After a long search, Belsteven and Élothuir came upon the area with the last two blips on their radar. They found themselves at the ridge of a short cliff, with a ruined angel statue at the base. A distance away, they could see two men facing off against a baby Bullette. As Belsteven worked his way around the sloping sides, Élothuir and Beelo climbed straight down. Right before the beast charged the two men, Belsteven distracted it with a well-placed spell. The Bullette then turned its attention to our heroes, charging, and missing completely, ramming into the cliff face. Belsteven and Élothuir fought valiantly, with Beelo taking some massive damage in the process, and Élo almost passing out. A few well placed arrow shots from the Hunter who wasn’t unconscious gave the heroes the edge they needed to defeat the young beast.
Ensuring they weren’t completely defeated, health-wise, our heroes moved carefully towards the Hunters, their suspicions confirmed: they were their fathers, Belsteven’s unconscious and Élo’s keeping the other safe. They had defeated the Bullette mother, her carcass lying next to the group. They asked Crothuin if he had seen the young beast’s red eyes, and he responded that they had. They also asked about the other Hunters’ confusions, and the only sense Crothuin could make of it was that they had been frightened magically somehow. As they all planned to head home, they heard a terrible laugh from a nearby ledge.
An inelven beast stood before them, with black, scaly skin, curved horns, and red orbs for eyes, with a large tail protruding from under his dark cloak and a black circlet holding its black hair in place. He taunted the group, and when they stood against him, he flung the fathers aside into a nearby tree. He summoned skeletons from the ground, and as Belsteven fended them off, Élo moved to revive their fathers, but a wave of the creature’s hand and a glow of his circlet trapped the older elves in a tight cage of bones. The skeletons fell quickly at the hands of the angry elves, only piquing the monster’s interest. As he prepared to attack, the sky opened up above them, and something hurtled toward the ground, destroying the mother Bullette carcass as it landed.
Whatever it was rose to its feet, pulling its sword out of the ground and effectively looking like a mirror image of the beast already before them. Maroon flesh, curved horns, silver orbs for eyes, purple hair, and a (now gore-covered) cloak flowing in the breeze. The two creatures began shouting at each other, switching between languages as they went. They eventually transitioned into common long enough for the newest arrival to tell them to run. After a hesitation and a promise that he would defend their fathers, Belsteven and Élo tried to flee. The dark one seemed to disappear before the red one’s eyes, reappearing only a few feet in front of the fleeing elves. They were caught in the middle, and the one behind them reluctantly requested the assistance of these “Champions of Good” as the one in front of them warned of harm to their fathers if they stood against him. At first, they merely stood aside as the two began to duel, but they quickly realized who was in the right, and they both summoned creatures to assist the maroon stranger. Despite heavy blows and strange magic channeled through his sword, the dark one was forced to retreat, again disappearing before reappearing near Crothuin and Alendri’s cage. He taunted them one last time before disappearing with the elves in a black and purple cloud.
The stranger fell to the ground, barely conscious. The elves helped him lean against a tree as they introduced themselves. He called himself Ricben Coilbone, and the other Megido. He refused much assistance, insisting he would be fine. The elves tried speaking in Elven to discuss what to do about this stranger, but he began conversing in their language fluently. Confused, they pressed the issue, and when they mentioned bringing him home to Old Friend, he jumped at the chance, as if he knew the old elf. Brimming with questions, but insisting that he would explain everything in time, they brought him home.
they talk to Ricben, they go home.