Timespan: 3rd Rise 21:1209
The fight continues in Keegan’s estate. Leo and Delad knock Keegan out and realize that he has sharpened his own teeth and has been eating raw meat of a deer, putting to rest the fact that Keegan was not a real vampire, just keeping an old Richter family trait alive (eating raw meat is an old custom for his family from long ago). They begin to search for their party realizing they might be in trouble. But now the castle has turned against them: vampires (who are the remains of Keegan’s staff) attack, ghosts spooking them, bushes giving off strange poison vapors, and spectral hands attacking them from the Richter family portraits on the walls. This haunted castle attacks them but they are successful in getting to the party in time.
Meanwhile the attack continues with Teman hurting the party and Yuma as well. Thorin bursts through the window with Yuma and things seem well until Teman is not happy and chases after them. To make matters worst, more vampire spawns come to Teman’s aid from the woods who attack Thorin.
The battle continues on the ground as Balasar continues to get mind controlled by Teman and levels Delad in the fight. Thorin continues to try his best to heal Yuma and the party and all seems lost until an older looking Shintaro shows up in the battle (about 50 years old). He summons a tiger from the Feywild and the two help tremendously in the fight, eventually bloodying Teman.
At that point, Teman uses a magical item to push and paralyze the group and gives Thorin the choice: Either Yuma will be feast upon, or him. Thorin is hesitant at first, but eventually gives his body to be devoured. Vampire spawns begin to poor out of the woods and rip Thorin’s armor and weapon apart, and in the process, his body is devoured. Teman spits upon him and all seems lost until Gunnarr rushes from the woods with the local militia, giving chase to the vampires. The party comes out of their paralysis and, in anger, destroy Teman with Leo chopping the vampire’s head off.
Jayden, desperate to heal his best friend, begins to drag Thorin’s body to the tree where Nephelim’s door has been drawn, while Shintaro says, “It’s too late.” The party, broken, stare at his lifeless body in the quiet rain. Until suddenly a familiar female figure comes out of the woods. Delad recognizes it to be Hulda who stoops down and says, “I hope I’m not too late.” She whispers, “Awaken, Thorin my love…” as she plunges her teeth into his neck. At first all is quiet as the group stares in disbelief and confusion and the silence shatters as Thorin begins to cough. Thorin feels fine, even stronger than before and sees the love of his life, Hulda caressing his face. He smiles and is overjoyed to see that she has saved him. But then she reveals that she has changed him entirely saying, “I’ve waited for this moment and now I don’t have to hide it from you anymore. We are one in the same now, Dhampyrs (half vampire/half human), Vrylokan heritage is what makes us live forever! We can be together now!”
Thorin is confused and checks on his mother as Hulda holds his hand. Yuma’s sight has returned and for some reason the traumatic experience that has happened to her (Teman and her’s pilgrimage to the Sun Dial, etc.) has been forgotten. All she remembers is that she decided to take a pilgrimage (she thinks she went by herself) to the Sundial, stayed at Keegan’s estate out of the kindness of his heart for her late husband’s (Teman) friendship with him, and that Teman never survived the “Brother-Sister War” of Lykovia recently. She is glad to finally meet Thorin but claims he is cold to the touch.
Thorin does look the same, but he seems a bit paler, his eyes are glossed over with death, and his canines are much more enhanced than they were before. Even worst, he feels the Oracle power of “Channeling” slowly weakening in his mind. But that doesn’t matter to Yuma, she claims the trip was good and is glad that she is reunited with her son. She sees Jayden and doesn’t recognize him.
Hulda, who is being eyed up by the group is quite honest with them: she works for Vecna and is glad that Teman is now dead (along with the curse on Keegan’s estate). She is only here to save Thorin and let him know that she loves him. Thorin is upset to hear that he is now part undead as he has sworn his life to kill all undead and is even contemplating his own suicide because of this. Jayden and Shintaro view this is as a win for them while Delad is not happy and takes a few bashes with his staff against Hulda’s face and she just takes the hits. He yells that this is not right to Pelor, “How can you be the Oracle if you are undead!?” In a huff, he enters Nephelim’s door and closes it behind himself. Leo seems hesitant as well and even tries to attack Hulda as she leaves. Her presence does not seem welcome and she disappears with a cast of a spell. Thorin, still questioning everything, does not seem happy that Leo just attacked the love of his life.
As Hulda disappears she takes Thorin’s holy symbol as a memento for herself and leaves her necklace behind in his hand (his new ki focus magic item). Thorin takes Yuma inside and finds that the Oracle armor to be a good fit for him (as the armor is much heavier than he used to be able to use, but with his new racial powers and relying more on being a battle cleric he can use scale armor now) as his last bit of armor was destroyed. Yuma also begins to pack her things as she prepares to go home (hopefully with Thorin she thinks) and notices the morningstar she brought. She was going to donate it to the Sundial temple but thinks that Thorin should have it. After all, it was his father’s weapon before his death.