The battle with Marlos Urnrayle raged on across a huge battlefield. Puck had used his magic to close the gap and be adjacent to Marlos in a bold maneuver. Brenn was speedily working his way forward, Templeton was sliding through the very earth itself with his earthglide spell scroll and lurking in the shadows, and Badding and Quintus were stuck in the earthquake zone that Marlos had produced.
Earth cultists and Gargoyles tried to slow down Brenn but he hacked into them with his flaming longsword and sped past them. The snakes upon the head of Marlos bit deeply into Puck poisoning him. Puck also felt the gaze of the medusa upon him. A huge swing from Ironfang barely missed the wee gnome’s head. Hurt badly, Puck knew that caution was the better part of valor. He teleported away from Marlos and hid behind one of the huge columns in the room. Badding fell into a fissure that opened up beneath him due to the earthquake spell. He managed to fly up and out into the larger room. Quintus fell into a fissure as well but used his ring of jumping to get out. The difficult terrain slowed him down, however, and he still did not make it into the room.
A huge earth elemental surfaced and made a bee line for Templeton. But Templeton fired at Marlos with a sneak attack. The gargoyles and cultists caught up and surrounded Brenn. But Puck unleashed two fireballs to turn them into charred and dusty remains. Brenn made it to Marlos and unleashed a huge volley of attacks – 6 in fact – by using his action surge. He also used his commander’s strike to allow Templeton to fire sneak attacks on his reaction. Marlos took a lot of damage but he commanded the every earth to well up around him and wash away some of his wounds so he could fight on.
Badding flew down and hurled javelins at Marlos from on high. He also warded Brenn with a shield of faith. This added to Brenn’s already very high AC making him difficult to hit. That was good since almost all the attacks were directed at him. Quintus finally made it into the room and was standing next to Templeton and the earth elemental. Instead of attacking, the elemental summoned another earth elemental. So now there were two of them.
Brenn continued to unleash all his attacks on Marlos as did Templeton and Puck. Badding attacked as well but unfortunately caught the direct gaze of Marlos. He felt his skin begin to tighten, his body slow. He suddenly couldn’t move and dropped out of the sky to land hard on the stone below. Badding tried hard to resist but he could not. His body turned to stone finally succumbing to the Medusa’s gaze.
Quintus had had enough. He screamed the holy name of Tempus as he used his ring of jumping to hurtle through the air with his Great Sunblade held aloft. As he came down to land next to Marlos he swung his sun blade in a mighty arc and cut the medusa clean in half. The two halves of his body quickly turned to pools of liquid as he melted away.
Quintus then turned to face the two on coming earth elementals and cast a banishment spell. One of them was hurled back to the elemental plane of earth. The other was quickly laid low by Templeton’s bolts, Puck’s spells, and Brenn’s blade. With the battle won the party turned to Badding. They found his entire body had turned into a stone statue. Puck realized that the only way to bring him back was a greater restoration spell. Quintus did not have any. So Brenn carried the bird man’s body to the safe space and the party took a long rest so that Quintus could pray for new spells.
Brenn had claimed Ironfang from the remains of Marlos as it had been identified by Puck to have great powers including +2 weapon, +2d8 thunder damage, resistance to acid damage, ability to speak Terran, Tremorsense out to 60 feet, shatter three times per day, and dominate monster on earth elementals once per day. During the rest Brenn attuned to the weapon and found himself liking it greatly. In fact it was urging him to be even more violent than he already was. But this wasn’t quite clear yet.
What was clear was that when Quintus removed the petrification and restored Badding to flesh, something in him seemed change. He was very upset that Brenn had claimed Ironfang. He had some harsh words to say about the party and suddenly ran off yelling something about using Wind Vein to open a gate. Puck sprang into action. He cast a Bigby’s Hand spell that grabbed the fleeing Aarokokra. Unable to escape the magical force of the hand, Badding tried to teleport away with misty step, but Puck counterspelled leaving him stuck in the grasp of the hand.
Brenn then ran up and tried to reason with Badding asking him to drop wind vane. Failing that he really wanted to strike him, but instead tried to disarm Badding. But Badding was uncannily clutching tightly to the weapon. Templeton cast a suggestion spell telling Badding that it would be a very good idea to drop the weapon. But the obstinate bird resisted the magic. Quintus tried casting remove curse but it seemed to do no good. Again Badding tried to misty step away and Puck countered the spell. Brenn finally made a successful disarm attack, knocking Wind Vein to the ground. Templeton then quickly used his mage hand to pull it to him and put the weapon in his bag of holding.
With the weapon out of Badding’s hand and the bird man still firmly in the grasp of the Bigby’s Hand, Quintus cast greater restoration on Badding and it finally seemed to help the poor paladin. Immediately his demeanor changed and he apologized for his behavior claiming that wind vane had overcome him and forced him to behave in such ways. Templeton frowned. Seeing what had happened to poor Badding he asked Brenn quite nicely to please drop Ironfang. When Brenn did not comply Puck used his Bigby’s Hand to grasp the fighter. But it seemed that perhaps there had not been enough time for the Ironfang to fully take hold of Brenn. When asked again, Brenn complied and dropped the weapon. Using his mage hand, Templeton whisked the weapon away and into his bag of holding. Quintus used greater restoration to make sure the curse on Brenn if it remained was lifted.