[OOC: It occurs to me that the most likely reaction is kill it and keep heading for the city, and it seems silly to make Froborr waste a post saying so. So, I've decided to post the results of such an action. If this is not appropriate, let me know and I'll delete this post.]
The city, when you reach it, is still burning. It's also occupied: people walking around, going about their business, apparently oblivious to the ongoing destruction around them.
Before the gates, however, lies a monsterous snake; sixty feet of black-plated horror studded with spines and jets of flame. It rears up as you approach, and announces, "Begone, mortal. You have no business here."
End Chapter V.
Continued in Chapter VII