Before their exploration of Elyas' tower was abruptly cut short by the bellowings of an ogre, the party managed to locate yet another straying elfin maid. She crept upon them as they gingerly poked about a recently used kitchen. Introducing herself as the missing Merissa, the party recognized her from the sketch provided by the villagers of Kota-Hutan.
Relying on Hasaniel's confirmation, the party agreed to let her lead them to a magical lift that could take them 1000 feet deeper into the tower and to the missing Sylvana – the remaining captive. Suspecting something awry with the stiffness of her movements, Arwan insisted Merissa accompany the party further below, rather than remain with Miryala.
Next to the lift, she leaned close to Arwan to whisper sweet words into his ear hoping to convince him to change his mind. Rejecting the embrace of the young, auburn-haired elf girl, Arwan surprised all present by crashing the hilt of his sword into the side of her head. In the ensuing fight, her feline companion leapt to her defense and she managed to unleash a few magical bolts wounding many in the party. Earos brought the panther low while Arwan and Nikolaj subdued the girl. Convinced she housed one of the witches of infamous legend, they deposited "Merissa" and her panther in a cell not too far from Miryala.
Before descending further into the tower, the party determined to leave no ambush unturned on the top floor in the search for the powerful talisman bequeathed to Hasaniel by Rahasia's father. Doing battle with roaming orcs, dog-sized rats and a gelatinous, acidic cube, the party was slowly worn down. Only a well aimed sonic blast sung into existence by Earos saved Arwan from being completely dissolved by the cube. Given their state, the party has decided to rest before delving deeper.
There is no XP awarded, as the session was not completed.
Earos earns an inspiration for saving his companion's life.
".. and dragons only have a passing fondness for gold." (an expression of disbelief)