statue, searching for clues. A voice suddenly rang out in my mind.

“Hello, friend. You are a mind-speaker are you not?”

The voice was intrusive but not hostile. It was calm, so I replied in kind. It claimed to be the cave itself, and was concerned and protective of the refugee dragonborn that had taken up residence here.

The voice claimed the enemy blue dragonborn had been corrupted. The work of our blue dragon foe, no doubt. The voice wished for us to deal with them. 

The cavern began to shake, and the voice grew concerned. “Oh dear. It’s been so long since anyone was here. They’re coming for you. Protect these innocents.”

The voice receded from our minds while chunks of ice crashed around us, and monstrous insectoid forms dropped in front of us.

This week we made multiple bargains with powerful forces in our quest to find the sixth and final Ostorian relic. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 37 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 36 Recap

We fight our way through a pair of Cloud Giants and mount a thrilling escape from Raven Rock with some unlikely allies.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

I was still patting out the flames triggered by the statue trap that the damn tiefling woman had set off when I heard a shriek. I turned and saw the second Cloud Giant raise its gigantic mace and bring it down near the statue, right where Korinn hid. 

A blue blur darted out from behind the statue as the mace connected. Her forcefield sprang up instinctively, the mace crashing through it like wet paper, and she- 

Wait, something happened. The entire world seemed to slow down for a moment, right before the mace would have crushed her skull. I felt a weird tingling sensation, like deja vu. On a hunch I glanced in the other direction, seeing Bryseis peeking out from behind the statue. Her eyes were glowing, mouth moving, and hands twirling in some arcane ritual.

I looked back and saw, impossibly, the mace bouncing off the forcefield, glancing harmlessly to the side as Korinn finished her egress. When she turned around her arms were already outstretched and electricity crackled around her, sending a deadly bolt of lightning surging into – no, through, the first Cloud Giant, splattering blood and organs into the ceiling behind him. The Giant let out a pitiful sigh before slumping to the ground, while the second called out in a wail. 

I looked back at Bryseis, who simply smirked.

Escaping the ancient Cloud Giant library at Raven Rock proved far more difficult than we anticipated, and also far more exciting as an airship full of dragon cultists swooped in to carry us to the safety of an ancient red dragon. Er, we hope. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 36 Recap”