Two more dryads appear while Taman approaches the base of the large, beautiful tree. One dryad charms Loghren, while the other charms both Andraste and Dawn. The three split off from Alex and Hamas, following their respective dryads. Meanwhile, as the dryads are guiding the three to the tree, Taman is preparing to light it on fire. Before he can do so, one of the tree’s roots slams into him, and wraps around his waist.
Before Loghren strays too far, Alex casts Dispel Magic on him, and Loghren is freed from the dryad’s spell. Now free, he immediately attacks the creature (sounding just a wee bit creepy while he’s at it)
it turns out my Nightmare Buddy causes nightmares. However, it does not attack him back, it merely vanishes. As Dawn is following her dryad, she speaks, loud enough for Andraste to hear, “I don’t have to lie to you.” INTERESTING.
Meanwhile, the tree has fully grasped Taman. A mouth-like shape appears in the tree’s trunk, and it attempts to eat Taman. Luckily for Taman, and the party, it fails it’s attempt, miserably. The roots then turn their attention to Loghren as Taman successfully lights the tree on fire.
As Andraste approaches the tree, Alex casts Dispel Magic on her as well, freeing her from the dryad’s charm (Meanwhile, Loghren continues to assail
his former waifu the poor dryad who just wanted his help). Hamas attempts to free Taman from his bark-y prison, but is disarmed in the process – i told you he was a liability-. Dawn is also heading for the large tree, and although she is unable to discern what the dryad wants, she knows it is scared.
Roots slam into both Loghren and Andraste, pulling them towards the large tree while the tree once again fails to eat Taman
it’s not a very smart tree, apparently, and he’s able to slip free.
stealing improving upon Alex’s idea, asks the dryad if it needs help, except in Sylvan instead of Elven. It replies “protect us” before fading away. Loghren, meanwhile, continues his rampage of carnage and casts burning hands on the evil tree. When Dawn attempts to hit the tree with a firebolt, however, the tree seems to absorb the fire, and the firebolts have no effect. So instead, she decides to climb the tree, which attempts to bite her in retaliation.
As the party continues to chip away at the tree, Alex casts Locate Object on Walton’s glasses, of all things, which leads him to believe that Walton is inside the tree
keep burning the tree, i say!. He looks for any openings where Walton may be hiding, but can’t find any, or any traces of Walton, for that matter. Dawn assaults the tree with Redemption, but hurts herself, which forces her to let go of her weapon. She then summons it back like two seconds later and it’s awesome. Before the tree can get any hits in, she casts shield, protecting herself.