Templeton knew there were 4 reavers and a fathomer left guarding the area of the water temple. He quickly hatched a plan to lure them into a trap. Still wearing the illusory guise of One-Eyed Shiver, he walked down the hall to make sure the coast was clear. He hid at the corner of the hall and beckoned the rest of the party to make their way to the prison room. The plan was to make the party look like they were prisoners and command the reavers to guard them. Then ambush them. It would be good to separate some of the reavers from the fathomer and definitely to stay away from the shark riding wave knight.
The plan worked well with everyone sneaking into the room except last to go was Quintus and his cursed armor made too much noise as usual. Two of the reavers started walking towards the noise to investigate. Seeing that Quintus would not make it into the room in time, Templeton stepped out from around the corner to almost run into them. The two stopped as Templeton explained that some prisoners had been captured and needed some guarding. He commanded the 2 reavers to collect the rest of their men. One complied and turned around, the other moved to the side as if he were going to go around Templeton. Templeton moved in his way. ‘Where do you think your going, I told you to get your men. Gar Shatterkeel wants these prisoners well tended.’ Templeton’s silver tongue did not seem to sway the curiosity or perhaps suspicion of the reaver. Unimpressed by One-Eyed Shiver‘s authority, the reaver again tried to step around Templeton. Knowing if he were to do so and the jig would be up, Templeton pushed the reaver backwards with his hand. The physical contact (much lower than expected) gave the reaver a save versus the disguise self illusion. He made the save and saw through Templeton’s illusory guise. The reaver yelled intruders and all of the reavers swarmed up and surrounded Templeton.
Quintus heard the alarm and ran forward casting a silence spell around Templeton to seal off any further alarm. Templeton tried to cast an invisibility spell but could not manage the verbal component of the spell while in the area of silence. So he disengaged and moved away down the hall past Quintus. Brenn leaped out of the prison room and swiftly made his way into the silence area to engage the reavers in melee. Puck then came out of the room and unleashed a fireball. The powerful ball of fire erupted perfectly inside the area of silence eerily producing a bright flash of fire and smoke but no sound. Brenn put a hand up to shield his face but the flames were expertly sculpted by Puck to avoid any contact with him.
The Fathomer moved out from around the corner and saw Brenn fighting the Reavers. The fathomer cast a spell and an icy shard blasted into Brenn. Brenn hacked away at the reavers slaying one of them. Quintus managed to move closer and cast a shield of faith on Brenn. Despite this incredible AC, Brenn still managed to get hit by some lucky shots by the reavers. Another of Puck’s fireballs blew up and took out two reavers leaving only one remaining.
Brenn lashed out at the remaining reaver and cut him across the leg but he did not go down. Brenn then printed around him and ran down the hall to find the Fathomer. Find him he did. He moved adjacent to the Fathomer and slashed Macallan, his burning longsword across the fathomer’s chest and tried to force him backwards into the zone of silence. Unfortunately the Fathomer proved stronger than expected and resisted the push.
Just then there was a huge surge of water and a giant shark leaped out of the water to fly overhead. The Wave Knight mounted on the shark thrust his lance into Brenn’s back as he soared overhead. Brenn staggered from the force of the blow but managed to stay upright and the shark and its rider crashed into the water on the other side of the jutty.
The Fathomer cast a vampiric touch spell and managed to somehow get past Brenn’s formidable armor. As the life drained away from Brenn and into the The Fathomer, the cultists smiled grimly. Brenn collapsed pale and white from the blast of necrotic energy. As he hit the floor blood was still pouring out of the grievous wound on his back. But the magic of his periapt of wound closure sealed the wound and stabilized him in an unconscious state.
Badding finally came around the corner and engaged the last Reaver smashing him down with his fiery flail. He closed with the Fathomer but had no additional attacks. He saw Brenn collapsed but could not get close to him yet to help. Quintus and Puck moved as fast as he could to get down around the corner. Templeton was faster and made it to the corner unleashing a wicked bolt from Sky Piercer that tore through The Fathomer and hurt him so badly that he lost concentration on his vampiric touch spell. That being the case, The Fathomer transformed into some sort of water serpent who coiled himself around Badding and dragged him into the water.
Under the mirky water Badding was constrained and unable to move or fight until he escaped. He fought hard but was unable to get free of the watery serpent’s coils. Badding grimaced while holding his breath and being crushed by the water snake and attacked by both the shark and Wave Knight. Puck and Templeton took up positions at the waters edge looking for any sign of Badding. All they could see was roiling water mixed with blood. It was a tense moment as they simply waited with readied attacks not knowing what else to do as Quintus healed Brenn and got him back on his feet.
Suddenly Templeton saw a flash of the shark’s tail and let loose a bolt that tore through the creatures body. But everything went quiet again with the water settling down. Everyone was thinking the worst for Badding when with a surge of energy he finally broke free of the water snake’s coils. The bird man burst out of the water with a loud squawk and managed to fly over next to Brenn and Quintus away from the edge. Now that Badding was out of harm’s way Brenn yelled for Templeton and Puck to get away from the edge of the water.
Before they could move the giant shark again launched up out of the water to soar over Templeton. The Wave Knight’s lance managed to thrust into Templeton but he twisted at the last moment to minimize the damage. Just then Puck unleashed his readied magic missile spell that tore the shark apart. Five bolts of force tore into the giant shark pulverizing it into a shower of gore that rained down onto the surface of the water. His mount destroyed the Wave Knight splashed down into the water as well.
Templeton exhaled and moved away from the edge of the water. He noticed the Fathomer in human form again get out of the water across the cave on the other side. Templeton let loose a crossbow shot and hit the Fathomer in the leg. He staggered by the blow but turned to move down the tunnel. Before he took a step, Puck unleashed another empowered magic missile. This time 6 missiles tore into the Fathomer. The magical bolts of force picked up the fathomer and shook his body like a rag doll as they tore through him. His bloody lifeless body hit the ground with a horrible squishing sound. Puck nodded in satisfaction as he moved away from the edge of the water to the safety of his friends.
There was a moment of quiet before The Wave Knight leaped out of the water to attack Puck. He was hellbent on avenging the death of his trusted shark friend by the audacity of this little forest gnome. He would have gotten two good cuts in on Puck with his short sword, but the crafty little gnome put up a shield at the last minute to block both blows. Then the Wave Knight was surrounded. Brenn cut him with Macallan and with a cool maneuver disarmed him. After the knight’s short sword clattered to the ground, Quintus ran up and laughed, ‘Is this sword yours?’ He picked up the short sword and drove it up to the hilt through the man’s chest. As the wave knight fell down to his knees he looked incredulously at his own sword buried in his chest and expired. A pack of ghouls then snuck out of the shadows of a hallway and dragged the corpse of the Fathomer away back into the darkness.