As the remaining party members looked at each other with bemused expressions, Wyreth appeared in their midst. Trying to ignore Damhsa, who decided that his robes looked delicious, he warned the group that the Undying Temple was no longer in the Underdark. House Chumavh once again had the seat of power and the fire giants had left, much to the party’s relief. However, the good news was swiftly followed by the bad – the Temple had been taken to Thannatos, where half the land was controlled by Orcus, the other now by Kiaransalee. The safest route into Thannatos – if such a thing actually existed – would be via the river Styx, which could only be accessed with a wake portal. Luckily, he had taken the liberty to arrange for transportation for the beleaguered party, but it was several days’ travel south of the city.
Meanwhile, during Wyreth’s monologue of doom, Merek had used the orb’s locations as a beacon to teleport back from Acanthus. He looked around in confusion as he realized that Allyndor had fled into the forest in an attempt to keep the orb to himself. What ensued was a lengthy airborne battle as Allyndor and Merek took to the skies to trade blows. Finally able to get Allyndor to submit, Merek took back the cursed orb and forced the cleric to return to the safe-house with a series of dimension doors.
Once the party was reunited, and Damhsa’s intelligence restored with a heal scroll, the party prepared to rest before fleeing the city. As she would need extra time to pick the crayons from between her teeth, Damhsa took first watch. Unfortunately, she was disrupted by the sound of a massive beast passing overhead. She quickly woke the party, and after much deliberation, they decided to flee the city in the dark of the night. The decision was helped by the fact that their shared nightmare of the destruction of the city seemed to be occurring at that moment.
With the smaller – and slower – party members riding Elyas’ dire wolf, they raced through the dark city streets. Suddenly, they were ambushed by several half-fiend ogres.
After a swift battle, the party quickly resumed their path out of the city, moving at a brisk pace for several hours before stopping to rest. Their rest, however, was interrupted once more as they were attacked by a pack of hell hounds.
The battle was long and brutal, with several party members barely clinging to life. But, with a very rare display of teamwork, they were able to keep each other alive and destroy the enemy.
After a quick round of healing, they decided that the best course of action would be to push themselves into a forced march. Merek used the crystal ball to scry for one of the crew members on the ship which would be their transport to Acanthus. Able to connect, he teleported onto the ship to try to have the captain meet the party half way. The leopard print sails were a surprise, as well as the peg-legged, afro-sporting, captain herself. Even with his greatest attempt to intimidate her, she did not bat an eye. Finally, diplomacy won the battle, as he convinced the great Captain Laquita to sail towards the party.
Meanwhile, the rest of the party prepared for an exhausting run. Elyas shifted into a dire wolf so he and his animal companion could carry the halflings and smaller party members, while Akuma created a floating disk to carry the remaining members save Damhsa who would continue on foot as the faster human. For hours the party pushed itself along the river bank, the healers supporting the fatigued members until they were unable to go any further. After a rest just long enough to recoup, they continued on in the same fashion until they spotted something… leopard… upon the horizon.
Characters Present: Damhsa daughter of Scottia, Merek Falk, Elyas the Wolfhart, Akuma Bloodreamer, Kiwi Fuzzyfoot, Allyndor the Wanderer, Edluar the Seeker, Fritz, Eluned
XP Award (APL 8): 1125
Roleplaying XP Bonus: Damhsa