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Elturel's Last Stand is one of the adventures in the campaign Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus.

Icon Elturel's Last Stand.png Face down Archduke Zariel of Avernus, and deal with the consequences of your actions.
Requirements
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Must have completed "The Battle of High Hall Tower"
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 575
Restrictions
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No Restrictions
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×1150 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png

Variants[]

Gargauth's Betrayal[]

Icon Gargauths Betrayal.png Face down Archduke Zariel of Avernus, along with a backstabbing pit fiend!
Requirements
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Must have completed "Elturel's Last Stand"
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 625
Restrictions
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Gargauth's betrayal saps the will of the Champions, who are facing ruin at every turn.
From area 26 onward, Gargauth the Pit Fiend has a 25% chance of appearing in each non-boss area. Whenever he doesn't spawn the chance increases by 25% (additively) until he does spawn. While Gargauth is on screen, all other enemies are invulnerable.
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×1250 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png
Patron: Mirt Objectives sign.png Complete Area 725 Mirt Influence ×5.89e07 Ruby Coin.png ×35,700
Patron: Vajra Objectives sign.png Complete Area 750 Vajra Influence ×9.31e07 Symbol of Vajra.png ×43,700
Patron: Strahd Objectives sign.png Complete Area 775 Strahd Influence ×1.47e08 Barovian Coin.png ×53,600
Patron: Zariel Objectives sign.png Complete Area 800 Zariel Influence ×2.32e08 Symbol of Zariel.png ×65,600

Waves[]

Type Waves Bosses Favored By
armor-based 0 5 Binwin, Wulfgar
beast 6 0 Minsc, Zorbu, Jaheira
demon 18 2
devil 27 3
dragon 0 1
fiend 46 9 Turiel, Ezmerelda
flying 10 0
hit-based 1 3 Binwin
melee 50 8
ranged 0 4
undead 4 0 Minsc, Nerys, Ezmerelda, Zorbu
Wave Tags Monsters Monster Tags Image
1 Hellish Outdoors Spined Devil devil fiend flying melee
2 Underground Abyssal Crab, Mezzoloth beast fiend melee
3 Underground Mezzoloth fiend melee
4 Underground Abyssal Crab, Mezzoloth beast fiend melee
5 Underground Abyssal Crab x7, Mezzoloth x3 beast fiend melee
Boss Underground Dhergoloth boss fiend armor-based melee
6 Hellish Outdoors Abyssal Crab beast melee Monster Fiend Ultroloth.png
7 Hellish Outdoors Elturel Ghoul undead melee
8 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil devil fiend melee
9 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil, Mezzoloth devil fiend melee
10 Hellish Outdoors Elturel Ghoul x2, Mezzoloth x8 fiend undead melee
Boss Hellish Outdoors Ultroloth boss fiend melee
11 Hellish Outdoors Dretch, Merregon demon devil fiend melee
12 Hellish, Outdoors Dretch, Merregon, Quasit demon devil fiend melee
13 Hellish, Outdoors Lesser Imp, Quasit demon devil fiend flying melee
14 Hellish, Outdoors Lesser Imp, Merregon, Quasit demon devil fiend flying melee
15 Hellish, Outdoors Lesser Imp x5, Merregon x5 devil fiend flying melee
Boss Hellish, Outdoors Hezrou boss demon fiend armor-based melee
16 Hellish, Outdoors Elturel Ghoul undead melee Monster Fiend Arcanaloth.png
17 Hellish, Outdoors Elturel Ghoul undead melee
18 Hellish, Outdoors Abyssal Chicken demon fiend melee
19 Hellish, Outdoors Abyssal Chicken, Spined Devil demon devil fiend flying melee
20 Hellish, Outdoors Abyssal Chicken x5, Spined Devil x5 demon devil fiend flying melee
Boss Hellish, Outdoors Arcanaloth boss fiend ranged
21 Hellish Outdoors Abyssal Chicken, Abyssal Crab beast demon fiend melee
22 Hellish Outdoors Abyssal Chicken, Abyssal Crab beast demon fiend melee
23 Hellish Outdoors Abyssal Chicken, Bearded Devil demon devil fiend melee
24 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil, Spined Devil devil fiend flying melee
25 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil x10 devil fiend melee
Boss Hellish Outdoors Gargauth boss devil fiend hit-based melee
26 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil devil fiend melee
27 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil, Vrock demon devil fiend melee
28 Hellish Outdoors Bearded Devil devil fiend melee
29 Outdoors Bearded Devil, Vrock demon devil fiend melee
30 Outdoors Vrock x10 demon fiend melee
Boss Outdoors Howler boss fiend hit-based melee ranged
31 Outdoors Dretch demon fiend melee Monster Fiend BarbedDevil.png
32 Outdoors Bulezau, Dretch demon fiend melee
33 Outdoors Dretch demon fiend melee
34 Outdoors Lesser Imp devil fiend flying melee
35 Outdoors Lesser Imp x10 devil fiend flying melee
Boss Outdoors Barbed Devil boss devil fiend melee
36 Outdoors Hellwasp Larvae fiend melee Monster Fiend Narzugon.png
37 Outdoors Hellwasp, Hellwasp Larvae fiend melee
38 Outdoors Crumbled Wall Rubble, Hellwasp fiend static hit-based melee
