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As the flames continue over Amaranta, an invisible force pushes her towards the edge of the crumbling floor; her foot catches, and saves her from going over the edge, but now the wall of fire is within reach, and starts licking at her hair and closest arm. Sunstorm, having a great fear of the beholder, turns and runs deeper into the tower. Vance takes a hit from one of the glowing eye stalks, and flames catch on his shoulder. His shots are distracted, but he still lands a single blow against the Eye of Flame, before retreating into the empty rooms.

Recoiling from his meeting with the crazed magical elf, Pogo breaks apart, taking on his swarm form, and struggles to land an attack on Shantara. His frog was quicker, and lashed out to slap against her shin. Seeing the druid in need of help, Udodak charged in, dealing a crippling blow - at least, it would have been, had it not been for Shantara's bug-like carapace along her side. The attack hurt, but the mage did not drop.

Mevlana, now having the fire closed up behind her, struggled with the 16 fire damageheat of the wall; she moved away from the fire, and struggled to pull free her lantern. She shouted back something to the others, perhaps something about going after the other destrachan, but it was lost in the waterfall's thunder.

Below them all, Valna struggled with the water washing past her ankles. She threw her magic at the beholder, hiding herself from all of it's eyes, and plunged towards the waterfall. Even with her song firm on her lips, she was taken and thrown backwards by the force of the flowing water. She stopped herself before the water washed her over the edge, but it was not a pleasant experience.


Shantara steps away from the half-orc, and swats at the toad with her staff. Fire leaps over it, and towards the others, but the frog takes the 19 fire damage, 5 ongoing fire damage; secondary targets missed.brunt of the damage. "What is this?" she sneers at Pogo, "Are you trying to take the tome? You are too late! Too late!"

On the other side of the crimson wall, Mevlana takes a 24 damageblast from the destrachan, and is hurled backwards, almost into the fire.

Snarling like a feral dog against a fence, the beholder moves towards the door and bites and curses at Vance; these actions have little effect, and Vance barely escapes it's eye ray' Amaranta, however, is not so fortunate. The elf is covered with waves of fire once more, and her flesh is 23+10 (vulnerable) fire damage, 5 ongoing fire damageblackened by the attack. Valna cannot see the cleric, but the pungent smell of burnt flesh and bones is all too strong in the air.



 
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The hair on Vance's neck rises into the air, and a cold sweat breaks out across his brow. His heart begins to pound, and his breath accelerates out of control. It's some kind of panic attack, and Vance is compelled to flee from the beholder by any means necessary.

But how? Trapped in this room, there's no good way... wait... no.

Vance dashes for the door, leaping over the rocks and the dead body of the first Destrachan. The compulsion soon fades, but Vance continues moving, allowing reason to take over. The beholder was stuck out there, more or less, and would need to squeeze it's way into the tiny room... and Vance didn't have a good shot anyway. At least here he could help fight the fire-mage.

Meanwhile, Sunstorm fights his compulsion as well, emerging from the tiny room with a sheepish look on his face, before joining the fight with the sorceress as well.

 
 
 
 
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Lady Valna gets forced back by the wall of water, but is determined to give it another go and sloshes her way quickly toward it again, this time breaking through. She pauses to shake off some of the water and then heads to the stairs and begins to climb, the haunting scream from Amaranta still ringing in her ears, dreading what she might find when she makes it back to the floor above. Her inspiring refrain was almost on autopilot as her mind was focussed elsewhere.

 
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What happened????

A sense of severe doubt races through Pogo's mind. Not due to the fact that Croaky took a harsh burning, or to his own inaccuracy. No, something stronger seems to have been lost. The moment before he had felt a firm connection to a few of the mountain's spirits, but now one of them seems to have abandoned him... It was the one who had connected him to Amaranta.

Still, Pogo can only fear what happened on the other side of the wall of flames. If he doesn't act quickly, and disposes of the danger that his tainted ex-girlfriend, all of them will die here in this tower, next to this beautiful curtain of falling water. Pogo can hear the elemental souls of the glacier flow through it, and the thought gives him strength.

