We left our heroes after the warforged paladin destroyed the giant crystal he was guarding on accident. The shards flew everywhere, and in its place stood an eighteen year old girl. It was Princess Ilyana Hargrave, the daughter of King Hargrave, and heir to the throne that no longer exists. She recognized Alan, the warforged, and the heroes quickly made friends. They went to take her to Cliffport, Alan taking the golden book on the way.
On the way out, they met a purplish dragonborn arguing with Augustsus reed. When he saw Gell, he charged and jumped to hug his brother. Card had been searching for Gell for months, after the death of their father drove him away. So the eight of them went to cCliffport, and Card took Gell to the boat he had chartered to take Gell home to their mother. The rest of the adventurers escorted a disguised princess to the tavern to eat something.
They split up again after that. Alex took the princess and Alan to the temple of bahamut’s library to study up on the changes in the last 40 years. The others took some of the crystal shards to Jensen, and told him there were more in the cave to be recovered. This made him happy, and kept him ignorant of the true treasure found in the dungeon.
When the heroes had finally united, (save Gell, who’d been Put on a Boat) Kureen convinced them all to enter the battlecages to defeat a gladiator on behalf of a skinny man she met on the street. She wanted to take his life savings, but Alex and the others offered to do it for free. As they left for the battlecage, Card came running down the street after them. Card was going to travel with them from now on, because they’d need his help with his brother gone.
So the party entered the battlecages, but most of them had to fight in the introduction round. After that was taken care of, Alex went right up and challenged the Captain. They started the battle that afternoon, in the larger East Battlecage. The Captain and his gang faced the heroes from across the scattered obstacles of the battlecage.
Alex started off by charging directly into the Captain. With miraculous luck, he succeeded at hammering the gladiator and then unleashing a wave of thunder into the heart of the enemy formation. Keh’leyr cast Bigby’s icy grasp and kept it summoned the whole battle, directing it around the field looking for victims. Tipa had her hands full with an elven barbarian, who was enraged by the arrows she shot him with. Eventually Kureen finished sniping from her elevated position and helped Card destroy the enemy Mage’s summoned magma claw, then took care of the barbarian. The dwarven rogue fell to Keh’leyr’s icy grasp, then there was a flash of light along the battlecage. The Captain, who’d been felled in the first round, stood up and laughed. But before he could act again, he was put down again. Finally, all that stood was the enemy mage, dancing away from Alex. Tipa finished her with an arrow shot, but her defeat was surprising – a scream of pain! When she removed the arrow, blood rushed out from the wound.
Officials rushed into the battlecage, checking the Captain’s fallen team. They were alive, barely, but the cages’ safety ritual must have faded when the lights flickered. The crowd whispered and boo’ed the heroes, who had just beaten the battlecage’s first great champion. The cagemaster gently shoved the party out the back gate, apologising all the way. The heroes were banned from the battlecages for life, and they’d do well to find a place to hide from teh angry fans.