FLAURMONT 15th, Lunadain
As the sun crested the peak, one by one the party awoke, each spending their hour of meditation in preparation for what the day had ahead.
Following his morning study, Aeolus spent time examining the Rod of Isu that has been in his possession since the party left Har’Akir. Having seen it used he knew it was a powerful weapon and most likely and valuable one. The secret to its activation remained hidden to him. A key word is needed to bring the rod to life as well as a being with evil desires, but perhaps there was a way this rod could be tricked. Returning the rod to his bag, Aeolus joined the group as they left camp.
The party left early that morning heading south to the canyon Nalia had spotted. As they approached they could hear the beating of the drums the creature from the previous night foretold to them.
Following the sound of the drums, the forest regions of the Dead Hills died away till only sparse dead trees remained along the hill crests. Just over the next hill something was approaching, something big. Could this be the source of the pounding drums?
Two giant skeletons crested the ridge. Standing at 12’ in height, each had a fire burning within there ribs. No one in the party could recall seeing creatures such as these before. Thorn asked the party to hang back and formulated a surprise attack on the monsters, but the coverage in the dying landscape was too sparse. The skeleton creature took notice of Little John and let off a shrieking cry. They reached into their chest, removing the fire from within and rained fire down upon the party.
Realize the trouble of the team, Thorn raged. With the help of Little John, bolstering his power with prayers form his god, Thorn charged, cutting down the monster as it descended the hill. By his side Salandriel ran in along with him, dual wielding his rapiers. Where Thorn attacked with brute strength, Salandriel battled with grace taking down the second skeleton, Salandrial would be a powerful ally indeed.
As each skeleton fell, their body trans-morphed to the size of a normal human. Aeolus looked over this with concern, a powerful magic was at work here.