Dean Sunan and Professor Poplarlachs met the Dragon Punchers upon arrival at Iriswood University. They hurriedly ushered Micah to a secure room at the top of the Divination town. With Soma’s help they summoned Calla back to the material plane. Wherever the fey had been with Cordyceps, it had taken a grievous toll.
Rushing into the tower, Poplarlachs finished preparations and asked who would be sent to retrieve Micah’s soul. Without hesitation—or consultation—Chari volunteered and grabbed the sword. She instantly fell unconscious as her own soul was ripped from her body. The monk found herself in a horrifying landscape of claustrophobic warrens. At first, Micah thought his rescue was yet another hallucination. When Cordyceps’s form arrived and attacked, however, be began to believe otherwise.
Meanwhile, on the other side, Bart, Wilf, and Jinn were forced to fend off wave after wave of shadow efts to protect their friends’ bodies. Adva and Poplarlachs struggled to maintain the protective barrier around the party. Spiderweb cracks appeared throughout the sword as Chari, in the form of a golden dragon, landed the final blow in Cordyceps’s realm. In a final act of defiance, Sir Bartleby shattered the sword before the entity could claw its way into to reality.
It was an emotional reunion for the Dragon Punchers as they updated their friend on (most of) what he’d missed. For the first time in a long time, everyone breathed a sigh of relief. They would finally be able to rest over the next few days. Micah was back.