Eyre 5 – Eyre 12, 1001 YK
The Eran Royal Council is convened. Improvements and explorations are ordered, and a new settlement called Edroin is founded north of Grey Titan’s Hold. Derli and Girrrth attempt to locate a serial killer on the loose in Vrinsk, but fail to come up with anything.
Dravago 1, 1001 YK
Derli nears completion on training the new members of his army of crusaders, the Hammer of Dol Dorn. Baalondorus and Nimozaran the Green inform him that they have made preparations for the Phoenix Eclipse to fly to Syrania, so that Derli can locate the Sword of Dol Dorn. He is given portal stones to summon (and return) the Hammer of Dol Dorn on his arrival. The party departs for Syrania, and finds the crystal palace from Derli’s vision, but approaching it reveals it to have been an illusion. They instead end up in Mabar, the Endless Night, in the daemonic subplane of Gehenna. Here, they find a giant castle built out of a mile-high volcano.
Derli gives the order to assault the volcano, and they pierce the front gate with the plane-enhanced negative energy cannon, punching through under an assault of daemons until the airship stops in the volcano’s caldera, where a daemonic army awaits. The party disembarks and the army is summoned, crusaders supplemented by war mages, the latter of whom are led into combat by Rilic. Zil’dejin rides in alongside the Hammer of Dol Dorn, and assists them by attacking and killing the daemon’s commander. The crusaders are triumphant after a bloodied battle, providing access to the keep. Kaleth shows up as the army returns to Content Not Found: eros through the use of the portal stones. He frees the Phoenix Eclipse from the magical force and the party heads inside.
Most of the keep is a huge forge worked by slaves. They encounter the forgemasters, a pair of olethrodaemons named Pyre-death and Furnace-wail, who recognize Derli as a daemon, but he attacks them anyway. The olethrodaemons are killed, and the party proceeds up a spiral staircase to the demiplane that acts as a throne room. On top of a mound of skulls is a red throne, on which Szuriel, the fallen paladin-turned-angel-turned-daemon waits with the Sword of Dol Dorn. Derli fights her, one-on-one at first, until the tide of combat shifts against him. Ser Tabin Hamson arrives to offer support and the party soon pitches in as well. Szuriel is laid low, and Derli beheads her. The party argues (along with Ser Hamson) about whether he should sit on the throne, but Derli mostly ignores the argument and sits, allowing his Ascension to take place and making him the Horseman of War.
Dravago 3, 1001 YK
The rest of the party returns while Derli acclimates to his new position. Two days have somehow passed, and Baalondorus has found and captured the Dragon Prophet, a Seren human who offers her help only on the condition that she become Zil’dejin’s queen. He reluctantly accepts, and she translates the passage of the Prophecy pertaining to his Ascension.
Main Characters: Zil’dejin Firebane, Derli d’Kundarak, Rilic Balendal, Girrrth Thicktrunk, Kaleth