On the way to the base of the mountain, the party encounters several opponents including a group of Yetis and a menagerie of Lamia and Lamia-kin.
However, nothing prepares them for their next roadblock as they hear thunderous footsteps coming their way. From ruined buildings and alleyways, the Spared shriek and duck for cover as the head and shoulders of a great beast can be seen towering over a building just ahead.
Suddenly a gargantuan creature comes into a view – a 40 foot tall monstrosity of a giant with black and pitted skin, like roughly cast iron, and etched with glowing red runes that begin to glow as he swings a massive sword nearly as large as himself.
The giant swings his sword in massive arcs as the Sarruk and Morthos – supported by Midna and Zander – maneuver to flank it. While the giant hits hard, he falls harder as Morthos strikes with extreme predjudice at the ankles of the beast, severing his achilles tendon and bringing him to one knee as Sarruk deals the finishing blow.
From their research, the party concludes that the massive creature must be a Rune Giant – one of Karzoug’s elite guard with the innate power to control lesser giants.
As they make their way along the road, the party is spotted and from out of nowhere a massive blue dragon hurtles out of the sky towards them, unleashing a bolt of lightning from his maw as he lands. The ancient dragon, decorated in gold chains and jewelry, furiously strikes at the party, attacking with claw, tooth, tail and spell.
The dragon takes to the sky to continue his assault from a distance as Zander unleashes a disintegration spell. The spell penetrates the ancient wyrm’s defenses and the injured beast dissipates into a cloud of dust as jewelry and chains rain down from the sky on the party.
Amongst those valuables they find a third ring emblazoned with a Sihedron rune.
Continuing to climb, the air grows thinner and thinner and the frequency with which the party passes around Zander’s bottle of air increases. In the distance three floating shapes glide toward the party, coming into view as large floating spider-like creatures. Each spider possesses a legspan of nearly 40 feet and in so observing, the party notices something else unusual – none of the spiders posses 8 legs, but rather an odd number, one has seven, another 11 and the third has only 5.
The extraplanar creatures communicate telepathically with the party, half-asking half-demanding, that the party helps them achieve their goals in destroying their enemies in the tower above. The spiders admit that they don’t know what their enemies are doing, only that they are building something and are in league with Karzoug.
“Our enemies, those from Leng who play at aping your vexingly symmetrical appearances, have returned to this world to honor an ancient alliance with the recrudescent lord.” -Leng Spiders
After agreeing to help, the spiders look at one another and then silently glide away, leaving the party to question the strange encounter.
As the day draws to a close, the party realizes the altitude is too deadly to camp as without constant inhaling from the bottle of air, they would suffocate. And so they descent back down the Golden Road, seeking out The Spared who usher them to a safe tunnel below, allowing them uninterrupted rest as they prepare for what lies at the top of Mhar Massif….