Characters: James, Roland, Thera, Alton, Jak, Izera, Althaea, Jalissa, Thornside, Kira, Xaladin, Glamor
Location: The Abyss
NPCs: Emil, Pattie, Mary, Pug, Quick, Malthazard
Gith offers the Bear Claws and Daughters of IO the gift of their astral skiff — the newly rechristened Filia Ursa as well as the entirety of the Vraxanault’s horde. After this she offers them a portal back home and they accept.
Something goes wrong with the portal when they step through and they hear a voice that says, “got them.”
When they stop out of the portal they are in a different place than they ever expected to be. James, Jak, Jalissa, Glamor, Roland, Thera and Mary find themselves in a cube shaped place where gravity shifts and changes and and each surface offers a new danger. Pug and Quick are there with an assortment of devils to try and convince Jak and James to join their side. Their arguments are specious at best and the thinnest of justifications for the evils that they have willingly wrought upon the world. Claiming that they are saving the planes from another Dawn War with their atrocities.
Jak isn’t buying it and neither is James. They attack and the fight quickly shifts and changes as the gravity in the room randomly changes flinging people around. It ends when James slays Quick and Jak lops off the head of his older brother.
Everything freezes in that instant and a creature appears to Roland claiming to be Shakti of the Reigar and tells him he has been chosen to inherit the mysteries and knowledge of his race. Roland is now a Lord of Chaos and the Reigar tells him that the room they are in plunging into the infinite Abyss and that he will make it fall on the Plane of a Thousand Portals.
At that instant the room strikes a floating rocky mesa high above a hideous plane of red wheat and pink trees with a mottled purple sky.
James hears the ringing of a hammer on an anvil and ventures into a cave where he meets Moradin who gives him the Incanabulum Primeval and tells him he has been Chosen. “You can read it now, James, though it may take several lifetimes.” He is now a Chosen of Moradin.
Jak hears the distant chanting of minotaurs praying to him and telling stories of his deeds. Referring to him as “The Dapper One.” Jak is now a Demigod.
Glamor speaks to her Primordial patron who informs her that he is actually her daughter and she is part Primordial. She is an Emergent Primordial.
Thera feels her body becoming stronger and more powerful and knows that she is far stronger than normal mortals could ever expect to be. She is now an Eternal Defender.
Meanwhile Alton, Izera, Althaea, Thornside, Kira, Xaladin, Emil and Pattie find themselves on a plane of fire standing on small floating bergs of earth that surround a much larger island streaked with flame. Standing in the middle of the island is Malthazard the demon who taunts them. “Alton, I always knew you and I would be back together… and you brought snacks. I love it when a plan comes together.”
Malthazard also talks to Thornside’s armor and asks the demon bound inside for aid. Rauthoros tells Malthazard that he is still not free but he is strong enough to control Thornside’s movements.
The characters leap into the fray to fight the demon and Malthazard seems immune to their attacks his body healing every time they hurt him. He taunts them by telling them that he can’t hurt in the Abyss and none of them know his true name.
He also taunts Alton by telling his friends that Alton murdered his entire village just make a deal with the demon. “And you don’t even know the role your mother played in all of it.”
Alton and Izera and Kira fly around Malthazard keeping him confused and disoriented until he becomes frustrated and turns to Emil, commanding him to kill himself.
“If you want me dead, then you’ll have to kill me,” Emil says and leaps for Malthazard, an Eldritch Blast gathering on the end of his hammer. Pattie sprouts wings and darts through the air after him, her body shifting into a silver dragon as she screams Emil’s name and tries to stop him. She is too late and Malthazard stabs his sword through Emil’s middle then flicks him off and onto the ground. “As you wish little fool.” Then he catches Pattie by the throat with one of his hands while two of his others grab her wings and snap them. He tosses her aside.
The Bear Claws renew their attacks, angry and devastated. Alton materializes on Malthazard’s head and tries to freeze him while Althaea summons a freezing hand and the others pound and stab at him.
Emil spits out blood and shouts a string of syllables that make everybody who hears it feel like they are losing their grip on sanity. Malthazard freezes at the sound and all the wounds they have inflicted on him suddenly reopen and he turns and begins to pound on Emil’s face with his huge fists. Thornside, unable to control his movements shoots Emil in the throat.
Alton drives a silvery spike through Malthazard as Althaea chants the name that Emil shouted. The demon dies and Thornside’s armor goes dormant in an effort to go unnoticed.
Pattie cries out for Alton to save Emil, he’s dead.
Alton picks him up and prays to Avandra. She appears before him, talking with Mary and tells him there is a price. She will heal Emil but Alton can no longer be her follower. He is now an Exalted Angel and his power is his own. Avandra thinks he will one day be her equal.
She tells Mary that she is the Avatar of IO, bearer of the divine spark of that dead god.
Alton returns to the rest of the group. Althaea and Xaladin release the demon from Thornside’s armor and Thornside takes it off for the first time in years before he stows Malthazard’s weapons in his bag of holding. Althaea opens a portal to the Plane of the Thousand Portals and Alton quickly takes them safely through the portal and to the ground.
Kira sees Pattie in her dragon form and feels her own dragon wings on her back and briefly changes into the shape of a large dragon. She quickly changes back but she knows that taking on that shape is part of who she is now. She is a Draconic Incarnation.
Althaea finds a scroll slightly buried in the plane and finds that it is the Scroll of Knowledge and contains enough information to keep her busy for centuries. She is a Sage of Ages.
Izera realizes that her study of the martial arts and focus of her githzerai mind have given her the ability to do any of the things that she sees her companions doing. She is no an Eternal Seeker.
Jalissa and Thornside see an old man approaching them with seven golden canaries flitting about his head. He blesses Jalissa and tells her, “You are now my Vessel in the world. You carry a portion of me inside you, anywhere you go.”
To Thornside he offers a gift of some new armor and a torque. Then he tells Thornside that Xaladar was acting under the orders of Tiamat when he killed Thornside’s parents. He calls Thornside Godslayer after giving him this information.
Xaladin meets a primal spirit that calls him Sovereign and enters into him, giving him the ability to control his shape. He is now a Sovereign Beast.