Leaving a long trail of fallen enemies behind us, we walked into the Separatists’ camp. Tensions were high as we walked inside the barricade and the githyanki did not know what to make of us. But Talanee, the monk, was with the Separatists and vouched for us.
Gith, who had still been unconscious, finally awoke during this conversation. She identified herself and the Separatists agreed to unite with the Coalition to fight the Emperor’s forces.
We were able to alert the Coalition, and they sent Fariex, along with some other members of the Coalition. They informed us that the battle was going poorly for the Coalition on some of the other fronts. We needed to act quickly. Gith told us that she wanted to free the githyanki from the Emperor’s rule and reunite them with the githzerai.
We agreed to assassinate the Emperor while the Separatists and the Coalition engaged the Emperor’s forces. They would try to spare as many of them as possible so that Gith would still have a people to lead when the fighting was over. After we finished planning everything, Fariex teleported us into the Lich Queen’s former citadel.
After the Emperor defeated the Lich Queen he built his castle on top of the ruins of her destroyed fortress. We would use the ruins to get into his castle from below. We appeared in what had been the Lich Queen’s grand hall. The hall was not empty, though. Wights and a dracolich were lying in wait. They were serving the Lich Queen’s reanimated remains. I have never seen an undead similar to what the Lich Queen had become. She was nothing more than a disembodied spine. It was one of the more disturbing things I’ve seen since we began our adventures. Her voice echoed throughout the room as she told us to retreat. We stood our ground and braced ourselves for the fight.
The Lich Queen was a terrible opponent. Magic gems were fused into her vertebrae and provided her with powerful abilities. As we fought her the gems began exploding, and we could see the magic in them get absorbed into the spine each time, and each time we could see the Lich Queen’s strength renewed as chips in bone knit and fractures vanished. The wights were also fearsome foes as they fought for their queen. Of all things, the dracolich was the one we spent little time engaging for most of the battle. Aside from a few hits from Madmartigan and myself, the dracolich just seemed like less of a threat than the others.
When we had finally defeated the wights and the Lich Queen, we were able to focus our full attention on the dracolich, bringing it to a fast end. We just had one of the more difficult battles we’ve faced for some time, and we haven’t even entered the Emperor’s castle yet. I think the legend of Madmartigan’s Men, and Ithyk, will be getting its most exciting chapter yet after today is done.