A heated discussion between party members occurred with a palpable disagreement between Dyan’ette and Aelith. Aelith was unwavering in his belief that the party must discover the fate of the residents of Port Llast and use their combined skills to rescue any survivors and destroy the giants if they must. Dyan’ette argued that the party was taxed too heavily with injuries and low on both spells and abilities. Droom and Rhogar supported Aelith, whereas Tamnai seemed to support Dyan’ette. Carden remained torn, but would commit to neither side. The results were a short rest to think of a plan, bind their wounds, and assess their options.
The rest was tense. Aelith’s expressions clearly displayed his disgust with Dyan’ette’s lack of explanation beyond his own spell limitations or capability to suggest a feasible plan beyond simply asking the dwarves for their aid. Additional glances at Tamnai expressed his disbelief of her willingness to help the innocent citizens in favor of worrying about herself and her closer connections in the party. Dyan’ette was clear in his disgust for the ranger’s apparent need to risk the lives of the party to help those they did not know or owe anything. The dark elf tried to suggest the ranger had an ulterior motive, because altruism seemed a foreign concept. Tamnai suggested that a compromise between a scouting mission and a message to the caravan was in order.
Regardless of reason, Aelith asked Carden to accompany him to scout the city and left the others to determine their part. Rhogar volunteered to take Tamnai’s horse and inform the caravan. Dyan’ette, Tamnai, and Droom waited in the shelter of the magical hut with little discussion or interaction.
Aelith and Carden returned just under an hour to relay that the wall to the town just beyond along with many of the structures and all of the ships seen were damaged from the giant incursion. The frost giants appeared to have consolidated on a far isle beyond the cove of Port Llast and were likely loading their loot on an immense longship. The ranger added that there were survivors, but that they were in cellars and hesitant to expose themselves while the giants were still in the town. He also added that a dozen giants and eight winter wolves were in the town. The group also noted that a large mastiff followed Carden. The rogue introduced the dog as Charcoal and suggested that he healed the dog. Dyan’ette chastised him for wasting a resource, but the rogue ignored the wizard as he rubbed the dog behind its ears just outside the hut’s radius.
Rhogar returned and informed them that the dwarves were sending a strike force to aid in aiding any survivors, but that they would not reach them until an hour. The party decided to move forward to the edge of the town to watch the giants as the fog lifted until the dwarves arrived. After moving past the crumbled wall and into the ruins on the southern part of town, the group carefully found a path to the cliffs on the south side of town to assess the giant’s intentions. They watched as the fog lifted to expose the destruction of the town, its docks, and many fishing and shipping vessels. The giant’s were loading their pillaged items onto a huge longship settled on two smaller ship’s husks and the remnants of the northern docks. Aelith remained with a sending stone as the others returned to meet the dwarves. Within an hour, the dwarves arrived under the leadership of Katra and Angmar. Luckily, the group waited as the giant’s set off into the Sea of Swards heading back north.
The remainder of the day was spent seeking survivors among the cellars and hideaways and then assisting the town in identifying those lost or missing. A grizzled sailor of many years named Graham took charge of the docks and organizing searches to known areas, while another middle-aged man named Jhalst began a ledger to identify the names of the lost, the missing, and the survivors. The dwarven caravan camped just inside the damaged wall at the town’s eastern edge and fully supported the recovery efforts along with the Wardens. By nightfall, Jhalst was able to confirm 75 survivors, 164 deceased, and 30 still missing. The residents of Port Llast proved a hardy lot as they grieved, but remained stalwart in their efforts to prepare for the days ahead. Several fishing vessels were expected to return in the next few days and the town remarked that they had stores that would last them through the winter as they rebuilt. Survivors found lodging for the night in the standing buildings and much work continued into the hours of darkness. At least the snows ceased to fall just before midnight.