This is Episode 48 of Dice, Camera, Action.
Episode 48: The Hero Conundrum
(Anna) Evelyn - Human Paladin of Lathander
(Holly) Strix - Tiefling Sorcerer
(ProJared) Diath - Human Rogue
(Nathan) Paultin - Human Bard
(Sam Sykes) Kozin Xorlarrin - Drow Fighter
The group is in a cave, having climbed up in here through a chimney in Ironslag. Kozin wants them to go back down into Ironslag to stop the giants from putting together and activating the vonindod, a massive colossus that will go on a rampage and kill many, many people.
The giants have a magical iron flask with Maegara, a primordial, in it. They are going to use it to finish crafting the vonindod.
The crew asks Jasper, the dwarf, how he got captured by the giants. Jasper says that he and his team of dwarves ran into some giants digging up a relic when he and his dwarf allies were ambushed by yakfolk and dragged back to Ironslag to serve as slaves.
Jasper says it might be suicidal to go back down into Ironslag.
Kozin points out that the drow don't like anyone. Evelyn: "Do you like me?" Kozin winks.
The group spends a lot of time debating what to do next. They need a rest, but they also need to steal Maegara back and time is of the essence.
They consider making a distraction to draw the giants out of Ironslag. As that happens, Diath can sneak in alone and steal the iron flask/Maegara.
The group had blocked the chimney exit with boulders. Evelyn hears someone in there - sounds like it is one of the drow. Evelyn hears the drow swear when it realizes the exit is blocked. Evelyn is a bit offended by the drow’s potty mouth.
The group decides to remove the rocks and attack the person in the chimney. They open it. Nothing in there. Evelyn throws a boulder down the shaft.
Kozin has faerie fire, which will reveal invisible creatures. He casts it. No invisible people. It looks like the drow climber got away.
The Force of Distraction
After more deliberating, the group decides to go with the distraction plan. Evelyn makes up a theme song for the Distraction Force.
The group explores the caves and they find an exit to the exterior of Ironslag. They want to call on Harshnag's bird. The players are trolling Sam, as they know he shot the bird last session.
Kozin tries to stammer out an excuse. The group gets suspicious of him and Kozin says that he's afraid of birds, which the group finds amusing.
Paultin summons Leomund's tiny hut aka the Waffle Hut. The group gets in and rests.
Diath explores the burned yakfolk village looking for loot. He runs into the dao, who is wearing the armor of invulnerability. They talk for a bit, and Diath learns that the dao's name is Kuharik.
Diath makes an insight check and realizes that this dao is evil and not trustworthy. Diath plays it cool and for now, the dao is an ally of the crew.
The heroes quietly talk about the dao while he guards the hut. Diath says that they can't let him get the golem. Kozin points out that Maegara could melt the golem.
Paultin mentions that the golem was a gift from the Bronzefire clan to cement an alliance with the giants. That means there’s traitors in Citadel Adbar.
The group takes a long rest.
Fully refreshed, Evelyn, Strix, Paultin and the dao are going to go to the front door and draw out the giants. Diath and Kozin will sneak in and get Maegara.
The group convinces the dao to loan Evelyn the armor of invulnerability.
They give Waffles the baby owlbear to Jasper, who is going back to Citadel Adbar.
Before he leaves, Jasper casts a divination spell. Through it, the heroes learn that Maegara is not in the iron flask, it's in the forge. The drow have the empty flask and they are apparently nearby.
Kozin knows the command word to activate the flask. He shares it with Diath.
Ambushing the Drow
The group realizes that the drow will exit through the caves just like the heroes did. The waffle crew decides to set up an ambush.
After a bit of waiting, the drow do emerge. The party ambushes them. Diath does 25 points with a sneak attack. Evelyn ignites her new magic weapon, the Heart of Spinelli, and tears into them.
Strix drops a fireball on the drow that devastates them. The drow are still up, but hurt badly.
One drow tries to use the now-empty iron flask to draw the dao into it. She holds up the flask, utters the command word, but Kuharik makes his saving throw. The drow surrender. End of Session.