Terminus 12.8.13 Grand Finale Part 2!

The next room Room down, the final one before the Forge Room, held a blue and a purple Beholder.  Meggido quickly moved i to a defensive position, taking advantage of Sardis teleporting then backwards.  Vallo healed Adah-kah and the fight was on.

Unfortunately for the Beholders, it wasn't destined to be a long one.  Unleashing her fury, Sabriel annihilated tge purple Beholder.  Adah-kah slashed at the blue Beholder, beginning a torrent of attacks that left the eyebeast bleeding on the floor.  It was time for the last drop to the Forge Room.

The room seemed calm, but quickly an array of Beholders appeared!

The fight begun with Vallo pushing his teammates deeper into the room.  Maggido capitalized on this by drawing a big chunk of the Beholders to himself, keeping them from free movement.  Sardis immobilized another large chubk of the Beholders, meaning the No Pants Brigade had far more range of motion than their foes.

Adah-kah used that fact to dart in and launch a psychic assault on several of the Beholders, staggering them.  Sardis teleported the few Beholders not already pinned further away as Meggido pushed towards the largest Beholder, their apparent leader.

Sabriel used her wings and strength to smash into the blue and white Beholders.  At nearly the same moment, Meggido reacher the leader and engaged him.  The leader tried to fire back at Sabriel, but missed badly.

Vallo, having been preparing for this fight, laid out several bursts of fire from his crossbow, killing several of the lesser Beholders and gravely wounding the blue, white, and brown Beholders.

But now it was the Beholders' turn to strike.  They blasted the party, causing some damage, but nothing debilitating.  One of the lesser Beholders attacked and missed Adah-kah, who charged him in return and then flung another nearby Beholder into the Forge Fire.

Sardis, sensing the end of the long quest nearing, summoned her ensorceled succubus and commanded it to dominate the brown Beholder.  It successfully did so, temporarily eliminating a threat.  Then the succubus directed the brown Beholder closer to the leader.  Once there, it bit at its leader, scoring superficial damage.

Sabriel used the distraction to send a blast into both Beholders.  Unfortunately turnabout was fairplay and Meggido was forced to hit Sabriel, bloodying her, while she felt compelled to defend the Beholders.

Vallo took charge and sent a devestating blow into the lead Beholder and Adah-kah landed his own massive blow on the brown Beholder, finishing it off.  Temporarily at her own direction, the succubus killed one of the lesser Beholders.  Sardis damaged the leader further as Sabriel shook off the mind control.

The lead Beholder shifted Adah-kah slightly, then sent eye-rays into Meggido and the Nekhanj.  Adah-kah responded in kind, slashing at the Beholder.  Free to choose her own path again, the Succubus lashed out at another lesser Beholder... And Sardis, who went down in a heap.

Perhaps sensing an opportunity, the leader tried to shove everyone away, but only managed to move Meggido and temporarily weaken Sabriel.  He followed up by trying to freeze Sabriel and Sardis. Unfortunately for him, this didn't phase Sabriel, who shoved him at Meggido.  He countered, though bu shoving Meggido into the Forge Fire!

Being Warforged, Meggido passed through mostly unharmed, but it gave the party a brief scare.  Adah-kah teleported into range, stabbing at the unprepared Beholder.  Vallo launched a psychic assault to follow up and enraged the Beholder.  Moments later, Adah-kah, Meggido, and Sabriel teamed to bring the beast down, leaving the party alone with the Forge Fire.

The whine and shift in the Forge Fire's size the party had previously deduced was the sign of something coming through the rift.  Adah-kah, near the Fire had to dodge away as something immense crossed over.

Meggido, undaunted, siezed the momentary lull to place the linkage device onto the Forge Fire.  It immediately began to glow, seeming to steal a bit of vitality from Meggido.  Instinctively, the Warforged knew his life force had been bound to the device.  And in that moment it clamped into place, first charging off the interdimensional energies of the Forge Fire and then sealing them away.

Meanwhile, Adah-kah worked to stabilize Sardis while Sabriel covered them, and Vallo, against a few straggling Beholders. Vallo completed a healing spell and Sardis regained his feet, quickly looking to gather all the information he could about the situation.  In that moment the device finished its task, flying free of the former location of the Forge Fire, which had fallen silent.

And through the damaged Forge, the heroes could finally see the thing that had come through the Fire at the very end.  It was a Beholder the size of a city, which had yet to notice them as it crashed through the damaged home of the Warforged.  The No Pants Brigade fled the building lest it be dropped atop them.

As they regained their eagle mounts, they saw that the Beholder had become fixated on an approaching object, which appeared to be a cloudbank around a solid mass.  The heroes had saved the world from the threat of invasion but the mysteries in it had not all been solved...


Demigods in the Yakuza!

Other posts on Scion and Leander.  Last recap.

At the end of the last session, the Void had retreated into the darkness to try and regroup from the onslaught of the Hestia.  His respite didn't last long, though, as Tak Me but him and dragged him back out of the shadows.

Rivkah, William and Lha Mo quickly capitalized on the opening and struck out at the servant of Mikaboshi.  Jessica mocked him mercilously.  Leander calculated his next likely attack, but the Void staggered his strike to try and avoid it.

That threw off the coordinated assault, but Brock was undaunted and still managed to put a bolt of sunlight into his foe.  Lha Mo took the moment to heal Jessica, who had been wounded in the last exchange.  The Void, and his minions, traded attacks with the Hestoa while Jessica took a moment to heal Leander.  Leander managed to guess the Void's plot and directed a new assault.

While waiting for the Void to reappear, the Demigods cleared up a few of the villain's minions as Leander and Tak Me prepared their defenses.  Lha Mo took the oppprtunity to further heal Leander.

The Void emerged as a giant hand, but the band was ready for him and launched their own attack.  Tak me bit him again, pinning him down as Lha Mo put a powerful punch into the Void's body.  Rivkah added a leaping punch as William lashed out with Foecutter.  Jessica twisted fate and used her apples to distract the Void's minions.

The team got another set of blows in against the Void who vanished for an extremely long time.  When he returned, he forced Lha Mo to protect him.  She was compelled to do so, but the Void quickly formed a whirlpool of shadow, disappearing back into the body of Mikaboshi.  As he did, he told the Hestia that he had been ordered to leave behind a skull as evidence of his defeat.  The Demigods took it reluctantly and mae sure to search the rest of the cave before heading back to the Market.

There they were quickly rounded up by the Yakuza and taken back to the tower headquarters.  The team hurried to discuss their plans of what to tell the ancient ghost they'd met before, revealing more of their secrets to Jessica in the process.  They settled on trying not to lie while not revealing their connection to the demands of Kane Taoka.

The talk began that way, but the ancient ghost used his ability to talk to objects to interrogate the skull, who confirmed that the band had defeated the Void.  It winked over the shoulder of the Yakuza leader at the Hestia, who quickly decided to tell the ancient ghost of the skull's treachery, despite the potential risk to the band.  In the end, the ancient ghost decided to award the Hestia the Ghost of Little Boy as per their bargain.  The Demigods disguised it as garbage and took it back to Muramasa, along with the Flame of Kagatsuki.  Muramasa was very pleased, saying that with what the Hestia had returned with he could make his weapon "even more destructive."

With his knowledge of Muramasa, this set off alarm bells in Leander's head.  He shared that worry with his fellow Demigods and they made hushed and hurried plans to find Masamune, who was renowned for blades which would only cut what must be cut, to try and make an alternative weapon.  Nick was asked to remain behind with his gremlins to distract and slow Muramasa's progress...