The party would not take the dismissing statements of the Serdar of Yannisdale so easily, proceeding to viciously question him about the intentions of the angels. They soon learned of the various powers the angels and their promise of protection that they offered to the Dwarves of Yannisdale… Somehow, something did not seem right.
The Unicorn Knight, with her keen, insightful senses, saw evil in the hearts of these so-called Angels. Also, after reviewing the way Vokos, the Serdar of Yannisdale, presented his case, she was convinced that he was falsely presenting these dark entities. At this point, their confrontation was drawing a little bit of a crowd, among them were a scattering of Angels.
Through some convincing, which included a little brow beating, a slap or two from the first born, and an inspirational speech from the pixie, they managed to force a small bit of doubt from Vokos, in which he spoke the slightest amount of disbelief in the Angel’s intentions. The moment this utterance left the dwarf’s mouth, he disappeared, as well as the angels that were watching. The crowd that had gathered has chosen to dissipate rather than confront the adventurers, forcing themselves to go about their daily business.
The adventurers decided to search the town, as they had a hunch that the Angels had not gone far. Their search leads them to the Serdar’s residence, which was also being used as a town hall; they were surprised to find that no guards were stationed outside of it.
Once inside, they were lightly questioned, but an explanation that they were acting on behalf of the king kept anyone from impeding their search. Morelle, the Unicorn Knight, used a sense secret passage ritual, to which one was found between two stone benches. Renembaha, the Firstborn, was familiar with these types of Dwarven doors. He proceeded to place his hand upon the door and speak a phrase in dwarven, which split the stonewall and opened the door.
The party crept down the hall and then the stairway. They were greeted with the sounds of soft chanting, which the Unicorn Knight identified as Abyssal and the words of sacrifice. They drew closer and peered into the room, which was alight with a blue and red glow from dwarven statues that bore glowing, runic crowns.
In the center of the room was a stone slab, an unconscious Vokos upon it, with 5 Angels surrounding him, leering at the dwarf while sustaining the chant.
Renembaha started a conflict quickly as he tore through reality and swapped places with the unconscious Vokos, breaking the concentration of the Angels. Once Vokos landed on the stone floor, Bryoin carried him to the side and out of sight of the Angels, while the rest of the party charged forward into combat.
The Angels did not fight, so much as move around the room by teleportation and cast deep stares at the party. Those that the Angel locked in it’s sights felt great, mind racking pain. Those that could not shut the pain out of their mind were soon flooded with visions of terror that would freeze them in-place while the Angels drained their life force.
Though teamwork the party picked up the slack from those that were fear-locked and managed to fend off the angels. The defeated left no bodied, only disappearing after suffering grave wounds. Once the last one faded away, it uttered a phrase in abyssal, “We shall return…”
The party had liberated the town from the Angel’s eyes, but, this had caused more panic than rejoicing. They stated that the Angels were there to protect them from the Giants and were accusing the party of damning them to death!
Renembaha rallied the dwarven people, saying that “as dwarves we win or lose the day by our own blood, sweat, and tears! Dwarves do not rely on the assistance of extra-planer entities! They forge their own path and we will endure, like the stone we were wrought from!”
With newfound morale, the party reinstated the Military that retired after the Angels that arrived and made a plan with the commanding officer of the town. They agreed that Yannisdale did not have the fortification or man power to deal with the Giant threat, so they planned an exodus of the citizens and a trap to be set for the Giants. Once the trap was sprung, the military that was left behind was to report to the nearest city that Yannisdale was reached.
The party escorted the dwarven exodus of about 1400 citizens, which were lucky as they were not attacked during their journey. There were no casualities during the journey, as weather was relatively favorable, provisions were bountiful (thanks to patticus’ Bloom ability), and Morelle’s healing ability to care for any sustained injuries.
This trek took a several days, but they managed to reach the city of Uhlerthur, which had tall stone walls with mounted artillery. They were allowed into the city after they explained themselves, while taking on another 1400 citizens is unexpected, they could not rightfully turn them away.
The party explained what had happened in Yannisdale and told the guards of Vokos’ dealings with questionable extra-planar beings. The guard captain said they he will be detained and his actions reviewed as soon as there is time. The party leaves soon after, stopping off in one other city before reaching Firstborn Landing; the journey took 2 days of flight.
The party finally reach the King’s chambers after a few weeks of travel since they left their home of Awnend. They King introduces himself, as do the adventurers, before the enter into a discussion about the current situation.
The entirety of the Eastern Kingdom has fallen, as they just got word that Gilthmine had just lit the runic signal that their city had been lost. Judging by scouting reports and extrapolation they assume that they have another 9 days until the giant’s either reach or pass by Yannisdale.
The King tells a tale of an artifact called the Heart of the Tundra that he believes will be the key to breaking the Frost Giant’s assault. He gives the party a bit of information on where the artifact is, what guards it, and gives them runes that will unlock the door.
The party leaves Firstborn landing via teleportation by way of the Unicorn Knight, Morelle. They appear in Uhlerthur and then mount up to fly south-east towards the Dwarven monument the king mentioned, arriving 10 hours later. They set up camp and sleep for the night, only to be awoken by their Eye of Alarm in the early morning.
The party was attacked by Ice Demons, but they proved no match for the party, who fended them off with relative ease. The party then started breakfast before assessing the situation at the Dwarven monument…