39 Outdoors Hellwasp fiend melee
40 Outdoors Hellwasp x10 fiend melee
Boss Outdoors Narzugon boss devil fiend armor-based melee
41 Outdoors Quasit demon fiend melee
42 Outdoors Bulezau demon fiend melee
43 Outdoors Lesser Imp devil fiend flying melee
44 Outdoors Lemure devil fiend melee
45 Outdoors Merregon x10 devil fiend melee
Boss Outdoors Nalfeshnee boss demon fiend hit-based melee ranged
46 Outdoors Bearded Devil devil fiend melee
47 Outdoors White Abishai devil fiend melee
48 Outdoors Black Abishai, White Abishai devil fiend melee
49 Outdoors Black Abishai, White Abishai devil fiend melee
50 Outdoors Black Abishai, White Abishai devil fiend melee
Boss Outdoors Tiamat boss dragon armor-based ranged

Transcript[]

Icon Elturel's Last Stand.png Elturel's Last Stand
Face off against Archduke Zariel of Avernus, and deal with the consequences of your actions.
Area Goal Quests & Cinematics
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Bruenor:
Can't remember ever bein' in a fight with more at stake and more ta lose. I got no idea what's next, what's comin', or whether any o' us is walkin' away from this. But one think I do know is that ye done us proud, Nayeli. Ye done us all proud.
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Jarlaxle:
Saving the Cassalanter children. Making Bel an offer he couldn't refuse. You play a more impressive long game than I would have given you credit for.
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
You'd best save your praise for after we see if it works. But we need to distract Zariel, and putting Bel in a position to do it -- and to feel like he won the bargain that made it -- might be our only chance.
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Arkhan:
Our chances just more than doubled! My mind touches Tiamat's! She hears our call! The Dragon Queen is coming!
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Celeste:
Either Gargauth or Bel must have taken action that caught Zariel's attention. A momentary lapse in her power opened the connection again.
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Bruenor:
All good news. But even with Bel teleported out, tha devils that was backin' him up is regroupin'!
1 Defeat 25 Monsters The die is cast! Bel has been brought to heel! Tiamat is called! The battle to save Elturel -- and to end Zariel's reign of evil -- begins!
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Calliope:
What in the stumbling blazes was that?
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Celeste:
Another tremor in the earth mote. I haven't felt one that strong before.
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Nayeli:
The chains are reeling in their last lengths. Elturel is settling into the Styx. We need to move!
2 Defeat 25 Monsters Mercenary mezzoloths are scouring the rat-haunted chambers of the High Hall looking for you. Give them a warm welcome!
3 Collect 25 Wicked Tridents Disarming these mezzoloths of their wicked-looking tridents might slow down their assault!
4 Defeat 25 Monsters Abyssal crabs swarm out of the darkness to join the mezzoloth fray!
5 Defeat the Dhergoloth The abyssal rats you scattered earlier are back -- and a dread dhergoloth steps forward to direct the mezzoloths in a final push!
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Celeste:
The number of mezzoloths we've been fighting suggest that Zariel is reinforcing her position. This is going to be a tough fight.
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Reya:
Then we need to do our best to end that fight before it begins. We focus on freeing Elturel. Any fight with Zariel's forces is just to buy us time. Keep her focused on us while Gargauth and Bel work against her. Everything else is... extraneous now.
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Celeste:
I'm sorry, Reya. Your words to Zariel in the High Hall tower... I know she felt them. But with the seed of evil planted in her so long ago...
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Reya:
It's all right, Celeste. The spark of Zariel-who-was endures in me now. That'll have to be enough.
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Ravengard:
Champions! Well met! The last forces of Elturel are at your service.
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Reya:
Duke Ravengard. Everyone. I won't tell you this fight will be easy. But anything we can do to keep Zariel's attention away from sealing Elturel's fate buys us time.
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Ravengard:
It shall be done. Fiends and undead still stalk the streets. We can draw the fallen angel's attention easily enough.
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Bruenor:
Then let's start drawin' it now. Best we split up, duke, but we'll meet again when all this is done. Champions! Let's go!
6 Defeat 25 Monsters Attracting the forces awaiting Elturel's fall will mean fighting street by street -- starting with clearing these fiendish creatures out!
