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Adventures
Campaigns

The Battle of High Hall Tower is one of the adventures in the campaign Baldur's Gate: Descent into Avernus.

Icon The Battle of High Hall Tower.png Return to Elturel for the final battle, facing the worst Avernus has to offer.
Requirements
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Must have completed "Idyllglen"
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 550
Restrictions
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No Restrictions
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×1100 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png

Variants[]

Might Makes Right[]

Icon Might Makes Right.png Return to Elturel for the final battle with your strongest Champions.
Requirements
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Must have completed "The Battle of High Hall Tower"
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 600
Restrictions
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Champion damage is reduced by 99%.
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Only Champions with a STR of 18 or higher can be used.
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×1200 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png
Patron: Mirt Objectives sign.png Complete Area 700 Mirt Influence ×3.72e07 Ruby Coin.png ×29,200
Patron: Vajra Objectives sign.png Complete Area 725 Vajra Influence ×5.89e07 Symbol of Vajra.png ×35,750
Patron: Strahd Objectives sign.png Complete Area 750 Strahd Influence ×9.31e07 Barovian Coin.png ×43,700
Patron: Zariel Objectives sign.png Complete Area 775 Zariel Influence ×1.47e08 Symbol of Zariel.png ×53,600

The Stunning Tower Battle[]

Icon The Stunning Tower Battle.png Return to Elturel for the final battle with a backup striker.
Requirements
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Must have completed "The Battle of High Hall Tower"
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Must have completed 57 Descent into Avernus adventures or variants
Objectives Objectives sign.png Complete Area 650
Restrictions
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Every 15 seconds, your top damage dealing Champion is stunned for 15 seconds.
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Whenever you move a Champion in the formation, they are stunned for 15 seconds.
Rewards Icon Gems.png ×1300 Tiamat's Favor ×??? Formation Formation A-Furnace.png
Patron: Mirt Objectives sign.png Complete Area 750 Mirt Influence ×9.31e07 Ruby Coin.png ×43,700
Patron: Vajra Objectives sign.png Complete Area 775 Vajra Influence ×1.47e08 Symbol of Vajra.png ×53,600
Patron: Strahd Objectives sign.png Complete Area 800 Strahd Influence ×2.32e08 Barovian Coin.png ×65,600
Patron: Zariel Objectives sign.png Complete Area 825 Zariel Influence ×3.68e08 Symbol of Zariel.png ×80,400

Waves[]

Type Waves Bosses Favored By
aberration 0 1
armor-based 0 1 Binwin, Gazrick, Wulfgar
beast 10 0 Jaheira, Minsc, Zorbu
demon 21 2
devil 20 3
fey 6 0 Minsc
fiend 41 9 Ezmerelda, Turiel
flying 15 1
hit-based 2 5 Binwin
humanoid 4 0 Ezmerelda, Jaheira, Minsc, Zorbu
lycanthrope 4 0
melee 50 8
ranged 0 3
spawner 0 1
undead 6 0 Ezmerelda, Minsc, Nerys, Zorbu
Wave Tags Monsters Monster Tags Image
1 hellish outdoors Spined Devil, Vrock demon devil fiend flying melee
2 hellish outdoors Spined Devil, Vrock demon devil fiend flying melee
3 hellish outdoors Bearded Devil, Vrock demon devil fiend melee
4 hellish outdoors Bearded Devil devil fiend melee
5 hellish outdoors Bearded Devil x10 devil fiend melee
Boss hellish outdoors Hell Hound boss fiend hit-based melee
6 hellish outdoors Bearded Devil, Stirge beast devil fiend melee
7 hellish outdoors Abyssal Fly, Stirge beast melee
8 hellish outdoors Abyssal Fly beast melee
9 hellish outdoors Stirge beast melee
10 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken x5, Stirge x5 beast melee
Boss hellish outdoors Chasme boss demon fiend melee
11 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken demon fiend melee Monster Fiend HellwaspQueen.png
12 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken demon fiend melee
13 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken demon fiend melee
14 hellish outdoors Hellwasp fiend melee
15 hellish outdoors Hellwasp x10 fiend melee
Boss hellish outdoors Hellwasp Queen boss fiend flying hit-based melee
16 hellish outdoors Mezzoloth, Wereboar fiend humanoid lycanthrope melee
17 hellish outdoors Mezzoloth, Wereboar fiend humanoid lycanthrope melee
18 hellish outdoors Mezzoloth fiend melee
19 hellish outdoors Mezzoloth, Wereboar fiend humanoid lycanthrope melee
20 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken x8, Wereboar x2 humanoid lycanthrope demon fiend melee
Boss hellish outdoors Death Slaad boss aberration hit-based melee
21 hellish outdoors Madcap fey melee Monster Fiend ChainDevil.png
22 hellish outdoors Madcap fey melee
23 hellish outdoors Madcap, Stirge fey beast melee
24 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken, Madcap demon fey fiend melee
25 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken x7, Madcap x3 demon fey fiend melee
Boss hellish outdoors Chain Devil devil fiend hit-based melee
