With two Fire Giants and their minions descending upon the town of Athelbray, Dara McThandrel rallies her troops and townsfolk and sends people to the wall. Leonar Tesrin, adventure-loving shopkeep, and Ghelryn Foehammer, crotchety blacksmith, throw a variety of weapons into the centre of the town for town’s defenders to pick up. Dara and Erol, Ranger of Sunder, take a position on the western-most tower near the town gate, while Maz the groundskeeper flees behind city walls and then (along with many villagers) out the back gate. Galeme and Dardiana set themselves up in the north-western tower, not far from Northshield House.
Carnacki and Aerwyn enter the Athelbray Adventurer’s Association and ‘negotiate’ the removal of Parasmus. Aerwyn is convinced that the Giants are looking for the man, so he turns Parasmus invisible and hides him by the city baths.
Boulders are lazily hurled by the Fire Giants, smashing much of the southern wall and wiping out militia positioned along the towers. A boulder destroys the house of the town Advocate, who Aerwyn had met earlier that morning, while another embeds itself in the square near the northeastern corner of the town. Debris rains down upon Goodbrace Trading Company, the trading post maintained by Leonar. Ghelryn marches toward the gate but is repulsed by Altamarian soldiers who’ve barricaded it against the advancing forces. The dwarf instead finds a new position on the southwestern wall, close to the oncoming enemy. He’s followed by Tagar the Half-Orc, and his trusty giant squirrel companion. Dara and Erol concentrate their arrows on one of the Fire Giants, whilst narrowly avoiding thrown boulders, while Dardiana and Galeme pick off one of the war-rhinos and mortally wound one of the Orogs. A stray boulder smashes through the gatehouse and crushes the Altamarian soldiers, although the gate itself remains secure. Dara and Galeme dash down to reinforce the gate, while Erol remains keeps the high ground. Carnacki positions himself in the Lord Protector’s tower in the centre of town, using his longbow to pick at the Fire Giants and wounded Orog outside the city walls.
Leonar, having emptied the (now-collapsing) trading post of anything useful, rallies the locals to prepare a bucket chain in case of fires. Once that’s done, he runs to the front gate. On the walls, Ghelryn leaps down onto a passing Orog. Tagar follows, with Scruffy in tow, and a desperate fight breaks out. The giant squirrel is perhaps the most valuable participant in the battle, attaching itself to the face of the armoured uber-Orc. One of the Giants passes by, but a small horde of magmins look to join the fray. The surviving rhino, having lost its mount, charges onward toward the city gates alongside the female Giant, and together they smash through the gate. Aerwyn inadvertently joins the fray outside the city walls, tripping on a damaged section of the southern battlements and falling down the embankment below. Once he dusts himself out, he uses his Horn of Silent Alarm to attract the second Giant’s attention and tries to engage it in conversation, using the ancient Tharnic language. He learns that they are seeking some form of treasure, but the Giant isn’t in the mood for conversation.
With the squirrel-scratched Orog defeated, Tagar, Ghelryn and Scruffy find themselves flanked by magmins. They dispose of their foes, but not before suffering additional wounds as their lava-filled foes explode upon death. Aerwyn throws ice knives into the fray, but the magmins do not seem overly susceptible to such magic. In the sprawl of buildings outside town, a few magmins gleefully begin to set houses and inns alight. Maz, having circled around from the northeastern corner of town, uses his sling to first kill the wounded Orog then to distract down the magmins from their task. At the front gate, the rhino is quickly slain while the Fire Giant kills Leonar with a single blow. Dara, Galeme, and Galeme’s mastiffs swarm the Giant’s legs and manage to successfully trip her. Their massive foe falls prone, and is peppered with blows. Erol, finding himself on the losing end of a fire-breathing mephit, leaps from the tower above onto the Giant’s back but is barely able to penetrate her armour. Mephits pick off some of Galeme’s dogs, while the Giant – bleeding from her copious wounds – gets back to her feet and flees the surprisingly well-defended town gates.
As the Giants retreat with surviving mephits and magmins in tow, Ghelryn darts forward and slices deep into the female Giant’s leg. The wound is a fatal one; the titan toppled and fell, almost crushing the Dwarf. The surviving male turned and smashed Ghelryn into the ground with a mighty sweep of his blade, but Aerwyn used his magic to stabilise the dwarf and heal the massive wound. The surviving foes retreated, leaving behind corpses of a Giant, Orogs and rhinos, as well as a bag of possessions and a gigantic metal rod.