So in our last play session the PCs cleared out Snakepipe Hollow and found Elric with the Horn of Roland. Terhali tried to seduce Elric and rolled a 03 so the two Melniboneans had a roll in the sack. The next day, lacking a Moonglum to kill, the Black Sword nearly quenched its thirst on Terhali. Fortunately, she was able to survive long enough for Elric to retake control of the sword. They reached Pavis, which Lord Elric referred to as Tanelorn, though a dark, twisted Tanelorn as if the dream had turned into a nightmare. This troubled the albino prince deeply.
Later on, Elric blew the horn, which harmonized the multiverse allowing W.O.T.A.N. to merge and suddenly the Big Rubble was replaced with a Soviet WW2 army base full of IL-2's, tanks, etc. Outside, to the north appeared a large sea and a modern aircraft carrier. Valhalla wasn't the only ones busy, however, and Disrupters also appeared leading a Panzergruppe as well as the German Luftwaffe. Classic Fantasy dragons, unknown to Glorantha, took to the skies as well.
But what brought cries to the people of Pavis was the sight overhead. "A new moon!" they cried, pointing. Till Vale said, "That's no moon." recognizing from the description Zed had given him that it was the Death Star.
It was then the group noticed that Ireena and Branth were missing.
All the alternate Ireena's came crashing into her mind when the Million Spheres conjoined. Strahds voice was relentless, filling her with images of her past life with the Sith *** Vampyr. Overwhelmed, she collapsed. Branth then picked her up and carried her to the Giant wall where Strahd awaited his love. This was the moment he had planned for. The multiverse would be destroyed, but Ireena would be his. The creature, a Mattanit, still thought of itself as Strahd. It had even gone so far as to possess the body of Strahd's alternate self on Glorantha.
"You have returned to me my love." the Strahd thing caressed Ireena lovingly. Her eyes fluttered open. She remembered him. She remembered who she had been. She remembered their love. For a brief moment, the Strahd things heart leapt with joy as it saw her love as she gazed upon him. Then Ireena remembered other things. She remembered the dark alien creature that had crept into her room one night, threatening to devour her mind, her entire being. She remembered her beloved Strahd, a Jedi Knight, drawing his lightsaber and driving back the foul creature. And she remembered how the Mattanit had defeated him, stole his mind, his memories and how he'd been changed into the dark horror that was the first Vampyr.
She remembered how in it's newfound thirst for blood, it had turned upon her. She remembered how she died.
"You are not my beloved," She whispered, "You are but a shadow of what he truly was."
Ireena suddenly activated the Tesla Arc Generator she'd slipped into his pouch and kicked Strahd off the Giant wall. Strahd reached out to her as he plummted from the walls, "My love!" he cried in the moment before the Arc Generator burst, destroying the Mattanit utterly.
Freed of Strahd's mind control, Brand then told the others what he knew of the Dharzi Lords plans. There was a device, the Entropy Device, which was not far from Pavis, which was causing the Conjunction of the Million Spheres to be permanent. It had to be destroyed to save the multiverse. The Dark Lord intended to unleash the death star upon the world once the Configuration was complete, thus destroying the multiverse entirely and reforming the world into what it had been before.
The party split into two groups. One, to destroy the device, would fly in IL-2 Sturmoviks and bomb it. The other group would load up into Zed's Ded Box and Terhali would teleport them to where she'd been kept in the Death Star and they'd hunt down the Dharzi Lord.
Vale was tailgunner for Ireena who piloted one IL-2. Branth and Zed were tailgunners in two NPC piloted IL-2s. As the others battled in the Death Star above, we played out the attack on the Entropy Device. Vale turned out to be Tailgunner Extraordinaire, downing two Messerschmidts. Zed used Magic Missile, totally ignoring his gun. Branth, however, was less lucky. A red dragon, having taken out an F-16 (nod to a famous Dragon magazine cover), had turned its attention to him and a pass by the monster took out one wing. As Branth plummeted to his doom, his sword, Chiller, levitated him out of the tailguner seat and lowered him slowly to the ground below. The red, turning to snatch a tasty morsel out of the sky, became a tasty morsel itself as a True Dragon, offended by the intrusion of these chaos infested dragons from outside Glorantha showed who was who in the Draconic food chain.
The first pass on the Entropy Device missed.
"You got more bombs?" Vale shouted into his headset.
"Nyet." Ireena replied. "But is okay. Soviets have saying. Bring more than one pig you want truffles." As usual, Vale had no idea what she was talking about.
Meanwhile, Terhali teleported Ganog, Torvald, Iskandar and Solus to the Death Star. The Emperor immediately detected a disturbance in the Force. Iskandar used his psionics to find the Dark Lords whereabouts on the ship. Terhali then summoned Kakatal, Lord of Fire, and bargained with him to destroy the Dark Lord, but the Dharzi was ready and summoned Lassa, Lady of Air to meet this new threat. As the two Elemental Lords battled, the Sith Lord vented them both into space.
Ganog appeared from invisibility, firing his magical crossbow, but a critical hit meant the string snapped and the bolt did not fire. The Sith Lord used telekinesis to fling the dwarf far, far down the hallway, injuring him badly. The other PCs then fell upon him. Air elementals destroyed most of his fire elementals. A demon arrow was parried by his lightsaber. Water elementals were destroyed by his earth elementals as a good old Stormbringer magic duel ensued. As for the others, they fell upon him, but his demon armor proved tougher than they expected and worse, it began draining their CONS. After several rounds, they found they'd inflicted minimal damage upon the armor, had spent a great deal of magical resources and were all near to death.
Back on Glorantha, Ireena was banking and coming around for a second pass.
"IL-2 has rockets, for killing tank." The Soviet pilot explained. "Must make direct hit."
Suddenly, a G-2 Messerschmidt boomed them, riddling her plane with bullets. "Vale!" she called out. "I'm okay" her tail gunner replied. "But I'm out of bullets." Her comment that she'd thought she'd lost R-2 went straight over Vale's head.
A magic missile streaked through the sky and struck the cockpit of the german plane, but the Messerschmidt zoomed up into the sky and prepared for another attack. Zed cursed from his nearby Sturmovik. "Get me in closer!" He told his pilot. "Nyet." came her reply, "Going on my attack run." The Messerschmidt had gotten within spell range on its last pass. Zed could see he'd have no such luck the second time. All he could do was watch helplessly and hope his own pilot made her shot and took out the Entropy Device.
Anti-Aircraft fire opened up all around them as the Sturmoviks made their final run, lining up for a rocket attack. Zed's plane struck first. There was an explosion. "Did you hit it?" Ireena asked on comms. "Negative." replied the NPC. Ireena focused all her attention on her target.
The Messerschmidt reached the apex of its zoom and turned back downward, targeting Ireena's plane for its next boom attack.
"Ich habe sie jetzt." The german pilot said grimly.
Good place to stop for the night.