We were talking about incorporating the Svartálfar slaves of Snurre into the adventure & various details about treasure, artifacts, etc. They assumed I was beefing up the adventure, nothing could be further from the truth. G3 is a tournament module & its one to be respected by players. There are one hundred and five fire giants, ninety gnolls, fifty two Drow, twenty two hell hounds, twelve fire beetles, ten were rats, six frost giants, four stone giants, & five hill giants.
So the party makes it to Snurre, the Fire Giant King, in room 3 of level 1 & get's completely and utterly mopped by the forces they find there. The dice turned against them, the monsters murdered them, & I got the blame. It was glorious to watch, two years worth of campaign play gone in combat & the dice were merciless on the players. Only the bard survived to gather the ashes of three of his companions in little leather pouches. This is going to turn into the a side quest because the players were seething and out for blood! Steve should get a good couple of months out of tonight's events.
The fire giants they're the fire Jotun who follow Surtr from Norse mythology and that means that their master is going to try to bring about the end of the gods once again. The bard overheard the fire giants speaking about Surtr's consort Sinmara who was overseeing some of the events at the hall.
The bard was able to escape with a ring of teleportation & the entire treasure that the party has gathered is now going to go towards resurrecting three of Steve's player's PC's. They are now bound and determined to to go back to the Hell furnaces and finish what they started!
Well I came away from tonight's glorious slaughter with a very healthy renewed respect for the G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King.