Elemental Strike Force
As the PCs emerged from the Gateway of the Master Mechanics, several minutes later, they did so into a full scale battle. The hall of doors was filled with miniature storm clouds and larger air elementals all pushing against the now fairly weak defenses of the Gnomes bunkered down in the Vault room.
Gar Gathalon and his entourage were still in the Vault, but only with a couple of constructs still with them, most of the constructs had already left the area and headed off to wherever they were being sent. The PC’s didn’t hesitate to jump into the fray. Ironheart, Evayne, and Mace leapt directly into the melee.
Tinorian, Zykir, and Zorla Yeg supported the rest of them from a distance and even Plawth Perth joined in the fight to push the elementals back away from the vault. The PCs didn’t care much for Gar Gathalon, but they also didn’t want the Elementals laying claim to the artifacts that the Master Magister held on to.
After a quick and high damage, on both sides, combat, the elementals were eventually defeated and the PCs could hear battle raging elsewhere in the Gnomes Research Facility. Specifically they heard a loud roar come from the northern hallway that led to the actual research facility.
The PCs agreed to help the conclave defend against the elemental invasion and they turned north to head to where they heard the roar several minutes before.
The Storm Dragon
The research facility of the gnomes was built to resemble a giant cog, and flying around in the middle of the room was a long serpentine blueish white dragon commanding several of the air elementals in the room to look for the artifacts. The Dragon spoke in auran, which fortunately Cifli was fluent in.
The PCs began discussing what to do as well as if and how they should fight the dragon, but before they could formulate a plan the dragon noticed them and immediately sent the elementals to assault the PCs. The Dragon then turns itself into a mist to hide from the attacks of the PCs.
Tixe seeing this casts Wind Wall in the hallway to trap the dragon in the room that it is currently in. Meanwhile the PCs move through the wind wall to strike at the elementals and then back to retreat.
Without warning the Dragon, once again a tangible serpentine form, rushes at the top of the hallway and begins to push dart over the heads of the PCs making for an escape. Evayne, with her pole arm in hand strikes the Dragon with an attack of opportunity and brings it to a halt in the middle of the hallway and surrounded by the PCs.
They focus all of their attacks on the dragon, and while it breathes lightning down one hallway, lashed out with it’s tail down another, and attacks Evayne and Mace with its mouth and claws, the PCs are able to eventually kill the beast.
The PCs talk about what they would do with the body of the Dragon, but the war is still waging and they ultimately just leave it there and move east through the facility towards the Construct Construction Room.
The Elemental and Gnome Construct War
The PCs emerge from the hallway to see dozens of elementals pushing against the gnomes, halflings, and their constructs with severe force.
The PCs realize that from the hallway they are emerging from they can act as a flanking force for the Gnomes and so they jump right in and start fighting off the encroaching Elementals. After several turns and many tens of rounds, the PCs and Gnomes are finally victorious over the elemental swarm and are able to push them back out into the valley behind the facility where they have the elementals bottlenecked at the north gate of the facility.
The Conclave and the Marrisouf
With the main battle won, the PCs head deeper into the facility to go and assist the remaining conclave members and Gar Gathalon to keep the artifacts safe. Eaus Kop and Torzil Hedfin remain in the Construct Construction Room to organize the defenses against the still active Elemental forces.
As the PCs move deeper into the Gnomes facility they realize that there is more going on than just some air and storm elementals assaulting from the rear of the facility. There are Fire and Earth elementals coming up from the various binding rooms that were used by the gnomes, and in fact those elementals have already collapsed the tunnels and hallways that led to the binding chambers.
The PCs fight their way through these other enemies until they reach the bottom floor of the Conclave chamber where they see blood, corpses or gnomes, halflings, and other strange creatures, some ant like and others resembling harpies. The PCs rush up the stairs and on the second floor they come face to face with one of the Champion Tormented created by Nisus 1,500 years ago, known now as either just The Tormented, or as the specific sub-species of the Marrisouf.
With long and thin tentacles draping down from its face the creature was wounded and being carried by several harpies down the stairs away from a battle that was still being fought above them. Without hesitation the creature cast a high powered fear spell and sent, Evayne, Tixe, Mace, and Ironheart running in terror.
However they couldn’t keep pace with even the wounded Marrisouf so Cifli took a gamble and cast a low level sleep spell on it from nearly the maximum reach of his range. Surprisingly (with the Marrisouf getting a natural 1 on the die) the spell works and the tormented collapses.
Tinorian conducts a coup de gras on the creature and they are able to claim its gear, equipment, and spell book.
Upon returning to the facility and meeting up with the rest of the PCs the group learns that there were a total of three Marrisouf that attacked the facility and that the other two got away after killing most of the Conclave, including Gar Gathalon, and taking the Key to the Door of Four with them. Oddly enough though they didn’t take the Scroll of Nisus and instead just left it there with the corpse of the Gnome.
The PCs negated with the new Master Magister Eaus Kop for the body of the Dragon they killed, magically enchanted armor or other items, and Ioun Stones that the Gnomes had. In no condition to immediately pursue the Marrisouf they decide to stay another night with the Gnomes and recuperate.
Though now they have the full support of the Gnomish Research Facility on their side, and Eaus Kop explains that he is going to try to help their quest of restoring Norkeris by opening the roadways in the hall of doors to grant a quick and easier return to the facility from wherever they end up going to get his limbs back.