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Last Stand
With the Holy Man dead, I searched the chamber for signs of where the Master might have gone. Every inch of the walls were examined as the others healed up and regrouped, yet I found nothing. Finally, my battle-numbed brain thought of the only likely possibility: the ceiling. With help from the others, I searched the space above us and, sure enough, found a cleverly-hidden trapdoor.

We made our way up to the next floor, only to find a smaller but completely empty room. But above us was yet another trapdoor. Idon judged us to be close to, if not having arrived, at the rooftop. I agreed. Once again, I took the lead, carefully opening the portal and peeking out to see what lay in wait for us. I found myself, as expected, on the roof of the strange hive-shaped building. Nobody was in sight at that moment, but that would change soon enough.

Just as all of us had climbed out onto the tiny platform, the Master came within view, having levitated from somewhere below! He was not alone, either. Coming toward us was none other than the huge metal statue we'd seen before--now in its true form as a Storm Giant. It carried a monstrous whip almost long enough to brush the ground four stories below.

The battle was joined. While the Master lobbed yet more spells at us, the giant ensnared me with his whip. I was thrown off my feet, prone and vulnerable. For someone who depended on movement to be effective in a fight, this was the worst possible scenario. The others did their best to attack the Master, but melee combat was impossible; he continued to float in the air just out of reach.

I managed to get back on my feet, and the others were not idle in the meantime. Idon used his pearl of power to recall a particularly effective spell that he then cast on the Master: silence. With that one action, our cleric all but rendered our enemy powerless.

At the same time, Nessa summoned an air elemental that immediately used its whirlwind ability. It became a huge funnel and engulfed the Master in its wind-choked clutches, pulling him at last within our reach. He still had his stoneskin spell up, as well as other protective enchantments, but at least we could finally lash out at him.

By this time, the giant abandoned its playful activities with its whip and began jabbing at us with its fists. A single slam from it would be enough to kill an ordinary commoner. None of us could withstand more than two or three of its brutal punches. Though the fighter Narellus got in many good strikes with his weapon against the Master, he fell unconscious after several blows from the giant. Idon kept us in the battle with his powerful healing, but none of us could withstand the giant's attacks for long. Perhaps this was why Idon was the next to fall. Without his healing spells, we were all but doomed.

I continued to use my spring attack to duck the giant's fists and get in some tactical strikes against the Master. We could see that we were wearing him down, but the elemental's whirlwind would only last for another few seconds. Meanwhile, Nessa wild-shaped into a Harpy in order to fly away from the giant and took a moment to cast her fearsome call lightning spell. Over the next few minutes, Nessa hurled one lightning bolt after another at the Master while I continued to use my spring attack to wound him with my rapier. I had withstood two more devastating blows from the giant's massive fists, but I knew I could not survive another. Nessa hurled one of her last remaining lightning blasts toward the Master just as I tumbled past the giant to also deliver a solid strike to the enemy leader. The giant's curled fist loomed above me, looking as large as a castle, poised to end my life...

But just when I thought it was all over, the Master staggered back from my most recent attack...and fell lifelessly to the ground. With his death, the giant was then freed from whatever compulsion had imprisoned him there, and simply walked away. Against all odds, we had won. Between Narellus's bravery, Nessa's druid abilities, Idon's healing and the all-important silence spell, as well as my mobile strikes, we emerged victorious.

While we used our spells and potions to heal ourselves and our comrades, the complex below erupted into chaos. The Master is dead, and his followers did not linger for very long.

The Greatest Party Ever has fulfilled its mission.
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...and in The Master's chambers, they gathered
Being forced to carry on without their trusted mage Azol, The Greatest Party Ever moved toward the upper floors of the beehive-shaped greater temple. They first dispatched the major-domo of the temple, a man experienced in fighting within the specially mirrored great room. Still, this advantage proved to be of little value as Rook and Narellus brought him down with relative ease. Among his possessions, however was one of the Amulet's of Seeing. The party now knew that The Master knew they were close and would be prepared.

From there, the group bluffed their way past one of the temple high-priests and into The Master's chambers. Knowing they were coming, The Master had already cast his protective spells, including the highly effective Stoneskin. He also flanked his two pet tigers on either side ofthe stairs and his high-priest had moved in behind them. Impressed with the group's skill and dogged persistance, he made them an offer; "Join me as my new generals, and together we will build a new empire out The Bright Desert, and into the surrounding lands." When the party refused, he took to destroy them.

Driven by his hatred after his lengthy imprisonment, Nerellus moved first. He charged The Master and swung his heavy mace with deadly force, only to have it turned away by his foe's protecive magic. The Master reprised with the deadly harm spell. Nerellus was drained of his life and left with only enough strength to limp back to the group. Marialena moved next and used her newly acquired staff to bring up a wall of ice between the high-priest and the group, buying time for the party. Idon and Nessa used their healing magic to restore Nerellus and the opening round was over.

The fighting only grew more intense from there. The tigers were now in position to block the enteremce to the chambers, so Rook and Nerellus took the challenge of clearing them out; Nessa summoned her twin lions to support them. Marialena again used her staff, this time to summon an ice storm inside the chamber, which battered The Master and his big cats. With the group now fighting so close together, they became easy prey for The Master's offensive firepower. He first let loose with a flame strike, which brought Nerellus to his knees and burned Marialena to ashes. Idon was again called upon for his healing to keep his companions in the fight.

Round three was equally deadly. The tigers were still keeping the fighters from their main target and one had Rook pinned by the throat, allowing The Master another round with his profane spells. This time he targeted Rook with the feared destruction spell. If successful, the hero would have been burned to dust by unholy power. Fortunately he resisted, although still was heavily damaged. Finally, The Master was to feel some pain in this battle, as Idon cast his unholy blight spell. The Master took the full brunt of the holy magic and was both blinded and burned by its light. The tigers also suffered from the spell and combined with it, the mace of Nerellus and Nessa's lions they fell.

With the tigers out of the way, Rook leaped at the opportunity to get in close and fight The Master. His blades penetrated The Master's armor, only to be turned away by the stoneskin. Still not all of the damage was negated, and The Master felt the sting of steel cutting into his body. He responded with a blade barrier, which cut Nessa's lions to pieces and forced Rook back away from him. Nessa took aim at the blade barrier with her dispel magic and brought it down. At this time, the high-priest had breached the ice wall and moved in against Idon and Nerellus. The Master, seeing this used the opportunity to escape via his word of recall spell. With a final order to his priest, he vanished.

The holy man was able to do some damage to the group, and more importantly, forced them to use precious resources in defeating him. The Master had surely been using this time to recover, and would again be waiting for them...

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