We left the adventurers in a room where they had the chance to enchant their weapons. They took a short rest to do so. Arawn gained a radiant bow of bludgeoning, and Marduk gained a cloak of resisting necrotic energy. Sarin and the rest of the party healed up a little, and then continued on their way.
The Red Dragon
Faust, with Sarin and Marduk (who is riding atop Sarin’s shoulder) right behind him, opened up the iron door leading into the next room. Within three seconds of opening the door, a huge blast of fire hurled through the doorway. It knocked Sarin back, and caused Marduk to fly across to the other side of the room, knocking him unconscious. Faust, a little stunned by the suddenness of the attack, then moved back into the previous room to try and create a plan with his fellow party members.
While Faust was coming up with a plan with Bishop and Arawn, Sarin crawled over to the burnt gnome wizard, and healed his wounds with what magic she could muster, and then passed out from exhaustion. Upon seeing his Paladin fall unconscious, Bishop filled to the brim with rage. He ran into the next room, screaming his battle cry and connected a huge right hook into the jaw of the dragon and then followed up with a series of massive blows. After Bishop ran out of steam, the red drained from his eyes, and he saw what he did while raging. He had dislocated the jaw of the dragon, knocked teeth out, and caused one of its eyes to go blind. Astounded at what he had done with his bare hands, he stepped back in awe. Arawn, seeing a moment to let off a few shots, jumped in front of the doorway and let loose two arrows that found their mark exactly as he had planned. They each landed a deep blow against the dragon, causing it to roar with even more hatred for the intruders.
Marduk awoke to see the paladin unconscious at his feet. He stood up with anger and hobbled into the room as fast as he could. He raised his hands and said a few arcane words. The dragon could no longer see anything but blizzards. Marduk had entered the mind of the dragon and caused it to see and hear only blizzards, rendering it useless in a combat situation…just what the party needed. Faust, who sensed danger was no longer as deadly as the initial attack, stepped into the room. He reached out for lockhorn, who instinctively turned into a wand. With this wand in hand, Faust waved a it a few times and said a few curses, placing a hex on the beast who was already incapable of defending itself . He then continued on to casting a hurling arcane ball of energy at the dragon, injuring it further.
The battle continued for a fairly short amount of time. When the dragon finally escaped the dreaded blizzard spell, Marduk dug into his deeper darker side, and cast a spell even more cruel than blizzards. He caused the dragon to start laughing hysterically and uncontrollably. Faust saw an opportunity, and took it. While the dragon was laughing, Faust called upon the demons from the far realm. A spell that no sane spellcaster would ever cast. An area of complete darkness that night itself would seem like day next to it appeared around the general area of the dragon. From within this darkness, whispers of mad souls and slurping sounds of things known only to those who exist beyond the material plane. Milky white tentacles appeared and started lashing out tot he air until they could find a solid piece of the laughing dragon. Suddenly, all of the tentacles grabbed hold of the dragon, and the darkness started to grow smaller and smaller. The tentacles started to twist and flex as if it were a hand crumbling a sheet of stationary. The dragon, still laughing hysterically, started to fold. Its body broke into two, then into 8ths, then 16ths. Bones cracking, organs forcing their way out of the body by force, and its eyes popped from its head while it still tried to laugh but could manage nothing more than gurgling sounds. Finally the tentacles pulled the crumbled and mutilated body of the dragon through the remaining blackness, and disappeared along with the darkness, leaving behind its 200 platinum pieces.
After the PCs entered the next room, the door slammed shut behind them. Before them was a table with a 30sec timer and ceramic tiles, all just white. Beside the timer was a stone button. Marduk began to study the contraption to see if it was magical or not, while Arawn checked the room for any traps. Faust walked up to the button and pressed it. Everyone hurried to the table to try and figure the puzzle out as fast as possible. The tiles flipped over and had letters on them, that would maybe spell something out. The PCs frantically moved tiles around trying to discern some kind of message. Time was not on their side. Just before time ran out, Sarin pressed the button once again, and gained the party 30 more seconds. They party thanked her and continued working on making words with the tiles. Eventually time continued to almost run out, so Marduk kept pressing the button when he needed to. The extra time, however, came with price. Every time he hit the button it zapped him with electricity. Soon, Marduk was low on health, but the party managed to get something from the scrambled letters. “let it go”. They all laughed (except Marduk who got zapped) and let the timer run its course all the way through this time. When it finally ran out, the door to the next room opened up.
