The Great Blizzard Story

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The Great Blizzard Story

Postby Rosemadder » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:50 am

The Great Blizzard had formed in the beginning as an unusual but perfectly mundane series of storms, which had merged into a fright of a snowstorm far to the North. Already mobilizing to heed a war agreement recently made, the Jarl of an icy tribe sought council from his Unholy Clerics to augment a plan most inspired by the powerful storm. A particularly unusual magic came into play, an ice crystal of great power, and the Great Blizzard grew out of the combined efforts of clerics, nature and the precious ice magic.

Heading south after gathering a small army of over 600 assorted snow goblins, winter wolves, orcs, and later trolls, and flying the standard of the Burning Eye, the Jarl’s forces marched towards Waterdeep, raiding on the way every hamlet and thorp and small village unlucky enough to get in their way. Those who did not flee were corrupted after their death into zombies, adding to the foul army.

The Great Blizzard, which had grown many many miles in size by then, casting the worst of cold leagues in front of the storm. An entire region was isolated from trade, cut off from all but magical communications. Most importantly, the storm concealed the army tucked into the eye of the storm with miles of white-out conditions, was met over a hundred miles from the City of Splendors by a mere handful of Waterdhavians, those being Akaine Cynerous, Rauvin Bloodmoon, Tyrani, Val Fleetfoot and Xairren.

Much of the area to the North in the path of the army is still blanketed in ice and snow and cold so deep that they may not thaw till summer. Farther out, creatures which rarely travel so far from the frozen wastes are indeed taking advantage of the new hunting grounds further south.

Led by the master of wilderness survival, Rauvin Bloodmoon, the party finally located the army in total white out conditions. They also located the Frost Giant scout which ambushed them near to the valley where the army hid; the giant ultimately failed in his task at warning the army of intruders. On the other hand, they were noticed at the edge of the storm as they spied on the army. Dodging boulders thrown by many of the forward giants, the party finally escaped to bring word to the Lords of Waterdeep, though one stayed behind, high up in the air, invisible. Xairren countered the storm with a surprise weatherworking of his own, which cooked the group of huddled, weather-witching evil frost giant clerics. In fact, the elf produced such a massive clashing of cold and warm air that aided by his divine manipulations, ended up spawning a huge tornado that destroyed fully half of the gathered evil forces, as well as scattering numbers of them in all directions of the path of the brief but destructive twister.

Once the Lords received word of the contents of the storm, another handful of Waterdhavian heros were tasked with removing the leader of the army and dispersing the remainder of the threat, if they had the ability to do so. This they did, while hidden with invisibility spells, flying around the battlefield , save for Akaine Cynerous who met giants head to head, fighting them with well placed arrows versus massive greataxes, and lived to tell the tale. Fios-Khelek Heru and Berenind Londrandir, Talinor of Lathander and Tyrani Zurach in turn dissolved, roasted, and electrocuted the hell out of the Jarl and his frost giants, keeping them confused and systematically removing all of the leaders who might best direct the troops.
In the end, only a few frost giants, a small group of orcs and snow goblins, and one lone winter wolf escaped to survive…

And as they return, the Waterdhavian population hears through song and broadsheet and sheer gossip why Heroes like these six individuals are so treasured and respected. Why the children of Waterdeep pretend to BE them, aspire to grow as they have. And, why they should never, ever have to buy their own drinks!

(Extra treasure: Free Drinks in bars in Waterdeep through the remainder of cold weather…)
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby Rosemadder » Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:57 am

As the smoke and acidic fog and ozone-smell and all the other smells of battle clear, the party is able to find the following without too much difficulty, though they may not wish to handle all of it:

Piles of giantslag from being ROASTED and TOASTED and BLASTED, nothing has survived form them.

Nothing of use on the zombies, they had all crap not worth saving.
Ichor –looking liquid from the corrosive clouds, which dissolved the contents. No treasure there.

Some of the frost giants had things on them, and there were supplies with useful gear and stolen goods and wealth and such from the villages they had raided.





