Shadows of Gaea

Pushed to the Limit, Agony in Victory!

Points Gained: 3

Standing before the massive intricately carved double doors we decide to move back and check another direction. We proceed to the smaller single door to the left, Kiedro decided to go to the single door and creak it open, sticking his head into th room. About what I would expect from a rock, as he fubly tries to play dead as a joke. ignorin his nonsense we move on for more exploration. The chamber is empty, except for two doors, one to the North and one to the East. Kiedro peeks his head in, and states the room appears to be cleaned, it is completely bare.

We then head through one of the doors, and find a room littered with debris and some strange vines, which has pulsating pods, scattered throughout the room. Thorus inspects the vines further, searching the room, looking under a slab grabbing one of the pods, about the size of a small watermelon. He examines this further, and asks Kiedro to help him open the pod. Kiedro then placed it on the ground and gave it a tap with his gigantic Executioner’s Axe, causing it to erupt all over him, turning into a big gooey mess. I think to myself that Thorus seems very bright, but not to much sense at times. While I understand hes a good test dummy, Kiedro doesnt have much finesse for things like this. We move on after some nonsensical science, as there is another door leading out of the room.

After Thorus listens at the door, Kiedro backs up and charges at the door, instead of opening it, smashing through the door, sprawling on the floor, covering himself in dust and shattered door pieces. I will say one goo thing for that big Rock, he sure does make a good battering ram.

After the dust clears we see more vines and pods beyond, the only apparent exit being a collapsed passage to the east. Seeing the full plant, Spencer and I vaguely remember seeing the plant in the wagon of the witch doctor of the Split-Tooth clan, though we don’t recall any more about the plant. Lecarde deduces she was harvesting the magical energies from the pods. Thorus figures out how they may be able to extract the power from the pods, of which there are five harvestable pods, receiving enchanting materials from just the one pod. They were unable to get any more materials out of the other pods, causing each of the others to erupt into foam. 500gp residium

We track back to he big double door, Spenser tells Thorus to checkout the double doors. A pair of heavy doors thorus asks for some help. Kiedro opens the door, letting in a bright hot light flow into this room, opening it the rest of the way, revealing a long room, over 100 feet long, opening to about 50 feet wide, with a 10 foot wide catwalk leading down the middle, with 5 foot wide ledges along the edge of the room, and what we think may be lava down below the catwalk, due to the bright light and head emanating from below. It is extremely loud in here, so we haven’t yet alerted the dragonlings that are on the other side of the room. There is also a large being, which appears to be made out of stone and lava, with his back to us, hovering above the pit of lava, with his lower body appearing to be a pillar of lava. The room appears to be made out of a dark grey metal, with the dragons being very similar in color to the rest of the room.

Spencer moves onto the catwalk, and stands ready, with Lecarde moving into the edge and vanishes. Lava Man then flies up and moves out over the lava, firing two black beams at Spencer, hitting him with them, who retaliates, hitting him soundly. I chuck a dagger at Lava Man, with it passing right through him, Lorthandriel misses him, and Thorus moves up as well.

Spencer then throws his weapons at Lava Man, hitting with his first attack, with the hammer also passing through him. Lecarde blasts Lava Man and one of the dragons. Lava Man goads Kiedro, saying how they will use him to fuel their fires, blasting him with a beam, sending him over the edge, to the grate just over the lava, with little lavalings climbing up through the grate to attack him. He then fires his second beam at Spencer, who dodges aside.

Kiedro charges one of the lavalings missing him. I charge at the dragons, with a section of the catwalk falling away, dropping me to the grate below with Kiedro. Thorus moves to Lorthandriel and Spencer, casting his magical weapon, hitting Lava Man, with Lorthandriel then pulling Lava Man closer, with his trash talk. Spencer then hurls both hammers, each connecting. Lava Man moves into the group of Lorthandriel , Thorus and Spencer, blasting them all with lava which he drew up from below, they were all able to somewhat shield themselves from the attack, but he does blast Spencer with a beam, but he manages to avoid falling over the edge.

The dragons fly over the gap in the catwalk, biting Lorthandriel , both hitting him. Kiedro attacks the one in front of him, bursting it into a ball of lava. I then charge the other one next to the wall, bursting it as well, covering myself in lava, as a third comes up through the grate hitting me.

Thorus hits Lava man, while Lorthandriel follows up on the dragon Lecarde previously hit. Spencer then misses Lava Man with both of his hammers. Lecarde attacks the dragons, missing each, protecting Lorthandriel with a thin layer of bark covering him.

Lava Man covers his hand with magma and slams his fist into Lorthandriel , and blasts Spencer with another beam, who is once again able to catch himself before falling over the edge. The dragons miss Lorthandriel this time.

