The party quickly learned, somehow, I forget exactly how, that Apophis’s wife had been slain by a man named Bellamin Arroway, a dragonslayer who was part of a temple of like-minded individuals who had devoted themselves to the eradication of dragons. They headed off to the African basin where the temple was located, and asked the men at the gates if they could step inside for a little chat. Artemis smooth-talked the party in, and before long, they had an audience with Olodak Silvershaper, a historian who was happy to tell them all about the temple and its past.
Bellamin was the previous leader of the temple, but he had died long ago. Artemis suspected some foul play, and that night, as the rest of the temple slept, he crept down into the basement and discovered a maze. In the center of the maze was a heavy wooden door, behind which faint noises could be heard. Artemis returned to the rest of the party, and although Raziel clanged like a bag of tin cans, they went back down into the maze and examined the door again. Cheryl was able to deduce that behind the door was Bellamin Arroway himself, undead and half-mad after a failed attempt to become a lich. The temple was using him as a source of wisdom and advice, while keeping him sealed away where he could not be seen or harm anybody.
The party considered what to do. Should they release him? Obviously not, as they had promised Apophis that they would kill him. Confront the rest of the temple about their dark secret? Probably unwise, as they may react violently to such an accusation. In the end, they decided that the smart move was to have Cheryl channel all of the positive energy that she could through the door and just straight murder Bellamin that way. It wasn’t quite enough to finish him off, but it took less than ten seconds of the entire group pounding on him after they opened the door to finish him off. Like a sack of flour with the sack removed, Bellamin crumbled to dust after putting up about as much of a fight as that same sack would have.
They guessed that his necklace was his phylactery, and brought it to Apophis. Apophis agreed that he would leave the mountain and return to his swamp, where he would put the phylactery in a glass box filled with his own acidic bile. Rather than permanently kill Bellamin, this would ensure that Bellamin would repeatedly reform and immediately dissolve again, endlessly, for as long as Apophis could keep the box hidden away.
The party congratulated themselves on this possibly good deed, and Donavin’s mother came to live on the airship, I guess. She seemed okay with it, at any rate.