Sarin went through the door first, and soon felt as if a dagger had pierced her heart. In front of her she saw her husband, Ignis, insane and bent over an old magic book. He turned to the party and started talking gibberish. Sarin fell to her knees, trembling, and cried over the sight of her husband like this. Marduk took out the notes they had previously found and started to go over them while the rest of the party tried to reason with Ignis. After putting the pages in order, Marduk somehow got the pages to glow and have a reaction when they got close to Ignis. He got closer to Ignis and Ignis howled in agony. All of the sudden, the PCs were transported into Ignis’ head to battle his madness.
There were three different versions of Ignis. An old weak man, who was so weak he couldn’t even stand. In front of him flickered a human sized fire elemental, burning with the desire to destroy and feed on the destruction. Beside the elemental stood a man with slicked back hair, and a fancy robe made of fire and red silk. Sarin said he resembled Kossuth. The PCs readied themselves for a fight.
Right off the bat, Arawn let loose two arrows at Kossuth, initiating a great battle for the sanity of Ignis. The PCs gave it their all to save him. Marduk casting deadly spells, Faust using his agonizing blast, Bishop slamming is fists into faces, and Arawn letting his arrows fly like the wind. Sarin rushed to the weak man’s side to protect him from anyone doing him harm. The battle progressed steadily, it was quite an even match. Kossuth had used his spell, fly, and floated above the battle to have advantage against the PCs, Bishop had none of this. Bishop ran and jumped off of Sarin’s shield to launch himself into the air. He soared with great majesty, but fell short of even reaching Kossuth’s feet. So feeling determined, Bishop decided to run and launch himself off of the Paladin’s shield once again. This time, he fell short even further. He fell to one knee feeling defeated and embarrassed, but it didn’t stop him. He pulled three daggers out from his cloak, and threw them at Kossuth, landing all three.
The Paladin saw what Bishop was trying to do, so she walked over to him and grabbed him like a dwarf, and tossed him up at Kossuth with all her might. He flew far enough to reach him, and he grabbed his hair in mid-air and held on tightly, causing Kossuth to lower about 15 feet. Faust enjoyed watching that transpire so much, that he himself jumped off of the Paladin’s shield and leaped to Kossuth with his hand outstretched. He managed to leap high enough to grab him, and grab him he did. Right in the testicles. Faust held on as tight as he could as Kossuth fell to the ground again. When he finally landed, Faust eldritch blasted his crotch and caused him great pain.
The battle then continued on as a normal battle would. On the ground with no one flying through the air or teleporting or turning invisible. After an excruciating long hour, the PCs managed to defeat Kossuth and his flame elemental. After their defeat, the old man in the back stood up and dusted himself off. With a blinding flash of light, Ignis and the rest of the party reappeared in the study they had found Ignis in.
Ignis thanked the party and gave all of them a fire pact which allowed them to be resistant to a little fire and heat. They took a short rest there in his study, preparing themselves for what they knew lie in the next room.
After walking into the room and seeing the portal inactive, it was clear what the party must do. Right off the bat they noticed the keystone from the arched portal was missing. After a few minutes of searching they found it on an altar with a bloody sacrificial knife. Faust knew what he had to do. He walked up, slit his hand, and rubbed his blood on the keystone. As he did this he felt like he was flying through space wielding an arcing bolt of lightening. He connected the keystone where it was meant to go. It snapped into place, and right before their eyes, the fiery portal sprang into life. Without hesitation, Faust and Sarin stepped into the portal. Faust was smiling and slightly laughing as he did. The rest of them paused but only for a moment. Once through on the other side of the portal, they were greeted with heat, and fire…
The Plane of Fire
The portal they had stepped through was nowhere to be seen. Instead all they could perceive was a room with walls made out of hardened magma, and a floor with magma that looked some what hardened. They made their way across the room, trying to be sure to step on solid ground. However, not everyone made it safely. Bishop leaped to a wrong spot that wasn’t quite stable, and took some damage. Sarin, with armor as heavy as a small dragon, simply fell through even the stable ground because of her immense weight. So she swam across to the other side.
