As the party surveyed below them they could see the glowing circle of the summoners dissolve into a nasty undead mess as the recognizable lich began to summon more troops and Death Demons onto a nearby hill.
Jumping on his broom Skrogg and Kurin holding onto the bottom of the broom flew off in search of the lich. Azimi cast a wall of fire to prevent any more wights from entering into the world. Sven turned into a cat as he ran forward, Ragnar joining him in pursuit of the enemy.
The lich with a contemptuous glance raised his staff and pointed at the wall of fire dispelling it with ease. Thorsgrim cast a silence 15’ radius at the undead mage, only to see several magical counter measures immediately get into effect. The mage vanished into “no time” and began to cast heinous and horrible spells on Skrogg and Kurin mostly bouncing off their natures. Kurin resisted a Power word kill to lie stunned and twitching on the ground.
As the lich rose into the air powered by a continual fly spell Skrogg chased him, wounding the creature with his sword. However, Sven was forced to bound up and attempt to protect Kurin from the horde of Wights. Some 12 death demons flew toward Azimi who managed to raise her protection from evil 10’ radius spell deflecting not just the 8 death demons but also some 8 wights who had just been hasted.
It was then that the clever plan of Azimi and Thorsgrim kicked off with all the nearby summoned and undead creatures being attacked by a Dispel Evil spell from Thorsgrim. Some 6 death demons and 8 Wights were destroyed with the remaining 2 wights and 2 death demons forced to flee.
Ragnar had encountered more wights and 4 more demons, and managed to utter a protection from evil spell protecting him. Sven continued to guard Kurin as a giant cat. Where as Skrogg’s plan to slay the lich failed as his broom was dispelled causing him to fall unceremoniously down to his probable temporary death. Azimi rushed up to the summoning circle and began to examine it as Ragnar using the power of Unseen the run vanished from sight, from all. Thorsgrim kept banishing the demons and wights further away, and then cast a travel spell allowing him to fly.
The lich released an explosive cloud at Azimi and the surrounding area causing lots of damage and making Azimi flee on her broom quickly, but using her amazing dexterity managed to stay on her broom to haste Thorsgrim.
Thorsgrim rose into the air and cast his hammer hitting the lich and attracting the attention of more death demons. Ragnar left to attempt to heal and help Sven and Kurin. Ragnar after casting a simple cure light wounds removed the stun effect on Kurin only for them to battle the undead horde of wights fighting them. The undead inside the circle materialized as banshee and screamed slaying Sven the Cat, and Brother Stargard.
For the rest of the battle the heroes seeing the banshee blocked their ears and avoided her pitiful screams. Azimi returned to the circle and continued to attempt to remove part of the summoning circles. With each circle dispelled an undead beast was destroyed. A vampire was destroyed first.
The lich seeing his power diminished cast an ice storm upon Azimi, freezing her completely as she slumped over unconscious.
Thorsgrim likewise casting a protection from evil spell ignored the Death demons and flew straight and true at the lich. Unfortunately, the monster uttered a lighting bolt at Thorsgrim hitting him truly. However being of stern stuff he stayed true and attempted to hit the lich in return before the death demons returned.
Below Kurin turned his Rod into a dragon and flew into the air below the lich hacking at its legs as he flew underneath. But Thorsgrim’s hammer flew true destroying the undead beast with a mighty hit. Mortally wounded the death demons almost slew him, only for a well timed Cureall spell returned his vigor. Thorsgrim flew over to the still effecting protective sphere around Azimi and used a Curall spell to revive her.
As Ragnar and Kurin continued to battle the death demons, Thorsgrim flew round the outside of the summoning circles and uttered a holy word, stunning all but one of the remaining death demons and destroying all the remaining Wights. The remaining death demon was quickly slain as the stunned ones were put down quickly. Azimi continued to solve the riddle of the summoning circle and quickly removed all but the central summoning circle before announcing that she did not have a powerful item to banish the circle.
Ragnar the brave and surprisingly noble Paladin offered his very powerful mage slaying sword, throwing into the central circle hitting the Banshee in the chest destroying the beast outright, as Azimi fought to control the lethal magics.
Skrogg was revived, but Sven and Brother Stargard lay dead at the end of the encounter. Waiting for the full day to observe the rituals of the north, it could be seen that indeed Sven was raised upon the back of Valkyries to the glory of Valhalla. With tears in their eyes the companions decided to journey home to burn the earthly body of their friend as his soul was now in Valhalla. Brother Stargard refused to offer of immortality and returned from the dead to continue to protect his liege lord, brother and friend, Thorsgrim.