After discovering that Melkhior had lieutenants supposedly as powerful as Maxwell Wood, Easy Company decided that they should eliminate at least one of these threats before facing off against the Vampire himself. Coinciding with this information is the return of Mortimer, who had scouted out the city of Arbor Dell for rumours of necromancy, and found a town consumed by an army of undead.
After a brief conversation via Sending and Scry spells with Dariel, who also scouted the town earlier, Easy Company met with a Paladin of Desidius named Elwey, who agreed to help save Dariel and slay Morathi. The group then set out only to be ambushed by a defense group of undead, including a skeletal camel hiding in a tree. After dispatching the undead, Easy Company avoided further undead patrols on their way to the city, and began an assault on the city.
Among the undead army in Arbor Dell was a large creature of composite flesh stitched together into humanoid form. The monster was wearing a large black cloak and wore a bone helmet shaped very similarly to Thaman’s old helm.
After a pitched battle involving an enormous wall of swords and a Cloudkill spell, the party eventually stabilized the battlefield in their favor, and an (OVERPOWERED) Dawn spell mostly cleared the army of zombies in the town square. At this time, Morathi herself appeared, and attempted to reduce Aloric’s mind to the rough equivalent of a world-weary garden lizard, but unfortunately the spell failed. Using teleportation magic to get out of the line of fire, Morathi was cornered by Xath and Elway while the rest of the group worked to slay the Brutalizer of Melkhior. A combination of spells and critical hits tore through the Brutalizer’s flesh, until it decided it could tank an array of Attacks of Opportunity in order to move in and attack Cirla. Instead, a Golden Coin, animated by Cirla, critically struck the Brutalizer, bypassing its Undead Fortitude and killing it.
Meanwhile, Elway avoided Morathi’s Enchantment tricks, and was able to strike the Bleak Enchantress down with a critical hit.