The group hurriedly tries to catch each other up with what they all witnessed since the portal jump while Eric goes over the parties’ injuries. As they start to make a plan of where to rest up, they hear a huge smash through the roof and look up to see a dragon has ripped a hole in the church ceiling. Eric casts ‘Talk With Animals’ to seek peace with the beast, but instantly recognises Alizar’s voice; clearly he is a very powerful magic user in yet another form.
“There shall be no mercy!” shrieks the dragon. The creature opens its jaws and a faint green glow can be seen from the back of its gapping mouth. The group disperses from the centre of the building; Aramel, Eric, Max and Milly heading for the locked sidedoor and Evangeline, Amber and Cloud heading for the destroyed main entrance. Only Elord is left in the centre, firing as many arrows as his bow can manage, straight up at the creature. As the half-elf is obviously doing very little damage on the rough scaly hide, Alizar breaths a pile of acid into the building, somehow mostly missing Elord. While Elord is firing off arrows, two at a time, the dragon takes to the sky and flies straight up to the heavens.
At this point half the adventurers are outside and in a brief moment of calm they look around and notice that all the snow has melted, and within just a couple of hours it appears to have changed season in the town. The other half wait on Aramel to un-pick the lock. While the ranger struggles, Eric calls Elord to get away from the middle of the church, but even as the acid drenched pews melt around him, Elord’s only focus is shooting Alizar. While the free group of adventurers sprint towards the nearest house and dive in (literally for Cloud), Aramel curses at the locked side door and the trapped adventurers begin trying to break it down. The little hobbit appears to budge it significantly more than the sturdy dwarf, but it is Max who brings it down. Not really aware what he is trying to do, he places his palms against the wood, then, like and explosion, the doors shoot off. Though the adventurers are amazed by the child’s powers (Max included), they do not hesitate to escape the church, only Eric turns as is about the cross the threshold. “Elord! We have to leave now!” he yells, but the half-elf still pay no attention.
As the adventurers outside look up, they can see Alizar spin around at a great height, streamlines his body, and shoots back down to the building like a dart. Meanwhile, Eric runs back into the building towards Elord, who has drawn a single arrow but now holds it position. The cleric pleads him to run one last time, but to no avail, so moves to grab him. Elord throws off the old dwarf to the ground without a word and turns his bow back to the dragon. As he nears the building, Alizar again opens his jaws; Elord sees the glowing target he has been waiting for and lets his arrow fly. The arrow finds the back of the Allizar’s throat, the dragon winces, and plummets onto the pair still inside the church.
Quite probably due to Elord’s arrow causing the beast to slightly change its course at the last second, Eric and Elord find themselves still breathing. Unfortunately, so does the dragon. Alizar rises to his feet and swings at Elord, throwing him across the room, then turns to Eric. “You know, I almost don’t want to kill you. You have great honour, which is rare to find these days, remember that.”
“You don’t have to kill us, there can still be a peaceful way out.” cries Eric.
“I said almost. It is too late to spare you now.”
“What is it you want?” the dwarf yells, but the dragon already has its mouth open, to yet again reveal the haunting glow. That second, a bolt impales the monster’s hide as he turns around to see Aramel by the side door with his cross bow pistol raised. Realising he is surrounded, Alizar spreads his wings but it is apparent he is too weak to fly. Elord, back on his feet again, fires another pair of arrows at Alizar, just before the dragon charges at the nearest wall creating his own horizontal exit.
The beast turns back to the building and with a clear shot at Elord through the destroyed wall, spits a ball of acid at him. Dropping to the floor, Elord avoids the green goo and it continues to fly and instantly starts to melt away yet another hole as it hits the wall. The shoot-out between Elord and Alizar doesn’t last long before the dragon is jumped on by Aramel. The ranger had snuck round the side of the church and now, clutching to his dagger imbedded in the dragon for stability, he slashes away with his sword in his other hand.
In the pause in acid fire, Eric finally convinces Elord to leave the dragon and they head towards the acid hole in the wall. However, as the run across the church, Alizar flings off Aramel and fires another burning green ball of acid, this time hitting Elord square on just as he is diving through the hole. After diving through the acid hole, Eric looks up to see the rest of the group running over. Eric manages to stop the now unconscious Elord’s wounds from getting any worse, but does not have the power to do anymore right now. An idea comes to Eric and he picks up Elord (a task much easier when the half-elf is knocked-out) and asks the rest of the group where Max is, to which they point at the building with the Cloud shaped hole in the window. Eric rushes in to find Max on his own and places the body in front of him. He tells the child that Elord needs healing and Max does have the power hidden inside him, just as he smashed through the side door earlier, but Max just looks terrified and claims he has no idea how he achieved that magical strength. Eventually Eric convinces him to place his hands on the half-elf, but as Eric realistically thought, Max is unable to help.
As Eric leaves, he tells Max that he must be brave and guard Elord, then runs back over to the holey building to see Cloud still outside throwing spears through the acid hole. Eric calls him over to make plans of an assault, but suddenly there is a booming whoosh sound and they look up to see Alizar has leapt over the whole building. He lands upon Cloud, but Eric cannot tell what is happening amongst the flapping wings; until they jolt … and stop moving. There is another blinding flash of light.
Once the flash settles, the group see Cloud still alive lying on the floor with his sword, covered in a dark green goo, in his hand. To his side is the HERS ring Evangeline had previously stolen and next to that is a man, which the group believe to be Alizar in his true form.