But those flames behind him, they burn his tail, even in this swarmy crocodile shape! The green swarm of mosquitoes still forming up as a three-legged crocodile reforms into a large dragonfly, trying to fly through Shantara's shape. But the heat is too much for poor Pogo. His concentration is also severely troubled, and what is intended as a mean bugbite turns into a feeble kiss, which feels all to familiar for Pogo. When his ex-lover sneers at him, he almost cries. Broken hearts... they hurt more than a wall of fire. Still, Pogo makes sure he is not adjacent to the magical flames anymore! "Sssshanty... you are still too hot! Why you hurt Pogo so?!"

Then Shantara mentions a tome. With a thousand tiny throats, Pogo answers, trying to speak loud enough to overcome the waterfall's noise. "Tome? ZZzwwhat? Zzzzyou mean... tome of ancient medicine? Youzzz actually found it??"

The kobold druid looks quickly at his friend, Croaky the toad. He is badly burned. He does not deserve this. Quickly, before he dies, Pogo whispers a few loving words to the amfibian. "Go now, dear Croaky! Your help has been much appreciated! Go and cool off in the waterfall!" Suddenly, the toad shrinks to his normal two-inch size, and he jumps away into the corridor towards the dead destrachan. Passing an evil beholder to the right and a dead elf to his left, Croaky plunges into the depths.

 

 

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Udodak watches like a coiled snake, ready to strike the enemy at first opportunity, but she steps away defensively, foiling his move once again – knowingly or not. He strains to make sense of the argument between the once-eladrin and Pogo, but fails to glean anything other than that they were once friends. It makes no difference to the barbarian. The diseased one must be exterminated.

The swarm of insects known as Pogo hastily seeks relief from flames, but in doing so blocks Udodak’s direct path to female. Rather than try find footing amongst the rubble, Udodak skirts round it, to the south, increasing speed with every stride. He confidently tosses his greataxe from right hand to left in preparation for the collision. He inhales deeply through flared nostrils, and with eyes bulging and teeth bared, careers into the cloth wearing mage landing another solid blow as bruising as the last.

 
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Blood and burns covered most of the elf's body as her ties to the world were finally severed. Her vision faded to darkness and her spiritual bonds frayed before splitting. Some fey creatures wept and others slipped back to dormant states with her departure. Elves were their kin, and it was tragic when they were forcefully removed from the world.

The death of an elfAmaranta’s toils in life followed her, -as one door closed, another opened. Soft lights pierced the darkness, embracing her and wrapping around her. As the light consumed the darkness it revealed the elf unharmed. She was dressed in a thin, soft, yellow dress; sitting atop a large fluffy cloud floating around a temple of platinum blocks. There was a sunset in every direction, painting the skies in a rainbow of colors.

When she found the will to avert her eyes from the enchanting mosaic of suns she found her fiancé alive and well next to her. He was adorned in the golden armor of the divine.

"Hello Amaranta, it has been a long time." His grin showed his elation despite his casualness.

"Are we dead?"

"Yes, for the moment, though my condition is more permanent than yours. Amaranta although it pains me greatly to let you go, you need to move on. Your self pity and suicidal tendencies are taxing on your guardians. Relying on divine guidance and waiting for death is not the girl I fell in love with. You have changed, and there are people who need the strength you've lost. My brother is now an heir without a wife to continue our family's lineage..."

"Are you saying you want me to marry your brother?"

"Amaranta you were a captain of elven archers, a veritable princess among your people, and already chosen by both ancestors and current family to join the house Thuranni as it's new matron, a fate far more befitting you than to choose to remain here at my side."

"I just want to stay with you, here."


The dead prince stroked Amaranta's teal hair behind her ear.

"I know you do, but your destiny should evolve to something greater, fulfill your obligations to your group, then go home, and rejoin our people."

Amaranta sighed, she was quite keen on just staying perched on her little cloud and didn't like the way the conversation was going.

"Don't worry, House Thuranni will embrace you despite your prodigal trek…”

Amaranta leaned her head against his shoulder, his touch was soothing and safe. All she wanted was to just be exactly where she was, but all she was getting was a forced marriage to someone she hardly knew…


Amaranta's body paled, her skin becoming ashen white, her hair a metallic silver. Two pairs of skeletal, wings materialized from her back, slowly unfurling as they emerged. While they uncurled, jet black feathers magically grew to cover the thin bones. The feathers were so dark that they seemed to diminish the very light around them. When her eyes opened they were dully lit with a pale green glow.

