The massive baboon screeches, waking up the party in horror. Ax rolls out of the hidey hole and Eloric dispels the portal, dropping the whole party and the baboon to the ground. Santos quickly casts flame strike, but the monkey seems to shrug off most of the damage. Asesthma calms a frightened Cesa, and moves in to confront the dire monkey. Jeric jumps up and uses his chain to strike a series of hits, but even those seem to be shrug off a significant amount of the damage. Taran also jumps up and in a flash strikes the monkey. The monkey shrieks, deafening many of the heroes, but especially Taran, who is kind of an arrogant jackass. It bears down on Eloric sinking its teeth into the old man’s hip. Just for good measure the monkey drops the wizard. Santos rushes to heal the Wizard quickly, as he jumps up announcing he’s alive. Asesthma side steps the monkey and digs her holy blade into the dire ape while Taran starts wielding his blades like a white sushi chef behind him. Ax tries to charm the monster while Jeric and Cesa try to get into position, Asesthma finishes the monster with her massive bastard sword, dropping it, saving her new companions.
The heroes finally get a chance to sleep while Asesthma watches over the group. In the morning, the heroes buff themselves, normal stuff, strength, speed, becoming angels; standard stuff really. Asesthma leads the heroes to the origin of the bug creatures that had bested both the Devas and “Eyes” before. The heroes see a scene of horror as these bug creatures seem to be attacking some kind of tentacle spider monster, Cthu’lul’s cousins; horrors attacking horrors. The bugs senses don’t rely on sight, and seem to be based on feeling or tremors. Asesthma leads the heroes further to the Everspout itself. What they see are dozens upon dozens of beholders, one massive one, with mind controlled slave and then also pens of innocents. In these groups of rounded up heroes look like a Scot, a Lightbearer and, none other than Aramil himself. Taran gets a boner instantly, while the rest of the part acknowledges that Aramil is probably the an inbred elf with downs.
The heroes try and figure out how they are going to save the people and then attract the bugs to the beholders. Taran and Eloric accept that most of these people are just gonna die. They’re dicks. Asesthma lets the heroes know that the beholders are feeding the Essence Spout to summon Tharizdun, the all seeing eye. If they feed it enough, it will summon the devourer of worlds. This has been seen generally as a bad thing. Santos comes up with a genius plan to silently and invisibly move down and through illusions and backstabbing the beholders saving many of the prisoners as well as Aramil the retarded elf. Eloric and his Scottish brother have a not so heart to heart. Eloric is very defensive about having friends. The Scot, known as Cirole, was coming from a family reunion going to save Eloric from Magehelm. They become perverts instantly over Asesthma, despite her suggestions to move forward. The Cleric kneels before Santos with bitching intro music, saying that he is the Messenger and is here to serve Santos, and that Santos must one day choose to save himself or save Majeria possibly ascending to the Pantheon.
The heroes really have no plan, but then Ax finally remembers, “I can summon dragons!” Maybe for the better or worse, Ax calls the nearest Dragon, Ax’s own great great great great grand father whose name is Allindutime (actually Raxis). He and Aramil strike up a conversation during the “negotiating.” The heroes explain the dire situation, but Allindutime seems like he is more interested in getting just getting Jeric, and that is the only payment he wants. He also lets the heroes know that he has himself, killed Crolin Orcslayer. The bugs however are arriving and when they turn the dragon in human form down, he tries to shift into dragon form, unable to do so, Ax reminding him that the spells was Summon Dragon Ally, LESSER. Lord Raxis will remember that.
The Bugs are coming and the heroes are deciding what to do with the civilians. The new Cleric suggests this people are just going to die. Santos and Faldraco then get into a debate about morality, heated, despite their shared God. The heroes decide saving people is in fact a hero’s job and get all the civilians up in the sky and/or away. Santos then starts dropping fire seeds to lure the bugs towards the beholders, going alone, risking death. The Bugs rush into the Beholders and the carnage begins, innocents screaming, and the Beholders start to hold their own for a while, but there are just too many, they are overwhelming. The ground cracks, the essence spills out, eradiating the land even more. The crack forms the look of an eye. It is horrifying and defined as hell unleashed. Ultimately though, the ritual was stopped.
The heroes escape and have the saddest feast ever. Now, the heroes have to decide if they are going to return to the site to make sure the ritual was indeed stopped, or if they simply push on to Magehelm. Santos and Asesthma decide they need to investigate the ritual site, while Aramil agrees to guide the civilians they heroes could save out of the essence radiated land. Before he leaves, Santos asks for the aid of the Elves in the battles in the future that are sure to come, since as Aramil says, many cannot see the forest for the trees; pretty bad ass. Aramil swears to aid the heroes when the great battle comes. The heroes head back to the ritual site.
The Heroes are glad they did because sitting there absorbing essence is the hive beholder. The heroes buff themselves, ready to take on the big ass ball momma. Faldraco proves himself very useful in buffing the heroes. Eloric summons three huge elementals, Earth, Wind, and Fire, they play some great music. Cirole plays a lovely diddy and the heroes rush in, finding that their spells can’t get past some barrier and they can’t get through themselves. Santos tries to teleport in with the elementals and Asesthma, but it is also unsuccessful. The beholder doesn’t do anything, but suddenly 4 of the large bugs come back to life. Ax decides it’s time for Starfall and launches the first potent volley. Santos, studies the barrier and the group suggests that maybe if they all combine their dispel magic, they might be able to break the barrier. The bugs are formidable however and go after Jeric. Luckily Jeric is able to avoid many of the strikes. Suddenly, the Beholder opens its main eye, throwing a wrench into the heroes’ plan to dispel the magic itself. Taran is able to dodge many of the attacks as well, though he is more cocky about it than Jeric. They’re scary and everything, just not too good at their jobs; it seems their strength really is in numbers. The Ronin goes full Taran and drops his sword. Taran is still able to do plenty of damage with the Air Elemental. The heroes pull their collective dispels. The shield is down! Santos and Asesthma rush in to attack and with flame and steel do damage, a good start. Cirole fascinates the bugs while Faldraco tries to summon the power of Dark to harm the Beholder, Dark seemingly laughing from afar. Jeric tries to do some more damage to a downed bug while Cesa gets into position. Eloric and Earth, Wind, and Fire, start to do some damage against the Beholder. The Elements strike, but it’s the pervy old wizards Starfall that really does the hurt. Asesthma calls on the power of her God, and Light graciously answers. She buries her bastard sword imbued with the Light in the Beholder, eviscerating it.
The battle is ended, and it is a good thing the heroes returned to finish the job. There is no telling what evil still lurks beyond and before them, hoping to drink of the Essence in Majeria.