We jumped through the portal and it is even colder in this new frigid forest. The trees are different, obviously we are far to the north.
Excavier climbs the hill and sees a settlement. We climb the hill and with no other idea about where else to go, I sniff the air and feel an impending storm. We slog through the snow toward the small settlement.
As we approach the settlement we hear shouting across the the land in the distance toward the settlement but closer than the lights.
It sounds like battle and we rush forward to determine what is amiss…
We find a caravan. There are torches strewn in the snow and on the caravan. The wagons are being attacked by a giant mantis. We come out of the trees and see people running around trying to fight off the mantis…
Excavier prepares his magic missile, but realizes that his spells are expended and he has no more magical energy, and Uther charges through the snow to attack the Mantis. As we approach the mantis it attacks helpless victims from the caravan.
The mantis dispatches an unfortunate and begins to fly, Uther yells to attract it’s attention and shoots at it with an arrow. Vito rushes forward to heal the victims. The mantis lands near Excavier and attacks him. Edmond puts several arrows into the Mantis.
Croup realizes that it is not a trap and runs to enter combat.
Vito heals the woman who was ravaged by the mantis. As the Mantis crushes Excavier even after taking many arrows from the group.
Uther rushes in and cuts down the Mantis…
Vito heals the rest of the people from the caravan.
Edmond says the people speaks Skald but their leader speaks common. She is a trader and may know of the Pale Tower but will not speak of it here and suggests we take shelter from the storm.
The settlement is too far to survive the storm so we move to a cave for protection.
The White Witch has taken Naja’s daughter to the pale tower. She is only a little girl.
Naja tells us that the White Tower is just 6 or 7 miles from her village (the one we saw in the distance) Waldsby. As the snow increases we notice a humanoid approaching our cave. Maudrill tries to detect evil but the attempt fails. A cold fey approaches and speaks in Skald, wanting to share our cave.
Najha invites her in and she takes a place far from the fire. She thanks us and offers to entertain us with her singing.
She introduced herself Mierul Ardelain. She sings and it is very enjoyable.
Uther asks it Mierul speaks common and she does. We have a long conversation. She is a Nymph/Fiend mix and cold fey. Mierul asks many questions and Naja is upset by our answers. In the land of the White Witches they are the ultimate authority and the cold fey serve them.
Uther decides that the cold fey must not report to the White Witches being we know we are at war with them and came to close the portal. He unilaterally attacks Mierul and Naja pulls out a weapon and Mierul tries to withdraw out of the cave and Maudrill grabs her, and she slashes him across the chest. Uther attacks again and does not do damage. Naja attacks her and draws blood and the battle then joined by the group. As the Kukri is ineffective Uther drops it and uses to hands on his scimitar finally causing damage to the fey creature.
After a difficult battle she goes down. Her resistance to damage was impressive. The Paladin eventually smote evil and she took damage as if she was evil.
After the battle we rest the remainder of the night.
We head out to Waldby.
On the way a swarm of ravens attacked us on the dog sleds. I jump from beneath the tarp we were hiding under and attack the ravens.
Croup put the swarm to sleep, Naja says that ravens serve the white witches. We went on to Waldsby. The towns people greet Naja and her group of merchants. They were late from their trip due to the snow.
Spend a few days resting , and shopping and commissioning cold iron weapons.
Found out there is an underground organization called, “The Heralds of Summers Return.” The headman of the town was accused of being part of this organization. He was killed and his house burned with his family inside.
The statue is called the Cold Woman, and some say it is the White Witch’s image but others say it was here before her reign. Some say it was the first witch who ruled here was here.
Still others say it is a woman who will come to the towns aid in it’s time of need.
Madraul was told that the witches can watch through the mirror in the Inn.
We figured out that the little girl who showed up in the ice and looked like the doll was Naja’s daughter. Vito feels that the gem that was in the eye of the doll and that this gem likely contains the soul of the little girl. Vito wants to return to the site of the hut and retrieve the gem.
This need became so urgent in Vito that he left in the middle of the evening dragging the group with him.