Reacting quickly, one of the pair of frost giant guards moved to engage the invaders while the second intended to sound the alarm. The outsiders convinced the second guard to engage them instead of blowing his signal horn before preventing him from doing so with an area of invisible silence. The guards fought furiously to defend their home, but were no match for the outsiders.
The group's brief healing interlude was interrupted as the quintet of hill giants burst into the guard station. The giants sought to aid their frost giant hosts by apprehending the invaders, but only got themselves killed by their hasty actions. One of the hill giants escaped back the way it came.
Fearing more reinforcements, the group quickly picked up what treasure they could find off of the huge corpses and descended deeper into the glacial complex. They encountered a stone giant ambassador and his bodyguard on their way to an audience with the queen, but after seeing the outsiders he invited them to his quarters where they took a brief rest and he offered them his chest of treasures in exchange for their aid in removing the threat of Skirkatla.
Having rested, the group descended to the lower level of Skirgaard where they learned of the demise of the hill giant escapee. It had fallen prey to a number of giant ice toads residing on high ledges above a main passageway. Two of the outsiders nearly fell prey to the monsters as well, but in the end they prevailed and continued deeper in.
The next chamber was an impressive one, with bas-relief carvings of giants in battle with other mountainous monsters. Also displayed was the frozen corpse of the ice princess, Gavindra. Guarding the chamber was a mountain of a frost giant in plate armor named Gregganor the Hammer. Hiding nearby was the winter wolf Stormfang and several of his pack. The winter wolves fell to the invaders, but the Hammer begged off death at the last minute in exchange for aid with a well-concealed, enormous ice door. Gregganor also convinced a pair of frost giant guards to let the invaders pass by in order to deal with the estranged queen.
Several passageways offered possibilities of further exploration, but choices were hastened when a richly-garbed cloud giant named Tyranno discovered the invaders' hiding places. He opted to look the other way and returned to his quarters. Following several tremors to their source led the group to another sealed chamber that they were able to force their way inside. Bound to the far wall was a storm giantess named Kallisto who had been starved and tortured to madness. Mistaking the invaders for torturers, she summoned a powerful bolt of lightning from her hands and blasted the would-be rescuers. Acting quickly, the group were able to secure her release, remove her malady, and allow her to rest.
Ding! Level 11!