The party continued to track Lizzie in a seemingly hopeless cat and mouse game. Her greater invisibility was keeping her hidden from sight and she always seemed to be a step or two ahead of us. A barrage of magic missiles into Badding gave the party some clue as to the direction, but she was doing a great job of remaining undetected. Templeton used his helm of telepathy to try and detect the wizard’s thoughts but was unable to get within 30 feet of her. He even tried calling her the most terrible names he could think of to try and get her to attack him and give up her position. But she either didn’t hear him or was not fooled. Quintus found signs of blood that he was able to track. At one point he found blood going two different directions. Templeton called out for him to touch the blood thinking one set was illusory. Indeed one of the blood trails whisked away upon Quintus touch. Lizzie was crafty, Templeton had been fooled by her tricks once but was not going to be fooled again.
Finally Templeton saw her for a moment. He spell had finally run out and she was visible once more. She cursed and ran around a corner. Templeton yelled for Brenn to give chase. He was only to happy to comply. But as he raced around the corner he saw the huge firepit opening up beneath him over the ledge and Lizzie flying across. She laughed at the chasm that was between her and Brenn.
Brenn pulled out his bow and took aim. His first shot went wide right and Lizzie laughed. He lined up the second shot much better and the arrow found its mark sinking deep into her thigh. It was but a flesh wound and the first real damage that had been done to her. But it was enough to break her concentration on the fly spell. With a confused look of despair, Lizzie plummeted to a fiery death into a large pool of lava. Brenn cocked his head to the side and said, “Huh. Well I guess that’s the end of her.”
Templeton ran up behind him and saw the smoke rising from the bloody lava splash. “What a wonderfully delightful end to a most wicked whore. Well done indeed, Brenn. The Daltrey’s always pay their debts. The debt is now paid.”
The party then went back to the hidden room behind the curtain that housed the Chimera. Inside Templeton found a secret floor plate under a desk which revealed Lizzie’s spellbook. Puck salivated as he looked it over. It contained the following spells:
Firebolt, light, mage hand, prestidigitation, detect magic, mage armor, minor illusion, shield, magic missile, misty step, suggestion, fly, fireball, greater invisibility, wall of fire, immolation, counterspell.
Then the party opened the red door and heard the foul laughter of two horned devils. Badding was first to enter and invoked his Turn the Faithless ability. His ancient words of pure goodness burned the infernal ears of the devils. One of them was so overcome that he ran as far away from Badding as he could get. The remaining devil was so affronted by the horrible ancient words that he focused all his attacks on Badding. Its two pronged fork stabbed into the paladin and its nasty tail cut deep delivering nasty poison to the wound. The horrible wounds bled quite profusely.
Brenn and Quintus came in and launched attacks on the remaining devil, flanking the creature. Even though they cut deep and Templeton’s bolts struck true, it continued to focus its attacks on Badding by hurling a blast of fire at the paladin. The brave knight went down, releasing the other devil from its turned state. Puck then came into the room and cast banishment. The heavily wounded horned devil disappeared – cast away back to its home plane. But the other fresh devil moved up to attack Puck. The brave little gnome was hurt badly but still was able to maintain concentration on his banishment spell, keeping the other devil away.
Quintus healed Badding but the devil tore into him anew cutting down the Aarokokra. Brenn and Quintus surrounded the devil again and Puck got off to safety down the hall. Brenn used his action surge to make 4 attacks against the horned devil and really cut into him. Templeton continued to shoot from hiding. Quintus used spare the dying spell to stabilize Badding but the magical bleeding wounds continued to bleed. So instead he used a medikit with his excellent medic experience to field dress the wounds and stop the bleeding. Brenn had the final blow cutting down the infernal creature.