The avatars explore the caverns further and find arcane circles in three locations. Mesa understands that the three circle ritual is a Siren’s Call. The Siren is luring the corrupted sap of the trees around Montserrat to seep into the cavern. They encountered an echo of Hua’Janaisiba, who was able to exist long enough to tell them that the corruption would seep into the rocks and travel up to the grave site of the first generation avatars and resurrect them. It was also the goal of Edmund Dantes to corrupt Elismat. The party could completely close the Siren’s Call. Unable to close the Siren’s Call or to cause enough damage to the Wall of Mouths, they decided to burn the ichor in the cave. The now sentient ichor began to convulse from the fire. The corrupted portions of the mountain began to warp in response, so they rushed out of the cavern.
When they exited the cavern they were surprised to see how rapidly the forest deteriorated (the demise was accelerated by Hua’Janaisiba slithering through the forest). Elismat and Melora’s Light were unaffected by the blight, but most of the forest had been drained. The now sentient black sap formed into vaguely humanoid beings who were marching up the mountain toward the graves of the avatars.
The party hacked through a number of Ichor Clots and flying ichor Deathbirds, but they could not hack their way through the army of ooze creeping up the mountain. Rhaan sent a bee speeding to Tobashi and the other drakes. As soon as the drakes arrived they sped through the air to the top of the mountain, dodging flocks of deathbirds while Macarius blasted away at any that came too close. Suddenly, they were engulfed in a fireball, that severely damaged the drakes who dropped the avatars at the top of the mountain to stop Edmund Dantes.
They fought Edmund and kept the shambling Ichor Clots from seeping into the graves of the first avatars. When it looked as though they would be able to take down the shifter, he summoned the enslaved Hua’Janaisiba which rose out of the ground underneath him and swallowed the shifter whole. The shadow energy from the naga spirit knocked both Naryl and Reuse unconscious. Hau’Janaisiba then spirited the shifter away. Instantly the ichor clots fell. Dark sap rained from the sky as Deathbirds disintegrated.
In the aftermath of the battle, the avatars saw that the corrupted sap began to grow light again and the dead trees in the forest started to regain life. Mesa understood that Hua’Janaisiba was enslaved by a powerful artifact and that in order for Edmund Dantes to be spirited as he was, he was likely slain by Hua’Janaisiba when he was carried away.
Next time we’ll wrap up this arc, see if there’s anything the avatars might do/learn and figure out what’s next. Considering the ordeal, they’d probably have to rest up a couple of days. After this rest they find themselves stronger (level 8…your drakes level up as well) and their marks grow in intensity.
Your character can choose to replace the Fate Power of their Sola Mark with one of the corresponding powers:
Blue: Critical Recovery (Macarius, Mesa, Rhaan)
Daily (Free Action): When you score a critical hit with an encounter attack power, you may choose to treat the critical hit as a normal hit. If you do, you do not expend the use of that encounter attack power.
Red: Sealed Fate (Naryl, Reuse)
Daily (Free Action): When you score a critical hit with a melee attack power using your legacy weapon, the first two critical bonus damage dice are maximized.