The great red troglodyte stepped back from Kallius’ charge and tossed a clear gem over his head and down to melee below. It hit with a thundering force in the middle of our heroes, and left Dremahl trapped within a scintillating bubble. Luix and Boomah were undeterred, and continued their press against the blue lieutenant.
Saerin joined Kallius at the top of the stair and slashed out at the leader. The fiery lizard came to the underdweller’s side and breathed flames at the two before closing. The leader stared into Saerin’s eyes with a magical compulsion, but the ranger shook it off. His heavy black mace came down on the magus, hitting the elf through the magic of his duplicates.
The blue captain sent out a shock wave of electricity and closed on Luix. The two traded blows while Boomah looked for opportunities to drop bombs without injuring his allies. A heavy blow from the troglodyte sent the northerner crashing to flagstones, his life slipping away. Celeste stepped into the fray and brought him back.
Meanwhile, the mesmerized troglodytes defending the wall shook off their stupor and moved in to join the fight. Boomah was fighting toe-to-toe (but far from eye-to-eye) with the captain while Luix swung his flail from the ground. A loud pop sounded as the bubble restraining Dremahl vanished, although no one could see how that happened. He stepped up to try and his allies, hard pressed by the fight.
The scaled priest brought Kallius down with a blow, but was losing ground to the combined attacks of the elves. A healing surge brought Kallius back, but also healed the lizard at the leader’s side.
Boomah got to unleash his bomb at the charging troglodytes, causing a sufficiently fiery blast for the tiny goblin. Luix regained his footing (after much tending buy the priests), and finally brought down the blue, winged warrior.
Saerin was brought to the edge of death, and chose to drop down to the lower level to escape. The fall knocked him out, but the priests were nearby to heal him. A spectacular flashing slash with Kallius’ enchanted and charged rapier leaving a large rent down the creature’s chest, and soon the draconic priest joined his followers in death.
Soon, all that remained was the fire-stoked lizard hulking at the top of the stair. Saerin drank a potion of haste and the healers spent their reserves, as the group moved to face the foe.
In the end, it only took one more blow from Luix’ great flail to snap the creature’s back and put out its fire.
Looking around the scene of blood and mayhem, the party quickly gathered what loot seemed important. Boomah spotted other darker torches burning from across the cavernous plan — indicating that they were not alone.
Menso rejoined the group, and told them that the top level of the pyramid was open from above. Inside the blood-soaked chamber were a series of complex frescoes, and a giant slab table that seemed to have have soaked up the blood spilled on it.
But first they chose to investigate the chamber below. Inside they found a raised dais of black stone, a pallet for the huge lizard, and a large cage. Closer inspection showed a living form inside the prison.
A large metallic disk served as the only lock, and it opened at a touch from the magus. A filthy, frail figure came out, and claimed he was a priest of Nox. The group gathered around him, looking for information…