26 hellish outdoors Abyssal Chicken, Madcap fey demon fiend melee
27 hellish outdoors Lesser Imp devil fiend flying melee
28 hellish outdoors Lesser Imp devil fiend flying melee
29 hellish outdoors Lesser Imp, Stirge devil fiend flying beast melee
30 hellish outdoors Dretch x5, Lesser Imp x5 demon devil fiend flying melee
Boss hellish outdoors Barlgura boss demon fiend melee
31 hellish outdoors Bearded Devil devil fiend melee
32 hellish outdoors Dretch, Quasit demon fiend melee
33 hellish outdoors Burning Debris, Stirge beast static hits-based melee
34 hellish outdoors Lesser Imp, Quasit demon devil fiend flying melee
35 hellish outdoors Lesser Imp x10 devil fiend flying melee
Boss hellish outdoors Horned Devil boss devil fiend melee ranged
36 hellish outdoors Elturel Ghoul, Vrock demon fiend undead melee Monster Fiend NightHag PeggyDeadbells.png
37 hellish outdoors Vrock demon fiend melee
38 hellish outdoors Crumbled Wall Rubble, Spined Devil devil fiend flying static hit-based melee
39 hellish outdoors Dretch, Elturel Ghoul demon fiend undead melee
40 hellish outdoors Dretch x1, Elturel Ghoul x9 demon fiend undead melee
Boss hellish outdoors Peggy Deadbells boss fiend ranged
41 hellish outdoors Elturel Ghoul, Quasit demon fiend undead melee Monster Fiend Succubus.png
42 hellish outdoors Quasit, Vrock demon fiend melee
43 hellish outdoors Spined Devil devil fiend flying melee
44 hellish outdoors Spined Devil, Vrock devil fiend flying demon melee
45 hellish outdoors Spined Devil x8, Vrock x2 devil fiend flying demon melee
Boss hellish outdoors Succubus boss fiend melee
46 underground Abyssal Crab, Elturel Ghoul beast undead melee
47 underground Abyssal Crab, Elturel Ghoul beast undead melee
48 hellish outdoors Spined Devil devil fiend flying melee
49 hellish outdoors Spined Devil devil fiend flying melee
50 hellish outdoors Spined Devil x10 devil fiend flying melee
Boss hellish outdoors Bel boss devil fiend armor-based ranged

Transcript[]

Icon The Battle of High Hall Tower.png The Battle of High Hall Tower
Return to Elturel for the final battle, facing the worst Avernus has to offer.
Area Goal Quests & Cinematics
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi! That blast took tha fortress apart like crackin' an egg! Is everybody okay and accounted fer? Sound off if ye can! And see ta Reya! She was right at tha center o'... everythin'... oi, lass. Is that still ye?
Icon Reya.png
Reya:
It's me, Bruenor. I'm all right. More than all right. I'm... who I'm meant to be...
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
I can't say the same for the fiends we were fighting. That blast of energy that came off Zariel's sword knocked them for a loop and a half.
Icon Reya.png
Reya:
They won't stay away for long. The power of Zariel's sword will draw them on.
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Yael:
And you must be ready for them. Champions, Zariel sent her lieutenant, Lucille, after the sword rather than coming to the Bleeding Citadel to seek it herself. I do not know her mind now, but I know how much she hungered to reclaim the sword. I shudder to think of what evil or power might distract her from that.
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Lulu:
We know what distracts her, Yael. Elturel. We're in the endgame now.
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Nayeli:
Then we don't have time to tarry. We need to reach the war machine and set a course for the city. Zariel must already be on her way to Elturel -- and we need to stop her.
1 Defeat 25 Monsters Vrocks and spined devils injured during the destruction of the Bleeding Citadel are already regrouping. Take these fiends down!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Keep moving! Straight through here and we'll have a clear shot out, then down.
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Calliope:
All these freaking fiends on the wing, they'll have an even clearer shot at us as we're climbing down that scab again.
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Reya:
Then best we thin their numbers while we can. Hit them hard!
2 Defeat 25 Monsters More screeching vrocks soar in as reinforcements, but the spined devils are already breaking under your assault!
3 Collect 25 Coils of Rope Grabbing these ropes should leave you free to flee the crumbling citadel -- but a force of bearded devils seems intent on making you stay!
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
All right, vrocks are regrouping! All, lash ropes tightly! Is time for fast descent!
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Boo:
Squeak!
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
Brilliant. That scab looks like the explosion in the citadel turned it into a badly set blood pudding. I just got my boots scraped off after the slog up. Is the war machine even still there? Or did Lucille's forces boost it already?
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
It's still there. But there's a mob of fiends and a swamp filled with blood between us and it.
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Bruenor:
Less yammerin' and more clamberin', then. Time ta get down!
4 Defeat 25 Monsters There's no sign of vrocks atop this infernal scab, but more bearded devils are waiting for you! Hit them hard!
