Soon enough the group encounters a large tower – one of seven that the villagers described as housing the armes and beasties of the elemental lord’s hosts. The first tower is 100 feet tall and has a large bridge sticking out of one side that leads into the mountain. The tower is bypassed. The second tower looks just like the first and is also given a wide berth – well, as wide as possible on a snowy cliff. The third tower looks like the other two – except for the flock of skeletal mini-pterodactyls that start swooping around the tower top. Ok – on to tower number four – or maybe further – once the party sees that the bridge has a large section missing out of the middle. Or maybe not as the tower doors burst open and an enraged frost giant pummels Bababobo into the snow. Goldpiece responds quickly with his keen sword and strikes one of the legs off the giant. The giant topples and manages to hurl a boulder with enough force to seriously damage Laddington. While Gala delivers a cruel blow to the downed ranger, the elf finished the fight by cutting the head off of the battling giant.
They enter and investigate the tower – find loot, rest up – use an ice bridge to seal the gap and make their way to the doors that block entrance to the mountain.
These doors are eventually opened and what follows is an extended tour of the hallways of the winter king. Loot is looted, monsters are battled, heads are scratched and many of the paths that they follow eventually lead them towards one of the seven towers.
More investigations and a pair of four-headed winter wolves are slain in the throne room. At one point Gioldpiece dons a hat of disguises to bluff past a room with a few frosty ogres, at another point the party tries to parley with more blue ogres and it all goes weasel shaped – leading to a running battle in the hallways. More resting – more investigating. A room that has lockers with keys – one locker is locked and the key is gone. A waiting room. A kitchen. Storerooms. All manner of stuff. Eventually there are few options left for paths unsearched and the group prepares to travel one of the few ways left.