Session #41 – Friday, October 2, 1372 (DR) Third Age, 6:15 p.m.

The party pushes forth into the blazing heat, but not before preparing themselves for the dangers ahead.  The heroes come face to face with Elim, the Sultan Prince, along with his salamander minions inside a huge room with a floor of lava and black stone.  Elim is bound by a pair of magical chains that Arrakes breaks.  Elim thanks the party by ordering an immediate attack.  However, Elim does not bother to see the fight to its end, opting instead to travel back to the City of Brass.  The heroes are nearly slain but prevail in the end, sending the last of the salamanders back into the depths of the magma from which it came.  The heroes turn their attention to a curious little devil-like creature caged and suspended over the molten rock.  Negotiations ensue culminating in Arrakes’s signing an infernal contract with a meaning that has yet to be fully revealed.  In exchange, the devil gives Arrakes the key to the fire gate then disappears.  The party then progresses through a room with a huge iron golem holding a massive firehose that is directed at Arrakes with stunning power.  Dinsdale hits the “Emergency Shut Off” lever and Arrakes is saved.  The party finds some “Burn Cream” and continues onward to the end of the fire quadrant, inserting the flaming key into the massive central gate.  Brother Dareus insists that they must go back for Namfoodle, admitting that the gnome is a bit of an “asshole,” but pointing out that it would be wrong for them to leave a party member in danger.  The group travels through the portal back to Brass Palace and finds the Sultan sitting on his throne.  They witness an unexpected exchange between Efrem and Elim in which the former strikes his son with the broad side of his falchion, knocking him to the ground in a fit of anger.  A desperate Namfoodle appears with flaming hands and is pulled through the bars of the searing cage.  He dives through the gate and is followed by the rest of the party as the distracted occupants of the throne room watch in disbelief as the “doting” father Sultan beats his son to within an inch of his life.  The session ends with the adventurers fully exhausted at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, October 3, 1372 (DR) Third Age.

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