7 Defeat 25 Monsters Ghouls stalking the empty streets make an easy target. Send these undead to their rest!
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Calliope:
All the shrieking these undead are doing, it's a wonder Zariel isn't dropping in already.
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Jarlaxle:
The noise of the Blood War battle is growing even louder to drown everything else out. We might need to find a way to make even more... noise... is anyone else hearing that?
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Calliope:
What in... watch yourselves! Something's coming through that building! It's... our war machine?!
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Chukka:
Hello sports fans! Are you ready to rummmmmmble?!
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Bruenor:
Chukka, Clonk. Wazzik? And Balakros at tha wheel, even! What are ye all doin' here? And what's with all tha hot-rod upgrades ta tha war machine?
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Balakros:
There are rumblings on the ground of Bel taking arms against Zariel. He's down in the Blood War battle, calling troops to serve him, and with just as many rising against him. So being an imp who served Bel, but is more or less freelance now... well, let's just say the chances of getting killed by either side are pretty good.
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Calliope:
Pretty sure that's sort of our fault. Sorry, imp.
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Balakros:
No, it's fine. It turns out our pair of kenku scavengers and this homicidal madcap who stowed away in the war machine have an interest in freelancing as well.
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Wazzik:
Die! Die die die!
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Bruenor:
Well, yer timin' is excellent. We got a need ta draw some attention, and ye've got tha wheels that's gonna do it. Everybody on!
8 Collect 25 Bearded Devil Tentacles Taking the fight through the streets of Elturel just got a whole lot easier! Time to ride -- and to tweak the beards of these devils as you go!
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Jarlaxle:
The war machine's a nice upgrade, to be sure. It's just... is it perhaps a little too much on the spikey side?
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Balakros:
Welcome one and all to an all-new Avernus transportation service: Skewber.
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Clonk:
We arrive! We skewer your enemies! We charge an arm and a leg to drive you to your destination!
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Calliope:
Ah. Memorable marketing.
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Balakros:
Not marketing.
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Clonk:
We charge an arm and a leg to drive you to your destination!
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Wazzik:
Die!!!
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Calliope:
Yeah, we get it. Put the cleaver away, bird. We'll negotiate the fare when the trip is done.
9 Defeat 25 Monsters Another force of mezzoloths joins the devils' attempt to slow your progress. Take them down!
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Minsc:
Mezzoloths are regrouping! Someone calls out orders!
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Ultroloth:
Reform ranks! The city must be subdued! Zariel orders it so!
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Bruenor:
Sounds like Ravengard's forces is havin' a field day too. Zariel must've been expectin' folks ta just lie down and wait fer tha end.
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Reya:
After what the people of Elturel have suffered through, that would have seemed logical. But Zariel's been too long removed from the mortal realm to remember what it's like to fight against fear. To hang on to life for everything life is worth. I only wish I could have showed her once more...
10 Defeat the Ultroloth The devils fall back as ghouls haul on to the war machine -- and an ultroloth mastermind directs the mezzoloths in a final assault!
11 Defeat 25 Monsters Merregons and dretches tear at each other as the battle along the Styx spills across the city -- but both groups seem keen to forget their differences while they target you!
12 Defeat 25 Monsters You have the fiends on the ropes -- but a pack of quasits seek to tip the odds!
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Nayeli:
These fiends won't stop coming. Zariel is putting everything she has into taking us down.
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Bruenor:
Everythin' 'cept herself, that is. We gotta hope she ain't focusin' on whatever Gargauth's doin'. But I don't see nothin' happenin' at tha Companion yet.
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Celeste:
Shutting down magic that powerful won't be a straightforward process. But I'm equally worried about the second part of the plan.
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Arkhan:
Worry not, Celeste. Listen. Listen!
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Bruenor:
That's a dragon's roar! And it's answerin' itself five times over!
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Arkhan:
Tiamat has come! The chains shall be broken!
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Celeste:
Then Gargauth needs to hurry. And we need to refocus Zariel's attention on us! Come on!
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Balakros:
Imp swarm, dead ahead! I'll try to swing us around them.
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Chukka:
Nay, sir! Nay, I say! For what those vassals carry is most precious to me.
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Calliope:
The only thing I see them carrying is... kebabs. You seriously want to eat whatever leftover Avernus meat went into those?
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Clonk:
No one eats. No one eats! Hey, kids! Did you know that by virtue of its accursed ingredients, an Avernus kebab contains the latent energy of more than twenty soul coins? Now you know!
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Bruenor:
Sounds like we're pickin' 'em up as war machine fuel, then. Let's go!
13 Collect 25 Kabobs Stocking up on these questionable kabobs seems a good idea, but lesser imps join the quasits to get in your way!
14 Defeat 25 Monsters Another merregon pack latches onto the war machine as the quasits and imps swarm!
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Nayeli:
The fiends are falling back! Keep pressing them!
