D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 34 Recap

We reach level 8 and book passage from Mirabar to Raven Rock, and the ancient Cloud Giant library beneath.

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Previously on “Storm King’s Thunder”

The air was cool and dry, and the smell of parchment was everywhere. The walls were lined with comically oversized books, some bigger than Halfred. I heard the others discussing the rune they found on the odd silver tree in the middle, but I felt myself wondering around the curved hallway of the ancient Cloud Giant library. 

I was never one for books, didn’t have the patience for it. But this place reminded of Zephyros. Fond memories began to flood my thoughts as I walked, reading the Giant language on the spines and covers. It was difficult; these were ancient texts and some of them quite advanced.

One book caught my eye. The words glowed with a shimmering script. “A Treatise on the Care and Handling of Wild Creatures.” It felt magical as I hefted it in my hands, and thankfully not one of the larger tomes.

“Ah, that’s a good one!”

A voice rang out, and I nearly dropped the book in surprise. I looked around, though I didn’t feel the flood of adrenaline or alarm of impending battle. Another automated recording?

“It’s good to see someone perusing our wares. We haven’t had a guest in… how long has it been, Gerald?”

“Been quite a long time I must say! How are you enjoying your stay, sir?”

My surprise melted away to bemused confusion. This was no recording; a pair of voices were addressing directly, in the Giant language. Not to raise any suspicions, I responded in kind.

“Yes, lovely place you have here, can you tell me about this library?”

“Indeed we can!” And with that, a pair of books flew off nearby shelves and came fluttering into view, magically flying in place.

This week we spent the majority of our session leveling up and doing a bit of shopping and haggling in Mirabar, before finally securing passage up the river to Raven Rock. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 34 Recap”

D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 15 Recap

We discover the aftermath of another giant attack in Luskan before continuing East to Mirabar, where a chance encounter puts a nobleman in our debt.

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We strode into the tavern, smelling of smoke and seawater. We hadn’t so much as sat down after our trip from Hundelstone before we were forced to deal with yet another giant-related crisis here in Luskan.

At least this time the giants were already dead. If only every city had a powerful conclave of wizards to defend them.

With evening setting in we opted to unwind at the local tavern and canvas the locals for any pertinent information before turning in for the night.

Despite what must have been a terrifying attack just hours ago, the tavern was full of patrons. I suppose everyone deals with terror in their own way.

“T.I.M.,” Halfred whispered excitedly, “this is where you challenge them to a drinking contest!”

T.I.M.’s eyes lit up in a familiar way. He ambled to the middle of the room and shouted in his disarmingly friendly voice, “I challenge everyone in this bar to a drinking contest!”

Halfred practically clapped his hands in glee. “A drinking contest! Who’s in?” In an instant several older dockworkers, who looked like they practically lived here, accepted, their faces plastered with devilish grins.

Bryseis wasted no time and began collecting bets from curious onlookers, turning the entire event into a spectacle before I had any chance to react.

Our dragonborn sorcerer confidently walked up to the group, shotglass already in hand. “Oh, I’ll take you up on that,” she declared with twinkle in her eye.

I’m not totally thrilled with “Storm King’s Thunder” thus far. The linear intro in the beginning was, well, incredibly linear. Now that we’re braving the wide open world I’m finding it way too wide open.

The sheer amount of travel that lies before us is staggering, and we prove once again this week that once per day travel encounters are laughably easy. Continue reading “D&D 5E “Storm King’s Thunder” Session 15 Recap”