Ascending the stairs, the heroes step out onto the stone walkway that leads towards the pillar of golden light. As they do so, they are overcome with a feeling of vertigo as they see the faint outlines of another place overlapping with this one. Flames leap forth from the vision as they press forth into the light and find themselves in another place – the chamber where Karzoug waits to be reborn into the world – the Eye of Avarice.
The heroes manifest on a small platform 100 feet above burning lava. At the end of the chamber, on a throne of gold sits Karzoug, eagerly awaiting them. Between them stands a rune giant, a massive blue dragon and two cloud giants.
Atop a higher platform sites a well, bubbling to the brim with what appears to be a golden liquid, above which a giant refracting lens.
Karzoug first brings a meteor storm down on Midna and Sarruk then suddenly begins to move incomprehensibly fast, casting spells at an alarming speed. Before the heroes can react, Sarruk and Midna are trapped inside a bubble of force, choking on the vapors of a poisonous cloud.
All around, lightning summoned by the giants rains down on the party. Morthos attempts to skirt the edge of the area, but is savaged by one of the giants and killed.
Now protected behind a shimmering prismatic wall, Karzoug watches as his rune giant and blue dragon move in to attack whomever shall escape the bubble.
What they don’t expect is for Midna to disappear and reappear next to Karzoug, using the dimension door ability of her Cape of the Mountebank. She skewers the runelord with her dominant rapier as the surprised Karzoug roars in anger.
A moment later, Zander appears behind the runelord, sapping his energy with an ennervation spell that somehow bypasses Karzoug’s potent magical defenses. Now cut off from his most deadly magic, the runelord of greed defiantly attempts spells to stop Midna’s continued assault, but these harmful incantations are absorbed harmlessly by the runeforged power of her rapier. Meanwhile, his burning glaive dances around their enemies striking with an intelligence of it’s own.
With each thrust of her weapon, the tyrant grows weaker and Zander compounds that with another energy draining spell. Now cut off from the majority of his magic and grievously wounded, he makes one final attempt at taking down Midna, but the luck that the half-elf has relied on so long comes through once more and has magic does not take hold.
Thrusting forward with her rapier, Midna impales the runelord, his green robes growing dark with rushing blood. A howl, like the sound of the 10,000 souls consumed to fuel the runelord’s return bellows forth from his mouth and in an instant he is gone, his resplendent robes, now soaked crimson with blood falling to the ground.
With the final blow to Karzoug, a blinding light ripples through the room as the well explodes into a pillar of golden light that shatters the lens above it. As the light clears, Mothos finds himself alive once more. As he picks himself up from the floor, the waters begin to freeze.
Blinded, the blue dragon thrashes about wildly, while the giants drop their weapons and surrender, knowing that they stand no chance against any who could slay their lord.
As the ice reaches the limits of what they can see, there is another flash of light and the heroes find themselves once more at the entrance to the Pinnacle. In the center of the room, the circular depression they had once witnessed there is now filled by the well itself, resized to fit the room.
As they recover from their disorientation, the giants and dragon flee and, relieved for the conflict to be over, the party allows them to withdraw and, catching their breath, prepares for the long journey home, having saved Varisia from a truly terrible fate.