City of the Giants

Sleep in the zombie lair

We started our attack on the tower where the zombies are being created. We enter through the basement and had a fight against some failed experiments. We won, but it was rough on us. We ended up spending some time resting to recover. I am not sure if I had a vision or just dreamed, but I feel that my path as a paladin has been approved by the gods.

I was laying wrapped in my blanket. It seemed to grow dark and the others in our party faded into the background. Suddenly, standing over me were 3 figures. All in plate and with weapons at their side. One stepped forward, and I saw that it was a woman who’s plate armor was stained the green of summer leaves, and decorated in gems. She wore no helmet, so that her dark brown hair curled and tumbled over her shoulders. A gold chain circled her head, with the white gem centered on her forehead. She looked down at me, and her green eyes seemed to see right into my soul. Her voice sounded of music. “He sees only with his eyes. He sees there is beauty, but it does not enter his soul. He sees life around him, but does not feel how amazing that life is. He takes no joy in killing, but he lacks love of the world. He will not do. I reject him.”

As she stepped back, the figure in heavy black plate took her place, and studied me in his way. While her inspection had lightly touched my mind, his slammed into me and probed deeply. In seconds I felt as if I had been interrogated, and I could feel sweat forming along my spine. When he spoke, it sounded like an executioner’s axe falling. “He sets limits on himself. He will refuse to take the steps needed to cleanse the world of evil. Evil must be slaughtered, regardless of how much its blood would splatter him. He is weak. He is useless to me.” He turned and walked away.

The last figure stepped forward. His polished armor shone in the darkness. His helmet covered only the back and sides of his head, leaving his face exposed. As he looked at me, I felt as if my thoughts and past actions were being held up for inspection one at a time. His mouth twitched during the process, passing from a slight smile to what could have been a frown. He even chuckled once. “You do not see the law as sacred. That could lead to trouble. But you strive for wisdom and to better yourself. And you hope to lead others down that path. Even the rat men. It will not be easy for you. But with strength and faith in good you may succeed. Do you take the Oath of Devotion?”

“I swear to follow the path of Devotion.”

All three figures drew their weapons and held them over me. They faded into darkness. I slept.

After the rat leader.

(Hey guys, help me here. At least help with the names)

I am not quite sure what was driving us, but I pleases me that the leader of the rat folk is now dead. I am sure of that because his head is sitting across the room watching me write this. I hope that the rat folk take the hint and leave the city and go back to their homes and defend their families. I must see if Razor Claw (the fellow I have been talking to in the tavern) can be talked into trying to lead them in that direction.

What happened was that we hired 2 rat men to help us explore the city’s sewers. At least that is what I thought we were doing. We used the escape tunnel to enter the city and after sneaking around a gargoyle we entered the sewers. The rat guides lead us to a guard post. We flashed a badge, talked loudly, and claimed we were doing in inspection. We got past the guards and also got past the next checkpoint. I felt at this point, since were in a sense surrounded, it was better to go forward and see if we could challenge the rat leader to a leadership duel. So we ended up in a rat folk warren, face to face with the leader. I pushed him into fighting. I still hurt.

This may have been the best thing we could have done. The rat folk were not prepared for us. Unarmored and carrying only daggers. While I did what I could to take down the leader, the rest of our group fought off those who tried to stop us. Most were so confused by this turn of events, that we were not strongly attacked. My the gods forgive me, but the rate leader took me down.

When I woke the leader was running back into his rooms and our monk was down. While the other paladin gave chase, I got the monk at least back on his feet, and we all went after the leader. The other paladin (I must start remembering names) used her Compelled Duel in a very timely manner and keep the leader, who was faster then we were, from escaping. His lieutenants, who were not armored but better armed, also joined the battle. The leader has this odd two-bow crossbow that he was using to shoot poison arrows into us. We managed to take down some his rats, but those arrows were taking us down also. I do not remember what exactly happened,, but I was taken down again.

The warlock managed to wake me, but I had the odd taste of a topical ointment in my mouth. At least he did not poison me. The rats were all down, and so were all of us except for the warlock. I don’t know how we won, but we did. If we were not so battered I would have tried to lead the rats out of the warrens to totally remove their threat to the Queen’s army, but the risk was too great. We grabbed everything we could, including the leader’s head and war banner, and got out of there with the leader’s rat steed (a stunning ugly animal).

We will see if this adventure causes some of the enemy from the field (to help take some pressure from the Queen’s army), or gets us all killed by an attack on out town. Since I refused to mask myself during the battle, I may have to hide now to keep from attracting too much attention. It may be too late for that now, but I felt that letting the rats know who help killed their leader may help is keep them at bay.

Today's adventure
Found a way in an army may be able to use

The tunnel talked about by the old folk has been found. It appears to be an escape tunnel that exited into the woods and started inside the city wall between the south towers 3 and 4. In the tunnel we found 3 sets of bones. One was a cave bear of a large size. With it was a giant size human skeleton with a bulls head and feet. We also found another huge human skeleton with a raven head and odd talons on it’s feet. There were also a number of crates that container giant knives, cloaks, and rotted food. We followed the tunnel into the city wall and then left before the night. We heard the weird screeching we hear another night while we quickly left the tunnel.

The next day we returned and the bones were in different positions. We found the bear bones in one of the crates. A spear that we moved was back in it’s original place. Our druid decided the bones should be moved out of the tunnel to see what happens. He lugged the bear bones into the wall. The path towards tower 3 had a big break in it to the outside of the wall. It then lead to steps going up and down. Up went to an opening on the wall between towers 3 and 4. Tower 3 looks intact, but the catapult on it looks badly worn and maybe damaged. The steps down lead to a room with giant bats nesting on the ceiling. We found a pump that seemed to have something with flooding the escape tunnel, but we are not sure of how it works.

The path to the right from the escape tunnel lead the the bottom of tower 4. There was a large swarm of spiders that hurt 2 of us, but we escaped to the escape tunnel. Our mad druid cask some kind of very loud attack spell on our way out, waking the bats. After resting and healing for a bit, we went back into the wall and found that the bats scared the spiders. We released the few webbed bats we found. Going further, we found the base of tower 4 and found the steps going up were broken. This is the tower we called the dragon tower. We could hear a lot of bird like noises up there. We found old webs on the steps going down. We felt that the large head spider went down there. We rigged up a fire to go down the steps. We killed the momma spider as it tried to escape, but the fire caused more smoke than expected so we went back to the escape tunnel. The druid, in some kind of vine-man form lead ravens from the top of the tower away from the escape tunnel. He then turned into a swarm of rats, yea rats, and came at us under the door. We almost attacked him.

After all this we went back to down to let things calm down. We heard rumors that the big wizard even noticed the event.

June 7th
Session Zero

Hey guys.

June 7th in the afternoon I’m planning to host a Session Zero so everyone who doesn’t have access to the 5e books can get at them and make a character, and so everyone can compare notes about their plans and backstories. Throw me a text when you know if you will be coming. I should be at home most of the day, but I don’t really expect things to get rolling until around 3ish.

The first actual session of play should be two weeks later on Sunday, June 21st at 3 or 4 pm. If you have issues with the schedule, now’s the time to tell me.

From your friendly neighborhood DM,


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