5 Defeat the BOSS As you near the foot of the scab, a monstrous hell hound shores up the devilish assault!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
Is it possible that this reeking blood mire has actually turned more disgusting than it was when we passed through it earlier? Gods, that stench.
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Celeste:
I can sense the magic of the scab collapsing. If it was raised up in response to the celestial energy of the sword, as Lulu said, it's lost that animating force now. So the explosion of energy from the sword is causing the swamp to fester, the rot to accelerate. All the foul energy here is feeding on itself, like a leprous fungus.
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
A simple 'Sure, I guess so' would have been just fine.
6 Defeat 25 Monsters As foul as this swamp of blood has become, stirges responding to the shrieks of bearded devils will make this an even more difficult crossing.
7 Defeat 25 Monsters The bearded devils have broken at last, but swarms of abyssal flies fill the air around you! Push on!
8 Collect 25 Giant Fly Wings These flies are relentless! See if clipping their wings will slow them down!
9 Defeat 25 Monsters As the flies retreat, the stirges zoom in for their leftovers!
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
Can't see anything through these blasted swarming stirges. Jarlaxle, are we getting close to the edge?
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Jarlaxle:
Why are you asking me? I'm mostly hanging on to Minsc's shoulder and keeping my eyes closed.
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Minsc:
Is acceptable to Minsc, for benefit of having drow draw attacks from behind. But look! There is far shore at last!
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Boo:
Squeak!
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Minsc:
And, as Boo points out, we have welcoming committee!
10 Defeat the Chasme Abyssal chickens roam the far side of the blood swamp, hunted by a roaming chasme demon -- who suddenly shows interest in a more challenging fight!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi! Balakros! Get tha war machine fired up and ready ta roll! We're coming in fast!
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Balakros:
Oh, lovely. I was almost ready to assume you'd been killed. That was quite the explosion earlier. I wish you'd told me you were planning on popping the Bleeding Citadel like an infernal zit. I would have sold tickets for the viewing. Set up a concession. What were you all doing up there, anyway?
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Nayeli:
Not the time for catching up, imp! We need to move!
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Balakros:
All right, all right! Everyone get on. Oh, and Zariel sends her regards.
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Reya:
What? Zariel was here? And you spoke to her?
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Balakros:
More like she spoke at you and the world in general, and I overheard her where I was hiding for my life. She looked like she was heading inside after you, then stopped. 'Farewell, Champions,' she said. Then she sent that pit fiend in after you and flew off.
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Celeste:
So close to reclaiming the sword, but what's happening in Elturel drew her away. The city must be nearly at its end. We need to move!
11 Defeat 25 Monsters The war machine gets underway --- but the abyssal chickens that followed you from the swamp are along for the ride!
12 Defeat 25 Monsters As fast as you clear these abyssal chickens out, more of the tiny fiends close in!
Icon Nayeli.png
Nayeli:
Balakros, we need top speed out of this machine -- and the most straight-line course to Elturel that you can set.
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Celeste:
Nayeli, I think we need to make a stop first. We all remember what Bel said of how we might save the city.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Aye, I remember well 'nuff. Claim tha Sword o' Zariel, break tha chains bindin' Elturel above tha Styx, then darken tha Companion. We got tha sword, and we got tha keys that's gonna shut tha companion down, and we got 'nuff folks here that breakin' them chains is just a matter o' time.
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Celeste:
I think we're out of time, Bruenor. We were planning on being able to start the process of freeing Elturel before Zariel was aware. But we'll be fighting her at the same time now. I think we need more help. And Arkhan has an idea of where to get it.
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Nayeli:
This conversation's going to have to wait. That's another abyssal chicken swarm, dead ahead!
13 Collect 25 Roast Racks The heat of the war machine's engines is sending some of these abyssal chickens to a flash-roasted end! Waste not, want not!
14 Defeat 25 Monsters Good news! You've left the abyssal chicken horde behind! Bad news! You've entered hellwasp territory. Look sharp!
15 Defeat the Hellwasp Queen Taking out this hellwasp queen should disrupt the larger swarm. Hit her hard!
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Nayeli:
That's the last of the hellwasps dealt with. Arkhan, what plan is it you're speaking of? Where do you want to go?
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Arkhan:
The destination is all Celeste's choice. But I recall more of Bel's words -- challenging us to seek Tiamat to break the chains. I don't think that was bluster. No other creature in Avernus is as strong as the Dragon Queen. And if our saving Elturel weakens Zariel, I believe Tiamat will lend her power to us.
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Nayeli:
For a price, no doubt. But I think Arkhan's right. Even if we don't gain her aid directly, getting Tiamat to harry Zariel will buy us more time. Time we desperately need.
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Lulu:
No, though. No, it won't work! Zariel will be focused on us now, and she watches Tiamat! Any attempt to commune with the Dragon Queen, Zariel will hear!
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
Which is where our detour comes in. We know one person in Avernus with the skill to shape magic that might allow Arkhan to appeal to Tiamat without being overheard. Mad Maggie. The same ritual magic that let us into Lulu's dream will do the trick.
