Almsday, 1844 Rain 14th
Midday, Potter’s Cove beach
One of the gibbering mouthers finishes absorbing Jerrosh’s body. His good eye and his mouth join the chorus as his flesh melds with the quivering mass. His equipment lies in a heap on the sand.
D’Jango casts Tasha’s Hideous Laughter on Falco, hoping to slow him down so the party can escape. The spell takes hold, and D’Jango withdraws from the closest mouther, which has already been injured. It chases after him, and while it is not close enough to attack, its reality-warping aura extends to the ground beneath D’Jango. His feet sink into the sand up to his ankles. He can’t pull himself free. He draws his rapier and prepares to defend himself from the mouther. Rif tries casting sleep, but it fails to affect either of the mouthers.
The injured mouther lunges at D’Jango. He slashes at it but is struck down under a wave of razor teeth. Falco, now free of the spell, screams “No!” and charges toward the mouther, sword drawn. It moves onto D’Jango’s unconscious body. Rif hits it with an icy chromatic orb, but it is undeterred.
Vayol pulls out the relic. It gets the mouthers’ attention. They stop attacking but enviously guard the dying D’Jango. They gibber at each other and motion at Falco. Falco steps forward. Rif and Vayol understand that the mouthers are having Falco speak for them.
“D’Jango is their leverage. They want to read whatever is written on that jawbone. They’ll kill him if you don’t give them what they want. Neither of us wants that. Just let them touch it. You can keep it and go on to Baleton.”
Vayol weighs the life of D’Jango against whatever vile acts these beings will perform with the forbidden knowledge on the relic. He refuses, rushing toward D’Jango and feeding him his last healing potion. D’Jango’s eyes open suddenly and Vayol pulls him to his feet. Falco slashes the injured mouther, hoping to distract it enough to let D’Jango escape. It works; the mouther bites back at him but he dodges away. Rif tags the mouther with an arrow from a safe distance.
Falco shoves D’Jango away. Vayol administers a Potion of Enlarge Person to D’Jango, which makes it more likely he’ll escape the reality-warping effects. Then Vayol retreats toward the water, as the mouthers move to surround him. He stows the relic in his pack.
D’Jango grabs Falco and retreats. D’Jango draws his sword to defend Vayol, but Falco stops him. “You’re crazy to close to melee again.” D’Jango hesitates, fighting the urge to exact vengeance on the creature that nearly killed him.
Rif hits the injured mouther with another chromatic orb, finally killing it. The other mouther, which is still at peak health, closes in on Vayol. D’Jango and Rif watch helplessly as it bites Vayol and he collapses onto the beach.
In the distance, everyone hears a dragon roar and the heavy flapping of its leathery wings…