The cackling form of Severan ascended to the roof of the five pointed volcanic temple of Tiamat. TheHeroes of the Beacon of Hope hear that they are too late and all is doomed. If only they had 1gp for everytime they heard that they could have bought more scrolls of earthquake.
Once more initiative is lost and Severan, only just have ascended, like a yoyo pops back down to cast mayhem on the heroes. However at the last moment he decides against it and is back to completing the ritual.
The 5 dragon lords are here too, Tallis the White frosty as ever, Nerenbane, Galinbane, Sir Blue-not-appearing -in-this-adventure and our old recurring rezzing nemesis REZmyr. Each one flanked by two flunkies, aka flunky flankers, intent on completing the ritual.
Our goal is clear, defeat 5 arch enemies plus the big boss in under 10 minutes or have the ritual complete….
WELL it appears that THEIR ritual only takes 1 minute! Summoning Tiama is apparently alot easier than summoning some food and water. It looks like the Cult of the Dragon are the first to crack into parallel ritualing, each one doing an element of the ritual.
In the meantime the heroes manage to hop from nemesis to nemesis, slowly whittling down the flanking flunkies whilst being peppered by fireballs, icestorms and summoned dragons.
The tyranny of distance working in the HoH’s advantage, as they moved from Black to White to Green.
Rydnel throws caution to the wind and lets rip with an earthquake, wiping out the Blue (and blocking the way to rescuing the sacrifices).
Before the HoH’s get to lay a hand on Severan, a rupture in the planes tears above them and the hulking form of a 5 headed beast can be seen… attempting to squeeze through into the material plane!
Is this the end?
TIAMAT RISES… so say we all!