Oppian Nevilindor stepped forward, chanting in a loud confident voice. A flash of divine energy and loud crack left everyone in the room save Brextur and Minato blinded, the zombie manticore a dissolving pile of ash, Donovan sprawled out on the table dead. All that remained of Nur’Xayax was a faint blackened outline on the far wall.
“Lay down your arms and surrender. No one else need die here!” Oppian exclaimed. The rest of you had other ideas.
Minato cut loose with a blinding spell of his own, affecting Oppian and all his allies but worsening Tiberius’ condition as well. Minato then quickly shut the door to the storage room.
The struggle took on comic proportions as blinded foes attempted to strike each other. But the blindness of the Holy Smite quickly wore off and the battle was rejoined with renewed vigor.
Mindaliel vanished and reappeared in the store room with Eca and Minato. Cimri leapt astride Donovan’s corpse atop the table and attempted to skewer one of the knights. Tiberius laid about him with Sinderbos and bite. The situation, which looked grim only moments before began to turn in favor of the intruders. Oppian’s stolid mien cracked as he began to see the futility of the situation and he began openly weeping and mumbling.
In the store room, Eca repeatedly blasted Mindaliel, but it was finally Minato’s slumber hex that dropped the archon. With a satisfied smirk and a wry comment Eca finished the job, his focused blast of water crushing the outsider’s skull into pulp.
Back in the council room, one knight was down already, and the other was frantically defending itself from Cimri’s onslaught, only barely avoiding her blows. Oppian and Tiberius were engaged in a war of attrition, each slowly whittling down the others’ health with each stroke. That is, until Minato opened the door and felled Oppian and the remaining knight with a single bolt of lightning.
The head of the Glorious Reclamation in Kantaria had been cut off, but not without exacting a price. Now all that remained was to purge the fort of any remaining Glorious Reclamation troops and take full control….