Kiedro makes it onto the catwalk, and slams the drake next to him, attempting to send him over the edge, but doesn’t make him over the edge. Another lavaling crawls up and flied up to spencer. I climb out of pit. Thorus moves up and kills the lavaling on Spencer, covering Spencer in Lava again. Lorthandriel cleaves into the dragon laying on the catwalk next to him, and heals himself. Spencer stands once again, this time hitting with both of his hurled hammers, laying into Lava Man, causing him, he now appears to be glowing less brightly with lava. Lecarde attacks the dragon and Lava Man, who are adjacent to one another.

Lava Man then calls up a spout of lava, directing it onto Kiedro, covering him in lava and knocking him on his ass. Who is then attacked by the dragon he was attacking. The other dragon then breaths Lorthandriel and Kiedro, but Kiedro was too low to be attacked, sending Lorthandriel over the edge to the grate below. Kiedro then stands up and attacks the dragon in front of him twice, hitting with the first attack, and is able to shake the lava off of him. I kill the lavaling on me, covering myself in it’s remains again, and move next to Lecarde.

Thorus heals Kiedro, and almost fells the dragon he was attacking. Lorthandriel heals himself and starts to climb out of the pit. Spencer hurls his hammers at Lava Man, hitting cleanly with both. Lecarde is once again able to attack both the dragon and Lava Man, who then moves to be above Lorthandriel , and bursts lava against Lorthandriel , Kiedro and Spencer, hitting all but Lorthandriel . Kiedro and Spencer believe they are covered in fire. The dragon moves up near me and Lecarde, breathing on us, hitting us both, pushing us away and knocks us prone.

Kiedro attacks the dragon that was knocked prone next to him, after it left the zone Lecarde created from his last attack, and Thorus casts Vampiric Weapons on the dragon that attacked myself and Lecarde. Lorthandriel makes it out of the pit, and nearly kill the dragon that breathed on me and Lecarde. Lecarde attacks Lava Man and the dragon again, hitting each, killing the dragon. Lava Man shoots his flame and Kiedro and Spencer, hitting each of them, sending Spencer over the edge, and knocking Kiedro prone. Kiedro charges, leaping off of the catwalk at Lava Man, cleaving into him with his frosty axe, shattering him into thousands of pieces, landing on his feet below.

We decide to head back to the clean room, to rest. I find myself dream walking. We are in a vast quadruple valved chamber, like a heart that appears to be beating, and is made of nephilium. There is a sphere of pure light hanging in the air, surrounded by 3 columns of crystal, with a pedestal of crystal holding a tome, a short distance from the sphere. Standing behind the podium with the tome, is a man in a black cloak, similar to the one we had previously seen hanging in what we believe to be Madreus’ room, and the sphere is showing a portal to another world. He appears to be controlling our body, though we currently have our minds to ourselves. Suddenly the gate changes from a dark landscape, to a bright green wilderness, with Shayde charging and leaping through the gate, larger than we have ever seen him, who gives us back all of our powers, giving us back control of our bodies.

We then see six demonic creatures, spread in an arch in front of us, between us and Madreus, two of which are large, and have stumps, with eyes encircling them, for heads. The other four are smaller and have small wings,

Madreus mentions something about now needing to destroy us, and how that is a shame.

One of the massive demons also goes before u, moving up more closely, behind one of the smaller demons.

I attack two of the smaller demons, killing them, with their energy being visibly sucked within the void, and then move up and kills off the other two smaller demons with a burst attack, sending their energy to the void. Seeing these demons killed we get a vision, inspiring us to fight for something more, for me I see myself shattering the bonds being used to enslave others.

One of the large demons reaches out and grabs Lecarde, pulling him adjacent to him, grabbing him.

Lorthandriel starts singing, bolstering our spirits even further, and mentally attacks the demon¸ though he fails to move him from his spot. Kiedro is next up, charging the demon who has a grip on Lecard, laying into him with his axe. I charge him, missing with my shield. Spencer misses with both of his thrown hammers, not a very good start for either of us.

Thorus calls out his Punishing Eye, and misses with his crossbow. Madreus fires two bolts of black lightning at the orb, one summoning 2 more little demons, and the other teleporting him closer. He then unleashes a psychic attack on Lorthandriel , Kiedro, Spencer and Thorus, sending everyone but Thorus reeling back in shock and pain. One of the little ones then flies up, next to Lecarde, and unleashes a psychic attack on Thorus and myself, drawing us in, blowing itself up, damaging both of us. The other large demon then moves up closer, grabbing Thorus, pulling him adjacent to himself.

I vanish again the demon then squeezes me, maintaining his hold. I then lay into him, and move around him to his flank. Spencer then hits him with his attacks.