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Bruenor:
Feh. Doin' deals with evil dragon gods? That ain't me idea o' detente. But it's lookin' like tha only way forward when every other option's a dead end.
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Nayeli:
It sounds like our course is set, then. Balakros! Get us to Fort Knucklebone, and as fast as this war machine will carry us!
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Balakros:
All right, course correction set. Fort Knucklebone, next stop. Looks like we've got the road to ourselves.
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
You might want to actually glance behind you from time to time, imp. There's a war machine closing in fast!
Icon Jarlaxle.png
Jarlaxle:
A big one, too. And that wrecking ball it's swinging out front looks awfully familiar...
Descent Portrait Raggadragga.png
Raggadragga:
I'm going to bring us in close! Ready the chomper and the wrecking ball! Harpoon flingers on standby! Get ready to fight... oh, why do I even bother. This is a nightmare...
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi, not again! How many times do we gotta deal with this constantly reincarnatin' wereboar before he gets tha message?
Icon Celeste.png
Celeste:
He doesn't reincarnate, Bruenor. It's different wereboars claiming the mantle of Raggadragga. And apparently this one's not happy about it...?
16 Defeat 25 Monsters Even moving at full speed, wereboars and mercenary mezzoloths launch themselves onto the war machine! Raggadragga's Goreguts Gang is back!
17 Defeat 25 Monsters The mezzoloths fight with greater discipline than the wereboars. Focus on the lycanthropes to clear them out!
18 Collect 25 Soul Coins The soul coins these mezzoloths carry will help fuel your progress. Grab them all!
Descent Portrait Raggadragga.png
Raggadragga:
Ready stations! Prepare for the last wave to go in! Like anyone cares.
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
Hey, wereboar! If this fight's got you were-bored, you can absolutely feel free to take your Goreguts Pack and slink off! We've got more than enough stuff on our freaking plates right now.
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Raggadragga:
Oh, some snappy rejoinder with hints of bloody threat. I need your war machine, all right? I've got debts to pay off. Stupid idea buying into this Raggadragga nonsense. 'A small one-time investment,' they said. 'Excellent returns,' they said.
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Lulu:
Is anyone at all understanding what this lycanthrope is talking about? I feel like I'm missing part of the story.
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Raggadragga:
'Hardly any chance you'll be called up,' they said! Well, see how that turned out! And it's all your fault, Champions!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Probably best ta just file this one under 'ravin' boss loves ta monologue.' Everybody! Clear through these blighters and take that Raggadragga down! We're wastin' time!
19 Defeat 25 Monsters Whoever he is this time, Raggadragga leads another wave of wereboars and mezzoloths on board! Time to end this!
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
So much for your mezzoloths, friend. You sure you and the rest of the pig patrol don't want to join them in hightailing it out of this fight?
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Raggadragga:
No! Do you have any idea what it cost me to hire them?! All I wanted to do was sow chaos in disguise, but everywhere I turn -- Champions! Champions again! More Champions, ruining my plans! Well, I've had it!
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
What in... he's changin' shape!
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Nayeli:
That's a death slaad! Watch out!
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Death Slaad:
Indeed! Are you happy now, Champions? Because I'm not enjoying any of this! And you're going to be miserable with me!
20 Defeat the Death Slaad Raggadragga's final reveal promises you a deadly fight! And a wandering wave of abyssal chickens isn't going to make it any easier!
Icon Calliope.png
Calliope:
Okay, that was an odd encounter even ranked against everything else we've seen since coming here.
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Celeste:
Hopefully that's the last we hear of Raggadragga, whoever he is, was, or might be. Unless there's some kind of warlord franchising scheme in operation in Avernus? Jarlaxle?
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Jarlaxle:
Why are you asking me? Though I have to admit, as ideas go...
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Nayeli:
As ideas go, it'll be a good one to ignore. Balakros, can you get us back on course?
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Balakros:
Already there -- and making better time than I thought. Fort Knucklebone, straight ahead!
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Chukka:
The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only! There is no stopping in a red zone!
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Balakros:
We're in Avernus, you tedious kenku. This entire blasted level of the Nine Hells is a red zone.
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Celeste:
It's all right, Chukka, it's just us. The Champions are back. And we need to have a quiet meeting with Mad Maggie as soon as possible.
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Chukka:
Chukka! Clonk! Mickey! Barnabas! The madcaps are running amok! Get your sorry selves out there and deal with them!
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Bruenor:
That's Mad Maggie's voice he was mimickin' there. Ye think he's tryin' ta tell us somethin'?
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Jarlaxle:
I think he's trying to give us some setup for the wall of madcaps heading our way! Watch out!
21 Defeat 25 Monsters Madcaps are overrunning Fort Knucklebone! Helping to clear them out will hopefully put you in a favorable position for negotiating with Mad Maggie.
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Mad Maggie:
Chukka! I sent you out here to put an end to this racket! Why is the fighting getting worse...? Oh, I should have known.
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Nayeli:
Delightful to see you too, hag. But we came here only out of need, I assure you.
