As the heroes greeted paladins of Paladine they found that Decracious was only one day behind them.
They had used their resources to find the best way to greet Decracious.
They decided to use their skills and dividends that were paid from being lords to organize the return of the king.
Eximere: Talking to the wounded soldiers, getting as many ready for the next day as possible. He was quite successful, healing a leg of a warrior that had thought to be unusable.
Xan: Blended into the crowed and gathered intelligence regarding the grievances of Summit citizens, so some of these could be amended. He was able to confirm only the obvious grudges that the populous had.
Sofir: Knitting scarves with Decracious’s name on them and handing them out for free, unfortunately he was only able to make 10 of them as he had not previously used this skill, ever.
Sagla: Blessing the populous with his religious chant, reminding them of the importance of having a powerful divine king. He was able to get a fair audience.
Gotta: Managing the harvest for the feast and inspiring the populous with his forest knowledge. He was able to find the best and yet most sustainable food and drink from within the natural habitat for the feast. He was even able to find a very rare berry bush that gave the food an exotic “zingy” taste.
Thundor was then able to use all of this and give a formal speech to the Summit.
Unfortunately he had a terrible cough and was not able to throw his voice to the majority of the audience, he had also mispronounced Decracious name and quickly lost interest of the crowed.
Fortunately his allies had done a good job and the generous amount of money invested also gave a substantial boost to making this a celebration one to remember!
Once Decracious had arrived they had a filling feast.
He had told them that he had traveled to many damned places to retrieve all of his equipment, including his mighty stallion.
They exchanged information (such as he had a 50,000gp bounty on him and that Crown had tightened it’s laws) and the next day Decrecious had summoned them to the Kama’s portal level of Summit.
Here four great columns stood, curving at the end like scorpions tales, in a circular pattern around the runes that covered the center of the floor.
Next to each of them stood a paladin.
Decrecious had explained to them the basic workings, but Sofir knew the more advanced arcana behind this ancient system.
Sofir explained that traveling through this is like traveling up a very slow moving river, the faster you swim through the multicoloured wind patterns of magic the faster you emerge on the other side and the more control you have. The travel through these portals is not immediate and if there is not enough power or the traveler can not “swim” through it, one could be stuck in this medium forever.
The main hub is Crown and you can not tell if someone is accessing your portal until you enter the network.
Derek had explained that he organized for them to be greeted on the other side, but because of the distance, there is a small stop, a relay station and that they would have to activate the last part of their journey themselves.
They had not a lot of time to prepare and after saying their goodbyes departed.
Traveling through this portal was tough and mesmerizing at the same time. Waves of multicoloured wind would batter them from all sides and staying on track proved difficult to most except for Eximere who had time to slow down and time his exit with the majority of his friends.
When the party arrived at the relay station through the portals, what greeted them was a pair of giants; standing on either side of the portal. Though they were surprised and Eximere managed to draw first blood, the pair quickly organized themselves and began to attack Sofir, Eximere, Thundor and Gotta. Sagla and Xan were unaccounted for at the time, leaving four of the party to fend for themselves.
Upon gaining his feet, Gotta and the unarmed Thundor immediately moved out of the range of the giants and began casting their spells – with the former summoning his bears and wolves and the latter hindering the giants’ fighting capabilities with his spells.
With the druid and the favoured soul some distance away, the giants focused their attention on the monk and the ranger, who did well to avoid most of slow attacks. However their luck could not hold out forever, as all it took was a single hit to seriously injure Eximere and Sofir.
It was only then that Xan arrived, and shortly Sagla, both falling unceremoniously on the ground in a sprawl. Xan quickly moved behind one of the giants – the smaller of the two – and struck at vital and critical points with his sneak attacks, almost bringing the smaller Giant to the ground. Sagla soon noticed that both the ranger and monk were quite badly hurt, and began healing them as well.
With Eximere nearing unconsciousness and Sofir apparently holding his own against the giant, Sagla began to empower himself with his spells, strengthening his attacks as well as improving his defenses.
Thundor was able to keep the Larger giant busy with his continuous stream of celestial dogs.
The combined efforts of Xan, Gotta and Eximere were able to defeat the smaller giant, and the party soon focused their efforts on the larger giant. Sagla also finished his casting, and went in for the attack.
The frost giant was not unintelligent, however. Quickly striking out at Eximere and Xan, who had now circled around the giant, he was able to knock the two unconscious, and he quickly began to use his abilities to freeze the party. With their movement hindered, all the party could do was chase after him as best they could, but ultimately the giant was able to escape the chamber and run into the forest outside.
With the immediate threat over, Sagla and Thundor began tending to injuries sustained in the battle, and Xan’s search of the fallen giant quickly revealed that the two giants were there in an attempt to collect the bounty on the heads of the Summit Lords.
Sofir was lucky enough to just manage to active the ancient device and they all headed on to Crown.
Arriving at crown, which had a lot easier landing, they were greeted by a small company that claimed they were assigned by Decrecious to help the party advance in their skills.
The party dispersed, being guided to each of their trainers under their deity’s churches.
All of the party level up to level 5.