The party has explored the lower dungeon, finding a treasury bursting with riches, and a pantry stocked with equal parts Minkai delicacies and rotting human limbs. The path onward leads to a large door flanked by statues of exotic Minkai samurais. When they react to the party’s presence, Traftar presents them with the jade raven tokens of the Frozen Shadows ninjas, and the stone sentinels resume their places.
The party finds the inner sanctum of the Frozen Shadows and inside stands Thorrborg Silverskor, the leader of the Rimerunner’s Guild. But having found Thorrborg’s body earlier, the party investigates this mystery by launching into attack immediately. Surely enough, the doppelganger sheds its human facade to reveal the hulking daemon Kimandatsu, an oni of the Five Storms tribe of Minkai. Backed by tengu ninjas with deadly poisons, the oni overwhelms the party with powerful magic. Kelda and Senja become seriously poisoned and Shalelu’s arrow fire is returned in kind with giant flaming arrows the size of javelins. Shalelu is grievously injured and when Kelda is felled by one, the party attempts to retreat. At this vulnerable time the stone samurais approach and seize Kelda, attempting to drag her away, but Senja’s quick thinking allows him to intervene and wrest her away and back to safety. The party retreats to rethink their strategy.
The party’s preparations begin with two very important points. They agree to:
- Lock Lute Haggersly in the treasury to silence his whinging
- To give Senja a magical immunity to poison and then smear the tengu poison on his fists
Returning to Kimandatsu’s lair, the party find it now populated by flocks of ravens that set upon the party and blind Senja by scratching his eyes. As the party fight off these attackers, an invisible enemy from the darkness once again begins to assault the party with giant flaming arrows and blasts of freezing magic. When Kelda is put asleep by daemonic magic, Traftar resolves to clear out the birds besetting his companions. His natural magics in full force, he summons an air elemental to scatter the birds with its whirlwind attacks, dashing them against the cold dungeon walls and floor. He then summons a swarm of poisonous frogs into the room and focuses his attention into the darkness to observe where they land. He exerts his druid senses to their utter maximum, to truly heroic levels (and burns a hero point) and achieves a full awareness of the spacious and pitch-black cavern. Noticing a frog hanging seemingly in mid-air, Traftar blasts the location with his faerie fire and the daemon Kimandatsu is lit up, as easily visible to everyone as the brightest bonfire.
The glowing silhouette is affronted and begins to relentlessly blast the party with freezing magic. Kelda is felled but quick action from Koya puts her on her feet. Enraged by the magic and seeing the location of the adversary, Kelda charges in full barbarian rage towards Kimandatsu. Unfortunately her injuries make her slow and her approach is intercepted by a powerful sweep of the daemon’s weapon. With a sickening crunch Kelda is slain, even beyond the extents of Koya’s divine interventions.
When Senja becomes seriously injured, he retreats to recover. Traftar’s animal onslaught has not finished, though, and he summons a leopard, and then a hyena, and then a wild dog, all to assault Kimandatsu. Their charging of the powerful oni seems completely futile, and indeed they are effortlessly crushed one by one, but this sustained distraction keeps the daemon occupied while Koya and Spivey keep the party strong and fire attacks are used to keep their enemy from healing.
Combat is joined again and in the brutal war of attrition the daemon is now the one that becomes too injured to continue the fight. Her glowing silhouette morphs into a gaseous form and drifts towards room’s rear to attempt escape through the water source of the room’s ornamental fountain. Koya realises this type of magic and directs the party to focus on magical attacks, and the fleeing gaseous form finds itself savaged by magical arrows and shurikens. When it has almost completely escaped, a pair of earthfire shurikens launched by Senja strike true and the cloud ignites into flames, draining the creature of the last of its stamina. It’s magic giving way, the daemon reverts first to solid form and then to visibility and its helpless body plummets into the water and then floats to the edge of the fountain. With silent command, the burning and helpless foe is torn into pieces by Traftar’s summoned beasts.
The head of the Frozen Shadows has finally been overcome, but at the cost of the brave Kelda, who had accompanied the party for so long and helped with so much. Traftar is the closest relation of the party, but he shows little emotion as he notes his cousin’s demise, and it falls to the rest of the party to give respectful final words and arrange the carriage of the body to give it a proper Ulfen send-off.