The War of Horrors
Malikai hailed from the Great Black Salt Marsh, and was one of the few remaining descendants of Skoulos. His daelkyr heritage drove him to become the crazed leader of a Khyber Cult that sought to revive his slumbering ancestor.
Atop a cyclopean pyramid in the Black Spire’s foul caverns, he tried to use a shockingly painful artifact to facilitate Skoulos’ return: the vitality infuser. Plunging it into his chest, Malikai attempted to extract concentrated daelkyr fluids from his own diffuse supply. To his consternation, the party consistently knocked the device out of his body with well-placed shots, forcing him to futilely reinsert it over and over again. By the time he gave up and decided to fight, he was too weak to present much of a challenge.
On the one hand, Malikai’s grisly death seemed a horrible fate. On the other, Skoulos probably had a far worse one in mind for his descendent….