The battle with the dark fire wielders led by the orc-hag Berkvildr raged on while the scared remnants of the frost giant noncombatants watched in fear of the outcome. One by one the ashen, fire-instilled beings were defeated, causing them to explode in a hail of shrapnel. Then, Berkvildr herself was defeated and she exploded in a blast of powerful darkflame leaving scorch marks upon the blasted, frozen ground. At the mistress' demise, the final darkflame-wielding dwarf charged into the midst of the outsiders and exploded in a gory ball of burning blood.
One of the remaining frost giant nobles begged the outsiders for help in getting the women and children to safety. Lord Jarblut promised the tribe's aid if the outsiders would finish the task of removing the corrupting influence of Queen Skirkatla from the Glacial Rift. The giants left the inner sanctum while the group prepared to rest up from their recent engagements. There was to be no respite for the heroes, however, as the queen strode out of her private chamber surrounded by a pack of white wolves to deal with the invaders once and for all.
The queen tried to charm one of the outsiders to no avail, and so she resorted to the tactic she was most familiar with. Summoning her magical axe and shield, she transformed into a hideous undead creature and set upon the invaders with all her fury. The battle was fierce and the heroes were put to task before they miraculously forced the queen into mist form and she retreated screaming back to her private abode.
Taking the chance for a much-needed rest, the group took some time to catch their breath and tend their wounds before preparing to move on and finish the task. Lord Jarblut returned to check on the outsiders' progress and discovered they had retrieved his noble armband, which gave him some semblance of control over a set of magical guardians protecting the queen's private chambers. The group cautiously proceeded up the steps and into the curtain-shrouded private sanctum.
Awaiting them within the large room was Tyranno and a pair of frost giant vampire spawn. Tyranno had donned his war armor and was brandishing a fiery spear in addition to wearing a crown of golden laurel leaves. He reluctantly engaged the invaders before being driven away, vowing to meet them again someday. The heroes, now battered and drained, still had to face the newly-risen form of Queen Skirkatla who was now supported by the cyclopes oracle Onenphexia. The oracle sequestered herself within an inner chamber and supported the queen with her defensive magic while Skirkatla charged into the fray. The heroes realized that Onenphexia must be dealt with swiftly and turned their attention full to that task before taking on the queen directly. The battle ebbed and flowed, and the outcome was in jeopardy when the elven cleric fell, but fortune favored the heroes and Skirkatla was once again forced to retreat as mist to her nearby resting place. The heroes dealt with her once and for all and eliminated the threat of her evil forevermore.
Ding! Level 13!
Thus ends book 4 – Ice Tomb of the Giant Queen (adapted into G2 Glacial Rift of the Frost Giant Jarl)!