Not content to remain in his room, Allyndor began to wander Harecule’s manor before accepting an invitation to the half-devil’s study. Perhaps foolishly, he accepted a drink from his host, and was soon joining his allies in slumber. The night would not be a restful one, however. The party members soon found themselves on a hillside outside of Emin Nir, watching as abyssal hordes tore through the city. Unable to act, they heard horns blow behind them, and turned to see the well-formed ranks of the infernal armies marching towards the city.
Spotting their eternal adversaries, the abyssal forces massed, struggling under the form of the simplest of battle line as they surged forth towards the infernal army. The two forces charged up the hill from which the party watched, until at last they clashed, startling the party awoke in a cold sweat. Though disturbed by the dream, most of the party returned to sleep. Akuma, however, went to his door, only to find Harecule waiting.
Smitten as ever, he attempted once more to convince Akuma to stay with him. He even went so far as to promise aid to the party in their quest against the elf, should Akuma promise to stay with him for two days on the prime material plane. Akuma remained non-committal, and Harecule resolved to give him time to decide, promising to speak with him the next morning.
However, when the morning came, it was his Ettin manservant who greeted the party, explaining that Harecule had been called away. The party set out, back to the intersection were they had faced the hezrou. After a bit of difficulty, the party was able to make it through, falling through the portal into the elf’s domain.
The party tumbled to the ground as they poured through. As they dusted themselves off, they began to take stock of their extremely strange surroundings. The walls were lined with vibrant, live coral, and as though it were a true reef, schools of fish swam through the air. As the light touched them, a school darted away from the party and set off down the tunnel.
It wasn’t long before the party encountered the first of the elf’’s defenses, as the ground disappeared beneath their feet. Though most of them managed to remain above, Elyas was dropped down into one of the pits. The druid found himself face to face with an insectoid creature as several others crawled out to face the party. Quick thinking from Edluar was able to put the one in the pit into a trance, while the rest of the party fought off the ones above.
The battle was brief but bloody, but when the dust settled only the one in the pit remained. Before they would agree to stand on the other side of the pit, the party asked Merek to test the other side for additional pit traps, knowing his flight would protect him. However, as he turned a corner into the chamber ahead, he, too, was put into a trance and sailed into the chamber.
Sensing something was wrong, the rest of the party leapt across the pits, and charged into the next room, only to see Merek floating towards a much more massive specimen of the insectoid creatures. While Damhsa rushed forward to fight the creature, more of the smaller creatures funneled in. Squaring off with the rest of the party. Merek, under compulsion by the queen, opened fire on Caitlyn.
Now seeing that Merek was not acting under his own will, Akuma dispelled the charm. While the rest of the party fought off the smaller insects, Damhsa and Merek focused on the queen, only barely slaying it before Damhsa fell. And with its death, the smaller brethren slumped to the ground. Breathing a sigh of relief, the party set about healing their wounds while Merek’s elementals began dismantling the pile of bones the creatures had collected. Much to the party’s pleasure, they found a cache of several chests and trunks awaiting them. And so we leave the party, eagerly eyeing their spoils.
Characters Present: Damhsa daughter of Scottia, Merek Falk, Elyas the Wolfhart, Akuma Bloodreamer, Kiwi Fuzzyfoot, Allyndor the Wanderer, Edluar the Seeker, Caitlyn, Fritz, Saurok
XP Award (APL 8): 1125
Roleplaying XP Bonus: Edluar