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Celeste:
Arkhan and I need to speak to you, Maggie, about obtaining a magical favor. And I'm quite certain the Champions will be happy to deal with your madcap problem while we do.
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Bruenor:
Ye heard Celeste. Time ta get some order back ta Fort Knucklebone, and right quick!
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Calliope:
There's no end to these infernal creatures! What's gotten them so riled up!
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Bruenor:
Got me a pretty good idea, I think. Oi! Pins and Needles! I see ye two imps skulkin' there with vacuous grins on yer faces. Last time we saw madcaps riled up at tha fort, it was yer doin'. Ye got anythin' ta tell us?
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Pins:
Say what now? Ah! The Chumps! You've returned!
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Needles:
All the Chumps! A veritable Chump parade! What a grand reunion!
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Calliope:
It's 'the Champions' to our friends, and 'liege, sir, and ma'am' to the likes of you, imp. What's going... hey! Get back here!
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Nayeli:
I feel like it's safe to call clearing out at speed a guilty plea. But we can deal with them later. More madcaps are on the move!
22 Defeat 25 Monsters Whatever the imps did drives the madcaps into increasingly raging chaos -- making it impossible to predict their next moves!
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Barnabas:
Whseek the leaderwhs of thewhse madcapwhs out! I'll blawhst them all!
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Delina:
Frenetic flameskull coming up on the left. Let's maybe give them room. And is anyone else noticing the madcaps' ranting is changing? It's like they're chanting something... repeating something, over and over.
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Jarlaxle:
Yes. It sounds suspiciously like: 'Die! Die! Die!'
Icon Delina.png
Delina:
Ah. Glad I asked.
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Wazzik:
Die! Die, die, die you simpering imps! Fool me once, shame on me! Fool me twice, and die! Die! Die!
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Celeste:
Oh, wonderful. Our old friend Wazzik has gone kaleidoscopic again. The imps must be up to their old paint-trap tricks.
Icon Bruenor.png
Bruenor:
Oi! I think I see where they stashed their buckets. Let's grab 'em up and maybe we can dial all this ragin' down a notch!
23 Collect 25 Pails of Infernal Paint Grabbing up this infernal paint should be an easy task. Or at least it would be except for this unexpected stirge assault!
24 Defeat 25 Monsters The madcaps are starting to calm down. Or at least they were, until this mob of abyssal chickens started tearing up the place.
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Nayeli:
I feel as though we've almost got this mob under control. Now if we can just avoid any sudden surprises.
Icon Portrait Boo.png
Boo:
Squeak!
Icon Minsc.png
Minsc:
Good eyes, Boo! Chain devil scout, there! Skulking and watching!
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Nayeli:
They must have taken advantage of the chaos to come in over the wall -- and we can't let them escape now that they know we're here! Stop that devil!
25 Defeat the Chain Devil Taking out this chain devil won't be easy -- especially with a last clash between madcaps and abyssal chickens bringing chaos to the battlefield!
26 Defeat 25 Monsters A last wave of madcaps and abyssal chickens make an increasingly weak assault. Explain to them who's got the upper hand here!
27 Defeat 25 Monsters Word of your presence in Fort Knucklebone seems to have spread. And this mob of lesser imps has been sent to drive you out!
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Bruenor:
Any sign o' Arkhan and Mad Maggie yet? 'Tis lookin' like our hope o' keepin' a low profile's been dashed pretty good.
Icon Arkhan.png
Arkhan:
We won't need to maintain that subterfuge any longer. We ride for Elturel, friends! And the blessings of the Dragon Queen go with us!
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Nayeli:
With respect, Arkhan, I won't be so quick to accept Tiamat's 'blessings' without knowing her terms. If she's agreed to break the chains binding the city, we need to know what she expects of us in return.
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Arkhan:
She asks nothing but our humble gratitude, Nayeli. I have made this plea as her chosen and greatest champion, and the Dragon Queen acquiesces to our need.
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Celeste:
She had no terms at all? No bargain, no quid pro quo? Even with whatever Tiamat hopes to gain by helping disrupt Zariel's plans, that seems most strange.
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Mad Maggie:
It seemed strange to me too. Not that I was listening in on the call or anything. But whatever future favors Tiamat might be waiting to lord over you, Champions, you're going to do Mad Maggie a favor now and hit the road. Oh, and take your imps with you.
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Celeste:
You have our thanks, Maggie. Though it's my sincere hope that we never have need to seek you out again.
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Arkhan:
To the war machine, Champions! Our destiny awaits!
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Balakros:
All right, everybody on board and get comfortable. All accounted for? Hey! You two kenku, clear off! No hitchhikers on the Champions' war machine!
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Chukka:
Hello, you've reached the answering service of Mad Maggie. Just because I'm sure you've forgotten in all the present excitement, this war machine is still on loan from me -- and is going to be reclaimed before you get it all dinged up in whatever off-into-the-sunset suicide run you've got planned for your last stand on Avernus.
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Bruenor:
'Tis all right, Balakros. I'm guessin' Chukka and Clonk are comin' along ta take possession o' tha war machine once we get ta Elturel. That's all right and fair.
