You have run into a group of giants that appear to be escorting two giant sized carts pulled by large pack creatures. Sariel hides when you are approached by a huge sized giant and a half dozen large sized ones. Communication is attempted as the giants speak to you in at least two different languages, but none that you are fluent in. This caravan seems to be heading towards the fortress of Shar so Furthak and Pick make gesture that they mean to go there as well. Pick shows the shadow shard he possesses but it does not bring a reaction. As communication breaks down (never became established) the huge sized giant barks out orders as the smaller giants move towards you and combat breaks out.
As amounts of damage are dealt to you by these giants, you notice the caravan heading off towards the fortress once again. You deal out your own damage on your enemy as the battle goes on. Both sides take their toll on the other until the caravan is long gone from view in this darkened land. The battle goes until damage taken drives each side away as the giants disappear out into the darkness.
A little healing and you decided to make for the fortress through this dark forest. You move closer and find the tree line where the forest thins. You can make out far off in the shadowy light a clearing fully around this fortress with a large arch of stone that this path the giants were on leads. Beyond the arch some distance across this clearing, the path falls off into what appears to be a drop off of sorts but a stone bridge carries the giants caravan across as you make out their position. You move closer wanting to provide Shar the shadow shards you possess.
As you approach the arch, you can make out two large trees off to you right a few hundred away out in this clearing. You can see several hanging creatures from their branches, one is moving. Brave Sariel decides to take a closer look as Furthak, Pick and Bruenor remain at the arch. Sariel sees clearly a dwarf trying to break free of its bonds as he hangs from a tree branch. This trees seem to be just like the Gallows Tree you encountered before. Sariel gets out her bow and takes a shot at the tree, the tree lashes out with its great reach attacks and damages Sariel. The other party members are now moving here to enter the combat that Sariel has found. The damage dealt is great as you had found when you encountered these creatures before. Bruenor finds himself low on HP’s as he summons a rino. Furthak decides to end the fight for the dwarf as he uses his magic and kills the dwarf outright. Several round later the dwarf body is animated by the trees and attacks the group. Same goes for the rino who takes massive damage as falls, only to be brought back in undead form and attack the party. Sariel has fallen and is making death saving throws. Furthak then sees two flying shadow creatures coming towards the fight. Shadow Demons come and demand your surrender. They tell you to drop all your magic items and surrender to Shar. Furthak drops all except for his staff as Pick drops his magic and reveals his shadow shard to the demons. At that moment, Sariel makes her last death save and stabilizes. You are all taken captive and move towards the fortress as two move Shadow Demons join and take up all your magic items. You enter the main gate…