After searching the upper part of the dungeon for a while, the Altdorf Band encounter Ruprecht Hann, a chaos sorcerer of nurgle. After a bit of talk, they agree to join forces since Ruprecht has the third key. As the party arrives at the locked steel door, Ruprecht and his demons attack. The Kithband Warrior is killed by plaguebeares, but the party manage to slay Ruprecht and his minions in return.
The band pass through the door and moves along a corridor where they witness various scenes from the life of the Black Witch. After a disturbing decent down an imaginary stairway, they enter the ritual cave… the lair of the Black Witch. Here they discover a pile of bones with some rags, a Black Orb in a stand. Karl is sitting in the middle of the room, seeming to change into something else… Furthermore around him in a semi circle are the 5 vampires in trance: Lydia von Carstein, Wilhelm Hollenbach, Mad Orlock, Theodora Margrave and Lord de Trois. In the back of the room, the 3 keyholders sit on their knees in a catatonic state.
After pondering their options, and unable to communicate with the keyholders, the party charge Karl! The vampires jump to his defense and all hell breaks loose!
The Flagellant attacks Lydia and manage to wound her. The vampires rip the Flagellant apart in a single round. Konrad attacks Karl and misses against all odds. Ticklepox bites at Karl but misses as well. Lord de Trois’ eyes burn with unholy fire as he looks at Konrad and melts his face with a Gaze of Nagash. Wilhelm Hollenbach cleaves Ticklepox in two. Dr. Lorenz Gasbard proclaim his eternal devotion and loyalty to Lydia von Carstein and Dhonar flee with the remaining vampires in hot pursuit!
After a bit of slashing and running, Dhonar escapes the vampires and slowly starts to head back. As he reach the ritual chamber, Lorenz and Lydia has gained the upper hand, halting the ritual with a spell of their own. Dr. Lorenz Gasbard is reading from a scroll, reaching the climax of a ritual to join Karl’s soul with Lydias!
Dhonar brings up the Chalice of Shared Secrets, recovered from Ruprecht, he whispers Lorenz Gasbard’s name into the chalice. Disgusting slime bubbles up in the chalice, and as the Sigmar Priest Dhonar drinks the slime, Dr. Lorenz Gasbard doubles over and vomits before he can complete the rite, and thereby prevents Lydia from fulfilling the prophecy of the Thousand Thrones.
But with Lydia’s control broken and the final hour spend, the Black Witch completes her own transformation… the Vampires from each of the bloodlines, drained of their unholy lifeforce are reduced to ashes, and instead of Karl, the witch stand before Dhonar, naked and beautiful. She opens her mouth and speaks: “Love me…”
… and so he did.
Ending the Adventure of the Thousand Thrones.
Since this also mark the end for the Altdorf Band and the beginning of a new Adventuring party, it is at its place with a summary of the main achievements of the Altdorf Band:
- The band sucessefully exposed the Cult of the Unblinking Eye operating in the Gruenwald Lounge.
- The band foiled the plans of Cult of the Broken Wheel in Altdorf, and rescued several apprentices of the colleges of magic.
- The band prevented Stormdorf from being overrun by Beastmen, Undeads and Goblins, and they prevented a mad celestrial mage from flooding the whole areas with his out-of-control magic.
- They investigated Hugeldal and stopped a depraved physician and a nurgle cult. They also learned of Dr. Festus, and started their hunt for him.
- In Ubersreik, they stopped a major skaven plot, and they ensured the Sapponatheim political victory and future dominance of the city.
- Heading north after an ancient spear, they learned of the true nature behind Crimson Rain.
- In Marienburg they tracked down Dr. Festus and his cult and killed him.
- North of Marienburg, they discovered a dark elven invasion plot, and warned Marienburg.
- Back in Ubersrerik, the stopped a plot by the Demon Kelsydra.
- The band returned the Lost Hammer of the Clan to its resting place under the booming peak.
- The band organized and defended against an all out Whaaaagh! in the Teufeltal. Here they also foiled the return of an ancient Blood Dragon vampire.
- They pursued Cult of the Three Moons from Hugeldal, through their dealings with the crusade, their base at Villa Hann, and finally killing the leader Reinheart Hann, preventing them from taking control of Karl, and using him as a new puppet emperor.
- They also foiled Major Vampires from fulfilling the prophecies of the Thousand Thrones. The Lamians in trying to kidnap Karl and bring him to the Silver Pinacle. The Necrach in killing Karl. The Strigoi in kidnapping Karl and the Von Carsteins in binding Karl’s soul.
The Altdorf Band will be remembered in Marienburg as those who killed Dr. Festus and for their efforts against the Dark Elves.
They will be remembered by the Collages of Magic for saving many apprentices, several of which are now Wizards of some Significance.
They will be remembered by the Temple of Sigmar for their assistance in returning Volkmar the Grim to the position of Grand Theogonist, and indeed by the dwarves as brave fighters, and loyal friends.
And no where will their glory be greater than in Ubersreik, where they were intrumental to the rise of von Sapponatheim and many things more.