With their arrival on Elysium, O'ma and Angadar began to prepare for Valok's invasion. While they were readying themselves, O'ma spoke to them about retrieving the "Godslayer" from his fortress. Just then a horrified look came over the deity's face. He seemed to be searching for something in his mind that he was unable to find. After a short time he announced a change of plans. The sceptre had been stolen at the most inopportune moment. He did not know who did it, but just then it was too late to ponder because Valok made his appearance. He hastily bid the heroes to find the sceptre.
Chaos broke loose at that point. Angadar and O'ma transformed into their true energetic forms and attacked the invader. Servants of O'ma followed their leader into battle against the hoardes of devils that came with Valok.
As the battle started, Andrinor remembered his conversation with Angadar previously about the Negerai tome that would enable him to take control of the Vortex of Mortal Magic. He recited an incantation from the tome that cut his mental link to Angadar, who was too busy to notice. Then he started the ritual for control of the Vortex. As he strained through the incantations, his concentration nearly broke several times, but he managed to hold on. As the gods fought above him, he utilized their energies in his spell, and finally after a long hard recitation, the ritual was complete. At first he did not feel any different. But then there were some changes. His body started to feel like a small confining shell from which he needed to break free. His consciousness expanded at the speed of light... it was almost too much to bear. But then the transformation culminated: Andrinor's body exploded in a brilliant flash of light... but he was not destroyed.
In his new energetic form, Andrinor was free. He was able to contemplate thousands of tasks at once, and he had total control over the vortex and all magic emanating from it. He even felt the presence of a new vortex, which was not under his control. This one was the magical source for all of the gods.
His revelations were cut short however when he felt an irresistable pull. Confused, he tried to resist, but he was unable to halt himself from being sucked into a large portal that opened up near him. When he was taken through, the landscape was changed. He found himself in a cavernous land of gorges, canyons, and fiords.... Ysgard. The land where he stood was an island floating on a huge river made of earth. He got the feeling that this island was to be his new home, and it was his to shape.
Meanwhile back on Elysium, the battle raged on. The heroes were riveted by what just happened to their comrade. Only Orianna knew the complete story of what happened, and Jade filled in the rest. Once that was settled, the heroes decided they need to go find the sceptre.
This was only a momentary notion, for immediately after two minions of Valok arrived. They were Pit Fiends, among his top aides, and one of them was carrying the sceptre with an eye on O'ma. The heroes knew that if that fiend was allowed to hit O'ma it would be disastorous. So the entire force of heroes lashed out immediately.
They had an advantage at first, for the fiends' backs were turned towards the deific battle overhead. This gave Orianna a clear shot at the head fiend's back, which got its attention and made it turn around. The other fiend soon turned and a fight broke out.
After taking a hit from a fireball thrown by the main fiend, the party advanced. Ari charged the fiend and hit it with her sword. Jade casted a spell to speed up the heroes movements enabling Vanoviel to rush in full throttle and attack. The attack was executed from behind the fiend after she jumped clear over it, and it devastated it. Tupaia lended some other magical support while the fighters finished it off. This took a large toll on them however because the fiend fought with sceptre, tooth, claw, wing and tail. The other fiend did the same, in addition to hurling magic into the fray. One such spell slammed into Vanoviel and was negated by her sword. Eventually, the fiends fell one by one, and Van snapped up the sceptre.
With the help of her ring, she jumped high into the air and swung into Valok's shimmering field of energy.
A wave in Valok's energy rippled outward from the impact. Inside their heads, the heroes heard a terrible scream, and a few seconds later Valok's form winked out of existence... back to his home plane. All of his minions immediately retreated.
Calm once again reigned over Elysium. O'ma turned his attention to the heroes and thanked them. Angadar did the same, and then he immediately set out back to his home plane in order to repair his realm and make amends with his former friend.
The heroes healed their wounds and recieved O'ma's thanks, along with gates to any location they desired. Tupaia requested a gate back to her home forest, and the rest of the heroes requested their gate to open up at the home of Rajivik Roan, the infusor who helped them what seemed like ages ago. They wanted to repay him for his kindness by informing him that the curse over him and his lover could be lifted if they only apologized to the Romini lady who placed it.
Rajivik received them well, and he put them up for the night before their long journey back to T'Nanshi.
The END: Chapter 14
"Truth has no form."
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