Trapped in the village of Falling Rain, surrounded by the 1000-member army of Tsung Kahn, the party of Honest Bob, Bree, Grizza, Alistair, and Reiko played the only card they had left: parlay.
Bree, with an unobstructed view of the enemy for the first time, recognized that it was Moku, Born’s highest lieutenant, who had led the army to Falling Rain. Born himself was not in sight. Knowing that Moku would recognize her as well, she stepped boldly out into the field and announced to Moku and every mercenary in earshot that she was Bree, former companion of their army, and close friend of the Great Kahn, bringing news that she was carrying his child.
Moku did not believe her at first, and called her a deserter for leaving the horde. Upon Bree’s insistence that she was pregnant with Born’s child, Moku called the wizard Tojiro, forward from the line to confirm Bree’s story. Tojiro indeed confirmed that Bree was with child and that there was something extremely odd about it.
Clearly still wanting Bree destroyed, but knowing that by now rumors of her pregnancy had been whispered to half the horde, Moku relented, and promised to lead Bree and her friends to the Great Kahn, who was still in the steading up in the mountains.
The party followed Moku warily, until the reached the steading itself. Having a aversion to being indoors, Reiko waited outside while Moku lead the rest down to the basement level. Rather than taking them to see Born, though, he took them to a dungeon chamber where four enslaved hill giants were chained up. Magically commanding their chains to loose, Moku ordered the giants to kill the party, screaming at Bree that he despised her for her attempts to soften that Great Kahn, and he would no longer stand for her trying to talk Born out of sending the horde into battle.
Thus began a long, hard fight, which Reiko aided from outside by possessing spiders and summoning panthers. As the battle progressed, the party fighting tooth and nail to hold their own against Moku and the four giants, a loud pounding began to sound through the dungeon chamber. As the pounding, smashing sound grew gradually louder, the floor itself began to quake with it.
After dealing some damage, Bree collapsed into unconsciousness again due to her complex pregnancy. With Moku and one of the giants standing over her, about to deal killing blows, Bree was suddenly saved by the explosion of the north wall of the chamber. Stone went flying everywhere as Born, deep in the clutches of his Blood Rage, smashed into the room, knocking giant away from Bree so hard that the creature went sailing across the room, and breaking Moku’s neck in a single quick motion with one hand. Tojiro, the wizard who had confirmed Bree’s pregnancy for Moku, peered through the hole, revealing that it had been he who had gone and warned his Kahn that Bree was back and that he suspected Moku of treachery.
At this point, the immediate danger to Bree was passed, but two of the giants were still alive, and in the throes of his Blood Rage, Born had turned to attack the nearest person – Honest Bob.
Bob was already unconscious on the floor by the time Alistair healed Bree enough for her to stand and calm Born. Bob was the next recipient of healing magic but although his wounds healed, he did not regain consciousness. Tojiro examined him and determined that he was suffering from extreme exhaustion and would likely awaken unharmed after a good long rest.
Born, now that his Blood Rage state had passed, collapsed to the floor, weak with hunger. Tojiro revealed to the party that the Great Kahn had been starving himself so as not to take food away from his men, and that the horde was only seizing rice from villages because they hd 1,000 men to feed and were low on supplies.
Reiko, acting through her animals, began rifling through Honest Bob’s possessions. She stole his amulet and an I.O.U. signed by Alcyce Minona (a person unfamiliar to anyone in this party.) The I.O.U was a promise to cast a “Grow Plants” spell at a time and place of Bob’s choosing, in repayment for something Bob had apparently done for Alcyce
Bree and Tojiro quickly realized that this I.O.U. could be the solution to their problems. A Grow Plants spell, used properly, could enrich the rice crop enough to feed both the army and the villagers. The only problem was finding Alcyce and bringing her to Falling Rain in time. A quick scrying spell from Tojiro revealed that Alcyce was a drow paladin, standing peacefully near an apparently docile gelatinous cube, in a very dark place, many miles away and underground.
Tojiro indicated that he had a Gate spell, which could take them to Alcyce and back, but only if they were not on the same plane of existence as her. Bree realized that Bob’s amulet might lead to another plane of existence, and she and Tojiro used it. For the first time ever, Bree saw Honest Bob’s extraplanar tower hideout.
The entryway was not much to see. There was a sealed off staircase and a one-way portal leading to an empty field somewhere on the Prime Material Plane. But the most important thing was that the tower was its own small plane of existence within the Elemental Chaos, meaning Tojiro could now use his Gate spell to reach Alcyce.
Tojiro opened the portal and Bree stepped through with the I.O.U., stumbling into the middle of the Evening Group’s campsite in the Underdark. Alcyce was on watch with Glabbagool, but Feral, Uroq, Aramil, and Abrioxiell were all awakened by the portal and quickly on their feet as well. Jaquiche was still unconscious in a wagon, having eaten a very poisonous mushroom the day before. A large expeditionary force the Evening Group was leading at the time slept nearby, but nobody else woke up.
Abrioxiell telepathically confirmed that Bree was not an enemy to their party, and Bree quickly explained the situation. Alcyce, eager to extend friendship to any surface elf, quickly agreed to follow Bree through the portal and use her spell. Feral insisted on accompanying Alcyce for protection, and Glabbagool asked to go as well, since he had never seen the surface.
With less than a minute to decide before the portal closed, Bree reluctantly agreed, and led the two drow and the gelatinous cube into Honest Bob’s tower. from there, they used the amulet again to return to the last place they had left, and began traveling back to Falling Rain so that Alcyce could bless the crops. Glabbagool ceased movie the instant he was in the sunlight and spent the next eight hours basking in it, emotionally overcome by its beauty.
When Alcyce had finished her spell eight hours later, Tojiro returned her, Feral, and Glabbagool to the Evening Group. Meanwhile, Bree and Born began a heated argument about the fate of their child. Bree was convinced that a half-elf/minotaur hybrid could never survive – a viewpoint shared by both Tojiro and the kenku medicine woman. Born insisted that they must find a way, as such a child was the only hope he had to restore his lost clan. After some back and forth, Bree reluctantly speculated that a direct divine intervention of some sort might save their baby. Born immediately thought of Stern, their former companion who had once channeled the power of two gods simultaneously in order to defeat Orcus in combat.
Thus inspired, Born left his army under the command of Tojiro, with orders to wait for the rice, then head west after Vital’s last known position. Born himself would return the Turnfield to take care of Bree, then seek a temple and a means to earn diving intervention and save their child.