The party concludes their trial in the Ordeal of Agony, when they slay the master of the cavern, Yulhotei, Sultan of the Burning Flesh. A gargantuan aboleth wreathed in flame, it attemps to melt away the party’s defenses with its otherworldly powers, but is no match for their combined might. They claim an elemental saturation, the Heart of Fire, and the treasure from the cavern and make camp. Viral attempts to ease the tension between him and Karne, but finds the cleric’s righteousness impassable and abandons further interactions.
The party proceeds onward to the next trial, the Epic of Fury. Upon arriving, they must travel through a small vale, where they encounter the Sphinx, Ambra. She attempts to engage them in one of the Sphinx’s famed riddles, but is cut short when Eldritch threatens that death and destruction are forthcoming if she attempts to confound them. Unamused, she pounces and the party stands back as Eldritch is forced to deal with the mess he’s created for himself. He manages to remove her as a threat, by banishing her to the outer ring of Eberron, and Elsbeth is forced to bring Ambra back. With pride wounded, the Sphinx attempts to end all further interactions, possibly forfeiting the party’s chance to complete the trial. She is made pliant, however with Maki’s childish riddles, and Elsbeth’s arcane conundrums.
Ambra tasks the party with slaying her sister, Amuun, who lives in the valley beyond, so The Queen, can lay claim to her territory, and Ambra can move in after her mate. The party decide to investigate Amuun and pass judgement when they have enough info. Upon entering Amuun’s layer, she is aware of why they have arrived and immediately tests them with queries about morality and wickedness. Satisfied with their answers, she provides them an alternative task- to slay The Queen and rid the land of her presence.
Now thoroughly perplexed, the party sets out further into the vale to investigate the queen and immediately fall into combat with a brood of chimera, Prince Shivataar, a legendary chimera, and Queen Brax’is, a legendary chimera brood mother.