After Hethralga’s defeat, we continued our trek through the caves. We came to a point where light was clearly visible in the tunnels ahead. I hid in the shadows and scouted ahead of the group. I discovered that the glow was emanating from pools of elemental blood chaos. It was welling up from the ground. There were several elementals in the chamber, some digging, others just milling about. I returned to the group to let them know what lay ahead, and when they followed me back, I remained hidden and used the element of surprise to catch several of the primordial creatures unaware. Before anyone else on either side could react, I dropped down from the wall and struck several of the creatures. The rest of the group quickly joined the fray and we were able to eliminate the elementals fairly quickly.
And then, we exited the caves.
About two hundred feet below the ledge we stood on, we could see the battle between the giants, gith, and ogres that were fighting the assembled forces of Overlook’s High Guard. From our position, we could climb down the side of the mountain and would be in a perfect position behind the giants. Their chieftain, Koruz, stood there trying to marshal his forces. We successfully made it down the mountain behind Koruz. Koruz was ugly, even for a frost giant, and I decided to focus my attack on him, initially. I wagered we could demoralize the rest if they saw how handily we could defeat their leader. Koruz was surrounded by cyclopes and stone giants, and they did not hesitate to defend their chief. The fight was brutal. Koruz could use ice in a variety of ways to attack us: at one point I dodged an ice javelin that looked big enough to skewer Ithyk. Though the giants proved very capable fighters, we did eventually defeat them. With Koruz beaten, and most of the githyanki decimated, we were able to convince the surviving giants and ogres to surrender to us. The remaining giants have been given the task of helping to rebuild Overlook’s walls, albeit while in heavy chains.
Something of note: I returned to the cave that I made my temporary home on the outskirts of Overlook and I discovered something very exciting. In the cave I noticed I could see in the dark. It was slow to happen at first. I could roughly make out the edges of the cavern’s features. But rather than reach for my torch, I stood there, focusing on the dark. After several seconds I could see in the darkness as easily as I see under the Sun at noon. Hmmm, I can’t remember the last time I preferred the Sun at noon over a moonless night. Master Ardax would likely think me some kind of monster these days. But what I have become, I have become for the greater good. Life outside the monastery is something he would never understand.