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Episode 39: Fortune Favors the Cold
(Joe) Harshnag - Frost Giant
Arrival at Ironslag
After 3 days of travel, the adventurers arrive at Ironslag. It’s a huge place that has a number of entrances. There is a path that winds hundreds of feet up to the mountaintop where there is a yakfolk village.
Evelyn flies up to check things out. She notices a cave halfway up the winding path. She yells into it. A creature inside responds with animal noises. After careful consideration, Evelyn thinks it sounds like a snakehorse. It's not. It is a chimera.
The chimera lunges for her. Evelyn had been hoping they could be friends. It bites her and she continues to call it a snakehorse, or "Snorse".
It breathes fire on her. Far off, the group sees a gout of flame erupt from the cave mouth. She takes 31 points of damage! The heroes try to figure out how to get to her in a swift manner.
Evelyn is dismayed. Her brand new clothes are destroyed. Later, the players are alerted by the chat that prestidigitation can fix up the clothing.
The group is 150 feet below the scene of the battle. Paultin uses dimension door to take himself and Diath up there. Strix polymorphs into a vulture and flies up. Harshnag has to hoof it. He sends his giant bird to go help.
Meanwhile, in the cave, Evelyn is taking a lot of damage. She has 10 hit points left. The chimera hits her again and drops her.
As the battle progresses, Diath ends up on the chimera as it flies out of the cave and fights Harshnag's giant hawk. He's 350 feet in the air. Diath stabs the chimera and tries to run on its back and leap back to the safety of the cave.
The heroes try to make a heal check on Evelyn. Paultin uses his bardic inspiration to give +d8 to the roll. The group is so impressed that they demand he get an actual inspiration point. Chris gives him one.
There's loot in the cave:
- Dust of Disappearance
- Potion of Slipperiness
- Other random stuff, like a gnomish music box that Simon steals and ultimate keeps.
Everyone rests. When it is done, Evelyn is up and healed. She apologizes to the group for failing to protect them. Harshnag consoles her, talking about danger. Paultin: "In the end, the chimera's greatest enemy was itself."
The Yakfolk Village
Diath scouts out the yakfolk village. He comes back and tells the group the layout. Strix feels bad about disrupting the lives of the yakfolk. She wants to polymorph into the form of a yakfolk to infiltrate their place.
The group ends up making an elaborate plan and they execute it. Harshnag and Krak attack an area of the settlement while Strix ends up blowing up a bridge. The heroes rush for the entrance amidst the chaos.