After clearing the remaining ice creatures, we returned to the temple plane but found it the same as it had been before. It occurred to me that perhaps we hadn’t fully cleared the maze plane, with all of its hidden rooms and corridors. We had to die again to arrive there, but I was soon able to track down all of the remaining zombies within the maze.
Assured that that plane had been cleared, and seeing no change in the temple plane, we resigned ourselves to drowning once more to see in the portal plane would reveal the way to the next layer. It did, and we were unprepared for the battle that would meet us there, I still wounded and Andiun almost completely depleted of spells.
I recognized the demon as a Marilith from lore, but this knowledge did not give me comfort or advantage in confronting the creature. Though many miracles preserved me to mete out damage longer against the creature, and though my magical sword cut it deeper than Juniper’s arrows seemed to, it eventually struck me down. I learned from Anduin that it then cut down Juniper thereafter. Only by clever use of his last spell, Levitation, did Anduin triumph, floating above the demon and bombarding it with flames before it could cast me from the platform into the void below.
As I write this, I wonder what would have become of me had the Marilith cast me down. I observed that the rocks falling toward the void were stilled in their descent. Surely I too would have been motionless in my fall. But I digress.
With the demon defeated, Anduin administered a potion to me and I healed Juniper, allowing us to observe our surroundings in peace. I saw that the platforms were again falling to pieces! The bricks were falling into the void again, it was only a matter of time before we fell. With no other recourse, I offered to go look ahead in a gargoyle form granted by Juniper. As I approached the focus of the maelstrom sucking in the bricks, I attempted to fly around it but found myself again in the portal plane, a new portal showing a last challenge ahead. Juniper and Anduin soon joined me. We now mean to rest fully before plunging ourselves into one final danger. I pray we are ready and that we will be able to at last leave this place.
I cannot believe we defeated the Marilith. At level 7 and with reduced hit points and few spells remaining, we had no business winning such a fight. The Marilith rolled badly on several attacks, and RiH had to cheese her in the end, but the encounter did not live up to the challenge rating. I am sure that now we have fully recovered after a long rest, ByW will have something even more challenging for us to confront. I can’t wait!
These journal entries are going to be in-character play reports from ByW’s campaign, which we are going to alternate playing with the Tyranny of Mundanity campaign. My character, Raglan “the Light”, admires RiH’s character, Anduin Damian and follows him believing his place in history will be as a companion of the royal adventurer. He is impressed with their elven companion, Juniper (played by BiW), but does not know her well.