Having braved the tower’s perils, Berendor, Tia, and Olwen at last reached the wizard Lemegeton. Though he was an odd man of many secrets who seemed to be consumed in some manner of research, he was also a man of his word, bestowing the coveted Isabellum elixir upon the three as promised. The nature of the powers it awakened in each of them, however, was something they had to discover for themselves. Fortunately, Lemegeton had a solution for that and sent them into battle against a group of demons in hopes that putting the three in a life threatening situation would be the fastest way to draw out their powers—necessity being the mother of invention. The three surpassed Lemegeton’s expectations, discovering how to use their powers almost immediately, though even with those powers they still struggled a bit to vanquish their foes.
Upon their return to Lemegeton’s chamber, the wizard at last revealed the reason he had been searching for adventurers of their caliber. Apparently, a former apprentice of his named Ozmodeus Bane had managed to infiltrate the Crucian Empire’s prestigious League of Six, using his access to the Isabellum plant to create super powered demons who have been wreaking havoc on the Crucian countryside. His motives for doing this are as yet unknown, but whatever they are, they can’t be good. Ozmodeus was clever enough to place the blame for the demon attacks on his former master, so Lemegeton’s hands are now tied defending his island against the Crucian empire’s military might. Unable to act himself, the wizard has turned to the brave adventurers who were capable enough to overcome his trials.
The wizard’s plan was to teleport the three directly into the Isabellum plant’s shrine, where they were to use a flask of ichor forged from the blood of a hundred demons to destroy the sacred tree outright, thus preventing Ozmodeus from continuing to use the Isabellum elixir in his nefarious plans; but Berendor had qualms about wielding the power of evil to destroy the Saintess’s legacy, refusing to believe such extreme measures were necessary to stop Ozmodeus Bane. Tia and Olwen did not seem to share his reservations, so at last Berendor relented to at least go to investigate the tree and see if Ozmodeus had in some way corrupted it beyond repair.
Just as the ritual to teleport them to the shrine was nearly complete, however, the entire tower shook down to its foundation, and Zazz Cultain appeared, bearing news that the Crucian armada had broken through Lemegeton’s barrier and had begun to bombard the island. His concentration broken, Lemegeton lost control over the ritual, and our heroes were transported not to the targeted shrine, but rather to the middle of a vast desert.
They hardly had time to evaluate their situation when they noticed a young dragonborn boy being attacked by a group of giant ants. Tia managed to run down the ants carrying off the boy, but two huge ant hills opened up before her, and she was soon surrounded by a whole swarm of the creatures. Berendor and Olwen managed to come to her aid, and together the three of them managed at last to drive back the monstrous insects and rescue the boy. To thank them for their help, the boy agreed to lead them back to his village, and so they set off in that direction.