Bags and bags (over 20 sacks of assorted sizes full!) of copper, silver and not too many gold coins totaling: $3834.32 gp


Lots and lots and lots of broken ornate glass,1 rhinocerous hide sack, muddy tapestries of nymphs and satyrs from a house of ill repute and content appropriate to that venue, badly dented ornate mugs, tiny mithril statue of a cockroach, shattered ivory and porcelain statues, 1 bubbling cast iron army stewpot of Gnomish Surprise Stew (made with real gnomes) , silver necklaces ruined from tarnish and broken off necks, (some with a head still attached), small dainty gold bracelet with jade flower charms, quartz crystals attached to silver earrings on 2 different hacked off ears, emptied perfume bottles accompanied by overwhelming spilled perfume stench, bent copper tiara, 3 terrified sheep, 1 formerly magical false eye made from blue quartz with runes of divination carved into it, 1 well seasoned plate (20 lbs) of steak tartar sufficient to feed a hungry Jarl, 6 verminbane candles, bent and smashed spectacles, various magic wands—broken, many pairs of ornate and very expensive leather shoes which have gotten chewed to bits by 30 or so winter wolves, various rings made from either copper, silver and coral, 1 strand of 5 pearls, 4 kegs of zzar, 7 kegs of a nasty watery and terribly bitter, poorly brewed beer (well chilled), many pairs of snow goggles that smell like unwashed orcs, 3 peg legs made from exotic woods from far away countries, cheap battle axes, with the former owner’s thigh and hip attached (found in the kennel with the winter wolf), a navy silk and mithral belt, broken and formerly valuable shell combs, necklaces and pendants made from copper and silver and with such stones as lapis lazuli beads, onyx beads, leaves carved from peridot, jet carvings of skulls, silver ewers and silver pattens from a temple someplace, Everful Ebony Bowl of Fruit Brussel Sprouts with lid (Aura: Conjuration, Cursed) tied closed with red silk cords very very firmly, 1 broken unicorn horn with wolf teethmarks on it, temple poor boxes (emptied) lots of embroidered tunics and tabards and cloaks and vests and hosen and other items of clothing with lots of stab holes and axe slash marks and worse and all stained rather badly with blood AND smelling of bad spilled perfume AND winter wolf urine, 1 exquisitely painted porcelain and gilt thundermug, jeweler’s loupe on an undead (killed) jeweler + MW jeweler’s tools, 1 white moonstone jeweled and adamantine spiked dog collar on 1 chained (wild) (pissed) winter wolf (in dire need of a bath)(some training suggested). (value varies)
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby ilanian » Tue Feb 15, 2011 1:16 pm

Looking over everything, Akaine would like just gold, and, the 3 terrified sheep (assuming they are still alive). If dead, then just some lamb chops.
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby Failbhe » Tue Feb 15, 2011 5:27 pm

Fios will sit down and have a long talk with the Winter Wolf. Talking about the sort of people she hangs out with, what bad influences they likely have been upon her. He will suggest she head north and east, if need be Fios would be glad to take her up to a nice wooded area with plenty of fresh game to chase down and likely a few more Winter Wolves in the area for her to group up with. Then ask if she has ever thought about taking class levels, perhaps something in the way of a Cleric of Ulutiu.

Of the gear, he is most interested in the Rod, the Blue Quartz Eye, and the giant sized necklace (Icy thing).

Additionally, a few of the stripped goblin bodies will be rolled unceremoniously into his bag of holding. Fluffy needs some food with bones in it to help with his calcium deficiency.
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby JuneBarcarolle » Wed Feb 16, 2011 1:02 am

Tyrani is mostly just interested in cash. But she will experiment with the cursed Bowl of Brussel Sprouts. What is so cursed about it? Do the sprouts spring uncontrollably from it? *BOING!* Are they rotten, or cooked poorly?
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby Talinor » Wed Feb 16, 2011 2:48 am

Well, Tal likes to take something...

so if no one else wants them, he'll take the maps and banner and give them to Garland for his chapter house.

and um, a keg of zzar to give to Macallan, and another keg of the poorly brewed beer to give to a certain frost giant friend who rather likes such things.

and maybe even the peg legs to give out to some of the older dock hands who could use them, and might like a good story about exotic woods to spin to the ladies...

and ultimately, many of the finer (and less pee'd on) clothing which he'll pay to repair and clean by some of the folks in the dockward who frankly could use the work.....and give out at the various shelters and orphanages. although he might not repair (but will clean) some of the clothing for the kids.. after all REAL BATTLE DAMAGE has it's appeal to them.
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby Rosemadder » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:04 am

The Everful Bowl of Fruit is made from beautifully shaped ebony wood, with intricate engravings of various delicious looking fruits so perfect one's mouth waters when gazing upon them, imagining the luscious, juicy delights which should fill the bowl.

Instead.... the bowl has... brussel sprouts.
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Re: The Great Blizzard Story

Postby Rosemadder » Wed Feb 16, 2011 12:50 pm

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