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
Champions are hitting them hard, but not that hard. Something else is happening.
Icon Portrait Boo.png
Boo:
Squeak!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
That last tremor was more than just tha earth mote slippin' again. Tiamat's doin' it! She's tearin' through them chains! Zariel must be callin' out all tha troops ta stop her.
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Nayeli:
Then let's make sure these troops can't answer the call. Finish them off!
15 Defeat the Hezrou As the devils hammer you, a hezrou demon enters the fray! Stand fast!
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Nayeli:
The whole city is swaying. Tiamat's working erratically! If she breaks the chains just on one side of the city, everyone in Elturel will slide straight into the Styx! We need to get the Companion disabled. What in Tyr's name is that pit fiend doing up there?
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Gargauth:
Oh, I'm sorry. Should I have reported in?
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
Gargauth... what...?
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Gargauth:
I'll spare you the long explanation. Our bargain is done. I unlocked the Companion, as we agreed. And then Zariel locked it once more, keeping the rods for security -- after I told her what I was doing. Just one of the many details our bargain might have addressed, but which you overlooked.
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Nayeli:
You... You... NO!
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Gargauth:
Oh, yes. But my duke calls and I must away. Though we will meet again before the end, paladin. I promise.
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Reya:
It's all right, Nayeli. This isn't the end. Not yet. Champions! We need to take the fight to Zariel! There must be a bargain still to be made -- even if that bargain is with Bel, to destroy her. Anything to save the city! Come on!
Icon Reya.png
Reya:
Our mission has never been more urgent. The fate of Elturel is at hand -- and the reckoning of evil. The power of Zariel-who-was echoes in me now, and I will see the evil of Zariel-who-is put down! We need to find her! Follow the fiends to her marshaling point!
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Jarlaxle:
There! I can see a storm of devils circling in the air. Protecting something.
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Reya:
That was the marketplace of old. A good place to take the fight to the archduke of Avernus. Champions! That's our destination.
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Bruenor:
Pretty sure that wall o' undead loomin' between us and there is gonna have somethin' ta say about it. Oi, Nayeli. 'Tis all right, lass. Ye can't blame yerself. Each o' us has given our all. Now we'll give some more. 'Tis tha way o' things.
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Nayeli:
I'm all right, Bruenor. Just a fool for thinking I could hold Gargauth to a bargain. I should have known better. I'm just... I'm so tired.
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Celeste:
A deal with a devil. None of us would have fared any better, Nayeli. But I have a feeling we'll have a chance to reckon with that duplicitous fiend before the end.
16 Defeat 25 Monsters Devils withdraw in respond to Zariel's command, and demons pursue them -- but undead ghouls still scour the city, looking to feast before Elturel is claimed by the Styx!
17 Defeat 25 Monsters The ghouls fall back before you! Don't let them flee!
18 Collect 25 Roast Racks A swarm of abyssal chickens surrounds you! Get some fire damage going and you can replenish your stores as you push the assault!
19 Defeat 25 Monsters The abyssal chickens are trying to scatter, but an incoming force of spined devils hems them in!
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Bruenor:
Tremors are still gettin' worse. Tha city's gonna break in half at this rate.
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Minsc:
Marketplace lies ahead -- but where is Zariel?
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Reya:
There! On the far side of the courtyard, soaring at the head of her aerial forces.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
She's puttin' herself in tha best position ta watch Elturel fall. Is she even tryin' ta slow Tiamat down anymore?
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Arkhan:
My connection to the Dragon Queen is... confused. I don't know where she is.
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Nayeli:
It's all moot. We have only one chance now. We need to get Zariel down here. We need to face her.
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Reya:
Then it shall be done. Champions! Advance!
20 Defeat the Arcanaloth The market of Elturel is a chaotic battlefield that you need to get through -- but this arcanaloth set to join the fray has other ideas!
21 Defeat 25 Monsters Abyssal chickens and abyssal rats are being driven to senseless rage by the power of Zariel washing over them! Deal with them, and quickly!
22 Defeat 25 Monsters The rats are beginning to scatter, but these abyssal chickens come on in unending waves!
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Reya:
Keep pushing! We need to get the devils' attention!
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Calliope:
I'm going to call that mission accomplished. Zariel is looking this way!
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Zariel:
Champions. Again, you task me like so many gnats. Is the threat of one death not enough for you? Will the threat of an eternity of suffering make you reckon finally with your own futility? And if so, shall I tell you what that feels like?
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Bruenor:
Fiends incomin'! Everybody move!
23 Defeat 25 Monsters On Zariel's orders, a force of bearded devils homes in on your position. Stand fast!
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Nayeli:
These devils aren't breaking! We need to hit them harder if we're to get Zariel down here!