For one brief moment the angel laid there motionless, before a burst of fire exploded from her and she was gone. But not gone! With incredible speed the avian humanoid was in motion, a fireball streaking through the air with black wings and a long polearm that seemed to be steaming and glittering at the same time. It didn't shriek a battlecry or make a sound of any kind. The angelic creature was lethally focused on it's task as the bladed barbs of it's weapon were already slashing at their victim -almost instantly from when the creature had first moved.

The first strike of the cruel blades cut deeply, leaving a steaming burned wound gaping in the body of the beholder. The spray of blood misted her face but the angel's expression remained unblinking and indifferent. So remorseless was she that she twisted the spearhead and extracted it in a different direction than it was delivered. Gore spilled out from the attack while the blur of violence calmed in a brief respite as she hovered next to it flapping her four foreboding wings slowly.




 
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As Vance regains his control, he stops at the entrance to the back room, and catches the sorcerer with one arrow. Sunstorm moves into the room too, through a great effort of squeezing, and the room suddenly feels a whole lot more cramped. Valna also leaves the Eye of Flame, retreating through the water, ever so slowly, and starting her 1/8th of the way up (due to a lot of difficult terrain on the lower level)long journey up the stairs.

Pogo again tries to attack the woman with whom he seems to have a prior relationship with; knowing his tricks, she dodges aside from his blast, and laughs as he sends his toad hopping through the ruins, and away into the water. "Yes, we found it, and we basked in it's power! But...but I failed my love, and I burn here alone until I have my love's forgiveness..." Her last words were filled with both a deep regret, and a burning hatred. Her eyes locked onto Udodak's as he sliced into her arm again, and the hatred them turned to her new focus.

She swiped her glowing staff at the barbarian, causing flames to 15 fire damageburst over his chest; some 4 fire damage, resistedsplashed onto Pogo, but were instantly nullified by his magical protections. With a growl, she looked towards the wall of flames, but did not move towards it, just yet.


Meanwhile, a battle raged on outside; naturally, with no vision of the events, and the waterfall drowning out most of the noise, the party was unaware as to what exactly was going on. Faced with Shantara, they assumed the noise to be simply the beholder tearing at the building, trying to get in. Or worse. They didn't see Amaranta's form change, or the avenging angel that now stood where the cleric had died. They would surely have been shocked as it flew across the small gap to the beholder, and pierced the beholder's central eye (indeed, it's entire body!) with one solid thrust of the mystical weapon. Flames ran over the aberrant creature, as it's own powers suddenly turned against it. The body burst, spraying whatever fuelled it's attacks over the walls, the floor, the water, and the angel. It burnt briefly, but that-which-was-not-Amaranta took no notice.


The clatter of Mevlana's armour against the floor was barely heard over the ever-present noise.



 
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The death of an elfReunited with her long lost love had a sedating effect on the recently deceased Amaranta. She slowly closed and opened her eyes.

"Aaaaaamyyy" He prodded her in the ribs.

"Hmmmm?"

"You should go back. When you do, you need to be more assertive, and display some leadership again. I don't think that your divine guardian is going to help you much anymore. Your bow will have to shoot true by your hand alone."

"What do you mean?" Amaranta opened her eyes, curious what he was getting at.

"I mean you've been relying on divine sources that are less likely to help you in the future. But don't worry about it, you were better off when you didn't rely on them. You were strongest when you were armed with nothing but youth and attitude." He lightly touched her shoulder and traced the undead Amaranta's skin along her arm, eliciting a smile from her.

"Besides, your new friends are going to be in danger without you."

"Friends? The mercenaries?"


The beholder's insides melted out as it lost it's life to the enchanted spear wielded by the angel. With her hovering location slightly lower than the beholder, she was covered in a bath of blood and entrails. Like a river it splashed over her head and ran down her body before falling to the depths of the tower from her feet. When it's body fell and the rivulets subsided she was drenched from her hair to her feet.

The beholder's death sparked a reaction from the former ice stare. A sharp intake of breath, nearly a gasp coupled with a smile. Her eyes brightened and she made a jubilant noise through her inhale. Then it passed.

Fire washed over her body, from a source deep within, burning all the bile and blood from the beholder. What didn't evaporate turned black and ashen before falling, leaving her clean and pristine once more. The dark wings carried her quickly between the waterfall and the blinding wall of fire. The black feathers sliced through the water effortlessly, since the falling droplets evaporated into steam just before contacting the feathers....

