The cousins confront the High Shaman and his Mummified Monstrosity. The shaman taunts them saying he will make sacrifices of them and unveils a locked cell containing a few children and oddly an older man who is bound gagged and tied.
The cousins fight valiently, discovering that though the undead thing they face seems resistant to most damge, it is both vulnerable to fire and has a week spot where the sacrificial heart was inserted. using this knowledge they are able to defeat the high shaman and his creation, but not before the thing brings down bozon, inflicting some malevolent curse upon him.
At the same time a gas spore fungus attacks Sage, and when it bursts releasing its spores she goes into a near catatonic, hallucinogenic state. Silencia is able to cure the poison effects of the spoors and return her vitality to her but she would soon find that the halusinisations were still with her.
While looting their fallen foes the man in the cage slips his blindfold and gag and implore them to let them out. He cautions that originally there were a dozen of them in the cage, including the boy from the sacrifice. The mongers had been taking them one by one for the last few hours; that wouldn’t be the last mummy.
right on cue they start to hear stone lids grinding open and crashing to the floor echoing throughout the crypt. they are spurred to action letting the captives out. The man reaches for Dicks knife. slicing his bonds, and then slicing his hands. He draws a circle in blood and activates a spell with some magic words. The mummies appear staggered but the man says it wont last long. They all flee the tomb nocking supports out as they exit to collapse the entryway.
They then build a pyre below the hole leading down into it and lure the mummies to it before Sage lights it with a barrage of burning hands spells. Some escape the fire and appear to be slowly coming back to life so dick repels down to finish them off which his obsidian dagger which he noticed earlier seemed to dink up the blood keeping them going. once the mummies are all dead they covered the hole to obscure its location.
The learn that the man is a demon hunter named Gideon Gray. He determined that a cult in the valley was trying to resurrect an ancient using the arch stone that once sealed it and came to investigate. He then found out about the mongers who seemed to have the same goal. While investigating them and the Arch stone that they planed to dig up he was confronted by R’lyeh the necromancer Illithid. The mind flayer bested him with the help of the mongers and he was impassioned. Eventually they noticed that he fit the requirements for their mummy ritual so they sent him to be a sacrifice.
The rest of the bandits on the island meet up with the cousins and tell them pretty colleen has called them all back. They head towards the extraction point having to set up camp for the night while the demon hunter slips away unnoticed. The next morning Bozons condition has worsened and Silencia still can not do anything to help him. Sprig seems woried about the demons and says she has to go tell the elves. If she can bring back lady Lyonia she could surely remove Bo’s curse, but she things it will take to long. The cousins have the idea to put Bo in her portable hole and have her bring him to the lady.
At that Bo sets off with sprig, and Silencia has one of his episodes that leads him off on a walkabout. The rest of the cousins head back to the bandits and discover much has changed. They were attacked by the Pawa Prowlers while the cousins were gone. Pretty colleen used the chauvinism of the Prowlers leader to goad him into a one on one fight in which she killed him. she then convinced the rest of the Prowlers to merge with her troop. this seemed like great news until they learned that the Black Velvets were planning to leave the fight with the mongers and head south. They were about ready to accept their poor fortune when a cadre of soldiers arrived lead by the standoffish captain, apparently offering one last request for them to join forces.
over with the elves Bozon awoke to the beautiful face of lady lyonia. Cleansed of his curse he had returned to perfect condition. The ever manic sprig jumped for joy as he awoke and told him he had to come see the good news. He got up to follow but tripped, finding that his the buckles of his newly acquired boots had been latched from one to the other. Begrudgingly he let it go since the sprix had done much for him recently. She brings him to a strange forge and tells him that while the elves did not have the time to get directly involved in their war they had decided to make weapons to help the humans. they had one for each of the cousins, and about a hundred for their military. Even better now that there demons are a threat the elves have decided to send soldiers to help with the effort as well.
Bozon looks a bit surprised and thins maybe things are finally turning around for them.