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Reya:
I know what'll draw her out. Zariel! Craven! Betrayer of oaths, hear me! You hide behind your servants from fear, and I know what drives that fear. See this blade! Feel its power! And know that its purpose is to end the evil you've become!
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Zariel:
I, fear you? The power of that blade could not save the Hellriders, or the spirit of Zariel-who-was. It was too weak to end the threat of evil then. And I am so much stronger now.
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Bruenor:
Nayeli... are ye all right, lass? Ye just stopped short like somethin' hit ye.
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Nayeli:
I'm all right, Bruenor. It's just... what Reya said. Zariel afraid...
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Bruenor:
I'm gonna call that wishful thinkin'. Looks like Reya got her wish. Zariel's on her way!
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Nayeli:
Yes... yes! I think... Reya! Lulu! Stay with me. We need to get Zariel in close. We need to talk to her, to make her listen. I think we have a chance...
24 Defeat 25 Monsters You're so close to reaching Zariel -- but spined devils shore up the bearded devil ranks to hold you back!
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Zariel:
Champions, you are at my mercy. My forces surround you. My new captain! Shall I leave these mortals to your pleasure?
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Gargauth:
Your will shall be done, my duke. The story of the Champions ends here. Well now, paladin. No brave last words?
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Nayeli:
Not for you, lackey. But I'll speak to your master. Zariel. Look at me. Look at Reya, at Lulu by my side. Gaze upon all the Champions, and do the one thing you've kept yourself from doing since you became aware of our arrival in Avernus. The one thing you truly fear. Remember...
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Zariel:
Feeble words from a feeble heart. I am Zariel. I am Avernus. I know all. I remember... all...
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Lulu:
No, Zariel. You don't remember. Because you're afraid to. Nayeli figured it out, from what Reya saw. You could have come for your sword in the Bleeding Citadel. You could have fought us in the High Hall. But both times, you turned away. From the sword, from me. Zariel, please... don't be afraid anymore...
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Zariel:
I... Lulu. I know your name. No! I am Zariel! I am Avernus! Mine is the power that will end the Blood War, and nothing will... stop me...
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Gargauth:
My duke? My duke! Treachery! Our master stands enspelled and speechless! Finish these mortals! Finish them all!
25 Defeat the Pit Fiend Zariel has heard you! The fate of Elturel hangs on a knife's edge! But the duplicitous Gargauth means to destroy it all!
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Zariel:
I am... the power. Stay back... stay back! I can destroy you!
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Nayeli:
Yes, you can. But hear me first. See me. You are the power in Avernus? You know all that passes here? Then read me. Look into me. See the bargain I made with Bel. Know what I did. Then know why.
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Zariel:
I... the children... I see them. In your mind, in your heart. The bargain their parents made... their souls forfeit. And you... you claim them. A bargain with Bel... you risk... everything... for two children not even known to you before you learned of their fate. Why?
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Nayeli:
Because every life is precious. You understood that once. And I'm betting my own life right now that you understand it still. You only need to remember.
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Reya:
Zariel, please... remember...
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Lulu:
Zariel. Remember.
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Zariel:
....
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Redeemed Zariel:
I remember...
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Bruenor:
Nayeli, lass... I ain't never seen anythin' like that before. But Elturel's still slippin'! We've run out o' time!
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Redeemed Zariel:
Time... there is no time... the bargain... it comes back to me now. I remember... I remember!
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Reya:
Zariel, Elturel has fallen! The Styx will claim it. You're the only one who can save the city now.
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Redeemed Zariel:
No, Reya. I'm the one who'll lift the city. Those who saved it stand before me. Champions! Hold these fiends at bay! I need only a little time. The Companion's corruption must be undone! Lulu, my friend! With me!
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Bruenor:
Well, an angel takin' off in full flight ain't somethin' ye see every day. But ye all heard her! We got devils ta one side and demons movin' in! And we gotta hold 'em all here while Zariel gets ta work! Hit 'em hard!
26 Defeat 25 Monsters The forces of Avernus are in turmoil with Zariel's transformation! Bearded devils unleash a fierce assault to avenge their former master! And you're caught in the middle!
27 Defeat 25 Monsters Another tremor -- and the demonic forces pouring out from the Styx seek to destroy the Champions' threat so they can claim the city!
28 Collect 25 Barrels of Ale A new tremor cracks a market warehouse open to send a collection of ale casks careening past you! No reason to let them go to waste!
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Calliope:
The Companion! It's coming apart! There's something inside it!
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Celeste:
It's a planetar! Another angel, bound and corrupted... but I can't see Zariel anymore!
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Bruenor:
That last tremor ain't stoppin! We're slippin' down! Elturel's fallin' ta tha Styx, and we got no way ta... stop it... oi! Oi!!! By me gran's best sextant, we ain't goin' down! We're risin' up!
