23/06/17: After the Rime

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The party heads towards the Reghed Glacier.

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06/15/24

2nd to 5th of Mirtul, 1490 DR

Angajuk delivers the characters safely back to shore. There a man in a beak nosed mask and an old man with 7 yellow songbirds are waiting. The zombies are gone and there is a spot blasted by the hottest of fires where they last stood.

The man in the mask is Rathmir. The old man is Bahamut.

[ discussion with Bahamut  ]

Wanting to get ahead of any of Vellynne's rivals, the party decides to head due east towards the Reghed Glacier.

[owlbear then orcs]

6th of Mirtul, 1490 DR

A pair of perytons attack and are blasted in their next life.

7th of Mirtul, 1490 DR

Pass some sort cat hunting in the snow.

8th of Mirtul, 1490 DR

Morning encounter: 5x dwarves from Battlehammer hall. Namel tells creates food and water, also pulling out the Alchemy Jug for beer. Teu plays to provide dramatic music to the story. (Namel get a dirty-20 for the performance). The dwarves name Namel battle-bard.

In the afternoon, Hjolgram notices a group of gnolls hunting. The party is able to easily avoid.

9th of Mirtul, 1490 DR

Today the party sees a polar bear sliding on its belly down a hill. Teu notices, after they pass a goliath walking to the top of the hill that the bear was sliding on.

Teu leads the group over to talk to him. They learn that the goliath is the one that changes into the polar bear. Unsure of what to make of him, they continue on their way.

10th of Mirtul, 1490 DR

In the early afternoon, things change.

 

As you crest another ridge, you spot a dozen humanoids approaching, their cloaks flapping in the wind sweeping down from the eastern glacier.

 

A human in the center of the group, Mjenir, waves at the characters to signal his peaceful intentions. If they are willing to speak, he directs them to a rocky alcove where both parties can enjoy a reprieve from the wind. Mjenir proceeds to explain his vision and warns of grave danger ahead.

  "Tigers with ice in their veins come to spill your blood upon the snow. They will do everything in their power to keep you from finding what the Frostmaiden has preserved under the ice."

 Mjenir and his fellow Elk tribesfolk volunteer to escort the party to the foot of the Reghed Glacier. As the group gets close to the glacier.

 

The Reghed Glacier rises hundreds of feet into the sky. The foot of the glacier is still a half-mile away. Suddenly, nearly two dozen figures burst out of the snow sixty feet away from you. They are spaced roughly ten feet apart and begin rushing the party and their allies.

 

The party breaks through, killer a number of the attackers, including the female druid leading them. They leave a number of the Elk Tribe members fighting the Tiger Tribe members.

 

  An immense, glistening wall of blue ice stands before you. It seems i mpenetrable, but then you notice that a lighter-colored stripe nearly bisects the wall at one point. This must be the frozen waterfall Vellynne spoke of!

Professor Skant urges one of the characters to read aloud the "Rime of the Frostmaiden".

 

We bow to she who wears the crown; let the world s hiver with dread.
Clad in winters whitest gown, her snow enshrouds the dead.

Her fury sheds but frozen tears as gray clouds issue forth.
Her wind across the wasteland shears, bringing blizzards from the north.

lce-kissed flowers caught mid-bloom, beauty kept in all its grace.
Summers gone to its silent tomb, stilling in her cold embrace.

All the world in winters white, sheathed in sleet and ice.
Set upon never-ending light, she conjures paradise.

Behold her everlasting rime, see how it covers all;
Weep not for those she traps in time behind her glacial wall.

Sovereign of summers lost, general of winters war;
Long live the queen of cold and frost. May she reign forevermore.

 

 

 

As the last words of the poem are spoken, a rumbling sound comes from deep within the glacier. The noise reaches a crescendo as the great wall of ice parts. Through the crack, you can see an opening that leads inside the glacier....

 

- end of session -

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