Thorus sends a blast from Spencer’s armor, stepping out of the armor, next to Spencer. Madreus dominates myself and Kiedro, taking control of our minds and actions.

Lecarde shrouds himself and his immediate area in darkness, hitting the guardian demon, but fails to escape the grasp of the demon who has him in his grasp. Lorthandriel slashes the one that moved up into his face. Kiedro then charges Thorus, gashing him severely damaging him. I then charge Lorthandriel , critically striking him, but I am unable to break free of my domination.

Madreus once again moves up, and attacks Thorus, and Spencer sending them reeling again, along with the large demon that was attacking these guys. The demon then attacks Lorthandriel , grabbing him, and nearly killing him. Lecarde blasts both of the large demons with thorns, pelting both of them. The demon holding Lecarde drags him with, as he moves to attack Thorus.

Lorthandriel changes from his elven form, to that of a glowing amorphous being, seeing himself sitting at a desk, writing the last page of a book, and closing the book. He then fails to free himself, but does manage to heal himself, from his near death state.

Kiedro then charges the demon holding Lecarde, laying into him with his axe, scoring a nasty strike across his chest. I then am forced to attack Thorus, hitting him, and finally freeing myself from his control.

Thorus appears to age before our eyes, and time appears to warp around him, and we get a vision of him breaking into some alchemist’s shop, and concocting an elixir to save his dying father.

Madreus points to the orb, commanding a little demon to ensure the gate stays open, it then moves over to the pedestal and starts to bang on it, like someone banging on a piano. Thorus tells us to look at the columns of nephilium, and we see them glowing, on green, red and blue. Madreus then attempts to dominate Kiedro, but is unable to control him, finally controlling his mind, using four attacks to do so.

The demon grabbing Lorthandriel , squeezes him, and swings at Thorus, critting him, but then he turns back time, this time missing Thorus. Lecarde kills the demon grabbing him. Lorthandriel , attacks the demon grabbing him, but is still unable to escape his grasp. Kiedro charges Spencer, almost killing him. I attack the demon holding, scoring a strong hit on him. Spencer then appears to enrage, growing larger, and we see a vision of our captivity, Spencer being held back, surrounded by cages as other slaves are driven out of the group. He breaks free and tries to run to his brother, but does not reach his brother before an arrow pierces his skull, killing him.

Thorus moves away from Kiedro, as Madreus blasts us with another psychic blast, hitting Spencer, myself, and Kiedro, sending us sprawling and dazing us again, bloodying me. The demon then squeezes Lorthandriel , as I duck under his swing, and he moves up into the group. Lecarde moves up to Madreus, leaping on him, grabbing and dazing him, our first real attack on him, delivering a nasty wound to him.

Lorthandriel then successfully hits the demon holding onto him, and heals Spencer. Kiedro then wildly misses Spencer, but cannot escape Madreus’ control.

Gruudash enters limit, his body growing and shrinking with the beating of his heart. We can visibly see the adrenaline rushing through his system. A scene of slavery, something we have come to understand about the half orcs

Spencer obliterates the guardian demon, with a masterfully placed shot, sending its essence back through the portal.

Thorus moves his Punishing Eye, and scores a grave strike on Madreus, with his Magic Weapon attack, healing Kiedro in the process. Lecarde bites at Madreus as he attempts to attack us with his mental attack, hitting only Thorus, sending him screeming, he then teleports across the room, getting away from Lecarde and his zone. Lecarde then moves, and charges at Madreus, leaping at him again, this time he is knocked to the side, as Madreus was prepared for the attack.

Lorthandriel moves away from Kiedro, who then swings at Thorus, but is unable to land a hit. Spencer and I move up towards Madreus, who then teleports using his bolt of lightning near the pedestal, and then dominates Lecarde. Lecarde then charges Spencer, leaping on him, sending him sprawling across the floor. Lorthandriel moves up, as Kiedro charges at Spencer, and in true Kiedro form, misses. Spencer then moves up and demolishes the demonling working the controls on the pedestal, who pulls what appears to be a blue rod from the control panel, which flies through the air, falling to the ground.

Thorus moves around Kiedro, and is able to shake of the dazing effects of Madreus’ previous attack on him. Madreus then moves up and blasts us all with his mental attack, hitting me, Lecarde, and Spencer, Thorus backs up time, forcing him to remake the attack, this time he misses Lecarde. Lecarde then moves up and leaps on Madreus again, knocking him to the ground once again.

Lorthandriel moves up, to enable himself to pick up the rod next turn. Kiedro then charges Spencer, hitting this time, bloodying him again. Spencer and I both move up, but are unable to get shake the haze from our minds.

