Vizeran Devir was slain but Yan-C-Bin still floated ominously above the party. Badding held Wind Vein and knew he had to plunge it into the air gate. But as he gazed upward at the location of the gate some 70 feet overhead, he knew that in his exhausted condition, he would struggle mightily to fly up to that height. So Badding sent out a telepathic call to his faithful giant eagle steed, Earendil. The giant eagle heeded Badding’s call and flew over to his master. Badding vaulted into the saddle and urged his mount to fly up to the very top of the chamber trying to put the opening of the portal between himself and Yan-C-Bin.
Meanwhile, the rest of the party continued to attack Yan-C-Bin in the hope of weakening him and his ability to stay on this plane. Templeton fired his heavy crossbow but could not get his sneak attack due to Yan-C-Bin’s blindsight. Puck maintained concentration on his wall of force that provided some cover from Yan-C-Bin while occasionally poking out from behind it’s safety to launch firebolt cantrips at the Yan-C-Bin. Brenn cursed his inability to fly. There was no way for him to get within range of Yan-C-Bin. He pulled out his rope of climbing and considered trying to use it to get closer.
Yan-C-Bin cast a chain lightning spell that would have ripped through the entire party. Puck could not counter it because he was behind the wall of force. But Templeton was off to the side. He used his magic to counter the lightning and the spell fizzled away from Yan-C-Bin. Everyone was grateful as the lightning most likely would have killed most of the party.
Quintus yelled up at Yan-C-Bin to come down and fight like a real warrior while he cast a spiritual weapon to fly up and hack away at the elemental prince of evil. Puck cast a spell which gave the next attack upon Yan-C-bin advantage. Templeton used it to great effect to hit Yan-C-Bin with a sneak attack and injured him greatly.
Yan-C-Bin unleashed a blast of thunder. Puck and Brenn were protected by the wall of force but everyone else was hit hard. Templeton failed his save and fell down dead, blood flowing from his ears. Quintus staggered backwards but managed to keep his feet. Badding absorbed the damage but Earendil wasn’t so lucky. The mighty steed died and vanished leaving Badding to unfurl his own wings and hold himself aloft.
It was now or never. Badding swooped down towards the yawning elemental air gate and plunged Wind Vein into the portal. At first there was a sleight resistance, but then the ancient artifact was yanked from Badding’s grasp as the portal sucked the spear in. Badding then flew down out of the way as Yan-C-Bin began to be pulled inexorably towards the gate.
Yan-C-Bin fought against it with all his might but he could not stop the pull. Especially since the party continued their attacks against him to further weaken his ability to resist the portal’s pull. Badding flew down to the dying little body of Templeton. With his last spell he cast a cure wounds to put life back into the dying man’s body.
Templeton looked up a little confused as he saw the bloodied and weakened form of Yan-C-Bin pushing against the portal in an attempt to stay on this plane. Templeton slowly breathed out a sigh of relief thinking it was all over. His relief was cut short, however, as a giant stone hand suddenly burst out of the portal and destroyed Yan-C-Bin atomizing its body into non sentient air. Two stone fists grabbed either side of the portal and began pulling at it, trying to force the gate even larger to accommodate a massive form lurking on the other side.
It was none other than Ogremach, the last of the elemental princes of evil. The prince of earth and stone had not been faced at the earth node because the party had slain Marlos Urnrayle before he could finish summoning Ogremoch. The giant hands were widening the opening and the party had to stop him before he could force his way onto the plane.
Templeton used his spell scroll of fire arrow to emblazen his bolts with magical fire. He then proceeded to fire them at the enormous hands to try and get Ogremoch to loose his grip. Puck followed with spells of firebolt. Quintus used his launch bolt spell. Brenn cursed his inability to fly or use an effective ranged attack. With repeated damage, finally one of the stony hands let go and the other don followed as the gate closed and the air node grew silent.
Everyone sighed in relief as it seemed the battle was finally over. But Brenn refused to believe the threat was over. Ironfang was still missing and Vizeran Devir’s body was gone as well. All that remained was the wizard’s staff which Puck picked up and began to examine. Brenn was convinced that the crafty wizard would try again at the earth node. So the party healed as best they could with an hour of short rest and made their way to the earth node. There they set up an ambush and took a long rest. But Vizerion never came, either he was was dead or unable to continue his plans. Puck found the wizard’s staff was a Staff of Power, which he took ownership of.
So the heroes finally emerged from the depths of the earth to see the outside once again. Badding breathed in the air deeply and reveled in the feeling of the sun on his feathers. He thanked his compatriots for their valor and flew off to return to his people in the mountains. The rest o fthe party made their way back to Red Larch. They were horrified to learn that while they had been away, the town had been completely ravaged by the continuing attacks of the cults. Apparently there were pockets of cult members that had remained after the above ground temples had been destroyed. Many of the townsfolk were dead and many of the buildings destroyed. As Templeton stood before the burned out ruin of The Dripping Candelstick, a tear ran down his cheek. He held his small hand up towards the heavens and declared, as all the gods are my witness I will rebuild this brothel and this town to be even better than it was before.