We find our heroes embroiled in battle between the Usurper’s Nazgul (for lack of a better identifier) and his henchmen, while unusually bright flames continue to ravage the “Seeker safe house” and spread to surrounding buildings.
Guthwyn suddenly finds herself floating several feet above the ground as the Ring- wraith’s incantation is completed. She continues to swing valiantly at the creature, however. Seeing her rather untenable position, the still-sighted henchman takes a swing at her, slashing her in the leg, crippling it – even as Thaliondor fells him with a mighty blow. Nwalme-Anna, also noting Guthwyn’s predicament, begins weaving an illusory support for her, trusting in her ability to believe to make it effective. Rene de Lumbule manages to get in a decent swing at the Nazgul at this time, too, which catches the Ring-wraith’s attention.
Behind the buildings, Araphor stands ready, arrow nocked, aiming at one of the two approaching henchmen sidling along the back alley walls. The hobbit at his side informs him that a group of diminutive reinforcements are coming up behind them quickly.
Nwalme’s spell creates a stable support platform for Guthwyn, which her supreme confidence in his abilities allows her to believe in. She braces herself against it, and bravely (if less than perfectly) continues to swing at the Nazgul. The Nazgul proves to be an excellent swordsman, feinting and delivering Rene a chilling stab to his chest. Staggering a bit but undaunted, he and Thaliondor continue to attack, the former slightly more effectively than the latter.
The henchmen approach the rear door. The hobbits approach the rear door. Araphor waits, aiming.
The Nazgul begins another spell, whispering and gesturing at Rene. Rene, fortified by a healing spell from Nwalme, continues to strike, doing some moderate damage. Guthwyn
and Thaliondor strike, too, but to less effect. As the Ring-wraith’s incantation is about to complete, however, a heretofore unnoticed hobbit delivers a solid blow to him with a sword! The Nazgul instantly shifts targets, and the hobbit finds himself engulfed in flame, immolating nearly instantly.
The henchmen get within a few yards of the rear door. Araphor fires, striking
one and causing him to drop his sword. They turn and flee as the hobbit
reinforcements reach the area.
With a masterful feint, Rene forces the Nazgul to open his defense, and he thrusts, his blade biting deep into the creature. At the pain, the Ring-wraith decides to fight another day, and suddenly disappears. The group looks around, unable in the heat of combat to discern who among them carries the Ring of See Invisible. Nwalme attempts his Mage Sight, but the foul thing appears to have truly gone. Even its evil aura is no longer
perceptible to Nwalme.
As Araphor and the hobbits race around the building and join the rest of the party, the blinded henchman is captured for questioning – and survives to do so, despite Rene’s attempts to execute him. Araphor attempts to Lend Strength to Nwalme, failing, and instead hands over his Powerstones as Nwalme continues to heal members of the party. As this goes on, and we wait for Guthwyn to return to solid ground. Thaliondor
pulls her down briefly, only to have her float back up again. Frightened residents of the nearby burning buildings begin trickling, then flooding into the streets, as the threat outside is no longer greater than the threat within.
The hobsters urge the party to move on to safety, and are escort them across the city to another safe house.