Thorus then also runs up to the pedestal. Madreus emanates a blast, attacking Thorus, Lecarde and Lorthandriel , critting Lorthandriel , and hitting everyone else, which Thorus rolls back, making him remake the attacks, he still hits everyone, knocking everyone back, and preventing them from moving. The attack also bloodies Thorus. Madreus teleports to the pedestal, frantically trying to keep the portal open, as he works the controls. Lecarde calls forth lightning to strike at Madreus, but is still held in place by whatever magic he was using.

Kiedro then charges Thorus, but finally is able to shake Madreus’ compulsion. Spencer lands a glancing blow on Madreus, causing minor damage. Thorus has Fingers investigate the pedestal, to determine how it works, and he then misses Madreus with his attack. Madreus then fires a black bolt at me and Kiedro, dominating both of us.

Lecarde then rends Madreus, who deftly avoids his attack, while Lecarde is still unable to move from his spot. Lorthandriel slashes him across the back, though it appears to be a superficial wound. Kiedro then charges Lecarde, missing him, and breaking free of Madreus’ control. I am then forced to move up and attack Lecarde, but miss, and I am also able to retake control of my actions. Spencer moves up and charges Madreus, landing a respectable blow. Thorus picks up the blue rod, and proceeds to bury a quarrel deeply into his shoulder.

Madreus then shifts back, and blasts the entire group, hitting everyone but Lorthandriel ., Thorus makes him do the action over, this time he also misses Thorus. Lecarde hits Madreus, followed by Lorthandriel , who finally bloodies him.

Kiedro’s eyes turn black, and we feel he will not be able to tell friend from foe. The blood vessels in his extremities swell, and his teeth grow, as he appears more feral, and his face resembles that of a bear. He roars “I will avenge my family, I will kill my father’s murderer, I will not die with this name!” we see a vision of a rainy day of battle, showing him crushing the spine of the man who is responsible for the death of his father, and fall of his family.

Spencer hits him soundly with his hammer, missing with his other attack, but is still unable to move. I also catch him with my dagger, but and stuck in place.

Thorus then places the blue rod into the control panel, which then causes the pillar to glow a bright blue. Madreus moves up and teleports to the other side of the room. Lecarde goes running after him, missing with his lunging attack. Lorthandriel also moves up to get into range of his attacks. Kiedro rushes up, and then charges Madreus, and misses on the attack.

Thorus places all of the rods into the panel. Madreus then blasts Kiedro and Lecarde, hitting both of them. Madreus starts to move towards the panel, rage burning in his eyes now that the panel is activated and Thorus is trying to control it. Kiedro breaths fire on Madreus, who is unaffected, though Spencer’s hammer lands squarely. Thorus figures out how the device works, and tries to take control of it.

As I feel the energies rippling through the orb, I feel myself getting closer to unleashing a savagrey I cant control. Being a druid i can always see the spirits of nature, and spirits that exist within living things. I can see everyone has reached there limit and shown their strength, my test has not yet come. However lately in the corner of my eye, its as if I can see another spirit, or more like a shadow, one that is trying to consume me.

Madreus once again takes control of Kiedro, his favorite little pet. Lecarde then shifts up to Madreus, biting him in the flanks, throwing him to the ground. Lorthandriel moves up to Madreus, flanking him with Lecarde, landing a solid hit. Kiedro is then directed to charge Lecarde, and regains control of his senses. Spencer and I are both able to hit him, and can move again. Madreus then dominates Thorus, but fails against Kiedro. I run up and finish off Madreus, his body falls to the floor, and bubbles away, as the being who was controlling his body announces this is not his only gate, and we will be his when we are sent to the Abbys. The gate then collapses into a blackhole, and we feel ourselves being pulled in, and pass out. We awake in the back of a huge caravan, stripped of all gear, in a crate, surrounded by a wasteland of nothing but sand as far as we can see. The cage sits atop a huge beast, and there are more than a dozen of these beasts, all with similar cages full of prisoners.
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Gruudash’s Point of View.

