Ghesh finds a silver key in the corpse of one of the Aboleths and retrieves it. A huge mirror appears in the water above the group, near the top of the alien spires that make up the city. Sahri, Angel of Fire and The Spectre notice strange, glowing eyed figures slowly moving towards the group, but noone else can see them. The group begin to swim towards the portal and one of the figures grabs Sahri, breaking her arm. Sahri manages to dislodge the figure though, and Ghesh fixes her arm. The group then swim into the mirror, which changes into a tunnel. In this tunnel they see disturbing visions of destruction, their loved ones in pain, and even their own deaths. The group overcome these visions though and are propelled upwards to the 88th layer of The Abyss.
They arrive on the shore of a small island, which to Rakshasa‘s delight, is covered with lime trees. The group pick some, enjoying the delicious fruits. Soon a pair of what appear to be Halflings appear, on the back of a flail snail. They say that it is All Hallow’s Evening and He In The Tree He Wants To Be desires for the group to engage in some Trick or Treating. The group has some trouble understanding the concept but soon comes around. The party are led to a small village filled with these strange Halflings. The Halflings accept gifts from the group, or drop random objects on their heads as a Trick. Initially the Halflings said they were the last of their kind, who had fled to The Abyss to escape Calamity. However it becomes clear that this is a ruse when Sahri decides to fight one. She finds that harming the Halfling doesn’t hurt it, only healing it does. It’s revealed that the ‘Halflings’ were actually Nilbogs wearing skin-suits and that they grow the limes to appease the powerful being He In The Tree He Wants To Be. The Spectre offends this being, and temporarily has his skin removed.
The mad Goblins loan the party their flail snail to take them to Demogorgon’s Palace. The flail snail is extremely fast and is inexplicably able to move across water.
The group arrive on a large island, covered in humid, primordial jungles. They begin to move towards the palace but are attacked by a trio of two-headed T-rexes. The group dispatch them quite quickly but Tsuki notices there’s a man in the fallen tree she was using for cover. The man seems to be a Paladin and offers her one of several dozen holy symbols attached to his cloak.