The fire elemental belches forth a great gout of flame, setting the wooden rafters of the town hall ablaze. The fire spreads quickly and dark smoke fills the room.
There is a loud groan from above as a whole section of the burning ceiling collapses atop Marius. The rat-faced nobleman deftly dodges to one side of a burning beam, which crashes to the ground in a shower of angry embers.
Kaela raises her bow and unleashes a volley of elven arrows toward the creature. The wooden shafts are burnt to ash by the elemental's fiery aura, but the mithril heads resist the heat and strike with enough force to drive the creature back.
Efron gestures with his staff, thrusting the ametrine tip toward the elemental. A beam of purple energy landed out and obliterates the creature in a a flash of bright light!
(Highest exploding die of the campaign; 29 rolled on 2d6)
As the other Heroes combat the raging elemental, Enost ushers the frightened elders out through the back door. He does a quick headcount and realises that the goblin speaker is still inside the burning building, overlooked in the chaos.
Marius stumbles for an exit, tripping over something under his feet. It is Warbal Bumblebrasher, sprawled unconscious in the ground! He grabs her ankles and starts dragging her to safety. Suddenly, she wakes up - panics - and bites him on the hand! Marius shrieks and releases her legs. Kaela slings the struggling goblin over her shoulder and carries her out into the fresh air. Marius follows, clutching his bleeding fingers and cursing himself for a bloody fool.
"From which ring of hell didst that fiery fiend spring forth?" Efron cries.
Several witnesses report seeing a suspicious looking halfling fleeing in the direction of Hellknight Hill shortly before the attack.
Meanwhile, another group of townsfolk form a bucket chain and extinguish the burning building with water from the river.
"We will answer the Call!" Efron assures the still-smoldering elders, striking a suitably heroic pose, "And we shalt also bring that felonious firebug to justice!"
Kaela rolls her eyes and stalks away.
"This hand had better not get infected!" Marius grumbles, glowering at Warbal.
Enost shrugs helplessly and offers Efron a desultory thumbs-up.