are faced with a choice, a pair of huge fancy doors ahead of us, or a more typical door to our left. After the ass kicking we’d just received I think Kiedro made a good choice by going to the smaller door, without asking anyone else what they thought. Just because he has rocks for brains doesn’t mean he doesn’t have some common sense. Though somehow he still managed for fall on his face when peaking into the room, that takes some skill.
I swear to god it’s like I’m being force-fed that damn elixir the shaman used to force all of us slaves to drink. What we see in the room sure as shit seems like it is out of one of those foggy days. Funky ass vines and throbbing pods cover the room, along with bits of rubble from where they broke through the stone all around. Of course Thorus heads over to one of the pods, and picks the damn thing up and starts checking it out. They’re about the size of a small watermelon. For some sort of learned person, I swear he can give Kiedro a run for his money in the blockhead department. He for some reason decides to have Kiedro try to open the pod with that gi-fucking-normous axe of his, this should be funny. So Kiedro places it on the ground and, if you can even do so with that huge fucker, taps it a couple times with his axe, which of course causes it to burst open and spew some gooey shit all over him and the floor.
Tweedle-dee and Tweedle-dumb are soon at it again, as we decide to leave this room through one of the other doors. Thorus goes to check it out, to make sure it isn’t trapped or anything like that, then Kiedro moves to open it, and about halfway into the motion backs up a few paces, lowers his head and charges the door like a pissed off bull. Be blows through the door, and goes tumbling across the floor, covering himself in dust and shattered door pieces.
After the dust finally clears we see more of those vines and pods, with the only exit we can see, being a collapsed tunnel to the east. We also see the full plant in this room, which looks very similar to the one the shaman kept with him. Lecarde figures he must have been collecting magical energy from the pod. After hearing this Thorus studies them more closely, and believes he has figured out how to gather this power. He found five pods that he thinks can be harvested, so attempts to do so with Lecarde’s help. They were only able to extract this shiny powdery substance from one of the pods, the rest erupting on them.
We head back and check out the only other door, trying to put off our meeting with Madreus until we can find a good place to rest, and heal our wounds from the previous encounters.
When Kiedro opens this door, thankfully using the knob this time, bright light and a wave of heat enter the room. He then opens the door completely and we see a huge room, over 100 feet long and about 50 feet wide, with a large metal catwalk spanning a large gap. There are two smaller walkways along each of the walls, also going across the opening, where the heat and light seem to be coming from. In the bottom of the chasm we see what we think may be lava, and it seems to be roaring, which is good since it prevented us from alerting the creatures we see on the other side. It appears to be two dragonlings and some sort of Lava Man, because his lower body is made up of just lava, no legs, just like a skirt of lava dripping from him to the floor he hovers above, and the dragonlings are the same grayish color that the metal walkways are.
Spenser heads out onto the walkway, and readies himself, not wanting to get too far ahead of the rest of us, Lecarde then heads off to the side, and vanishes, hopefully this time he doesn’t get himself in too much trouble. This finally caught the attention of the dragonlings and Lava Man, as he then flied up and moves out over the pit, firing two black beams at Spenser, hitting him with both, who hurls a hammer back at the strange glowing creature, the hammer going through him, coming out his back. I notice the same thing happen to my dagger, as I move up, onto the catwalk to run over to the dragonlings.
Lecarde blasts Lava Man and one of the dragons. Lava Man goads Kiedro, saying how they will use him to fuel their fires, blasting him with a beam, sending him over the edge, to the grate just over the lava, with little lavalings climbing up through the grate to attack him. He then fires his second beam at Spenser, who dodges aside.
Kiedro charges one of the lavalings missing him. I charge at the dragons, and the damn catwalk falls, dropping me to the grate below with Kiedro. Thorus moves to Lorthandriel and Spenser, casting his magical weapon, hitting Lava Man, with Lorthandriel then pulling Lava Man closer, with his trash talk. Spenser then hurls both hammers, each connecting. Lava Man moves into the group of Lorthandriel , Thorus and Spenser, blasting them all with lava which he drew up from below, they were all able to somewhat shield themselves from the attack, but he does blast Spenser with a beam, but he is able to catch himself to avoid falling over the edge.
The dragons fly over the gap in the catwalk, biting Lorthandriel , both hitting him. Kiedro attacks the lavaling in front of him, bursting it into a ball of lava. I then charge the other one next to the wall, bursting it as well, covering myself in lava, as a third comes up through the grate hitting me.
Thorus hits Lava man, while Lorthandriel follows up on the dragon Lecarde previously hit. Spenser then misses Lava Man with both of his hammers. Lecarde attacks the dragons, missing each, protecting Lorthandriel with a thin layer of bark covering him.
