Traps, there is always another trap. Just for once I would like us to get the jump on the enemy. Even our best laid plans get brought low. Days of planning for us and they can wipe it away in a few hours, their cunning is almost scary. It makes me suspect that we have a turncoat in our ranks.
With Gesh’s well-placed lance of frost there was one less tiefling that could rat us out, a little bit to be thankful for. While Lankor and Perion inspected the staff (it appears that it can warp the effectiveness of summoning extraplanar creatures) I noticed the beautiful sapphires in the devilish bas-relief in the rear of the summoning room. With a few well-placed shots to act as footholds I was able to climb up the statue and pry out the four gems, good thing I remembered my trusty thieves tools(haven’t used those for many years now). No need to preserve this carving, though still wouldn’t mind coming back once all this nonsense with the tieflings is done. For now I must stay focused on finding the cure for the plague.
After grabbing our pickings it was time to explore the remaining tunnel in this mining cavern and hopefully find that poor tiefling that ran from the dwarven outpost ambush. We could hear the cascading of a waterfall as we rounded the corner and entered an enormous cavern dimly lit by the glowing blue waters of tributary rivers which I presume would flow into the Hell Stew close by. And, as alluded to by my opening, was a group of tieflings awaiting our arrival lead by none other than Gyyrune himself. He was guarded by two undead tieflings as well one of those pig dragons from earlier. I could not forget that smile for the last time I had seen it was when it was engulfed in flames. Seeing other legionnaires nearby Gyyrune I took a step to a strategic location and started raining down death. Gyyrune was obviously unaware of my pin point accuracy from such a long distance and quickly ran to cover as his minions started closing the gap. Perion let out a whoop of joy as he surfed down the river and waterfall with his shield that was floating above the water. The rest of the party crossed the small river and headed to the greater part of the room while Perion and I stayed to the right side. As we moved down and I continued to fire pain and death I Perion and I heard a battle wail coming from the nearby alcove. Streams of enemies ran out to greet us with a tiefling blademaster at the helm. With a quick shot I helped stave off a vicious attack against Perion but our odds got just a tiny bit worse. I still wasn’t worried. So so when Torrin hurrled a huge gob of frozen dragon goo that decimated the enemy ranks, when did he learn how to do that?
The same cry was heard of the other side of the cavern where Kildrak placed himself, this would be a cork that would bite back. I couldn’t really see what was going on but it appeared that the tiefling raidmaster was trying to reason with Kildrak, a poor choice as I heard the satisfying crack of Kildrak’s hammer hit tiefling armor and flesh. The next thing that happened was very strange indeed as it appeared that this tiefling was helping Kildrak dispatch the devils as that ran out of the alcove, it was still too dark to tell. The fight continued with Perion and me slowly making it to the rest of the party. As we got closer it did appear that this tiefling was indeed helping us, I even heard him scream a curse to Gyyrune as he summoned a spined devil to attack the necromancer. The fire beast attempted to bathe the group in a huge gout of flame but the resistance granted by Lankor held true and all that was felt was a tiny bit of heat, not even my arrow fletches were burnt. This tiefling ally is very interesting, it has been such a long time since I have seen one not looking to end my life I am not sure what to make of it. It does suit my needs against the xenophobic Talon view. He continues to plead peace with Kildrak mentioning an old friend Arandur whom I have only heard of (that is his totally alive). With the onslaught of legionnaires gone it was time to finally end Gyyrune’s life for once and all. But that shrewd bastard wasn’t done with his tricks as a gigantic blackish purple umber hulk erupted from the ground. It seems we have another blockade before we get to Gyyrune but he will be dealt with soon enough. And before I send him back to the 9 hells for the last time he will tell me the cure for this plague that has done so much damage to Cerdan and the rest of Endisa.