Frank, with his knowledge of the natural world, determined that this giant creature emerging from the portal was an aberration not of this plane. As the Drow held the monster back, the party exchanged pleasantries with Ronny the Bear. Molly exclaimed “I’m glad to meet a fellow feminist,” indicating the flaming bras that lit the cavern. Ronny recognized Tabitha as he was a friend of her father’s.
As the party got to know Ronny a bit better, the Drow finally pushed the aberration back into the portal. Multicolored sparks erupted as the creature struggled against them, but the portal finally closed, catching and cutting off one purple tentacle as it did. The tentacle, writhing on the ground, sprouted a few smaller tentacles – and launched itself, face-sucker style, at Jeremy the Willow Man.
Daerik grappled with the tentacle, pulling it from Jeremy’s face. The party attempted to hit the tentacle with ranged attacks, but Daerik’s constant struggle with the squirming tentacle meant they danced around any bolt or arrow cast its way.
Finally, Molly shot an arrow through a flaming bra and into the tentacle, scorching it. Frank smashed it with his greatclub, and Fergus finally brought the writhing to a halt, killing the tentacle for good.
At the conclusion of the battle, a female Drow turned to Ronny: “You heard what I said,” she told him. “We need it soon.” She and her fellow Drow retreated into the portal, and its light diminishes as it became inactive.
Ronny commanded the surviving Willow Men to leave the cavern, and he looked at Tabitha. “You guys have gotta get me out of here!” he told her. Ronny explained how he fell in with the Drow but rapidly got in over his head. He told the party they needed a stone, something dark like the night.
The party huddled and decided they needed Ronny to evacuate the caverns and cooperate with the Iron Guard as an informant. Ronny ordered the evacuation, encountering much disappointment from Kit and others as they pack up their homes to depart. Molly entertained the youths with a rendition of “The Three Headed Dragon and the Big Red Worm” on her accordion. While she played, Ronny approached Frank to ask him to help escape rather than work with the Iron Guard. Frank refused his request, assuring him that all will be well working with the guard.
As evening descended, the party and the Willow Men made camp along the road. The party pointed the path toward Tent City (Party City, Ronny called it), and Ronny instructed the Willow Men to make their way there in the morning.
At morning’s light, the party awaken to realize they felt stronger and more knowledgeable. Their experiences on the adventure have surely increased minds and hearts.
As they sat over a humble breakfast, a portal emerged midair down the path, and Drow emerged from it. “Ronny, Ronny, we said you couldn’t get away,” the female Drow explained as they rushed the party…