Fortunately, as is often the case, Vallo struck first. He scored a solid hit and was able to launch Meggido onto the other boat. Sabriel followed that up by spewing acid onto the enemy.
Meggido, true to his nature, quickly arranged the enemy into a postion where he could limit their movement.
Adah-kah, who had been holding his discomfort around water in, missed his next attack because he was more focused on moving safely than the attack. Then the counter attack was on. The yellow ghosts tried to strike back, with one stabbing Sabriel.
The big damage came from the Beholder, though, who used his eye beams to attack everyone, including the crew of the ship transporting our heroes. Charlie, a lesser crewman died in the assault and quickly rose as an undead horror. He bit at Adah-kah and caused the Nekhanj to have a festering wound.
But the team had a secret weapon. Cornered and having grown into the adventures with his friends, Sardis unleashed a powerful magical assault, driving back his foes!
Unfortunately that paved the way for a disgusting swarm of secered heads, clearly seperated from the headless crew which had been the first wave of the assault.
Vallo and Sabriel were not phased, though, striking out to score big hits on the enemies. Meggido reasserted his dominance, locking down the movement of the assorted creatures. Having recovered his balance, Adah-kah joined the fray and delivered a big blow of his own!
The ghosts piled on to Adah-kah and Meggido, but the melee combatants were undeterred. Sardis backed them up by firing an icy blast which rearranged the attackers. Vallo used the moment to strengthen the resolve of Meggido and Adah-kah.
Sabriel viciously struck at the Beholder and the swarm of heads, which didn't work out as well as expected as the Beholder exploded in response, injuring the combatants. Meggido quickly adjusted his positioning to stay in betweenhis teammates and the shifting threats.
Adah-kah, irritatedat having been bitten, crushed the risen Charlie and plannedto move on to another foe, but they had been cleared from the decks by his compatriots. Quickly, the team inspected the enemy ship and then allowed it to sink, setting out once more to find a way to attack the Undead from behind.
It was smooth sailing for about another week until a large mass was spotted off to port. Adah-kah usedhis keen eye to make out the features of the Forge! The No Pants Brigade had inadvertantly found the portal the Beholders had been using to enter the world before the outsiders could drag it ashore.
Quickly the team formulated a plan to assault the Forge with the intent of speeding through the building to reach the Forge Fire and charge the device we'd assembled. Once that was accomplished, an attempt would be made to cap the fire and close the portal. To help in this, Vallo planned to summon great eagles which cpuld allow our boat to stay at a distance while we made our attack.
Quickly, we put the plan into action, taking to the sky and landing very near to one of the doors to the Forge. Several Beholders waited there and they managed to score a hit on Meggido and Sabriel as we landed. They missed Adah-kah, but did manage to trip him up as Meggido bullied them into the positioning he found favorable.
Undaunted, Adah-kah lept to his feet and charged the Beholders, returning their attacks. One of the Beholders, dubbed a Blood Kiss, managed to daze the party, but missed in directly attacking Adah-kah before hitting Meggido softly.
The Beholder tried to instill fear in Sardis, but shockingly, Sardis charged into the fray and magically coerced the Beholders to move to his liking. Meggido used the opening to push closer to the doorway.
The Beholders made an attempt to blind Sabriel, but she struck back at them, causing them to retreat in fear. The flaming Beholder tried to move back in and their reinforcements arrived. It was too late, though, as the No Pants Brigade was already pushing their advatage.
Meggido slid the Bloodkiss Beholder out of the way, giving Adah-kah an opening to slay the flaming Beholder. Vallo, Sabriel, and Sardis quickly added their own assaults, killing most of the smaller Beholders and further wounding the Bloodkiss.
The Beholder, having seen Adah-kah's assault on its ally, tried to use its eyes to stun the Avenger, but every attempt failed against the Nekhanj's iron will. Sardis used the distraction to score a staggering blow and Vallo followed up with a daring strike of his own.
Meggido stepped in with his own major assault and bloodied the Beholder heavily. The creature responded by lashing out wildly at the party, but couldn't stop Adah-kah from circling around to cit into him deeply. Sardis and Vallo added further injury and Meggido and Adah-kah struck again one after another to send the Bloodkiss crashing to the ground in death. And then it was time to enter the Forge proper...