I thought I'd post a thread specific to these characters. I've done the encounter twice with 7 PCs plus Elmo and more than have my hands full. All my PCs had crafted weapons and armor to maximize damage and minimize their hits (but that barbarian and his spiked chain just tears me up). My best is 3 PCs dead and should have been 1 more but I had the periapt of wound closure. What tactics are people using to beat them? What buffs work the best? What spells work the best? How do you save the children? I think this is the toughest battle in the game.