The party sail down the river, leaving the chaos of the ogre camp behind. Moving towards Rahn, the tremors increase in magnitude, and the party can see huge swirling flashes of colour and light at the ritual site. The group leave their zurkhwood boat behind just as its attacked by Chuuls. The group race up a ramp and are confronted by a group of Rahn’s creations, including an Umber Hulk and a Chuul. The group slay them, with Ghesh pushing a humanoid scoprion creature off the ramp.
Approaching the ritual site, the group can hear and feel The Tarrasque thrashing and roaring beneath them. Rahn is chanting, standing over the pit, while Alberich draws a dagger and a large Displacer Beast skulks, snarling, behind a pillar.
The group attack Rahn, and he unfurls a single set of eye-covered wings and draws Pyra, The Fire Queen’s sword. Rey transforms into a Triceratops and begins to gore her opponents. The Spectre moves around the side of the ritual site and harrasses Rahn and his displacer beast with Psionics. Rahn tells the group that they’re making a mistake stopping the ritual, nonetheless, the brutal and desperate fight goes on. Ghesh and Sahri rush up to fight Rahn and Alberich respectively. Ana and Tsuki unleashes barrages of poisoned bolts, with Tsuki using the last of her Vrock Bile. Rakshasa blasts Rahn with Scorching Ray, but Pyra seems to protect him from the worst of the effects. Nonetheless, this draws his ire, and the blasts of his eye beams. Rakshasa is first knocked out, and then killed by the blasts of Rahn’s many eyes. While deceased, Rakshasa finds herself in a warm, dimly lit room and Graz’zt tells her that now isn’t her time to die.
Rahn cuts down Ghesh with Pyra after the two exhange heated words over The Elemental Planes. Rahn turns Sahri to stone and then lifts Rey above the pit using telekinesis. This writhing, floating triceratops sees the tarrasque angrily moving about below her, apparently trapped. Rahn drops her and she tumbles onto the tarrasque and into the pit. The tarrasque seems to bleed Mithral but Rey quickly propels herself out of the pit to avoid being crushed. Ghesh, revived by Ana, curses Rahn and blasts him unconscious with Shatter, bursting the eyes covering his wings. Ghesh convinces Alberich to flee while the group slays the displacer beast. When Alberich begins to run away the group attack him, slaying him just before he teleports away. They manage to recover a locked, leather-bound tome from his body. It’s embossed with the symbol of Dragonlord Yagami and the Eye of Hadar, which the group finds quite strange. Rey, covered in the mithral blood of the tarrasque allows herself to be licked by Rakshasa, who soon comes to believe she has the strength of the tarrasque herself.
Soon Ghesh summons an elemental to deliver the message to The Fire Queen that they’ve reclaimed her sword. She soon arrives, stepping out of a fiery gate with a retinue of two efreeti and Nas’Ul.
She expresses her hatred of Rahn and chains him up so that he may not use magic or escape. She also thanks the group for returning her sword and gives them two chests full of gold, gems, and also a magical lamp. The group ask about the history of the elemental planes and why The Fire Queen doesn’t swear allegiance to Ajaakor like The Cloud Queen and Storm King does. She tells the group that her father and her kingdom did worship an Annerian known as The Earth Father, but The Vengeant slew them, during The Scourge. She also reveals to the party that there were once nine Annerians, where today there are only six. The group promise to aid her in the future, should her realm come under threat. The Fire Queen high-fives Rey as a parting gift, almost dislocating Rey’s shoulder. Nas’Ul thanks the group once her master has left and unlocks the tome for them. She also says that she will be getting dark-iron plate armour commissioned for the group in the future. With that, the group and the efreeti exchange bows, and The Fire Queen’s retinue returns to the plane of fire.
Rahn soon awakens and is immediately questioned by the group. He says that he was forced to make a bargain with Demogorgon to resist the efforts of Lady Midnight, who he believes will break the world. He also says that Demogorgon is in possession of Ajaakor’s Storm Blade, and that he gave it to a greater demon under his command. He claims that Lady Midnight has three Demonlords under her thrall: Orcus, Zuggtmoy, and a third, unknown demonlord. He claims that Demogorgon is attempting to ally the other demonlords against her, including Gluttony. According to Rahn, The Anathema are becoming increasingly irrelevant, and have no role in Demogorgon’s plans.
Several of The party members have dreams while they wait for the vanguard of The Silvers, The Dark Elves, and The Dust-Born to reach them.
Ghesh has a dream that he’s soaring freely through clouds, about him are storms, and below him are islands littered with shipwrecks. Ghesh soars higher, and realises he is lightning incarnate, flying amidst cloud castles. He sees the crackling, purple form of Ajaakor and is welcomed warmly by them.
Rakshasa has a dream where she is standing in Graz’zt’s palace, where he is sitting upon a throne of incubi and succubi. Beside him is the snake-like, multi-armed, form of Hien The Cruel and the coldly beautiful, finely armoured presence of a fierce angelic warrior. Graz’zt praises Rakshasa and says that her place in his realm is almost ready. He expresses anger at the desertion of his lieutenant, Asmodeus, but says that Rakshasa will take the deserter’s place as his Angel of Lust. Rakshasa takes his six-fingered hand and recieves a kiss.
Sahri has a dream that she is a sand elf, standing near a war-encampment with The Vengeant. Beneath his Mithral Armour he is a tall, muscular, dark-skinned human, with closely cropped white hair and a beard. The earth begins to shake, and the western sky begins to darken to a deep purple, with unnatural lightning crackling in the sky. To the north, the mountain that once stood above The Rift begins to crack and splinter and a huge, stone-skinned, magma-like titan begins to emerge, destroying the mountain as it does. Sahri and The Vengeant race there, with The Vengeant hefting an enormous Battle-axe. The Vengeant says he can’t let this being destroy The Rift, specifically that he must save “her”, and despite the sand elf’s warnings, he teleports to the creature. As The Vengeant brings down the great-axe there is a burst of thunder and a wall of fire and sand surges outwards, consuming the sand elf in pain.