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Chukka:
Ding ding ding! We have a winner! Now Clonk will explain our terms and conditions.
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Clonk:
You call this lookin' after my war machine? Have you washed and waxed it even once? Nah, I don't think so! You and me, we're gonna have some words, friend. Your insurance ain't coverin' this wear and tear!
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Nayeli:
All right, Clonk, we get the idea. We'll pass around a hat for any damages done to the vehicle -- but only after we get to Elturel. Balakros, take us out!
28 Collect 25 Imp Horns These imps are determined to follow the war machine. Taking a few trophies might convince some of them to stand down.
29 Defeat 25 Monsters The imps are taking a beating -- but a stirge hunting pack doing a flyby keeps you from finishing this fight.
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Balakros:
All right, we're almost at Elturel. If you know where I'm taking this thing to avoid parking it in the middle of a Blood War battle, let me know.
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Nayeli:
Are you sure we're close, imp? Why can't I see the city yet if so?
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Jarlaxle:
You're looking too high. There, lower down.
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Lulu:
Oh, no no no no no! The city's almost in the Styx! Will we make it in time?
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Reya:
We'll make it, Lulu. The last vestiges of Zariel's goodness ride with us. We'll make it.
30 Defeat the Barlgura A barlgura-led demon hunting pack patrols the approach to the city! Take all these fiends down!
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Balakros:
Elturel! Last stop! And I mean that literally, because you're all going to die.
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Celeste:
Thank you for helping us get here, Balakros. And for your... well, let's call it charming indifference.
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Balakros:
Same back at you, mortal. But if you don't mind, I need to make myself scarce. There's a Blood War battle out there that I have no intention of getting dragooned into.
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Bruenor:
Right, we need ta figure out our approach. We try ta fight through that mob again, we'll never make it ta tha city in time. Elturel's got minutes left by tha look o' it.
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Minsc:
Minsc thinks he sees way! There! Tall hill, not far off! And where Elturel earth mote descends, is just passing hill's peak! Champions make short hop, jump straight across!
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Celeste:
Well spotted, Minsc! Champions, let's move!
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Chukka:
Whoa, there, little filly! Let's not get us ahead of ourselves. I mean, would you look at the state of this vehicle? Don't you have any pride in your belongings? This kind of wear and tear ain't covered by your warranty, no sir.
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Bruenor:
All right, all right. Everybody chip in quick ta thank Mad Maggie fer tha use o' her war machine. Then let's get ta climbin'!
31 Defeat 25 Monsters You have no time to lose to get up this hill and reach Elturel -- but an army of fiends is guarding the way!
32 Defeat 25 Monsters Dretches and quasits break off from the Blood War battle beneath the city -- and the bearded devils are content to fall back and let these demons deal with you!
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Calliope:
These fiends are slowing us down! We need to keep moving!
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Bruenor:
Gotta admit, I'm just as worried about them kenku comin' after us from behind. I been hearin' Clonk yellin' about tha detailin' on that war machine since we started climbin'.
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Reya:
We can't afford any distractions from either side. Hit them hard! We need to reach the city!
33 Defeat 1 Blockade The bearded devils have set up a burning blockade -- and mean to pin you against it while the stirges are on the assault! Push through!
34 Defeat 25 Monsters A swarm of lesser imps pushes in as the quasits regroup. Don't let them surround you!
35 Defeat the Horned Devil You're near the peak that promises access to Elturel -- and this horned devil guardian has no intention of letting you pass!
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Minsc:
All right, timing is perfect! Most recent wrenching of chains brings edge of earth mote in line with peak of hill.
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Reya:
Everyone with me! And jump like your lives depended on it!
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Nayeli:
Elturel still stands. But for how long? We need to find Lord Ravengard and the other survivors. If we can pull off bringing Elturel back to the world, it'll likely send even worse tremors through the city. Any building left standing, assume it might fall.
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Reya:
The High Hall will stand. I'm sure of its strength. And unless the survivors have been forced out, that's where we'll find them still. Come on!
36 Defeat 25 Monsters Fiends and undead run amok in Elturel! As you make your way to the High Hall, let these vrocks and ghouls send the message forth that the Champions are here!
37 Defeat 25 Monsters The vrocks redouble their assault! Hit these demons hard!
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Calliope:
The alley ahead is all but collapsed. We'll be faster doubling back and going around, I think.
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Reya:
I don't like how those spined devils are moving in. They're looking for something.
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Jarlaxle:
And I think I know what. Listen!
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Bruenor:
These blasted fiends and their endless shriekin' is all I can hear. What is it?
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Ravengard:
Take me if you can, fiends! But I promise you, I'll send you back to the darkness as long as I draw breath!
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Jarlaxle:
Duke Ravengard! He's under the rubble. There must have been some kind of collapse here.
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Reya:
Then we need to clear these fiends out and dig him free! Everyone, with me!
38 Defeat 1 Rubble Clearing this rubble out is the only way to free Duke Ravengard -- but the spined devils swarming the scene mean to make victims of you all!
