The scene is set with Terminus on the essence forge ship and Jeric on the ground. The heroes have to move quickly if they are going to save the future of the essence forge and their friend. Jenissa quickly lays into Jeric, lifting him and dropping using her duskblade spells just like Jeric. Jeric decides to exact the penalty on his sister while Talara cowers behind a wall of force. Unfortunately, the idea of hurting his sister makes Jeric drop his chain after only one hit.
Up above, the heroes quickly decide to get over to Terminus to stop his oncoming attacks. Eloric teleports many heroes and Ax follows suit while Cirole tries to taunt Terminus over to the other ship. The heroes all get there and Taran taunts the big beasty which makes Terminus throw one of the essence forge over board. Eloric quickly transposes Santos and the falling essence forge, saving the NPC and Santos easily flies up to rejoin the party.
Down below, the duel continues, and decides to wear down his sister (gross) by using a wave of fatigue, greatly diminishing her ability to continue the duel. She scowls at him and Jeric snaps his fingers with a ranged touch (gross) #wincest. A purple bolt shoots out of her and she suddenly looks weaker. Jeric stands up and she takes a sing to no avail. But she steps up and begins to inflict damage on her brother again. She lays into him so hard that she KILLS her brother. Jeric falls, dead.
Santos feels the sudden loss of Jeric, and falls to his knees. Asesthma, holding Santos asks “What’s wrong?” Santos looks up, “Jeric.” They teleport down, “What witchcraft is this!” exclaims Jenissa. “I’m not a witch. I’m a saint.” Asesthma and Santos the Light no longer shoots down from the heavens this time. Instead, it shoots out of Asesthma and Santos right into Jeric’s chest. He is raised up through the light, just as healthy as he has ever been. He stares down his sister with a smirk, “It’s nice to have friends isn’t it sister.”
Unfortunately Jeric, still has horrible horrible essence cancer.
Up above, Cirole takes matters into his own junk. Taunting Terminus, his lifts up his kilt and helicopters. Terminus is enraged that he does not have the grace and girth of Cirole.
Down below, Talara springs his trap. From behind two bound individuals are brought out, halberds pushing them forward. The military crowd shouts in unison, shouting to kill the “traitors.” The bags are taken off revealing Sera, Jeric’s Mother and a young lithe nervous woman. No one knows the woman.
Up Above, Eloric trades places with the pilot of the Essence Forge ship. Eloric now has the captain hat, full loveboat, on and tells of the Essence forged to hold on to something, they do not hear him. Eloric follows through anyway and DOES A BARREL ROLL. He swings the ship over, and by some kind of madness, it actually works, dropping many of the Essence forged (not all, some fall to their deaths) on the ship the heroes are on including Terminus AND the Essence Forge the heroes were trying to protect!
Ax teleports over the real Pilot to get control of the barrel rolling ship to make sure the ship doesn’t crash or fall into anything. Taran, lands on his feet like a cat, ready to strike Terminus. He rushes the prone terminus, he summons all of his new and mighty strength from being an Essence-forged. He rushes, jumps, and buries his blades right in the jugular. Taran is blasted back, but his feet skid across the deck and stays up. Cirole tries to keep Terminus sleepy, but the construct shakes it off and stands up. He closes in on, Cirole wails on him and throws him over the edge of the ship without too much effort. Luckily Cirole floats down as opposed falling. Ax and Eloric get back to the ship.
Down below, Talara is prepared to kill Jeric and Jenissa’s mother. He tries to get through the barrier but is unable to push through. Talara is hoping to see Taran soon as well, but Jeric has no answer for him. Jeric and Santos dispel part of the barrier, but not enough to create a large hole. Asesthma uses her holy word to disorient and kill many of the soldiers, but Talara seems un-phased. Talara is overconfident and claims he will kill Jeric’s mother and this woman. Jenissa pleads that this was not part of the plan.
Up Above, Taran continues to dig into Terminus only infuriation the construct even more. Eloric summons 3 celestial dire bears, and Ax sprouts his fiery wings with haste and flies up to the deck from the cargo hold quickly. Cirole flies back up to the ship and tries to analyze exactly what is aiding Terminus in his power and healing. Spell Resistance of 30, he is in some way being magically compelled to hunt the heroes, and a wall of force on his visor. Terminus stalks forward ad swings again at Ax and Cirole. This time though, Terminus smashes Cirole straight into the deck, killing Cirole. Ax still gets tossed overboard.
Down below, Jeric attempts to punch a hole in the barrier again. He carves a door in the wall of force and quickly moves through it and gets his mother and the young woman to the other side of the barrier. Santos and Asesthma drag the group through the barrier but Jenissa then tries to get Sera away from Asesthma trying to dimension door Sera away. Talara threatens Jenissa to release Sera. She pleads for him not to harm her. He threatens again.
