With Nomak and Corvyn entering the village after the battle for Havenmoore, the duo was briefed on everything that happened in their absence.
Nomak remembered the egg he found in the depths of Sethis’s dungeoun and began to try and care for it, with the help of Corvyn of course. Thia looted gold bracers off a stone giant’s body, gifting them to the locals in hopes of them rebuilding and fortifying Havenmoore.
A swirl of white began twisting and turning into a giant humanoid shape. Standing before them was Queen Airilith, the cloud giant. Humiliated and angry that a piece of her army was maimed by the Hammerfists, she spoke with an illuminated tranquil voice of justice to be served against them by her hands. She had one goal: to prevent A Forsaken Prophecy from coming to pass. No one would stand in her way, for the prophecy was as old as when her people fell from Osteria four millennia ago.
While although Cori hated hill giants, she knew the rarity of cloud giants. They were a race that was hardly seen in the world for their kind are nearly extinct. Cori attempted to convince Airilith in her native Giant tongue that they could help her: that she need not gather an army, take supplies from villages, or feed her army to help keep it going. Nomak, seeing this conversation take place, ran up to the Queen and attempted to persuade her as well.
The rest of the party did not understand what was happening, and began to attack Airilith. The cloud giant defended herself and lashed back at the onslaught against her. Eventually she was knocked to the ground, where a strong Nomak the Goliath helped her to her feet.
Airilith laid down her weapon, and dropped the white cloud surrounding the village. As it faded, the heroes now laid eyes on many orcs and giants. Airilith’s army had come, as did Valkun’s. They stopped fighting each other immediately as she spoke freely to the Hammerfists. She took out a black dragon scale, with an inscription on the back written in Underdark:
“For he will rise from the 9-depths of Hell and seek out the blood of champions, consuming them to conquer the Earth plane of existence. Thordak, our Cinder King.”
Airilith accepted a truce, and allowed the Hammerfists to assist her in halting the prophecy. Before parting ways however, Nomak asked the Queen what was inside the egg of his. She held it and smiled, warming it. She told Nomak her kind once used these mythical beasts as their pets and riders. Handing it back to him, Nomak’s egg shook and cracked. A beak pierced the shell, followed by a feathery eagle head. Two talons broke through as well, only they were talons attached to paws. Two wings popped from its back. Curled up in his hands, was a baby Griffith.
The heroes set out to Haldrim, where a new tragedy had taken place….
Gates locked and guards out, no one was to enter or leave the city. Princess Miranda was assassinated. Thia convinced the guard captain to let her speak to King Cyric. Upon entering the city she saw three hanging bodies: Christoph, bartender and waitress of the Cracked Mug. Further inward she noticed how empty the streets were since last she passed through. Many doors and windows were sealed shut. The captain began telling her how a week ago there was a robbery and assassination on the King’s youngest daughter. They believe it to be Ardenia because of a red rose seal left behind in plain sight. Up castle Grey steps were two guardsmen being flogged, and the treasurer being tortured.
Inside the castle hall entranceway was a ceremonial coffin, adorned in gold trimming and flowers spread around. The King was there kneeling in front of it. Thia spoke to him, attempting to relieve him of his pain and sorrow, while at the same time trying to convince him to stop barring the city. Eventually princess Elise entered, who also attempted to calm her old father.
Seeing his sanity get the better of him, he slowly turned and faced his now only daughter. He relinquished his title of King, and bestowed it upon his daughter: now the Queen of Haldrim.
Thia and Queen Elise spoke of the possibilities that could have allowed this travesty to pass. Eventually coming to the realization that the act may have been a ploy. Elise tasked the hammerfists with finding out the true cause, as well as the murderer, and to set forth to Ardenia.