The exciting conclusion to Gigas’ Tale will be right back! But first, here is the never-before-seen transcript of the first, secret meeting between Gigas and the good succubus Tiva. Tiva has put a spell over Gigas, kidnapping him and making them both ethereal (able to see the real world, but not interact with it). This is the chat log between me and our campaign’s Game Master.
(9:48:30 PM) GM: So, you went off with a “beautiful woman.”
(9:48:39 PM) Gigas: Aye
(9:49:11 PM) GM: You and she talked for some time. It turns out she’s…
(9:49:19 PM) GM: …well, she doesn’t really hide it. She’s a bit evil.
(9:49:40 PM) GM: But she doesn’t quite strike you as quite as evil as she would be should she be a succubus.
(9:49:52 PM) Gigas: Intriguing.
(9:50:22 PM) GM: She tells you that she’s under the orders of a demon summoner called Perlmutter.
(9:50:31 PM) GM: He’s an ogre mage that hangs in the area.
(9:50:38 PM) GM: He’d really like to wipe this place out.
(9:50:48 PM) Gigas: This place, meaning the forest?
(9:51:14 PM) GM: No, more the general region.
(9:51:32 PM) Gigas: Ok;.
(9:51:55 PM) GM: ‘Cause he’s the evil.
(9:52:13 PM) GM: She was ordered to find those powerful enough to oppose him, and she can’t disobey an order.
(9:52:55 PM) GM: …but… she’d much rather get him out of the way so she can be free. A DC 14 sense motive would tell you that she seems a bit distraught and a little confused, despite her veneer of confidence.
(9:53:03 PM) GM: …we’ll just assume you make that check, then.
(9:53:20 PM) Gigas: It occurred to me that I will need dice.
(9:53:28 PM) Gigas: Ah , here they are.
(9:53:37 PM) Gigas: Yes, I rolled a 16.
(9:53:53 PM) GM: So. You’re powerful enough to oppose him, says she. She must bring you before him, says she. If you happen to kill him in the encounter, she’s still following orders and Perlmutter gets killed.
(9:54:48 PM) GM: …and, she tells you, you’re still under the effects of her spell. If you say no, she’ll do unladylike things to you until you’re no longer a threat.
(9:55:02 PM) Gigas: That would be bad.
(9:55:04 PM) GM: What doest thou?
(9:55:22 PM) GM: Well, actually, she says, you wouldn’t really mind some of them… but that may or may not be the magic.
(9:55:28 PM) Gigas: I know some other people who are also powerful enough to oppose Perlmutter. She should bring all of us.
(9:55:33 PM) GM: …really.
(9:55:40 PM) Gigas: Totally.
(9:56:07 PM) Gigas: But she doesn’t have to bring us right away, does she? She can wait a little bit to let us rest.
(9:56:16 PM) GM: “Convince me. Those baboons you were traveling with couldn’t fight their way out of a paper bag.”
(9:56:52 PM) Gigas: You know that Golem factory up the way there?
(9:56:52 PM) GM: “There’s a dope on a mammal, an idiot with a toy, a tiny tiny dragon and it’s handler, and some cleric. Oh, and a dwarf.”
(9:56:54 PM) Gigas: They took that place out.
(9:57:06 PM) GM: “…no, you did.”
(9:57:09 PM) Gigas: And, like, a hundred gnolls.
(9:57:14 PM) GM: “Don’t lie to me.”
(9:57:23 PM) GM: “Repeat what you just said without lying.”
(9:57:35 PM) Gigas: We took that place out.
(9:57:46 PM) Gigas: And, like (key word: like) a hundred gnolls.
(9:57:56 PM) GM: “…really…”
(9:57:58 PM) Gigas: I would have died if they hadn’t saved me in there, too.
(9:58:21 PM) GM: “…I heard the avalanches, and we all saw the dust clouds… but that was a spell…”
(9:58:50 PM) GM: “Fine. But I want to see them fight first.”
(9:59:08 PM) GM: So, you and she go, still ethereal, to where the party is.
(9:59:21 PM) GM: You watch the party engage one babau (little roguey demon).
(9:59:35 PM) GM: …they don’t even manage to harm it, it harms dan, and gets away.
(9:59:46 PM) GM: …they bicker for about a minute before the babaus return.
(10:00:38 PM) GM: They knock out several party members, including Dan, Eph, and Ket, several times, before all but one are killed. The one teleports away with Ket, who returns about two minutes later.
(10:00:56 PM) GM: “…and you tell me these fools destroyed Gaspar’s fortress.”
(10:01:22 PM) Gigas: Well, they did.
(10:01:26 PM) Gigas: We did, anyway.
(10:01:44 PM) Gigas: They got along for kind of a while without me, too.
(10:02:46 PM) GM: “…fine. I’m keeping you under this spell, but I’ll let you go to them if you’ll convince them to go before Perlmutter. His tower is to the north-west about three days. Follow the caravan paths, and you’ll travel within about a mile of it. Look for a tall, stone tower.”
(10:03:13 PM) Gigas: All right.
(10:03:16 PM) GM: She grabs you, and kisses you. …you get a will save.
(10:03:42 PM) Gigas: Just a sec.
(10:04:19 PM) Gigas: Okay, 17.
(10:04:34 PM) GM: Okay. You don’t detect any effect.
(10:04:52 PM) GM: “My name is Tiva. I’ll be watching you. …Impress me…”
(10:05:02 PM) GM: Aaaand you become material again.