In the end, I had sent Amarissa away ( she kept getting killed before reaching the end stage from glowing ash hits) and the Adamantine shortsword my rogue had was USELESS; every time I tried melee combat, even with max evasion and nanoscalpel, I got paralyzed and killed quickly. Had to keep putting Valerian in between me and the dimensional parasite to act as a tank while I hit it with the Ion Recurve. Took me six or seven tries before I gave up on melee and went with ranged. Looking forward to the next content upgrade, though I know it's probably far off. Eager to see how the mage class will play!