After a very brief encounter/discovery of a small patch of green slime – easily dispensed with alchemist fire, the party gains a small piece of Blue Quartz worth 50gp.
They then enter the Cloud Giant Tower.
Drugila’s mining efforts to unearth evidence of her
tribe’s cloud giant lineage finally paid off when this
ruined cloud giant tower was discovered weeks
ago. It was part of the cloud castle that was
destroyed by a drow invasion against the orcs nearly
700 years ago. The cloud castle lost its buoyancy
and crashed into the caldera wall. The crash and
subsequent seismic activity buried or destroyed the
shattered ruins of the cloud castle over time.
A pair of Drugila’s most trusted and powerful orcs
guard the entrance to the cloud giant tower.
The orcs prove no match for the party and are easily dispatched with by the time Drugilia arrives on the scene. The orcs have 24gp each for a total of 48gp.
Drugilia arrives, and though the most powerful orc in the upper levels of the dungeon, she is quickly outmatched by our party.
During the climatic battle between the original members
of the White Roc orcs and their cloud giant allies against
the drow, the cloud castle that hovered over Castle
Whiterock was destroyed. The ensuing destruction
caused parts of the castle to make landfall, either in the
caldera lake or, in the case of this tower, into Castle
Whiterock proper. Drugila and her tribe have discovered
this once-buried structure and plundered it. The giant touched
orc now resides in the tower, trying to determine
her next course of action, since the White Roc figurine
of wondrous power was not located there.
*Drugila, the leader of the White Roc orcs, discovered
the ruins of this tower a few weeks ago. Since then, she
has spent all of her waking time searching the edifice
and restoring the tower. She seeks the White Roc figurine of wondrous power, a relic once worshiped by the
original White Roc Tribe. Plagued by visions of this relic,
she believes she has been called by some deity to
locate it and use it to unite nearby feuding orc tribes into
one cohesive army. Recently, however, many of the
orcs she led to this site backed another leader, as they
were reluctant to follow a female, especially one who
preached nontraditional ways. This and other factors
led to Drugila’s tribe splitting into two factions: the White
Talon Tribe (residing on level 2), and her followers, the
Tribe of the White Roc.
Her search has revealed a few interesting items, including
several huge-sized weapons (such as the one used
in the trap in area 3-1, and her own masterwork
weapon), the cloud giant skeleton (which she raised
into a formidable guardian), and the command words
for what she assumes is the White Roc. However, these
minor items will not bolster the faltering morale of the
remaining loyal orcs. When the heroes arrive, she is
contemplating her next move.
Unknown to Drugila, the White Roc is nowhere near this
ruined tower. It was lost during the battle with the drow,
and now can be found on level XX
The mosaics on the interior walls have recently
been restored and cleaned. The first ones depict
scenes of the cloud giants assisting the orcs in the
recapture of Castle Whiterock, although the castle
itself appears smaller and of poor construction,
lacking the trademark white walls. Next they depict
the cloud giants assisting with the renovations of
Castle Whiterock, including the construction of the
impressive white outer walls and additions of massive
ballistae. The final scenes depict the cloud
giants supporting orcish raids on nearby settlements
across the countryside.
Drugila spends most of her time here, in prayer,
tending to the mosaics, or searching for clues about
the White Roc. She appears to be a 10-foot-tall orc
with light blue skin and long flowing white hair held
in place with several bones. Her breastplate proudly
displays the outstretched wings of a white roc in
Drugilia has on her a masterwork gargantuan
morningstar, pearl of power (1st level), scroll of
cure moderate wounds (2), keys to the chest in area
3-6 and the door in area 3-7.
Passing through the trapdoor, you are greeted
by a cavernous shaft, at least 200 feet high.
The floor is sloped here as well, and a stone
staircase winds around the wall to the far reaches
of the ceiling. The room is dimly lit by torches
affixed to the walls in makeshift sconces.
Mosaics cover these walls as well, but the representations
The staircase provides access to another trapdoor
in the ceiling, a full 220 feet overhead. It requires a
Climb check (DC 10) to traverse these steps due to
the scale and the pitch of the entire tower.
The mosaics all detail a majestic cloud giant warrior
wielding a massive morningstar and adorned with
an iron crown. In each scene, he leads the orcs into
a battle against a myriad of foes. A successful Spot
check (DC 10) reveals a common theme in these
scenes: the presence of a pale white bird of prey.
However, the depicted bird is displayed in several
scales. For example, in one scene, the bird is
eagle-sized and perched on the cloud giant’s shoulder.
In another scene, the bird is the size of a horse
and is tearing through the ranks of an elven army.
And in another scene, the bird is a massive creature,
serving the cloud giant as a mount.
The spiral staircase ends at a chamber with a
domed ceiling, situated about 30 feet off the
floor. Eight huge arrow slits ring the chamber,
but each is clogged with rocky debris. Along the
north wall is a stone altar with a prayer rug
unrolled in front of it. Sprawled over the altar is
a silk banner displaying a white bird of prey in a
dive. Nestled in the folds of this banner is an
iron crown, sized for a very large head. Lying
along the west wall are the carefully reassembled
bones of a 20-foot-tall humanoid. The
skeleton is battered. Numerous bones are
cracked or missing, including the entire left arm.
The banner shows the symbol of the White Roc orcs. This room is kept
meticulously clean by Drugila and her orcs. The
chamber was previously a defensive guard tower,
but since its rediscovery, Drugila has converted it to
The skeleton is all that remains of a cloud giant discovered
in the tower. Drugila reassembled as much
of it as she could, then used her last scroll of animate dead to create a loyal skeleton to guard her shrine. Since the skeleton lacks two arms, Drugila
removed its huge morningstar, and used it to fashion
the trap in area 3-1. It is also subject to the
effects of the sloped floor, and combined with its
damaged condition, this is only considered an EL 5
The Cloud Giant Skeleton is a formidable opponent for our party with its 34 Strength and 15 foot reach. Our War Priest takes some heavy hits but our party manages to dispatch this massive undead creature.
Altar Accoutrements: The iron crown is sized for a
cloud giant, and worth 100 gp as a curiosity. The
silk banner would fetch 250 gp.
Our party has now completely cleared the first three levels of Castle Whiterock and are wisely deciding to make the one day journey back to Cillamar for some well deserved rest and recovery.
They have also discovered that Level 5 of the dungeon is completely flooded.