Flint critically injures Ashmere with two arrows to the heart. Chini curses the Gladiator, and Lydia and Kurshk quickly finish him off. Ashmere’s black cape shimmers on his dead body, and seems to split in front of our eyes, as if we are seeing double. The cape is just the right size for Lydia, who believes the cape creates an image of the wearer that causes enemies to attack the image and miss the real wearer. She will need time to study and become accustomed to it. First we must catch up with Sultana before she kills Jasnah. We are joined by Zasheir, whose protection barrier is no longer needed for the elves and Pensiar.
We hurry forth and see Sultana stop up ahead, unexpectedly. She is staring into the shattered remnants of a building, her eyes wide. Then she takes off again towards the Council District, leaving behind whatever she had seen. We rush forward to find Leucis, in a jail cell which is still intact. He begs us to take him with us, promising to use his warlock powers to help stop Sultana. Lydia senses his sincerity and we free him. Leucis says that Sultana is clearly weakened by our congregated efforts against her and that she is vulnerable.
We follow Sultana’s wake of destruction and emerge into the Council District, in time to see her leap on top of the Council Building. She brings a fireball down on the roof, shattering a hole in it, which she jumps through. We follow and see chaos and corpses everywhere. Sultana is laying waste to everyone in the vicinity, trying to destroy the Council.
In the chambers, we witness Sparklegem holding the line while Mialee is helping Jasnah escape down the stairs. We enter the fray and receive valuable assistance from Sparkle, Mialee, Igor, Zasheir, Yevelda and Leucis. Chini casts powerful spells to wear down Sultana’s resistance, as we direct all our fury at Sultana. She is a frightening foe, and she sets on fire large portions of the chamber as we try to defeat her. On and on we battle, as Sultana viciously bites and claws us between her infernal breath attacks. But we gradual wear her down, and Cidrock delivers the final, lethal blows.
Before slumping to the ground, Sultana gasps out her final words, “You think you’ve won. But you had already lost before I ever came to this city. I had hoped to see their majesty with my own eyes. But I will sacrifice myself to right the wrong that my kind has suffered.”
The ground begins to shake. We look up through the broken ceiling, into the dusk sky. A giant gash has been torn out of the sky, through which we see only twilight. Abruptly we find ourselves in the city of shadows. The blind prophetess sits in the fountain, shivering. Her eyeless gaze snaps to us and she points upwards. Above, there is a huge gash in the sky. Swarms of dragons are roaring triumphantly as they depart through the gash, leaving the shadow world behind.
The prophetess say, “Sultana slaughtered the descendants of the immortal races to this realm, to release the dragons. Elves were her preferred choice, the most populous creatures she could focus on. But her own death returns the last of the bloodline of the dragons to this realm. Such power released by her death was more than enough to free her kin.”
As this awful truth enters our consciousness, she continues, “You will not be able to visit this world in spirit form again. When the dragons escape, the gash will close, as will the link that Bahamut formed between you and this world. The dragons come. Heed my advice… and run.”
Our vision snaps back to the council chambers, and we rush to Sultana’s body, relieving her of several magic items. Above us we see the multitude of dragons swarming in through the gash, shrieking in triumph. One voice booms out above all – it is Indomitable’s. “Today is your day of reckoning, mortals. Today you pay in blood for the crime committed against my ancestors!” he thunders, above the screams of the citizens we hear outside the chamber.
The dragons have returned.
DUN, DUN, DUN …