Nice! Very nice! It's all going nicely for your knot then.
Mine are almost ready to go visit the Phoenix after taking the Vale in a glorious victory. Just hit level 11 so scary.
I've a battery of questions if you have time! How did you handle all the aerial phoenix - and friends - combat? Do you remember?
They also told Dessiter to go away the first time he appeared. Not sure what to do about that yet.
Oh, and how did you rule the Contract if one of the PCs died? Is the soul off to Asmodeus and no raise dead?
All the best to the Knot!
At 11th level, most of the PC’s were capable of some form of flight, so that wasn’t too much of an issue. I kept the phoenix airborn during the entire encounter. When he died and resurrected, several of the party had already left the scene, leaving Roger and one other behind. An aerial chase ensued, so I did have to keep up with how fast everyone was flying, and how long it would take the phoenix to catch up.
If your group rebuffs Dessiter, then I might withold some keep piece of information from them which only he can provide. When they have reached a dead-end, have him reappear. If all else fails, have the information he can provide appear in some old tome or journal that they come across.
If a PC who signed the contract died, I gave them the chance to come back. I figured Asmodeus still had more use for them alive rather than dead.