Sir Finnian Ravenfray sat patiently at the Gutsy Gatherer waiting for the next expedition to begin. Before his slight buzz could cross over into really drunk, a very dangerous set of adventurers strode through the doors. At their head, the Elven Evoker Alcadizzar, a wizard he had heard many legendary stories about, but Al seemed like a very reasonable Elf to Finn. Alcadizzar briefly questioned Finn about the Rune he captured from the Giant Temple of Hontun Shur, and asked if Fin would join them to fight more giants. Happy to oblige Finn readily agreed, Save them or Fight them as was needed. The others present included the Tiefling Paladin of Rolar Abaraxia "Abby" O'Connor, another whom Finn had heard much of, but in person she left him thinking she was as brave, and as powerful a Warrior as he had ever dreamed of. Fenriss, he recalled from Kawli talking about her at some length, though he couldn't recall her telling him Fenris had such a magnificent perhaps even "dwarvish" beard. She also seemed to have swapped from being an archer to throwing a really amazingly looking Hammer. Next was the Golden Dragonborn Fighter Tarhuun, as one of the other Fighters in the area Fin had heard of him from Jelder. A brave and Stalwart knight if there ever was one. Last but not least was the an Actor turned adventurer Halmidor Something(?), Fin was never really sure, as he rarely made it out to the theater, and as the party teleported about half hour after convening, formal introductions were skipped.
Upon teleporting they found themselves in large area of 10 foot walls, lit at regular interval by torches. As it became clear the party preferred stealth to being bolder targets, Fin began using the magic of the Illud rune to snuff the torches in the area. Making it difficult for the Hill giants patrolling the area to see. Having spent 6 months helping a giant spirit carve a temple to giants, Fin was confident he had a good understanding of Giantkind, and so felt comfortable completing their ambush by lighting a fire about 100 feet away from them, sending the guard patrol scurying towards the sudden illumination.
The Fight ended almost as soon as it began, the Actor turned adventurer grievously wounded the giant on the left, with some very effective attack, Fin didn't see due to the darkness, and also did something equally effecting if perhaps not as deadly to the one right. Charging forward Fin dispatched the one of the left quickly doing the little that needed to be done to finish it, and other guard as also finished off, by the remainder of the group. Fin again missed the specific due to distance and near complete darkness.
While their ambush was a total success, the other giantish defenders were equally quick to re-act. As the ground shook, as 9 giants ran towards the area the party had just created. Attempting to regroup, Fin followed his ears towards where he thought the rest of the party stood, but soon found him self in the dangerous position of spoiling their counter ambush, if he stepped any further into light of the fire he created to draw in previous patrol. Not wanting to blow the plan, Fin froze and readied to attack any foe that came into reach.
What followed was confusion, blades, magic and darkness. The next clear thing Fin perceived beyond some flash, thuds, cries of pain, and maybe a bolder or two, was Paladin Abby's flame tongue light up, and then she charge far enough away that her sword become to dim to see. Fin charged a pair of giants who stepped into the area of the fire he was next to. Then just as things seemed like they might be getting a little on the dangerous side, Fenriss leaped in and saved the day. Fin had no idea of the nature of the magic the tiefling ranger used. but it seemed to render all but one of the enemy nearly completely senseless. Some 12 seconds later they dispatched the only one to resist, and finished off the those effected by whatever magic Fenriss had employed.
The next waves were equally quick to respond, ogres, direwolves, and giantish artillery support, breached a section of the wall, and began to poor into the battle field. This time each of the enemy combatants carried torches. While the last battle had been a confusion of darkness and sudden bloodshed, this fight was a true battle. Enemies pressed in. Except for his time in that goblin village facing a seemingly endless series of undead, Fin could not recall a battle as heated as this. Alcadizzar summoned a great wall of flame to divide up the enemy forces and caught most of the direwolves, in the conflagration.
Fin called his battle cry and struck, cutting down an ogre but soon found himself, pined in by three more. Bloodied by his foes, he prepared to meet his ancestors, until a fireball flashed around him, and one of his attackers was stuck down by Tarhuun. Freed from the flank, Fin was able to finish the two remaining ogres, and turned to see Alcadizzar struck from the sky by a bolder. While the battle raged on, it was clear most of the foes being dealt with. Fin sprinted towards the wall, hoping to find the Giants throwing the bolders.
As he reached the wall, a Alcadizzar finished a loud and complex chant, and suddenly a tornado appeared on top of the giant he had been running towards. Switching direction he then headed towards the other long ranged attacker. Before he could reach the target Abby borrowing Alcadizzar's disc reached the giant and attack it, and Fenriss and the actor finish the remaining one with bow shots.
Upon the battle's completion the party burned the dead, and divided up a great deal of treasure. Fin was shocked at the speed this new method of adventuring, only a couple hours ago he had been mile and miles away, even the powerful air walking spells Cicada Song employed which up until this trip had seemed like the fastest way to travel in history was suddenly replaced by a method he found hard to internalize. With the ability to move like this, suddenly so many things seemed possible, and how his order had been successful in defending struck him as a shock. Was such magic blocked by the winterlands?
This and many other thoughts distracted Fin as he turned for home.