 
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"Where are the others?" Vance calls out over the din of battle and the roar of the flames. "Amaranta, Mevlana, and Valna?" Vane only sees Pogo and Udodak, the two newcomers. Those he had come with are all missing, and Vance couldn't detect Mevlana's telepathy at all.

Focus.

Killing the fire-mage may dispel the wall of fire, and allow them to regain contact with those on the other side, so that had to be his priority. A quick look over his shoulder assures him the beholder didn't follow him through the small doorways, so he continues his assault on the pyromancer, determined to take her down.

 
 
 
 
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"Shanty need to cool down! Youzzz way too hot! Talking bout 'other love', that just mean... Grrrbzzz! LADY VALNA!!! SHANTY SAYS FOUND LOST WRITINGS OF ESTEREDddddzzzzz!!" Pogo's throats first scream at Shantara, then as loud as possible at Valna, trying to be louder than the roar of the waterfall. When he finishes the last syllable, the swarmy shape of the dragonfly opens its mouth, fans some more with its giant double wings, and releases a swarm of tiny mosquitoes from its insectoid belly, engulfing Shantara. "WHERE IZZZ TOME NOW, SHANTY?!?"

"Udo, you okay?" the dragonfly asks next, before telling Vance, "Dunno!! Elfy is silent! You know how zzzshe doing?? Mental talk gone... Kalashtar woman down, perhaps? Hope lady Valna izzz close too... Pogo miss her song!"

 

 

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Lady Valna could hear all sorts of strange noises on top of the crash of the waterfall as she ascended the stairs, shouts from up above. She thought she could make out something of Pogo's voice mentioning a tome and she hurried onward, stopping short of the fire that burned across the top of the stairs. There was only one thing to do shortly, and that was to break through....the others could hear her voice crisp and clean through the smoky air, singing a refrain of heroes long past who had shrugged off pain and suffering to overcome their foe.

 
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Udodak instinctively raised an arm to shield his face from the jet of flames. The heat was intense, but brief, and bearable. ”Yeah, I’m OK…” he replies to Pogo.

The Kobold didn’t seem to be holding back, and neither was his old girlfriend. Whatever connection they once shared was now as tainted as Shantara. Udodak caught the mage shoot a glance back towards the wall of fire. Don’t let her escape! He called out. The barbarian was about to recklessly throw himself between the flames and Shantara, but when Pogo blanketed the area with masses of insects, he instead took the advantage and summoned another effort filled attack. But the strike was a little too angry to be well balanced. He then tried to find better footing amongst the rubble to react to Shantara’s next move.

 
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Pogo's swarm was not strong enough to damage Shantara, the mosquitoes burning up before they could rest upon her skin. They still distracted her, though, as she swatted at them without success. One of Varesh's arrows struck her, the metallic head sliding straight bloodiedthrough her side. Almost accidentally, she parried Udodak's axe in an attempt to rid herself of the insect menace.

Beneath them, Valna made her way slowly up the twisting staircase, the heat from the firewall burning mere feet above her head. An unconscious paladin lay, slowly roasting, just out of reach. And somewhere, the dark angel of death floated, seeking out another necessary victim.


Shantara's eyes lock onto Pogo's, and she speaks through clenched teeth, her breath the hiss of a boiling kettle. "You will not take the tome, Elomir entrusted me to it's protection, I will not fail my love again! You need to die, now, all of you!" Another wave of fire bursts forth from her, covering Pogo, Sunstorm and Udodak in 19 fire damage, 5 ongoing fire damage (save ends). Sunstorm saved against the effect.flames. The wave of fire had barely washed past them all when Shantara followed through with AP!another attack, hitting 18 -5 (fire resist) -5 (swarm) = 8 damagePogo with her staff, and splashing Sunstorm with another 7 fire damage, 5 ongoing fire damage (save ends)gout of flames.

 
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It was just the beholder and the second screamer out there, right? And the beholder was badly wounded. Mevlana, Valna and Amaranta should be able to handle them...

Vance puts two more arrows through the sorceress, trying hard not to worry about the others past the wall of fire that had divided the battlefield so neatly in two.

 
 
 
 
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Lady Valna steels herself for the heat emanating from the fiery wall and she bounds up the last few steps determinedly and sees the prone form of Mevlana through the fire and haze and dashes to her aid, grabbing her and dragging her burnt and barely living body away from the crackling fire and sets about trying to revive the paladin.

 
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