The Thrilling Climax!
It's come to this... You have to make an important choice here. What will you do?
Okay, given the init rolls and beyond, here's what happens:
First off, you notice coming down the road towards you, from the direction Vrill was heading in, a single horse galloping at high speed. On it are two individuals... you recognize Apprentice Steve, and on the back is a young girl!
Anyway, Dave FoO wins init and casts Aid. Cinder double claws Vrill, hurting him severely; down to 0 hp! Vrill swigs a potion and steps back from the owlbear, screaming at you so bad that spittle froth lands on your powerful fur. "IT ENDS HERE! I'M GOING TO KILL YOU, YOU DIRTY LITTLE FUCK!" Raving, he magic missiles you for 14 hp. Way I've counted, that brings you down to exactly 0 hp also.
As he prepares another spell, the combined might of Dave FoO and Brogg the Eagle knock Vrill back down to 0.
Out of potions, Vrill's sort of stuck there; casting would drop him to -1 anyway. That's when Apprentice Steve and the girl get within hearing range. The girl shouts "Daddy!"
In the snow and dirt of the new road to the old temple of Zelba, Gregory Vrill is down on his knees before you. Bleeding badly out of a gut wound, a mace wound, and a claw scrape below his left eye, the once-mighty Guildmaster of the Grito Potion Guild and Burghermeister of Grito has been humbled before you. Vrill says "Stay back Abbey! You don't want to see this!"
Vrill then looks at each of you and says "So what's it gonna be? Are you going to murder me here, in front of my daughter, in cold blood?"
Apprentice Steve stares in disbelief, mouth wide open, still in the saddle. Abbey leaps off the horse to the ground, looks around, and says quietly "I knew this was the place.
And so, the January snow beginning to fall all around you, an owlbear, an eagle, and a fist of Odin (and maybe a monk) surround Gregory Vrill, ex-MPG, and must decide whether or not to take his life.
What will you do?