Many years later, the party revisits the seela in the Forest of Innendotar. Speakers of elven, Scathelocke and Sakai are the first to understand the new verses in the Song of Forms, verses usually referred to as the “Indomitability Verses”. It is fitting that the first and last of these new verses chronicle their deeds, so distinct in style. Ever after, Scathelocke always claimed that his translation to common speech was the most authoritative – it certainly was the most epic-sounding, especially when describing his deeds – but he had an irreverent nephew, who produced a more tavern-friendly version called “How the For-est Was Won”.
[OOC: Lant would make this all rhyme and such, but this is the best you will get from me. Think of the regular text as summarizing the epic song verses and the OOC comments as something like the credits to Animal House, where you find out what happened to the protagonists when they “grew up”.]
Scathelocke’s verse has some fine alliteration about the “Bearer of the Blade” and “Finder of the First Tree”. The entire party watched with baited breath as he struggled alone against Indomitability underwater. He would have finished him single-handedly at the bottom of the lake, or so his translation goes, but Indomitability realized he had met his match and fled to pick on the seela singers instead. Still, it could not escape Scathelocke’s wrath, who caught up to him, leaping onto him to help with the final blows.
[OOC: To this day, Scathelocke never tires of reminding Heimidall how he excels him in the jumping-off-raft-onto-beast category. Secretly, he is grateful that he got his one good Athletics check when everyone was looking. Timbre, who wrote most of the original elven verses, didn’t really know what to say about the long, awkward time Scathelocke was underwater, so she made up some good epic battle stuff. In her sacred glade, there is a wastebasket with a crumpled up first draft that reads, “Scathelocke, he had enough healing surges.”]
Heimidall is credited for his lone stand against two water ogres during Scathelocke’s dive to the bottom. The tireless dwarf was unmovable as the creatures clawed at him and tried to pull him off the raft and down to a watery grave at the bottom of the lake.
[OOC: The grumpy old dwarf is pretty sure he saved Scathelocke’s butt from the ogres while he was futzing around at the bottom of the lake but considers it dishonorable to say so. He regularly challenges Scathelocke to a long-jumping-off-rafts rematch, but Scathelocke always politely refuses.]
Lex had walked on water before, but this time he just piloted the raft back to shore: simple but effective. They say to “never split the party”, but one group had to go out into the middle of the lake and one group had to defend the seela. Indomitability’s speedy swim left them stranded in the middle of the lake. Lex could have easily walked himself back to shore but made sure to get all three of them back in time to relieve Sakai and Faegan at a critical moment.
[OOC: He never tires of calling himself a “fire mage, war wizard”, but Lex has a secret stash of scrolls tucked away somewhere. Rumor has it they are exclusively water and cold spells.]
The old paladin, Faegan, swears that it was the gods who picked him and Sakai to remain behind to fight Indomitability when it reached shore. It was their divine wrath, something the beast was surprisingly vulnerable to, that wore the beast down. Until it was too late, Indomitability was too hell-bent on killing the singers, ending the Song of Forms, and releasing himself from the stag’s body to pay heed to Faegan as he charged in on his celestial steed, hounding him mercilessly.
[OOC: The rumor about Lex’s stash of water and cold spells is true, but only Faegan knows this. They were his Christmas gift to Lex the very next year. Faegan subsequently published a treatise in “Adventurer’s Quarterly” entitled “The Importance of Damage Type in Combat”.]
A true healer, Sakai focused on saving the seela singers. Years later, when it was better understood what sort of creature Indomitability really was, it was recognized that the sole surviving singer was important. Had the Song of Forms stopped, Indomitability would have been released from its stag body into … something much worse. How fitting then that it was Melora’s response to her quiet prayer that finished it off.
[OOC: In the version by Lant’s irreverent nephew, there is a bad pun in the chorus about killing the fire beast with “sacred flame”. In fact, most hearers incorrectly assume that the song is called, “Fighting Fire With Fire.” After being chastised by Sakai for her “epic catfight extraordinaire”, Timbre retreated back in shame to the privacy of her grove. The only time she has been seen since was when she delivered these verses to the seela. Sakai still gets a Christmas card every year from the one singer she managed to save.]