Lava Man covers his hand with magma and slams his fist into Lorthandriel , and blasts Spenser with another beam, who is once again able to catch himself before falling over the edge. The dragons miss Lorthandriel this time.
Kiedro makes it onto the catwalk, and slams the drake next to him, attempting to send him over the edge, but doesn’t make him over the edge. Another lavaling crawls up and flied up to Spenser. I climb out of pit. Thorus moves up and kills the lavaling on Spenser, covering Spenser in Lava again. Lorthandriel cleaves into the dragon lying on the catwalk next to him, and heals himself. Spenser stands once again, this time hitting with both of his hurled hammers, laying into Lava Man, causing him, he now appears to be glowing less brightly with lava. Lecarde attacks the dragon and Lava Man, who are adjacent to one another.
Lava Man then calls up a spout of lava, directing it onto Kiedro, covering him in lava and knocking him on his ass. Who is then attacked by the dragon he was attacking. The other dragon then breaths Lorthandriel and Kiedro, but Kiedro was too low to be attacked, sending Lorthandriel over the edge to the grate below. Kiedro then stands up and attacks the dragon in front of him twice, hitting with the first attack, and is able to shake the lava off of him. I kill the lavaling on me, covering myself in its remains again, and move next to Lecarde.
Thorus heals Kiedro, and almost fells the dragon he was attacking. Lorthandriel heals himself and starts to climb out of the pit. Spenser hurls his hammers at Lava Man, hitting cleanly with both. Lecarde is once again able to attack both the dragon and Lava Man, who then moves to be above Lorthandriel , and bursts lava against Lorthandriel , Kiedro and Spenser, hitting all but Lorthandriel . Kiedro and Spenser believe they are covered in fire. The dragon moves up near me and Lecarde, breathing on us, hitting us both, pushing us away and knocks us prone.
Kiedro attacks the dragon that was knocked prone next to him, after it left the zone Lecarde created from his last attack, and Thorus casts Vampiric Weapons on the dragon that attacked myself and Lecarde. Lorthandriel makes it out of the pit, and nearly kill the dragon that breathed on me and Lecarde. Lecarde attacks Lava Man and the dragon again, hitting each, killing the dragon. Lava Man shoots his flame and Kiedro and Spenser, hitting each of them, sending Spenser over the edge, and knocking Kiedro prone. Kiedro charges, leaping off of the catwalk at Lava Man, cleaving into him with his frosty axe, shattering him into thousands of pieces, landing on his feet below. You could call it his signature attack, though he actually hit with it this time, he still did crash down onto the grate below. I don’t know who these people are, but we actually seemed to fight pretty well together here, I guess it just takes some time.
We decide to head back to the clean room, to rest. Lecarde finds himself dream walking/dreaming. We are in a vast quadruple valved chamber, like a heart that appears to be beating, and is made of nephilium. There is a sphere of pure light hanging in the air, surrounded by 3 columns of crystal, with a pedestal of crystal holding a huge book, a short distance from the sphere. Standing behind the podium with the book, is a man in a black cloak, similar to the one we had previously seen hanging in what we believe to be Madreus’ room, and the sphere is showing a portal to another world. He appears to be controlling our bodies, though we currently have our minds to ourselves. Suddenly the gate changes from a dark landscape, to a bright green wilderness, with Shayde charging and leaping through the gate, larger than we have ever seen him, who gives us back all of our powers, and giving us back control of our bodies.
We then see six demonic creatures, spread in an arch in front of us, between us and Madreus, two of which are large, and have stumps, with eyes encircling them, for heads. The other four are smaller and have small wings,
Madreus mentions something about now needing to destroy us, and how that is a shame. Blah, blah, blah, scary evil man needs to shut the fuck up and die already.
One of the massive demons also gets the drop on us, moving up more closely, behind one of the smaller demons.
Lecarde attacks two of the smaller demons, killing them, with their energy being visibly sucked within the void, and then moves up and kills off the other two smaller demons with another attack, sending their energy to the void. Seeing these demons killed I get a vision, I see myself shattering the bonds being used to enslave others, and see him behind their enslavement, time to knock his dick in the dirt.
One of the large demons reaches out and grabs Lecarde, pulling him adjacent to him, grabbing him tightly.
Lorthandriel starts singing, bolstering our spirits even further, and mentally attacks the demon¸ though he fails to move him from his spot. Kiedro is next up, charging the demon that has a grip on Lecard, laying into him with his axe. I charge him, missing with my shield. Spenser misses with both of his thrown hammers, not a very good start for either of us.
Thorus calls out his Punishing Eye, and misses with his crossbow, he is a bookworm after all I guess. Madreus fires two bolts of black lightning at the orb, one summoning 2 more little demons, and the other teleporting him closer. He then unleashes a psychic attack on Lorthandriel , Kiedro, Spenser and Thorus, sending everyone but Thorus reeling back in shock and pain. One of the little ones then flies up, next to Lecarde, and unleashes a psychic attack on Thorus and myself, drawing us in, and blowing itself up, damaging both of us, cannon fodder I guess it is for the little shits. The other large demon then moves up closer, grabbing Thorus, pulling him adjacent to himself.