Up Above, Faldraco begins to draw fire around himself and shoots the inferno tornado around Terminus, dealing a massive amount of damage. Eloric and the Three Bears shove the forge down off the ship, and it lands on the wall of force. Unfortunately the bears get sucked out and Eloric also bounces off the wall of force and falling to his eventually death. He decides to shift to a different plane of existence, thinking that will be a better idea than falling to his death. Terminus starts to approach Taran but the swirling sounds of bagpipes seem to preoccupy him. Taran takes the opportunity to attack Terminus cutting deeper and deeper. Now that the Forge is safe, Ax brings down the stars to punch through Terminus, staggering him.
Down Below, Jeric tries to reason with his sister and rescue his mother. Through the help of Jeric and Asesthma they drag Sera and Jenissa back to the rest of the group. Santos looks at Talara, and calling upon the Light within himself, a divine power emits from him surrounding and the rest of the group until the blinding light shatters, revealing the heroes are gone, teleported back onto the airship the rest of the heroes (save Eloric) are on.
Up Above, Taran continues the onslaught, Cirole tries to make Terminus dance, but Terminus isn’t into it. Then Faldraco just tries to out and out kill Terminus, but it also fizzles. Santos rushes forward and tries to shield the heroes, Asesthma charges forward, flaming sword at the ready and plunges it in, triggering a series of spikes that shoot out at the heroes. Terminus responds, attacking Asesthma right away although she is able to avoid most of the attacks. Jenissa still isn’t done with Jeric and attempts to attack him, but Sera helps to stop her. Jeric snaps into action trying to subdue his sister but she will not succumb.
Suddenly a bolt of light shoots down from the sky and standing on the deck is a bedazzled dwarf. None other than Braddeck Stoneguard, tapping his shield with his warhammer, “I’m back laddies!” Terminus continues to swing at heroes while Jeric keeps his sister down, tripping her, showing her who is the better twin. Faldroco rains down even more fire while Cirole dances about. Jeric continues to fight his sister, hoping to disable her, while Sera pleads for this sibling rivalry.
Braddeck, newly arrived has his divine duties and goes to work. He launches himself at Terminus. Four attacks bury and electrocute the construct, it is a kind of viciousness the heroes have never seen. It staggers Terminus who must move into his 4th form, flexing and trying to shrug off the damage. The stars rain down from the sky again as Ax gets back on the ship. A many daddy dragons are claimed. Santos, Asethsma, and Cirole are try to remove the barrier on Terminus’ visor, but to no avail. Instead, Santos give the heroes the Righteous wrath of the Faithful, Asesthma takes advantage of her boon and digs into the construct. Braddeck meanwhile has a welcoming greeting for Santos while he nonchalantly KILLS Terminus.
Jeric is still dealing with his sister on the aft of the ship. He finally pins his sister and binds her. #gross #wincest. Ax also holds person on Jenissa. Santos decides to see what happened to Eloric since no one else was very helpful. While this is happening, Jenissa is able to escape from the Hold Person from Ax and uses her magical ring to teleport away. Taran looks up and though she might not recognize him, Taran recognizes Alice, the girl from his past, much like Taran himself, escaping a fateful death in their village. She had been used in every sense of the world by Talara’s soldiers. They embrace. Meanwhile Hope arrives while the Essence forged try to repair the ship and raise the Forge up onto the ship. Alice wants to escape this place, but Taran wants to finish off Talara.
Santos goes into a trance to find, Eloric unable to stop the heroes from making immoral decisions. Alera returns and as if she is very upset with Jeric and suddenly rushes forward, kissing him, afraid that she had lost him. The Worgrave’s share a loving hug (except Jenissa of course). Braddeck is also a little confused about who Cirole and Eloric are, saying they were famous. They are not. There is suddenly an altercation between Alice and Cirole. He backs down luckily. Santos brings up that Wyldshire is in fact being run over by demons at the hands of Ruger and Elias. Those who resist are possessed, and even those who agree to join are still put under a possessive curse.
Sera wants to find a safe place, but Santos and Jeric tell her that they are heroes now, and they must face the danger, not run from it. The heroes are trying to decide whether they should end Talara and release the yoke of oppression in Shar or save Wyldshire. Braddeck states that Furnok says the prophecy points to Wyldshire. With divine direction from Furnok, Cirole calls them cowards as the heroes head off to Wyldshire. Sera asks if it is the last time she’ll see Jenissa again. Jeric says they will find her again, not sure if he believes it himself. Cirole is brooding on the ship and plays sad songs on his bagpipes.
The heroes set course for Wyldshire, and many of the heroes decide to join Santos as he teleports Sera and Alice to Homestead with the rest of the Beaconites. However, when they arrive things seem to be even more dire. A paladin rushes to Santos warning him of the dangers up above. Dozens of airships. The airships of the Magehelm Loyalists, they have come to Homestead to eradicate the Beaconites.