The party gathers at Josette’s covenant, with Josette, Ian, Brendan, Adrian, Glern, and Skorch. They plan to parley with the vampires, and try to give back the items they stole from her. But Hegelina has been planning her revenge for most of a year, and they never get the chance. They hear screaming and see fire to the east, and run to the barracks of the Lost Boys, which is on fire. Ian and Brendan’s houses are already on fire, along with four others.
Most of the vampires are at the north side of the barracks, Dharma is at the south end. Ian encounters her there and tries to make peace, but she attacks. Eventually Ian defeats her, and she is able to turn to mist and escape.
At the north end, Josette launches Skorch, but Hegelina sends Puff (her air elemental) to meet him, and the resulting explosion not only destroys both elementals, but leaves a gaping wound in Jayashri’s chest, and she falls unconscious, unable to flee. Both Adrian and Brendan fight bravely, but the strength of the vampires tears a leg off both of them. Brendan fights on with Glern’s help, causing Emayn to flee as mist with a major wound to the abdomen. As Brendan weakens, Ian comes to his aid. Josette is unable to Dominate any of the vampires until Hegelina flees, and then she is able to cause Dhana to flee as well. Hegelina has sent Whirlpool (a water elemental) to drown the unconscious Brendan, but Josette is able to Dominate him and Bind him to her service.
The party retreats to the Covenant to heal. Ian successfully performs surgery on Brendan and Adrian, and Josette aids their healing with her Sorcery. Adrian reveals that he is the youngest demon child of Ian. He proves to be a good knight, one who does not wish to do harm, but only help Ian live a good life. His siblings Fellandio and Moraciella have returned to Hell, being bored with this world, but the first born, Jimencello, is training to become strong enough to kill his father, and is quickly acquiring an evil reputation.
Based on the intelligence from Scawsby the ghoul, the party descends into the Darkrealms, guided by the Blazing. They encounter a trap that does little to them (except for Glern, who needs healing) and then Brendan goes scouting in a tunnel made by George and discovers the vampires’ lair, guarded by five dire wolves. Ian joins him, this time wearing the Ring of Hateful Strength. The two men make short work of the wolves, but in the five rounds it takes to put them down, the vampires awake and attack.
The vampires are too powerful for the party. Ian and Brendan both take heinous wounds, as does Adrian when he comes to help. Glern is also no match. At the end, the ghost of Erin (Brendan’s wolfhound) appears and attacks Emayn. Josette Shapes some rock from the ceiling to fall on Emayn’s head, and puts her down. That leaves only Hegelina, but all of the warriors are down by then, and Josette can do little against the vampire mage. Luckily, Sir Alexios has followed the party (despite Ian’s heckling) and backstabs Hegelina, whom Josette finishes off with another ceiling rock attack.
The party heals, mostly, but Adrian has taken a grim wound to the head, and Ian fumbles his surgery, killing his only good son. Everyone was depressed at this, so we left division of treasure for the next game. We all wonder what will happen with Ian, now that Adrian is gone. Will Ian become more evil, like his first-born, or will the memory of Adrian keep on the straight and narrow?
With the death of Hegelina and the giants, and the exit of the Slicers, The Pass is tamed and can now begin to safely grow and thrive. That’s good, because the taxes are due this year. The two tax-free years are done. The party also still needs to do Duchess Rodes’ bidding and investigate the attacks on her realm, but the players plan to take new characters and head in a new direction.