Lecarde vanishes again, hitting the large demon that had grabbed him. The demon then squeezes Lecarde, maintaining his hold, and attacks me, landing a solid blow. I then lay into him, and move around him to his flank. Spenser then starts to tenderize him with his hammers.
Thorus sends a blast from Spenser’s armor, stepping out of the armor, next to Spenser. Madreus dominates me and Kiedro, taking control of our minds and actions. He’s just asking for an ass whoopin, I prick taking me over like that.
Lecarde shrouds himself and his immediate area in darkness, hitting the guardian demon, but fails to escape the grasp of the demon that has him in his grasp. Lorthandriel slashes the one that moved up into his face. Kiedro then charges Thorus, gashing him severely damaging him, I assume he’s dominated, but it may just be payback for making a fool out of him earlier. I then charge Lorthandriel, giving him a huge gash along his upper arm, but I am unable to break free of my domination.
Madreus once again moves up, and attacks Thorus, and Spenser sending them reeling again, along with the large demon that was attacking these guys. The demon then attacks Lorthandriel grabbing him, and nearly killing him. Lecarde blasts both of the large demons with thorns, pelting both of them. The demon holding Lecarde drags him with, as he moves to attack Thorus.
Lorthandriel then changes from his elven form, to that of a glowing amorphous being. We see a vision of him sitting at a desk, writing the last page of a book, and closing the book. He still can’t break free of the demon’s grip, but does manage to heal himself, from his near death state.
Kiedro then charges the demon holding Lecarde, laying into him with his axe, scoring a nasty strike across his chest. I then am forced to attack Thorus, hitting him, and finally freeing myself from his dickhead’s control.
Thorus appears to age before our eyes, and time appears to warp around him, and we get a vision of him breaking into some alchemist’s shop, and concocting an elixir to save his dying father.
Madreus points to the orb, commanding a little demon to ensure the gate stays open, it then moves over to the pedestal and starts to bang on it, like someone banging on a piano, almost reminds me of Thorus and Kiedro. Thorus tells us to look at the columns of nephilium, and we see them glowing, on green, red and blue, like those odd rods we’ve been lugging around for a long time now. Madreus then attempts to dominate Kiedro, but is unable to control him, finally controlling his mind, using four beams to do so, he may be a block head, but he can also be stubborn as hell, or is that what being a block head is? Meh, that’s for Lorthandriel and Thorus to care about, I could give a shit.
The demon grabbing Lorthandriel , squeezes him, and swings at Thorus, I think I heard a crack, that must have hurt, but then time appears to flow in reverse, this time the demon ends up missing Thorus. Lecarde kills the demon grabbing him. Lorthandriel , attacks the demon grabbing him, but is still unable to escape his grasp. Kiedro charges Spenser, almost killing him as, I move to attack the demon holding Lecarde, scoring a strong hit on him. Spenser then appears to enrage, growing larger, and we see a vision of our captivity, Spenser is being held back, surrounded by cages as other slaves are driven out of the group. He breaks free and tries to run to his brother, but does not reach his brother before an arrow pierces his skull, killing him.
Thorus moves away from Kiedro, not wanting to be on the receiving end of his wicked axe any more, as Madreus blasts us with another psychic blast, hitting Spenser, myself, and Kiedro sprawling and dazing us again, bloodying me. The demon then squeezes Lorthandriel as I duck under his swing, and he moves up into the group. Lecarde moves up to Madreus, leaping on him, grabbing and dazing him, our first real attack on him, delivering a nasty wound to him.
Lorthandriel then successfully hits the demon holding onto him, and heals Spenser. Kiedro then wildly misses Spenser, but cannot escape Madreus’ control.
I feel a surge of power, as I am overcome with the vision of me, in the middle of the slave section of the encampment, killing the last guard, giving a primal scream, that shatters the bonds holding the rest of the slaves. When I open my eyes after the scream, I see myself, I have enlarged, my veins and brands are indistinguishable, each pulsing with every heart beat, my body growing an shrinking as my heart beats, getting larger on the push, and smaller on the pull of the blood through my heart.
Spenser obliterates the guardian demon, with a masterfully placed shot, sending its essence back through the portal.
Thorus moves his Punishing Eye, and scores a grave strike on Madreus, with his Magic Weapon attack, healing Kiedro in the process. Lecarde bites at Madreus as he attempts to attack us with his mental attack, hitting only Thorus, sending him screeming, he then teleports across the room, getting away from Lecarde and his zone. Lecarde then moves, and charges at Madreus, leaping at him again, this time he is knocked to the side, as Madreus was prepared for the attack.
