'The Hill Giant Hunt'.
written by: Mike Linnemann
(gamed played on Saturday, March 18, 2000)
Through the eyes of Urza Van Burace
Well my merry
started in the bar, as usual. I found some of my old companions,
Shanika, and Martin Stick. We were reminiscing about old times when we
remembered that Kid Kickbutt knew the way to a hill giant lair. Of
him having such an odd name we had to have some fun with him, he didn't
take to it too kindly. He left for his house. Martin kept on drinking
Mackeli and me went to his house.
We found a very
lady waiting there, it had to have been his sister, (as we later found
out) because Kid is not a very charismatic sort of guy.
So he got angry and
25% of the treasure. Our first reaction was no, but when we figured it
out. We normally be getting 20% so 25% wasn't too bad.
Kid wanted to leave
Martin was still at the bar, halfway gone. We decided to leave early
So we did, after
up provisions. Martin cast his find familiar spell and received a
dragon! The rarest of all familiars. So we headed out in good fashion
in good hopes.
Kid told us that
hill giant lair was in the Vemea Mountains. So Mackeli had a map of the
area and we took some animal trails to reach the mountains. We had to
at the end of a mountain. It was the end of a mountain, a valley in
and a second mountain on the other side.
Had to bring the
along so we slowly went down into the valley. Kid's horse tripped and
went at blinding speed down to the valley. His horse was injured after
it fell. Kid rolled. Mackeli healed his horse and we continued. There
a river, although it wasn't on the map. So we had to get across it. It
was the only way. So Mackeli got on his broom and brought each person
one by one. Except for the horses we left them in the valley's forest.
As for the
there was a thin trail that winded up to the hill giants lair it
The pseudo dragon, named Earl, went on ahead and did surveillance ahead
of us. He came back after we walked about 1/3 up that a hill giant was
We all hid
the path behind rocks. Everyone except Martin got their bows and
out and waited for him to turn the corner of the path. The hill giant
a rock in his hand, as soon as we started to shoot arrows he threw his
rock. He missed everyone, but started a mini avalanche that hit
It was about 5 rocks so it didn't hurt him much.
We kept on
with arrows until he got too close to Shanika. So Shanika Banika drew
sword and battle took place. They attacked a while as did we. I finally
struck him in the throat with an arrow and he fell down the mountain.
Mackeli knew he had
see if the hill giant was dead so he went down and did the final blow
him. That was the end of him. Mackeli knocked the arrows into him and
back up. We continued up the mountain until Earl cam back and told us
2 large wolves were waiting up ahead. Dire wolves they were, Mackeli
up on his broom and started to though his hammers at the wolves. He
one, and the group killed the other one. Pushed the wolves off the side
and continued on.
We were almost
Earl informed us that there were some more wolves waiting at the
to the lair.
We walked up
to the landing. (The cave had a landing to go to the trail leading
The wolves rushed out of the cave and attacked. We fairly easily took
the 8 dire wolves.
Earl said we might
ready for there were 4 hill giants coming up to the lair. We discussed
and didn't have enough time to do anything so we hid in the cave and
Not too much longer
giants arrived. They sniffed the air and rushed us. Surprisingly we had
very little trouble disposing of these filth. Pretty quick we were
standing and collected their minute treasure. We found 1,000 gold and 5
gems. We went down the mountain in low hopes. We went all this way for
Got to the river
when everyone was across 12 ogres attacked with a large leader. I went
down in this battle after killing a few ogres and the leader.
I was told later
Mackeli and Shanika killed all the ogres left. No thanks to Kid who
down in the battle. Total the ogres had 480 gold on them. We were
thinking what a pathetic adventure. We thought all too soon.
We found our horses
the valley all together strangely. We rode out of the valley having
scout up ahead.
an entire bandit camp.
About 140 bandits
the forest and they didn't know we were there. Greed went into play
We waited an entire day watching the camp, learning what was up. The
had a few really experienced fighters and a powerful wizard.
We decided that
have to wait until nightfall to attack. Luckily they left for a raid
left behind their best fighter and 19 other bandits. We had a plan.
would be beat up and tattered and come into the camp. They bandits
come to him. He'd cast sleep on the bandits and we'd charge after he
cast the spell.
So he did. 13
came around him to see what was happening, they all went to sleep. That
left us 6 bandits and a leader. So we attacked. Their leader rushed out
of his tent and blew a silent horn. He smiled and attacked.
We managed to kill
of the bandits when the leader was still attacking a shifting was
away from the battle, Martin saw it and yelled, I rushed over.
It was the powerful
He teleported in and cast a fireball on me. I flew back, not dead but
The other guys
the fighter and drew their attention to the mage. Shanika ran to
Martin ran away, and Mackeli flew towards the mage. He cast another
this time towards Macula. Toasty. Mackeli was burned off his broom and
fell in the forest. The flying broom was useless now.
Earl had a special ability, to paralyze creatures. So he ordered Earl
flew up behind the mage and sting him in the neck. He did. The mage was
paralyzed and we killed him.
We didn't have much
so Martin took the glowing cloak off the mage, later to be found that
was a cloak of useful items. Very useful.
The main tent had
gold. We saw 18 pieces of jewelry. Tried to grab them but a sphere of
were on them. So we dug under them. Got to the chest indeed. Mackeli
electrocuted by the chest. Shanika tried this time and he successfully
grabbed the chest.
We took the mage's
ring and the fighters nicely made longsword too. We rode out of there
fast as we could. Around the lake and back to Givemea.
We identified the
and the gems and got a total of 72,405 gold!!! Martin got too keep the
cloak. We split up the money and all got about 13,000 gp. each, except
for Kid who got 18,000 but we didn't care. We all felt more experienced
and better than ever.