Yay! Marith became well! We zoom!
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Yay! Al and Sherilyn use the dungeon pieces I gave them!
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Amazon Quintet of Justice Vd: "The Altar of the Dead God!
As they pause to catch their breath, the Amazons are spied upon by a
pair of snake-men. Alyra gets one, but the other escapes to warn his
creepy buddies. The distant sound of chanting increases in tempo.
Following the snake-man through the labyrinth, Our Heroines walk into
an ambush by another pair of archers, but quickly take one prisoner and
put the other to flight. The escapee opens the portcullis confining most
of the temple's undead reserves as he flees, but a mummy and a few
ghasts are no match for the righteous might of the Amazons, and soon
they reach the heart of the temple, which is guarded by two immense
zombies, two mummies, two snake-men, and a human-headed snake, while an
armed snake conducts a ritual over the sphinx lying with his head on the
Gabe teleports to the far end of the room with Fresa, to assault the
priestess-snake directly, but everyone else is bottled up at the
entrance by the undead. As soon as the priestess moves away from the
altar, Amaryllis encases the altar and sphinx in a dome of ice, but that
doesn't contain the sphinx's mighty roars, which paralyzes several
combatants on both sides.
Sophia is almost killed by one of the mummies while she stands
paralyzed, but the Cutest Evil Monk appears and drags her to safety. At
separate times, Serenity and Alyra are pinned beneath the falling zombies,
but so is one of the mummies. Possibly the most dangerous opponent,
however, is the naga, who supports the other villains with enhancement
spells, and splits herself into multiple images to confuse people trying
to get rid of her. The snake-men add to the excitement by giving various
people a phobia of anything snake-like.
When the sphinx breaks out of the ice dome and charges across a field of
magical caltrops to defend the priestess, Amaryllis realizes that he must
be enchanted, and tries to break the spell, but only succeeds in removing
all his enhancements. When Gabe realizes what's going on, though, he
successfully breaks the sphinx free, and the carnage really
begins. In the excitement, the Cutest Evil Monk reaches the altar and
escapes with something, but Sophia can't justify killing him, as he just
saved her life.
Hard-pressed, the surviving villains retreat into a glowing magical
portal which opens up behind the altar, but the sphinx leaps in after
them, so after a few moments the Amazons do too. In the small room
beyond, they find a few human cultists fighting the sphinx with some
success, and the naga doing what she can to back them up. Alyra,
Serenity, and Gabe have some problems because the room is too small to
be stuck in with snakes, but eventually the sphinx is rescued
and, after a great deal of effort, the naga is put down and Darrin and
Stephen are rescued!
The altar having been satisfactorily desecrated (as well as the
heartstone removed), Our Heroines return to town with their new
portable extradimensional campsite and a ring that lets a sorceress cast
many more spells every day (the secret of the naga's apparently
unlimited mirror image spells). The sphinx, Leo, travels with them
part-way, but flies off before they reach Tigris.
Since the Cutest Evil Monk did save Sophia, Amaryllis keeps
the date he invited her to. No carnage ensues, to the disappointment of
Gabe also sticks around until he can go out to dinner with Sophia.
Apparently he meets her high moral standards!
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Despite having driven up in the morning, we drive back in the evening
instead of staying overnight, because Marith has many things to do