Lorthandriel moves away from Kiedro, who then swings at Thorus, but is unable to land a hit. Spenser and I move up towards Madreus, who then teleports using his bolt of lightning near the pedestal, and then dominates Lecarde. Lecarde then charges Spenser, leaping on him, sending him sprawling across the floor. Lorthandriel moves up, as Kiedro charges at Spenser, and in true Kiedro form, misses. Spenser then moves up and demolishes the demonling working the controls on the pedestal, who pulls what appears to be a blue rod from the control panel, which flies through the air, falling to the ground.
Thorus moves around Kiedro, and is able to shake of the dazing effects of Madreus’ previous attack on him. Madreus then moves up and blasts us all with his mental attack, hitting me, Lecarde, and Spenser, Thorus backs up time, forcing him to remake the attack, this time he misses Lecarde. Lecarde then moves up and leaps on Madreus again, knocking him to the ground once again.
Lorthandriel moves up, to enable himself to pick up the rod next turn. Kiedro then charges Spenser, hitting this time, bloodying him again. Spenser and I both move up, but are unable to get shake the haze from our minds.
Thorus then also runs up to the pedestal. Madreus emanates a blast, attacking Thorus, Lecarde and Lorthandriel , critting Lorthandriel , and hitting everyone else, which Thorus rolls back, making him remake the attacks, he still hits everyone, knocking everyone back, and preventing them from moving. The attack also bloodies Thorus. Madreus teleports to the pedestal, frantically trying to keep the portal open, as he works the controls. Lecarde calls forth lightning to strike at Madreus, but is still held in place by whatever magic he was using.
Kiedro then charges Thorus, but finally is able to shake Madreus’ compulsion. Spenser lands a glancing blow on Madreus, causing minor damage. Thorus has Fingers investigate the pedestal, to determine how it works, and he then misses Madreus with his attack. Madreus then fires a black bolt at me and Kiedro, dominating both of us.
Lecarde then rends Madreus, who deftly avoids his attack, while Lecarde is still unable to move from his spot. Lorthandriel slashes him across the back, though it appears to be a superficial wound. Kiedro then charges Lecarde, missing him, and breaking free of Madreus’ control. I am then forced to move up and attack Lecarde, but miss, and I am also able to retake control of my actions. Spenser moves up and charges Madreus, landing a respectable blow. Thorus picks up the blue rod, and proceeds to bury a quarrel deeply into his shoulder.
Madreus then shifts back, and blasts the entire group, hitting everyone but Lorthandriel ., Thorus makes him do the action over, this time he also misses Thorus. Lecarde hits Madreus, followed by Lorthandriel , who finally bloodies him.
Kiedro’s eyes turn black, and we feel he will not be able to tell friend from foe. The blood vessels in his extremities swell, and his teeth grow, as he appears more feral, and his face resembles that of a bear. He roars “I will avenge my family, I will kill my father’s murderer, I will not die with this name!” we see a vision of a rainy day of battle, showing him crushing the spine of the man who is responsible for the death of his father, and fall of his family.
Spenser hits him soundly with his hammer, missing with his other attack, but is still unable to move. I also catch him with my dagger, but and stuck in place.
Thorus then places the blue rod into the control panel, which then causes the pillar to glow a bright blue. Madreus moves up and teleports to the other side of the room. Lecarde goes running after him, missing with his lunging attack. Lorthandriel also moves up to get into range of his attacks. Kiedro rushes up, and then charges Madreus, and misses on the attack. I think half of Kiedro’s problem hitting anyone is that damned axe, way too big for anyone to properly wield, even an abnormally large rock man like him.
Thorus places all of the rods into the panel. Madreus then blasts Kiedro and Lecarde, hitting both of them. Madreus starts to move towards the panel, rage burning in his eyes now that the panel is activated and Thorus is trying to control it. Kiedro breaths fire on Madreus, who is unaffected, though Spenser’s hammer lands squarely. Thorus figures out how the device works, and tries to take control of it.
Madreus once again takes control of Kiedro, his favorite little pet. Lecarde then shifts up to Madreus, biting him in the flanks, throwing him to the ground. Lorthandriel moves up to Madreus, flanking him with Lecarde, landing a solid hit. Kiedro is then directed to charge Lecarde, and regains control of his senses. Spenser and I are both able to hit him, and can move again. Madreus then dominates Thorus, but fails against Kiedro. I run up and finish off Madreus, with a final gash from my effective kopesh, his body falls to the floor, and bubbles away, as the being who was controlling his body announces this is not his only gate, and we will be his when we are sent to the Abyss. Ooh, more bold talk from someone who doesn’t even have the balls to show his chicken-shit little head, so I can cut it off.
The gate then collapses into a black hole, and we feel ourselves being pulled in, and pass out. We awake in the back of a huge caravan, stripped of all gear, in a crate, surrounded by a wasteland of nothing but sand as far as we can see. The cage sits atop a huge beast, and there are more than a dozen of these beasts, all with similar cages full of prisoners. Hell fucking no, not again!

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