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Boo:
Squeak!!! Squeeeeeeeeeeak!
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Minsc:
Boo says he sees blue sky! Look above! Look above!
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Calliope:
The horizon... the horizon! We're home!!!
29 Defeat 25 Monsters Elturel has returned to the world! But the fiendish forces of Avernus have come with it! To arms!
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Bruenor:
Still more tremors. It'll be a while fer tha land ta settle again, I'm guessin'. But faith and fate, I ain't never been more glad ta see tha true sun shinin' in me life.
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Nayeli:
It looks like half the fiends fighting over the city decided to come with it. Time to send them back to where they came from. Then we need to regroup with Duke Ravengard's forces. Elturel is saved, but our work here is only just beginning.
30 Defeat the Howler Ravenous vrocks shore up the assault of a fearsome howler! Finish these fiends!
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Celeste:
The city is awash with magic. Zariel's power is beginning to cleanse the evil that was done here. But I still can't see her, or Lulu.
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Calliope:
No, wait! There's Lulu there! Diving down from out of the sun... and still diving... and getting... bigger? Look out!
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Mammoth Lulu:
My friends! It's so good to see you again!
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Bruenor:
Ye're a sight fer sore eyes, little hollyphant. 'Cept ye ain't so much o' either anymore!
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Mammoth Lulu:
Oh, it's wonderful! As Zariel remembers, so do I! All the things that were forgotten! I could trumpet my story all day! Oh, but first -- Zariel and Nascius, the planetar bound within the Companion, have shifted to the celestial planes to heal, but they will return! In the meantime, it's up to us to clear the city of this lingering evil.
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Celeste:
That's wonderful news. But Lulu, we could use your aid in other ways. Leave these threats to us, and set a course across the city. Trumpet out for all survivors to head for the High Hall. We'll set up there to tend to those who need healing and comfort, and to chart a course for restoring Elturel as it once was.
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Mammoth Lulu:
Consider it done, Celeste! When you've dealt with these fiends, I'll meet you there!
31 Defeat 25 Monsters Loathsome dretches run from the light of the sun above the city. Help them back to the darkness!
32 Defeat 25 Monsters The wailing of the dretches calls forth bulezau demons from the ruins. Take them down!
33 Collect 25 Ration Packs The lingering tremors are making the ruins of Elturel hazardous. Clear out the last of the dretches as you secure these life-giving rations for the folk who'll need them!
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Bruenor:
This is passin' strange. It felt like tha city was settlin' before, but that last tremor was stronger than ever. There's somethin' goin' on here...
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Mammoth Lulu:
Champions! Champions! Oh, no! Oh, woe! I saw her. I saw her!
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Nayeli:
Lulu, it's all right! Just calm down and tell us.
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Mammoth Lulu:
No no, no calm, no time! Tiamat! She was under the ground, concealed in the earth mote! When Zariel lifted the city, the Dragon Queen came along for the ride!
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Celeste:
Tiamat?! I don't understand. Arkhan?
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Arkhan:
I... the connection is still closed. The Dragon Queen does not speak to me.
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Reya:
Because she didn't want to reveal any clue as to what she was planning. Her lack of conditions for helping us try to save Elturel makes sense now.
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Nayeli:
We can commend Tiamat on her canny planning after we've found her -- and sent her back to where she belongs. Come on!
34 Defeat 25 Monsters Tiamat has come to the world and must be stopped -- but swarms of lesser imps make it impossible to make any headway in finding her!
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Bruenor:
Why's there been no sign o' Tiamat yet? A colossal dragon with five heads, ye'd think she'd stand out a bit.
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Nayeli:
She might have already fled the city. She knows the Champions are here, and she won't want to deal with us. So we'll need to get proactive. Arkhan! You said you've lost contact with Tiamat, but let's see if she's just listening in without speaking. Call her to you. Tell her that her chosen is in trouble, and needs the Dragon Queen's aid.
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Arkhan:
I cannot lie to my queen.
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Nayeli:
Then say whatever you have to say to get her attention!
35 Defeat the Barbed Devil While Arkhan reaches out to make contact, a barbed devil drives the scattering imps forward in an overwhelming assault! Stand fast!
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Minsc:
There is high hall. And large numbers of survivors!
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Celeste:
That's a promising sign. Though the trauma these folk have suffered won't be forgotten quickly. Not without help, at least.
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Jarlaxle:
There's another group moving in behind that last batch of survivors. And I suspect they're going to be trouble!
36 Defeat 25 Monsters The survivors of Elturel are moving for the High Hall -- but so are the hellwasp larvae that have been growing in the ruins!
37 Defeat 25 Monsters Responding to the attacks on their larvae, hellwasps brought through the planar transition with the city attack!