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Ravengard:
Ow! Careful there. That leg's still attached. And don't think you've earned my admiration! I told you all to retreat back to... wait... Champions!
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Reya:
Aye, Duke.
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Ravengard:
Reya? Reya... I knew you would be the one to find them... Did any of the other scouts survive?
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Reya:
I lost contact with all of them almost immediately. I was captured myself until I caught some good fortune.
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Ravengard:
And the - OW! Sorry, I had something jammed into my back... That's quite a new set of armor.
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Lulu:
If you think the armor is exciting, you should see the sword!
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Reya:
Don't overwhelm him, Lulu. We can talk more once you're out of danger, Duke. For now, know that we've returned for Elturel's hour of greatest need -- and yours too by the look of it.
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Ravengard:
Indeed. I was leading a patrol caught in a rubble fall. I told them to get back to the High Hall, we should head there as soon as we can.
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Reya:
Then we can catch you up on the way. Prepare to move, Champions!
39 Defeat 25 Monsters Dretch demons and ghouls swarm the alley as you push for the High Hall!
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Nayeli:
These ghouls are fighting with altogether too much precision. They're being controlled by someone.
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Jarlaxle:
I know who my money's on. Night hag in the shadows, straight on!
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Night Hag:
Keep seeking, my pets! Elturel's end is nigh, and we must steal sweet, sweet mortal souls while we can. Ah! A pack of willing supplicants! How thoughtful of you to array yourselves so for slaughter.
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Nayeli:
If slaughter's what you're looking for, hag, the Champions will help you find it. But I promise you, this fight won't end the way you want!
40 Defeat the Night Hag A night hag has taken temporary control of this alleyway. Show her and her servants that their time in Elturel is done!
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Ravengard:
The High Hall courtyard is just ahead! One last push and we'll be safe.
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Calliope:
Seems like a good time to remind everyone that 'safe' is all pretty relative in these parts. Why's my freaking skin starting to crawl?
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Nayeli:
There's a presence drawing near... an overwhelming evil. And all the evil that suffuses Elturel is calling to it.
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Lulu:
Oh, no... Zariel, no... Zariel's coming! We have to move!
41 Defeat 25 Monsters The High Hall courtyard is a bloody battlefield! These quasits and ghouls can't be allowed to slow your advance!
42 Defeat 25 Monsters The ghouls scatter -- and a vrock pack sets its sight on you!
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Minsc:
Quasits and vrocks are both fleeing. Keep moving! Entrance to High Hall is straight on!
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Zariel:
Yes... run, Champions. Cower in your hiding place -- and make peace with your fate.
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Bruenor:
Gah! That voice! Like thunder in me head!
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Zariel:
Your mortal bodies, your mortal senses, all so fragile. I forget sometimes. And your deaths will be all the more memorable for it. Bel! Are the preparations made?
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Bel:
Yes, my duke. I am your servant, as always. Your forces lay claim to the city. The presentation of sacrifices begins. We await your orders -- and Elturel's end.
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Reya:
Duplicitous fiend. Shall we tell Zariel what we know of your deceptions? Of your designs on her power?
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Zariel:
Ah, fool. You think there is anything I do not know? I am Avernus, and this realm is me. And when your turn comes, your souls will be mine.
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Nayeli:
Her voice in my head... so much despair. Fight it, friends! Move with Ravengard! Quickly!
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Nayeli:
Keep moving! Don't look back! We need a moment's respite to regroup, to put the plan in motion. Arkhan, are you ready?
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Arkhan:
No. Something's wrong. My bond with Tiamat... has broken again.
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Celeste:
The strength of Zariel's magic is overwhelming. We'll need to disrupt it if our plan is to have any chance at success. We need to... wait. What's that ahead?
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Jarlaxle:
Spined devils... and they're dragging a number of suspiciously humanoid-shaped sacks...
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Nayeli:
Bel spoke of Zariel's sacrifices... Champions! With me!
43 Collect 25 Captured Mortals This pack of spined devils carries folk of Elturel marked for sacrifice by Zariel and Bel -- but not for long!
44 Defeat 25 Monsters Vrock demons and spined devils press in from both sides. Don't let them surround you!
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Celeste:
The High Hall is ahead! But I think whatever time we thought we'd have has been spent. Zariel's power grows ever stronger -- and will be nigh unbreakable if we don't distract her. Nayeli. I can break the magic of the Shield of the Hidden Lord. It's time to bring our pit fiend friend forth from its hiding place.
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Nayeli:
Understood. Jarlaxle -- the adamantine rods we stole from Bel?
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Jarlaxle:
Right here. You don't mind if I step way back now, do you?
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Nayeli:
Suit yourself. Celeste, do it!
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Gargauth:
Yes! Freedom! At long last, I break the chains that once bound me!
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Nayeli:
I'm going to invite you to remember who it was who broke those chains for you, fiend -- and the bargain you made with me.
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Gargauth:
Ah, yes. My... savior. I know my task, mortal. And I will perform it.
