Our heroes, feeling forced and depleted, settle down for the night. As Gilean reboots from his “slumber,” he notices a figure creeping around the camp. Upon confronting it, the party is met by Roguish Rob, a not-so-roguish halfling bent on making a deal with the party.
Rob offers his services (which consist largely of an incredibly adept version of the Thaumaturgy cantrip that allows him to cast his voice to many places simultaneously) to help the party get through the epicenter of the Yünkjarr’d in exchange for a princely sum. Smalls begrudgingly gathers gold from the party (although some are more reticent than others) and pays Rob what he wants. Soon, Miguera magically modifies his memories to believe he’s been paid much more after which he stops asking for money.
Smalls finally completes his transformation into a merman: his gills flap in the breeze, fully-formed and able to sense the slight variances of gasses in the air and, when submerged, in the water. He does, however, feel an extreme thirst that never seems to fade.
The party sneaks through the first section of the epicenter while a dull, bassy hum fills the air: the sound of the Source Beast’s breathing. A few clumsy missteps later and the Beast awakens but the party has reached the exact center of the field of Yünklah and see The Source, a rectangular prism with a dull red glow. Gilean feels a tingle and his confidence soars. Anyone who comes in contact with the Source feels strange for a moment as their memory flashes back and they’re left with an out-of-body feeling like waking up from a dream.
The Beast is awake and hunting our heroes! The battle is over in less than a minute but it’s one of the most eventful yet:
> Smalls and Itachi pack up the Source before Itachi takes off after the escaping Roguish Rob and ties him up
> Miguera and Tony Dimension Door the hell on out of there and return as mighty dragon and rider to knock over Yünklah and crush Source Beasts
> Kai-El cleverly harnesses his natural abilities and summons a lightning storm above the Source Beast, calling lightning down to repeatedly fry its circuitry and paralyze it
> Gilean slices open the Beast’s back with the powerful Warforged greatsword, Bluehorn, exposing its spherical Source
> Mikaelo strolls around casually after being carried out of the epicenter by Kai-El the Warhorse. He later remembers—AGAIN—that he’s a magic user and heals up Smalls who had been twice hit with the Beast’s laser eyes
The party takes the spherical Source from the Beast’s back and returns the rectangular one to the Yünk who come storming through the epicenter once they realize the Beast has been defeated.
Roguish Rob, now essentially captured by the party offers his membership in the ORA. Miguera, who is already owed 1000 GP worth of…something…convinces Rob that her dagger is extremely magical and powerful and Rob takes it as payment for the first six months of his contract with the ORA. Smalls gives him a regular dagger, too.
In the distance, our heroes see smoke rising: Sterngate and LInette await.
What’s next for our tough little boys and girls? What’s the deal with Linette? Will the spherical Source reveal its secrets? Will Mikaelo finally use a spell without being prompted to do so? Find out next time on ORIGINAL RECIPE ANGELS.