Upon returning to Kardum’s fortress for their just rewards, the Scarves were ambushed by Bel himself, who teleported into the antechamber and blocked all of the exits with magical fire. Enraged that his meticulous plans had been foiled by the trio, Bel attacked with several devil minions to assist him.
Nevertheless, Bel’s aspect proved to be no match for the Scarves, who subsequently vanquished him and rendered him roaring with rage and frustration in his dark fortress on the first layer of the Nine Hells. With the archdevil gone, Nimrisr approached the adventurers and thanked them for their assistance in uncovering Anur-Shub’s treachery and blocking Bel’s attempt to usurp Lord Baalzebul. In reward for their efforts, Nimrisr completed the resurrection of Sinistra, Snaggles’ first love interest. She also introduced them to the an Sphere of Planar Shifting, located within one of the basements of Kardum’s fortress. Professing no use for the Sphere and yet knowing little about how to actually operate it, Nimrisr left the adventurers to their own devices and bade them farewell, blowing one last kiss to Ezekiel.
Once the group had climbed inside the Sphere, Ezekiel began to study the complex control mechanism. After some study, he successfully powered the machine and the Scarves finally left the Nine Hells of Baator. As countless planes appeared and slid by around them, Snaggles suddenly determined that this would be the opportune time to subject Edmund to the terrible fate that the half-ord had been planning since his dominatrix encounter with the erinyes sergeant. A scuffle ensued as Edmund desperately attempted to avoid Snaggles’ bear hug while Ezekiel attempted to determine which of the planes around them was their home. Hearing the fight behind him, Ezekiel chose at random and the outside of the transparent sphere was suddenly surrounded by dark blue water.
The severe jolt as the Sphere fully materialized onto the chosen plane caused Snaggles’ to lose his grip on the monstrous dildo, whoch flew from his hand and smashed against one of the glass panels, crackin it. The Scarves watched in horror as the fine cracks grew wider and wider, with small drops of water now leaking into the machine. Ezekiel quickly fumbled with the controls, desperate to reactive planar travel before all of the glass panels ruptured. Unfortunately, he mistakenly shut off the machine, which shuddered as it powered down. Growing increasingly desperate as the cracks continued to worsen, Ezekiel continued to pull the various knobs and levers of the machine to activate it, but to no avail. Even the assistance of Sinistra proved to be of little assistance.
Just as water began to completely cover the sphere’s floor, several amphibian humanoids appeared outside the cube. As the glass panels broke one by one and water cascaded into the device, Sinistra cast water breathing on all the party members and each one was helped out of the increasingly flooded cube by the seemingly peaceful aquatic creatures. With the ring of languages, Ezekiel was able to communicate with them and determine that there was a underwater village nearby. Following the anguillians, the Scarves left the device behind and swam to the village, which they discovered was built into the side of a gigantic sea mountain.
Upon reaching the village, the anguillian patrol leader introduced the Scarves to Vishkal, a sea nymph and the leader of the anguillian village. Confirming that the party were indeed upon their home plane, Vishkal informed them that they were located in the Tamorean Vast, an enormous stretch of ocean north of the continent of Feralden. Unfortunately, travel to Feralden was would require several weeks and safety was not guaranteed due to the terrible storm giant who ruled over the area. Named Tamoreous, the giant ruled the Tamorean Vast with a cruel fist and had placed the anguillians under the reins of slavery for some generations.
In return for the Scarves assistance in freeing the anguillians from Tamoreus’ rule, Vishkal promised to use all her power to assist the adventurers in finally returning home. After some discussion, the Scarves determined that the best means would be to assault Tamoreus in his lair within the Rift, hundreds of feet below the village. Unfortunately, they also knew that they could not survive the bleak cold temperatures for very long and were unable to determine a means of circumventing that fact.