Chapter 49 - Wrath & Reconciliation

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Each of the friends leaves the mist visibly affected by the choices faced within. Each looks into the distance distracted by events well outside their control, and each is quickly reminded of the task at hand. They stand in a rough hewn tunnel with faint light burning in the distance. They steady themselves and press forward each looking for a measure of revenge and redemption.

They walk through endless tunnels and eventually pass into a timeless dungeon. Countless cells contain the broken and pathetic forms of those who dared to break faith with the powers of Hell. Each of them is a coward and a liar, and their souls will bear the burden of an eternity in purgatory for their crimes.

At long last they find a stairway that leads them inside an ancient fortress and they make haste to the top hoping to free Alec and escape this place with their lives and their sanity intact. The fortress is massive, and it takes hours for them to work their way to the top. Though the entirety of the interior is littered with traps, glyphs, and runes of infernal power, they are able to neutralize most of them. Curiously though, they meet no resistance along the way. It seems every inhabitant of this place is taking part in the events outside. Finally, a massive iron bound door stands between the party and the rooftop of the ziggurat. Alisaar and William pull it open just in time to see Alec emerge from a door on the far side of the roof.

As Alec stepped forth, looking massive and beastial, ready to issue his challenge to Garza?, Arthus screams "We challenge you for Fierna's Instrumentality!" Alec's eyes blazed with hell-born fury and the crowd of countless devil-kin howled and hissed, ready to swarm the intruders.

Garza holds up his hand to silence the crowd. He laughs with the kind of haughty self-assurance that they young champions had come to expect from beings who possessed power far greater than their own. Arthus looked wildly from side to side wondering who had managed to mimic his voice so convincingly, and shook his head and cursed himself when he realized it was he who had issued the challenge.

Scene 1 - Setting the Stakes

Garza walked from behind the sacrificial altar that still ran with virginal blood. "What could any of you possibly offer to warrant that challenge?"

Without hesitation William stepped forward and held Pelor's Instrumentality aloft. "This." he said with flat determination.

"Very well!" Garza responded. "This will please her greatly!" He smiled and looked to each of them in turn.

Alisaar offered Bahamut's Instrumentality for the last chromatic dragon egg on Tamirel. Garza agreed.

Fizbin offered one year of his own service to Lady Fierna for one year of service from Jacob.

Finally Garza's fell on Arthus. There were any number of things he could have asked for, but only one seemed to have any relevance at this moment. If he would risk Alec's friendship to honor his promise to Velenia, then he would risk his life, and Lilith's, to honor his promise to Alec. "I offer Lilith's Instrumentality for the Chalice of the Brood." Garza's smile faded for the first time, being replaced by a look of shock and concern.

"What makes you think that the Chalice is within my power to surrender?" he asked.

"Don't be coy, Garza…" Arthus stepped forward with a surge of bravado. "I am well aware of Lady Fierna's pact with the Tieflings. Just because the Chalice has been lost to legend doesn't mean it has passed beyond her grasp."

Garza's eyes narrowed as he considered the insignificant manling. "So be it! The Chalice for the Instrumentality!"

Arthus readied himself for battle and silently apologized as Lilith's Instrumentality burned against his leg.

As each trade is negotiated the throngs of devils chant and scream their approval of "Fair trade!"

Scene 2 - Fight of Their Lives

ROUND 1
Arthus turns invisible
Pit Fiend summons 2 elementals and throws a fireball
William charges the Pit Fiend
Fizbin summons earth elemental to fight Jacob
Alisaar annihilates fire elemental

ROUND 2
Arthus sneak attacks cold elemental and pays dearly
Pit Fiend fires meteor swarm at William
William smites and smites and smites…
Earth elemental fights Jacob, Fizbin throws spells
Alisaar leaps into the fray with William

ROUND 3
Arthus goes defensive and eludes a grapple
Pit Fiend full attacks William and throws spells
William smites and smites and smites…
Earth elemental fights Jacob, Fizbin throws spells
Alisaar continues the assault with a full attack

ROUND 4
Arthus goes defensive and fails to dispel the chill shield (William's pos. energy damages elemental)
Pit Fiend full attacks William and throws spells
William smites and smites and heals and smites…
Earth elemental fights Jacob, Fizbin throws spells
Alisaar continues the assault with a full attack

ROUND 5
Arthus goes defensive and fails to dispel the chill shield (William's pos. energy damages elemental)
Pit Fiend full attacks William and throws spells
William smites and smites and heals and smites…
Earth elemental fights Jacob, Fizbin throws spells
Alisaar continues the assault with a full attack

Pit Fiend quicken teleports to other side of the arena
Alisaar's AO lands a deep mortal wound
William charges the length of the field and runs the fiend through
The elemental facing Arthus vanishes back to its home plane
Fizbin subdues Jacob

Scene 3 - Rewards

Fizbin gains Jacobs servitude
William has Lady Fierna's Instrumentality at his feet
Arthus recieves the Chalice from the Underdark (note drow runes on stalagmites)
Alisaar holds his blade and takes the dragon egg with him rather than destroy a helpless being

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Confrontation with Alec, and his son
Beginning the healing process


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