The DM screwed up. We just couldn't put the priest with a 34 AC, Stoneskin, ring of disintegration and other bells and whistles down. We kept beating everything he threw at us handily, so he decided it was time for a real challenge.
I think enough of us will reincarnate or reroll to give him a second chance to tell his story.
I hope I come back as a Bugbear! 1 in 100 chance to be the scariest monk around!