The party busts through enemy lines using a small fleet of airships in an Air War to reach Tamhold. As they get close, Colonel Crackmar informs them that “It’s a trap!” and the Dwarves on the various ships are starting to get controlled by proximity to the Maul. The party teleports into the ancestral home of Tam.
A group of giants and elements guards stately Tam manor, where they have been using some of the people of Tam as slaves. Among them, Reschard’s lost love Elana. They make eye contact, renewing the Warlord’s will to fight and free his people.
After the creatures inside are defeated, Reschard and Elana see each other for the first time in years, and passionately embrace. She tells them that she and Dyson had been childhood friends, and when Mydas took her from him, he swore revenge. Even now, he was working on the ritual to bring back the primordial Ragnarok, freeing him from a nearby mountain. Unfortunately, many giants stood in the way.
With little time to lose, the party steps outside to prepare for a major fight. Reschard sees Tamhold as in his vision from so long ago, and as before, is visited by the spirit of his brother… but this time, he has good news. Mydas forgives Reschard, and has been working as his “Twin Soul” to aid him all this time. He also called in a favor from some other astral allies. With that, a trope of Astral Giants arrive to clear the path up to the mountain.
At the top, the mountain has begun to resemble a portion of the Elemental Chaos where Dyson works to awaken Ragnarok. Reschard tells him:
Dyson! Lay down your arms! We will no longer allow you to endanger the peoples of Einland and the citizens of Sarta. Know that this day will be the last that we allow your machinations continue. You have betrayed the people of Tam, murdered my brother, and stolen my love. I will not let this stand. We know of the dark god you truly serve and we will stop you. Beware of what you face Dyson. We who stand against you have walked the paths across time itself, fought and defeated demon and celestial alike, many have even met and returned from death itself. We have reclaimed the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords and raised an army to cease your tyranny, and we will stop to no end other than that. You may think you face mere mortals, but I tell you, before you stands legend incarnate. We forge the path of prophecy as a dragons breath burns through a forest glade. Your fall would be yet another line in scrolls the history. Spare yourself the bitter end and forsake your bond to the Maul of Titans. Free the giants and people of Sarta alike. Remember the loyal servant of the people you once were and perhaps you will find mercy. Or know end without peace, your head upon the ground at my feet.
A diminished primordial took on the party, using mighty leaps, and command over intense heat and cold to attempt to destroy them. Gurias took to the air to fly around attempting to disable the seals that had been opened to channel the power of the Elemental Chaos, limiting the Primordial’s ability to animate pieces of it. Meanwhile, the titanic battle between the wielders of the Axe of the Dwarvish Lords and the Maul of the Titans commenced in earnest.
The Axe warned Reschard that Dyson should be left alive, and that the only way to stop him would be to cut off the Hand of Vecna. Bael plunged into the elemental soup, barreling into pools of lava to push Dyson through the deadly mix. With a mighty heft, Reschard’s severed the Hand of Vecna from Dyson’s burnt form, ending the threat of him and the primordial, who discorporates back into energy.
Victorious, they drag Dyson’s body back to Tamhold. Upon arriving, they discover that Paledmar has been busy while they were occupied, taking Elana’s soul, and promising to return it if they bring him the Eye and Hand of Vecna in exchange. Some words go back and forth, but the villainous Lich will not accept any other terms.Treasure:
- Hero’s Armor (Chain) +5
- Belt of Vim
- Frost Gauntlets
- Guardian’s Cape +4
- Champion’s Ring
- Defender’s Armor (Scale) +4
- Striker’s Weapon (Dagger) +4
- Controller’s Implement (Staff) +4
- Leader’s Helm