After a bit more discussion, we decided that all of us except Gil would sneak into the tower to capture the scientist. We were discovered by four Lintha guards, but Sesus was able to slow them and we quickly dispatched them.
Once we got to the laboratory, I listened to the Unspoken Word to determine where the scientist was, and we snuck up there in between guard patrols. Vengeful Dreaming Shadow used his powers of trickery to impersonate a guard and convince the scientist to open the door. Once the door was opened, the scientist realized what had happened, leaped the entire length of his lab, and began casting a spell. Turns out, not only is this guy an Abyssal, he’s an Essence 5 Abyssal.
While this was happening, Gil was providing a distraction. I’m not sure exactly what he did, but he mentioned something about a golf cart, and the tower shook with an earth-shattering kaboom.
During the ensuing combat, we fought a number a plague zombies, but we were able to wear down the Abyssal eventually. I did, however, almost get choked to unconsciousness. Near the end of the fight, the Abyssal broke through the wall of the tower, leapt out, and began sliding down the wall of the tower. Vengeful Dreaming Shadow leapt after him and was able to knock him out, though they both hit the ground immediately after. Vengeful Dreaming Shadow was fine, and the Abyssal somehow survived the fall.
Sesus, Silk, and I began mopping up the remaining plague zombies and preparing to leave. Gil and Vengeful Dreaming Shadow, on the other hand, we surrounded by about a hundred Lintha guards. The ghosts mobbed them, but Vengeful Dreaming Shadow was able to escape with the body of the Abyssal, and Gil fought his way to the commander of the ghosts, a Nephwrack Lintha (whatever that is), and engaged it in single combat.