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Nayeli:
Then do what you told me you know how to do. Take the rods to the Companion. Unlock it to break its power. Do it now.
45 Defeat the Succubus As Gargauth ascends, a succubus commands these demon and devil forces to hold the entrance to the High Hall against you! Take all these fiends down!
46 Defeat 25 Monsters Ghouls and abyssal rats swarm the chambers of the abandoned high hall. Push through!
47 Defeat 25 Monsters The rats and the ghouls can't stand against your onslaught -- and the entrance to the High Hall tower stands just ahead!
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Pherria Jynx:
More fiends incoming! Get ready to fight... no, wait! Duke Ravengard! Champions!
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Ravengard:
Pherria, order everyone back. We need to get the noncombatants safe inside the High Hall, then get everyone else ready to take to the streets. There's a storm coming. Thank you, Champions. Your presence gives us all renewed hope. We'll meet you when it's time.
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Reya:
We'll stay with you a while, duke. We have no time for respite, but we need to plan our next moves.
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Zariel:
Shall I help you with those plans, Reya Mantlemorn? For I see your future. Let me share it with you.
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Lulu:
Zariel! She's here!
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Zariel:
Foolish creature. I am... everywhere. So show me you understand. Show me how you will... honor me.
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Nayeli:
Spined devils teleporting in! With more bound sacrifices!
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Reya:
No! This evil isn't you, Zariel! I defy this corruption! Champions, with me!
48 Collect 25 Captured Mortals Spined devils guard more captured mortals. Save these sacrifices -- and hit these devils hard!
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Zariel:
Such bravery. Such spirit! Despite myself, I am drawn to it. And something more. A power here... familiar to me. A sword that should not be sullied by the touch of a mortal hand.
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Reya:
This sword, Zariel? It seems familiar to you? A part of you, once? Aye, it was. And... if you want to claim it, then show your true self. Remember who you were, Zariel, and I swear I won't hold this blade a moment more.
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Bruenor:
Careful, lass. This is dangerous bargainin' ye're tryin' here.
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Reya:
The good in this sword has endured for long years, Zariel. Waiting for you. Hear its call. Defy the darkness that corrupts you. I beg you...
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Zariel:
You would... you... oh, you tragic fool! You think to tempt me? You cannot know my mind. You will not know... I... I will get no satisfaction from your destruction. Bel!
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Bel:
I attend you, my duke! And I will destroy these mortals in your name!
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Nayeli:
She's gone... but her power... I felt something shaken in it. She heard what Reya said...
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Bruenor:
We got no time fer talkin' now! Tha sacrifices is safe followin' Ravengard and Pherria, but them devils is regroupin'! And Bel's comin' close behind!
49 Defeat 25 Monsters Bel sends another wave of spined devils against you. Push on!
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Bruenor:
We're barely holdin' our own with this blighter. If we can't tip tha balance fast, we're done fer.
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Nayeli:
We'll have him, Bruenor. And when we do, I need you to hold back. There's something I need to... something I think I can do. Something I've been thinking on.
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Bel:
Come, Champions. Prolonging your ends will only feed your fear. Embrace your destruction with clear hearts while you can.
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Bruenor:
Ye talk a good 'nuff game, fiend. But even as many times as ye've watched tha Champions fight, there's a few things ye ain't had no chance ta learn yet. Includin' what it feels like ta fight us when we got everythin' ta lose.
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Nayeli:
You're weaker here than in your throne room, Bel. You think we can't feel that? Zariel's power draws on yours so she can keep you beneath her. Once a duke, now a servant? Your shame is a tangible thing.
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Bel:
Prattle on, paladin. I shall save you for the last. And you will beg me to bargain for your life in the end!
50 Defeat the Bel The fallen duke of Avernus stands before you! In Elturel's name, take this archdevil down!
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Nayeli:
Bel's down! Hold him! But leave him for me!
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Bel:
Insolent worm! You think you've bested me?! My servants will destroy you!
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Nayeli:
You have no servants, Bel. Only the faithful of Zariel who she orders to watch over you like an errant pet. So what would you do if I could change that? Give you a chance to take back what was yours?
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Bruenor:
Nayeli... what are ye speakin' o', lass?
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Celeste:
It's all right, Bruenor. Nayeli talked to me of what she's planning. Let her speak.
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Nayeli:
Since I set foot in this accursed realm, one thought has consumed me. Every breath I've taken, I taste the fear of every damned soul these Hells have claimed. And for your freedom, Bel, I'll take two of those souls back. Free, uncorrupted, unencumbered. Terenzio and Elzerina. The Cassalanter children. Give them to me.
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Bel:
You would...? Ha! Done! A bargain struck! Two worthless children of Waterdeep, sacrificed to Asmodeus by their parents' greed. You are a special kind of fool, paladin.
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Nayeli:
Perhaps. But you're serving this special fool now. And you'll take the fight to Zariel to try to take back what's yours. Throw this realm into chaos. Tear Zariel's forces apart, and do it now! Champions! The battle for Elturel is here!
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