The party made their way through many rooms of hazard for strangers to this elemental death trap of a plane, but would be just a walk in the park for someone from this plane of existence. Finally, after using many random potions, flying, and turning into mists, the party met up with the demon Isaphrontal…for the last time.
After a very brief battle speech, Isaphrontal started the show off by turning into a chain demon. This would be one of the most difficult battle the PCs had to face so far. They unleashed everything they had on him, one after another. Fireballs, flaming swords, magic arrows of radiance, magic fists, and curses. They held nothing back, and neither did the Demon. The PCs eventually destroyed his chain devil form, leaving the true demon vulnerable for attacks. Faust managed to get a spell in before he turned back into a chain demon. Frustrated, the party continued to wail on the demon, regardless of what form he was in.
They managed to destroy the Demon’s alternate form multiple times, dealing true damage each time. Finally, with one final blow, Isaphrontal stood up in his true form and yelled at the PCs. The famous “If I’m going down, so are you” speech was said, and then he turned into a massive flying demon with a pitch fork and a poisoned tail. He attacked the characters, showing no mercy. He knocked both Faust and Arawn unconscious and gave them infernal injuries. Sarin did her best to heal them and rid them of their injuries. She then passed out from exhaustion. Pissed off and desperate, Arawn flipped his Coin of Chaos into the air. It gave him advantage and he took his shot. Landing a critical blow, something extraordinary happened.
Out of nowhere, a rift as black as night was cut into the air by something as if the fabric of reality were nothing more than a piece of paper. out from that rift, slowly drifted a menacing figure. Death himself. He hovered over to Isaphrontal, who was too stunned to even think about leaving or casting anything. He brought up his huge scythe, and without saying a word, cut the demons wings off and nearly severing his arm off in one blow. Satisfied with his work, Death turned around and returned from whence he came, closing the rift behind him.
Quivering with fear, Isaphrontal lashed out at the characters with more intense attacks, giving everything he had. Out of nowhere another rift opened. This one was r e d and larger than the last. Out stepped a huge demon. It was Balor, Isaphrontal’s demon father. He strolled casually over to his son and before Isaphrontal could even beg for mercy, he cut him in half, ending his cruel and miserable life. Balor gave the characters a strange and frightening message, and then returned to his homeland. Dumbfounded but glad, the PCs took the treasure they had found, a souldthat appeared after the defeat of Isaphrontal, and continued on to the portal.
With only one thing left to do, the characters approached the portal with eagerness to go home again and to be done with manor of madness. Marduk approached the portal and exclaimed with a booming voice “There is only one thing to do!” and licked the spirit, which tasted kind of like butterscotch. Lockhorn exclaimed “Fool!” and Faust took the soul from him and used it as a conduit to channel his arcane energy into the portal. Doing so caused Faust to take some damage from the feedback, but it appeared to damage the portal some. Marduk took the soul back and tried for himself, but failed. So he gave it back to Faust who had one more success but was now quite wounded. Marduk took it back and completed the destruction of the portal. It glowed and flashed bright purple and pink until it suddenly changed to space. They were falling thousands of miles an hour toward some random sun. When all of the sudden they hit the ground with a thud, back in the material plane.
According to studies done by a few characters when they entered the material plane, it had been five years since they had entered the manor…they left Graveyard buried in the woods for 5 years and now it was gone. Someone had graveyard and caused a portal to the demon realm to open. Corgan was now king of Silverspire, and Tridents are everywhere. Dolastrad also had something to do with this change in power as well. Find out what happens next!