Where a giant humanoid figure stands atop a raised dais, surrounded by four truncated pyramids. Soul energy streams into it from the workshop above. A portal on a wall facing it channels blue light into the titan too and arcs of arcane energy coruscate about it. Robed figures around the chamber chant, heads lowered, arms raised. Most startling of all is the figure stood on a raised platform at the far end of the chamber, leading the chant by reading from an ancient tome – Kalarel!
Word is sent up to Ozzie, who throws a final spanner in the machine’s workings and joins his companions at the foot of the stairs. Agreement is quickly made – Kalarel must be taken down as quickly as possible. The assault begins.
Switch darts forwards, cutting down a robed celebrant as Tol fires an arrow down the length of the chamber, a spectacular shot that sinks home into Kalarel. The madman looks up and with an angry gesture, shades appear on top of the pyramids – two winged fiends and two knights. Memnon blasts one fiend with Lance of Faith (Natural 20!) before it hops down from its perch and plunges part of the chamber, including Switch, into darkness.
Undeterred, Switch rushes out of the zone, cutting down another celebrant. Tol is staggered by a mind blade attack from a Shade Knight, but advance through the zone of darkness, slaying another Celebrant. The other robed figures continue chanting – and the Death Titan moves slightly!
The darkness vanishes and the Heroes of Dymrak advance further into the chamber, cutting down celebrants and assaulting the Shades. Ozzie teleports Memnon ahead, with Hammerfall step. Kalarel zaps Ozzie in return with a skull-topped wand as Switch makes it to the foot of the altar, below the madman. Ozzie engages again, teleporting Kalarel down alongside Switch. Switch and Kalarel exchange blows and Memnon strides into the fray, burning Kalarel with divine radiant energy.
(No I can’t get the drokking thing the right way up…)__
Althea is flanked by the two fiends, who claw at her, Undeterred, she pulverizes them in return and advances into the blue light emanating from the wall –where she stops abruptly. Tol slays another celebrant and uses the blood of the fallen to heal himself.
The two Fiends and a Shade Knight come to their master’s aid, surrounding Ozzie and savaging him. Memnon and Switch flank Kalarel. Pressing their combat advantage Switch stabs Kalarel in the back twice (80damage!) before Memnon breaks off to go to Ozzie’s aid. The wizard dazzles his opponents with a prismatic spell, triggering his fireburst armour. Memnon’s divine powers cure the wizard’s remaining serious wounds.
Althea shakes off the whatever stupor momentarily affected her and advances to Memnon and Ozzie’s side, shaking the earth to slay the last celebrants and further damage the Shades. Tol’s advance is announced by arrows thudding home into Kalarel. Ozzie dashes towards the altar and the book Kalarel was reading. The evil Cleric bellows in rage, sickly black tentacles emerging from his midriff to lash at Switch, before he rushes after Ozzie.
Switch glugs a healing potion as his companions engage the Shades and slay a fiend. Ozzie snatches the book from the altar, provoking a scream of rage from Kalarel, closely followed by a blast of black energy which the Wizard’s cloak of distortion narrowly diverts. The cloak is not so effective against the claws of a fiend, which knock Ozzie to the ground, barely clinging to consciousness. Kalarel pauses at his altar to taunt the party about his “Dark Masters” (not Orcus anymore..?) but the smirk is wiped from his face as switch backstabs him yet again.
Memnon rushes to Ozzie’s side once more, taking a brutal clawing from the Fiend as he passes by and consecrating the ground around the fallen Wizard. Althea’s iron resurgence allows the Cleric to blaze back to health.
Another zone of darkness falls. Tol is slashed by a shade (Natural 20) and staggers into the darkness, somehow avoiding four attacks of opportunity as he goes. Memnon activates his shield’s protective abilities, ensuring both he and the fallen Ozzie are safe from most harm for a few seconds, long enough for darkness to vanish.
The savage battle begins to take its toll, as Switch too is felled by a shade. With Ozzie conscious again, hurried shouts establish a new plan of action to stop the flow of energy to the Titan. Ozzie sets up a counter chant from Kalarel’s book, Tol is swiftly able to shut down the energies streaming from the blue light and Althea focuses on the emerald energy coming from the ceiling.
Kalarel leaps down from the altar, blasting Ozzie almost to death. With a roar, Memnon engages his evil counterpart. Tol exalts Switch back to health and runs to join Memnon in battling Kalarel, but both adventurers are knocked to the floor by the mad man’s tentacles. The zone of consecrated ground brings Ozzie back from the brink of death and with a dark chuckle, he rises to his feet and blasts Kalarel with a colour orb (Natural 20!).
A whirling battle begins in the corner of the chamber, with the Shades and Kalarel exchanging blows and magics with the Adventurers. Another Shade is destroyed. Switch falls again, too weak for even magic to help him. Tol fights on, despite being close to blacking out (1 hp). Memnon blasts another Shade apart with a lance of faith. Ozzie tears chunks from Kalarel with a winged horde, Kalarel does the same to Althea with his skull wand, before the elf brings the weight of the earth down on him in return.
As Memnon draws on his mother’s teachings to help stabilize switch without divine power (Natural 20!), the battle reaches a crescendo as Tol bloodies the last remain shade with a twin strike (natural 20!) and Althea attempts to bring the weight of the earth down on Kalarel twice, both attempts narrowly missing. However, attention focused on Althea’s attack, perhaps Kalarel does not notice memo running up to him, hefting back his mace, ready to strike. The blow crunches home and with a terrible scream, Kalarel’s tentacles extend and wrap around him, tightening and crushing.
Kalarel has just enough time to reach out, gesturing at the death Titan, before he is folded in upon himself, bones splintering, before vanishing completely. The Death Titan turns to look at where its creator fell, then takes a jerky, booming step down from the dais, wreathed in crackling soul energy and advancing on the battered Heroes of Dymrak…