Finally reached the top of the Storval Steppes. A guard post with two stone giants and a shamanistic Tiaga giant were fairly tough to take down. The two lesser giants had strange glyphs marking their body which they said the “cauldron gave them for failure and are symbols of shame”.
Reach the keep shortly after, they are already on high alert. Two red dragons are circling above and large groups patrol the area. Movement in and/or out of the keep strangely does not occur. Decided to pick off the smaller dragon, ‘Longtooth’, to weaken their scouting capabilities. The fight itself wasn’t too hard; in fact, Pile appeared to lavish as the dragonbreath washed over him. However, there was a great deal of trickery caused by an elusive illusionist toying with us during the encounter inciting paranoia more than anything. Killed Longtooth and recalled to safety right as the big dragon showed up; or seemed to show up. Unfortunately, now they know what we look like and we are vulnerable to scrying.
With Longtooth down they are mad. Patrol squads have increased in size and frequency. Pile wanted to send another ‘message’ as he says by taking down a squad, also to get intel regarding sneaking into and what resides in the keep. Well, said patrol roughed us up pretty badly and we had to retreat. Fortunately the mephit found us two side entrances on the river’s face. We’ll take the smallest one and hopefully remain inconspicuous.
I do want to learn more about this cauldron, also Mockmurian is probably close…I’m scared.