We used our newly acquired ship to chase after the Cer’vene. More dragonriders tried to stop our pursuit, but we were able to make short work of them. Using the ship’s equipment we were able to latch on to Kada’ne’s ship and attack.
While the others began fighting the crew, I leapt at the admiral and with a kick sent him flying back towards the others. We battled across the deck of the Cer’vene. As crew members fell, more came up from below the deck.
Finally, all the enemies were defeated, and we had Kada’ne’s crystal key. But then we had a new problem. The two ships were still locked together and were being pulled up into the large vortex above us. Both ships were drawn into the portal.
The sensation of traversing the portal was disorienting for a moment as the shift in gravity and atmosphere hit us. The ships were spinning out of control in a downward spiral toward a dark, rocky plain that was washed out in the light of a foreboding red sky.
Working quickly we were able to slow our descent enough to make the crash into the ground below survivable, but the ships were heavily damaged. As we took stock of the landscape, Kage identified it as Dis, the third layer of the Nine Hells.
The damage would take weeks to repair, and that was time we could not afford to lose. The Coalition’s plans to assault the gith required the key we obtained. But it was then that Tzolek found a devil lurking on the ship. A devil he recognized. The devil offered to repair our ships, and other rewards on top of that, if we would free the ancient githyanki queen, Gith, from Lord Dispater’s tower.
Working with a devil is something that none of us (except for Kage) would normally choose to do, but we find ourselves in a bleak situation. Releasing Gith would almost certainly sow chaos among the githyanki as forces loyal to the queen fought those who support the Emperor.
When I decided to embrace the darkness within it was for the greater good. Fighting a devil’s battles is the last thing I would have expected to participate in. Let’s hope the ends will justify the means.