040. Smashing Pumpkins

The pumpkin instills fear in the party, but Barlo is not deterred.  He calls for Embra's assistance and is able to summon a spiritual guardian to help them.  The surreal battle with the pumpkin lasts a few minutes but soon the pumpkin is slain, and it explodes into a thousand shards.  Just then, they each hear a giant cracking sound in the sky, and they find the infinite floor underneath their feet begin to melt.  Just as a fog being lifted, the world they exist in begins to disappear, and they find themselves standing on floating islands of stone in a river of lava.

Surrounding them are four tall, gaunt figures, with tentacled faces.  The tentacle faced Mind Flayers charm and pscychically damage the party, as the ground beneath their feet shifts and causes travel to be difficult.  The fight is challenging.    

One by one, the party members are separated, forced to fight... alone.  Barlo is driven mad as he sees his party disembowled, devoured, eaten and crushed.  Juxmonochrome sees no such illusion, and steadies his arms and fires an arrow at the heart of one of the creatures.  It is slain.

Once they defeated one of the Mind Flayers, the rest seem to fall in due time.  They collapse, exhausted, when the last of the Mind Flayers is defeated ....

... a fog lifts, and they awake in their beds.  Over breakfast they talk to each other and realize they all had the exact same dream...