After we scouted the hill giants’ fort, we returned to Ash with some information…there were several hill giants there, as well as <#> dwarf hostages, with <name> among them. While Ash started devising a plan of attack, our company headed out to the Obsidian Tower. I had a feeling there would be giant artifacts there, objects we could either learn from or use as a bargaining chip in the upcoming negotiations.
After awhile it seemed the tower should’ve been in sight, but we didn’t see anything until the castle ran into it. It turns out the tower had a device that was magically camouflaging it. We were able to enter the tower…it seemed simple enough. It had numerous worn cracks in the floor and a spiral staircase leading to the top floor. Well, it turned out that it wasn’t that simple, because ghouls started crawling out of the cracks in the floor and attacked us!
The ghouls were tough, biting and weakening us and trying to drag us down in the cracks with them. We managed to survive the fight, but at a great cost, and Vargen was significantly weakened.
We then climbed the spiral staircase and found a lich sitting at a giant table with a bunch of giant bones and several skeletal companions in front of him. He tore some pages out of the ancient giant book in front of him before we managed to engage him. We quickly dispatched his companions, but he was another matter. Vargen and I teleported up onto the giant table and surrounded him, much to the chagrin of Vondal, who began cursing magic. After a few minutes we had him retreating, and he jumped off the table onto the pile of bones. However, he transformed them into a giant bone golem before teleporting up to the windowsill. I gave chase and kept blasting him outside as he tried to climb up to the roof of the tower. With a great burst of magic, his body eventually disintegrated as he and his possessions turned to dust. It turned out he was trying to escape with a magic broom he had stashed at a table on the roof of the tower. As Vondal and Vargen dealt the final blow to the bone golem, the tower began crumbling and shaking. I quickly jumped on the broom and glided down, followed by Vargen and Vondal.
After a narrow victory, the company was able to secure the ancient giant book, two gemstones that were similar to speaking stones used in the ancient times, and much loot and dragonshards. We were even able to salvage the device and retrofit the Castle with it, so that when it is parked it will be near-invisible to the naked eye! I’m sure Calcifer will be pleased with that! Then he can stop whining about the animals pooping on the castle’s feet…