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Nayeli:
Arkhan, we need to know what Tiamat is doing. If she's heading for Baldur's Gate or Waterdeep, we need to warn people. And if she's coming back here, we need to be ready. Have you heard anything yet?
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Arkhan:
No. I mean... I don't know. I pled for aid. I reminded her of my pledge. And though I heard no words, I felt... something. A presence. A madness. I fear that breaking free of Avernus might have triggered some form of latent magic binding the Dragon Queen to the Nine Hells. I fear it may have... corrupted her.
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Bruenor:
Gotta be real honest here. When ye're talkin' about a gargantuan five-headed chaotic evil dragon fiend, I'm not sure that corrupted versus not corrupted's really gonna make any appreciable difference.
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Jarlaxle:
You might get a chance to judge that... and soon. Listen!
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Arkhan:
That roar! My queen! Tiamat comes!
38 Defeat 1 Rubble The rubble fallen across the city is going to cut off survivors fleeing from the hellwasps unless you clear it out! But the Dragon Queen is attacking from above!
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Nayeli:
Does anyone see her? Shout out! We can't afford another strafing pass like that.
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Jarlaxle:
She disappeared into the clouds. Biding her time.
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Celeste:
I got the distinct impression she doesn't know exactly where she is. I think Arkhan is right. The transition to the material plane has forced her into a kind of temporary madness.
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Reya:
We can't let her run roughshod over Elturel. She'll tear what's left of the city apart!
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Bruenor:
Then we're gonna have ta get her ta clear out -- and we need ta warn tha survivors ta stay outta sight!
39 Defeat 25 Monsters The last of the murderous larvae have been finished off -- but that only makes the hellwasps more intent on your destruction!
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Ravengard:
Champions! It's a blessing to see you all -- but I fear my eyes can't be trusted. That dragon I thought I saw...
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Reya:
Your vision's clear, Duke Ravengard. Tiamat has come. We're working on a plan to lure her from the city. But even as we do, keep your people locked down. I won't lose anyone else. Not when we've come so far.
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Ravengard:
I'll see it done, Reya. But with all the wounded we have, I fear we'll need some help clearing the courtyard once more.
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Bruenor:
Then let's try ta make it a fast fight. Champions, let's go! We got no time ta lose!
40 Defeat the Narzugon A dread narzugon tries to get the drop on you by taking advantage of the hellwasp assault! Stand fast!
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Nayeli:
We're getting bogged down here. We need to end this fight!
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Bruenor:
I hear ya, but I ain't tha one ye gotta convince! These fiends knows they got no way ta get home, and they're fightin' like they got nothin' ta lose.
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Celeste:
Duke Ravengard and the survivors won't be able to hold their own. Not without more... wait... someone's teleporting in!
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Vajra:
I can't believe what I see... Elturel is returned! And where unbelievable deeds are seen, can the Champions be far behind?
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Elminster:
Aye, it's as I'd heard. A few elemental spirits left behind to watch the site of the tragedy, and their word has come to me in good time, it seems. For there's work still to be done here!
41 Defeat 25 Monsters With some unexpected help, the High Hall courtyard will soon be cleared! Take these quasits down!
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Traxigor:
Devils and demons and fighting -- oh my! I knew I'd regret volunteering for this journey. But as long as I'm... wait, now... the Champions, you say! Lulu! You look... different?
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Mammoth Lulu:
Traxigor! Oh, my friend, I'm going to hug you!
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Celeste:
Lulu, you might want to wait until you're more accustomed to your new strength. Blackstaff, you come just in time. Duke Ravengard can tell you what you need to know. But the Champions must get out of the city, and quickly.
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Elminster:
Go, then. We three aren't much for the adventuring life, at least not these days. But we can help stouthearted warriors turn the tide against fiends easily enough. Fare ye well!
42 Defeat 25 Monsters Keeping an eye out for Tiamat's return to the city is made more difficult with roving packs of bulezaus in your way!
43 Collect 25 Imp Horns The last of the imp scouts who once terrified the survivors of Elturel mob together for a final doomed attack! Time to take a few last souvenirs from Avernus!
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Reya:
Just across the bridge and we'll be clear. Arkhan, what news?
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Arkhan:
I call to my queen, and the fractured voice of madness is what returns to me. I plead with her. I beg her to come to me! I must save her, don't you see? I am her chosen!
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Bruenor:
Arkhan, we're gonna have a long talk about where ta put savin' on tha long list o' possible outcomes fer what's comin'. But I can promise ye that if she goes back ta lay waste ta Elturel, tha chances o' this endin' good go way down.
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Arkhan:
I have done what I can, dwarf! You dare threaten... wait! I hear her! Confused... enraged... sworn to vengeance. But she's coming. Tiamat is coming!
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Reya:
Get across the bridge, now!
