Chinny and Kurshk arrive in Baldur’s Gate. Occasionally they see arrows shoot up towards the form of Sultana, but they do not seem to have much impact. The arrows that miss fall back down, adding to the chaos below.
Chinny and Kurshk can see a band of orcs, led by Yevelda, attempting to help but making the citizens of Baldurs’ gate nervous.
Igor floats above the water, telepathing his intention to help. Some of the arrows from the guards are aimed at him, however.
They can also see Zasheir, who has erected a glowing barrier which is providing shelter to some men and women, and a large number of elves. Some citizens are clamoring for entry into the barrier, exclaiming that the elves should get kicked out to make room for them.
Sultana is flying above the city, raining fireballs down on it.
Chinny asks Igor if he can carry Kurshk up to Sultana. Igor says he can, and Kurshk grabs Igor’s eyestalk with one arm, keeping the other on the hilt of his sword.
Igor flies towards Sultana, and elves below scream as they watch.
Sultana fires a fireball straight at Igor, missing..
Kurshk manages to hit Sultana, 500 feet up in the air. Annoyed, Sultana swipes at him and the eyestalk Kurshk is holding on to is severed. Kurshk starts falling towards the ground
With a burst of speed, Igor zooms down and snatches Kurshk out of the sky.
The guards have stopped shooting at Igor, realizing he is on their side.
Yevelda tells Chinny they need to manage the chaos on the ground and wondering when his friends will arrive. She suggests he try to help get some of the elves to safety while waiting for the others to arrive.
Sultana Pyre lobs a fireball straight towards Kurshk. The golden wings erupt from his gauntlet, and the fireball dissipates.
Meanwhile, we have opened a portal to the outskirts of Baldur’s Gate.
Sparklegem is hurrying across the grass towards us , crying “Sultana is attacking Baldur’s Gate! She’s gotten all of the undercover cultists to rise up and cause chaos in the city!”
Then she asks, “Where’s Wellby?”
Lydia walks up to Sparkle and puts a hand on her arm, humming a song meant to calm, as she prepares to explain to her what has happened. She tells her, “Sylvie, something has happened to Wellby. He is alive, don’t worry, but…he has been…transformed.”
Whimsy Tosscobble greets her uncertainly.
Sylvie exclaims, “ This is a joke. right?”
Flint explains that Wellby is a hero, but Sylvie starts sobbing. She vows to kill Sultana, and rushes off. As we chase into the city after her we are ambushed by some Cultists.
The mages in each of the groups are aiming fireballs at our faces. Chinny is most severely hit, the rest of us taking minor damage except for Flint.
We battle the Cultists, in two separate fights, slowly killing them as their fear of us grows.
Chinny goes to the start of the bridge and finally sees the rest of us fighting against some cultists.
We are all reunited after defeating all the Cultists. Lydia heals Chinny from a fireball to the face.
Baldur’s Gate is in chaos. In the skies above, we can see Sultana in dragon form, raining fire down on the hapless citizens. Her voice booms out, arcanely augmented to carry throughout the city.
She proclaims: “This retribution lasts only as long as you continue to defy us. Do not let the elves harbor within your city. Send them out, and this assault will end!”
But she clearly seems fatigued, occasionally landing on houses to catch her breath, before launching off to rain more fireballs on the city.
In the streets below, cultists face off against orcs and humans. Men and women dart into hiding to avoid the rain of fire from above.
We see Zasheir, and the glowing barrier he has erected. We see Yevelda, directing some of the orcs, and tracking Sultana’s location.
We discuss how we can reach Sultana, who continues to rain fireballs down from high above. Fatigued, Sultana lands a long distance off, gathering her strength. She takes off again, and starts raining more fireballs on the citizens.
Yevelda just now notices us and calls us over, saying “Why didn’t you tell me you had returned? Sultana keeps landing to catch her breath. We will need to catch her during one of these moments. I have been tracking her movements. Her landing choices are not as random as they seem. She is flying in a pattern. She drops several fireballs near her location to clear out resistance, then lands near there. I think she will land in the northwest sector, over there next.”
True to her prediction, a minute later Sultana sends fireballs into that sector and lands for a few minutes, then takes back to the skies.
Flint asks, "What are her vulnerabilities, do you think?"
Yevelda replies, "She is powerful, but she is still mortal. Or close to it. She is getting tired, and her magic is nearly expended."
Althaea Halflight eyes Sultana, observing the pattern that Yevelda mentioned. Sultana spots something that draws her attention. She moves in fairly close to the ground and launches a fireball at an area we cannot see, but we can hear the screams from where we stand.
Abruptly we find yourselves in the city of shadows, our heads spinning from the abrupt change. A strange discordant sound echoes in our ears.
A blind prophetess sits in the fountain, shivering from the cold, her dress soaked. Her eyeless gaze snaps to us as we appear before her. She tells us, “The barrier is weakening. You come here even when you are awake. There is not much time left. You must hurry, or your world is doomed. Stop Sul…”
And then our vision abruptly snaps back to the battlefield, where we notice that Althaea has left us, and is running towards a building in the distance. Several fireballs blanket the area in front of Althaea, and Sultana lands on a nearby building.
Althaea Halflight leaps onto the building and charges at Sultana.
Yevelda shouts, "The cultists are coming! Prepare yourselves!"
True to her prediction, a large number of cultists come swarming out of the adjacent streets, to clear out all resistance!