The party started off searching Bane’s inner sanctum, and Booger found a magical flaming sword, that he struggled to figure out with their limited time. Once he had the sword, Booger immediately looked for the nearest exit to find Bane, but the only obvious exit was the door they came from. Upon opening that door, Booger discovered the stairwell they took down to this room was now a tunnel that descended further. Luckily, Booger was bothered by those facts and he heading down the tunnel with Rothwulf and Ramas in tow. Once the party was in the tunnel they realized they had made an error as the tunnel began compressing and expanding like an iron lung. Rothwulf shouted, “Run!” and Booger didn’t hesitate and even opted for sliding on his armor down the sleek onyx floor. Rothwulf went with it and hopped on for a ride, leaving Ramas well behind them. The tunnel dropped Rothwulf and Booger into the rotunda where the orb was hovering. Rothwulf broke their fall, but Ramas never showed up. Luckily, the party was supported by another adventurer, a fancy pants dwarf with a great sword.
Things took a turn for the worse when Bane informed them that the orb implants a piece of itself within a being and awakens their mind, sometimes to a new ability. Bane is also able to track those with the implants and he even trained his pet to track them down, which was on its way to them as they were speaking (the ground was shaking from it’s massive size). They soon found themselves face to face with Bane’s most deadly creation, a neothelid, a gargantuan serpent creature with four large mandibles covering it’s mouth. The neothelid used an acidic spray and began trying to eat them with an insatiable hunger.
The trio landed blow after blow on the beast, but suffered serious wounds in the battle. Rothwulf finally downed the beast with two massive maul strikes to its head, and Bane wasn’t having it. He revealed himself and could not hide his fury as he sent a massive wave of energy through the party which knocked Booger out and rendered Rothwulf stunned. Ardrik was left standing as Bane descended from above the orb.