44 Defeat 25 Monsters Lemure devils swarm one of the bridges of Elturel, blocking your path. Time to end their threat!
45 Defeat the Nalfeshnee A pack of merregon devils attacking a nalfeshnee demon have occupied the bridge -- but they set their differences aside to seek vengeance on the Champions!
46 Defeat 25 Monsters A pack of bearded devils has followed you across the city, seeking vengeance for having been drawn forth from Avernus. Show them how to get home the hard way!
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Celeste:
We've made it outside the city. Now to make sure Tiamat sees us. Arkhan, feed her need for vengeance. Convince her that whatever ill she thinks has been done to her, the Champions are responsible. Her focus on us will keep her well away from Elturel -- and spare the city any further destruction.
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Jarlaxle:
Heads up! I think I've figured out what Tiamat's been doing while barnstorming above the cloud cover. There's an army approaching!
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Nayeli:
Let them come. Mortal or fiend, we'll send them all on their way. We need to control this fight from the start, or we're finished!
47 Defeat 25 Monsters The outskirts of Elturel are swarming with Tiamat's servants! Take these white abishai down!
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Bruenor:
We're makin' headway against these abishai. Just keep pushin' em back.. oi! There's somebody walkin' out there!
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Calliope:
More like they're running out there. They're so overloaded with whatever they're carrying, they've freaking stumbled right into the fight without realizing it!
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Nayeli:
They're going to stumble even faster into the grave if we don't help them. Come on!
48 Collect 25 Emergency Packs You drive the white abishai back, but their black abishai kin mount a counterassault -- even as an unknown wanderer risks death to collect the packs scattered across the battlefield!
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Terminatur:
I thank you, friends. That fight came out of nowhere, it seemed. I don't know what I would have done without you... why, look! You are friends indeed. Champions!
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Minsc:
Terminatur! Seeing you is most marvelous!
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Zouillotte:
Honk!
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Minsc:
And Zouillotte the most wise goose! Is wonderful homecoming!
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Celeste:
We are well met, Terminatur. But from the look on Zouillotte's face, I'm guessing she was trying to warn you away from this fight just before you stumbled into.
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Terminatur:
Oh, yes. I'm sorry, Zouillotte. It's just, I was trying to bring these emergency kits as fast as these legs will carry me. For I saw something most marvelous! Elturel has returned!
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Celeste:
Indeed it has, and folk there will be glad of your aid. But heed my advice, friend -- take the slower road. You'll want to wait until things are... calmer there before you arrive. And I promise we'll see you at the High Hall when our work here is done.
49 Defeat 25 Monsters Though you hit them hard, the abishai fight zealously for their Dragon Queen! Stand fast!
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Nayeli:
That roaring, getting louder... this is it. Arkhan, what are you hearing?
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Arkhan:
The same bestial rage. My queen is in pain.
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Calliope:
Not nearly as much pain as the rest of us are going to be in if we aren't all in on this. Are you with us, dragonborn?
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Arkhan:
I stand with you, Champions. Tiamat is lost and in pain. Whatever gambit she attempted failed. The injustice that bound her to Avernus must be dealt with in a different way.
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Jarlaxle:
Heads up! Five-headed chromatic death machine diving out from the sun!
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Bruenor:
Can barely see her against that brightness. Everybody spread out, then hit her hard! We need ta lock Tiamat down fer this fight or we got no chance!
50 Defeat the Tiamat Tiamat attacks! If you don't deal with her here, all of Faerûn will be threatened!
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Bruenor:
Did... Did anyone see where she went?
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Nayeli:
Straight up and skyward. We wounded Tiamat badly.
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Dhadius:
That wasn't Tiamat. That was a shell of the Goddess of Dragons.
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Nayeli:
Friends, we can analyze the situation later. We're in no shape to face a god for a second time today.
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Arkhan:
I will not rest until my queen is returned.
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Mammoth Lulu:
Champions! Zariel returns!
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Redeemed Zariel:
My friends, you have fought bravely. You have saved me. You have saved Elturel. I cannot thank you enough, except to say that you have my heart and my care, now and forever. Reya Mantlemorn. Hellrider. Avatar of Zariel. The sword you bear holds a piece of me within it, as do you. It is yours now, and long may you wield it bravely, and in the name of good.
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Reya:
It shall be my honor, Zariel. I will never forget the path that brought me here. None of us will ever forget.
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Celeste:
Friends, I've just received a sending from Vajra in Elturel. The survivors are gathering. And Nayeli... she says... there are two children there, asking for you...
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Nayeli:
It's over, then... it's well and truly over. Friends, let's return to the city. To give what aid we can to those who need it.
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Redeemed Zariel:
Nascius and I will lead that effort, Champions. The power of good is great... perhaps even great enough to fully undo what has been done in evil's name. We can help ease the trauma of those who suffered, and return those to life who were lost. The world endures. The force of good endures... as long as we all remember.
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