Herein concludes the party’s epic showdown with a Salamander Overlord and his court. The stonelord paladin Nioveskirian narrates. (-GM)
12th day of Neth, 4718 AR
The salamander overlord’s high-voltage barrage caused my compatriots to realize that cowering in the back of the room and flinging a few arrows at the enemy while I did the actual fighting alongside our semi-sentient allies might not have been as safe as they thought. Arthritic hovered toward the boss and gave him a taste of his whip while Shia rushed in bellowing a motivational non-silence and Deckard Cain struggled against the entrapping force cube. The others were not as brave. No Name was unwilling to risk his own life, instead summoning several brave archons who immediately charged the overpowered lizard. DSFIFA looked at the insignificant scrapes he had received and fled in terror, clumsily dropping his bow on the way out. Cowards.
A loud thump heard from a seemingly empty space next to the salamaster announced that No Name’s invisible henchmen were slacking off on the job again. Our warm-blooded nemesis took this as a sign that we were not worth the arcane wattage it had been expending, and it diverted some of the energy from the cube of energy into its reserves. This proved to be a drastic mistake, as Deckard took the opportunity to blast the slightly depowered rectangular prism with a countering spell. Seeing that Deckard was back in the playing field, the salamaster realized it was not going to win this fight and attempted to escape, but the hound archons had anticipated this cowardly move and surrounded the beast. Having no other options, the salamaster let loose with another chain of lightning strikes.
The current dealt considerable damage even though I had resisted some of it, but I managed to hold my ground. To my great sorrow, my loyal earth elemental companion could not withstand such a blast. He and Arthritic died from the short circuit. The salamaster had targeted the hound archons as well, but the electricity passed through them without harm. The maniacal reptile’s next attack, a superheated fireball, was countered by the anti-fire spells we had received. I quickly healed myself and hacked away at the salamaster’s hide. My late companion’s spirit fueled every blow, and as one we brought justice to the foul lizard.
The hound archons brought the salamaster to the ground, where I removed its head. All of us had contributed to the extermination of the great evil that now lay dead before us. Except DSFIFA, who was still cowering in the hallway.
We found a sizable collection of magical items in that evil lair. Our magically adept comrades identified a rod that can maximize the power of lesser spells, four magically enhanced longspears, four rings that could deflect attacks, three resistance-boosting cloaks, a floating insight-proving stone, an ability-enhancing headband. We also found a valuable platinum chain with a starburst ruby pendant.
I managed to claim the headband and one of the rings before the debate over what to do with the rod became more heated than the room we were in. Eventually a decision was reached and we went back to the capital to recuperate from what may have been the first time I managed to accompany this group during a defeat of a truly powerful enemy.
After the others browsed the magic shops for arcane trinkets, Valestar rejoined us and we went back to the dungeon on a quest to finally complete the exploration of the fiery level. Nevurr Aghain, my new elemental companion, spotted a pit trap that led to a room three levels below. Even DSFIFA was not foolish enough to suggest entering there. There was a room filled with strange lava worms Shia called the thoqqua, and a hallway full of weak goblins that said their underground city was full of goblins that were much more of a match for us. I was tempted to go there and expunge the hideous creatures, but we had a level to explore.
We encountered a tribe of harmless children made from lava, as well as the most suspicious thing one could find in a dungeon: a room filled with unguarded loot. We were thoroughly examining it for traps when two efreeti followed by some weak salamanders attacked us. We wondered if we set off another ambush that we would have to deal with before this level could be finished.
Arthritic Slaver, half-orc fighter 12
Death from Somewhere Irrelevantly Far Away, tiefling slayer 13
Deckard Cain, aasimar oracle 12
The Hero of No Name, aasimar summoner 13
Nioveskirian, dwarven stonelord paladin 13
Shia Labeouf, merfolk bard 13
Valestar Ekhart, aasimar paladin 13