After returning to the Orc Ruin after a month, the group met with Balashi to discuss formal information sharing. The Elemitian delegates agreed to share everything they know about the ancient wizards as well as the dead continent, in exchange the The Church agreed to do the same. Despite no longer needing help learning how to use the teleporation stones, the Elemitians gave the address tablet to the group. Balashi, no longer officially bound to the orc ruin dig site, volunteered to join the group as an official Elemitian observer and to lend his skills to future endeavors relating to the Dead Continent.
An important Elemitian discovery was shared with the group: they had traced the source of some pottery known to come from a lost civilization from the far north of what is now the Dead Continent and matched it to one of the teleportation addresses from the tablet. To make things even more interesting, the Elemitians said that legends indicate that this civilization was ruled by an ancient mage that possibly could have survived due to it and its people’s isolationist culture. Upon hearing about this location, the group returned to Pevnost hoping to quickly ready them selves to investigate, and report to the Church first of course.
Upon arriving at the chosen address the group was shocked more violently than usual as well as scalded by a cloud of steam. The stone was not set properly inside a chamber, but instead sat on an angle in the middle of a icy mountain plateau.
After the teleporter cooled off the group noticed deep ruts in the ice leading up a hill strewn with garbage and horrible dead DC creatures. With the teleporter taking days to charge, the group had no choice but to follow the trail of garbage and investigate its source: a nearby cave.
The cave its self did not seem welcoming, as a pile of DC bones had been built into a small cairn with a large horrible scull placed atop.
Despite the grim cairn, the group ventured into the ice caves, following a slowly growing warmth emanating from deeper within.
Eventually after about 15 min of walking the group came to an impossibly massive cavern filled with huge spire-like constructions and dominated by a glowing fountain of energy at least 200’ high.
After approaching the fountain a part of it erupted into a huge wave that seemed to crash down on the party, forming into the outline of a towering oddly proportioned humanoid form. Shortly after, more forms appeared accompanied by hundreds of small floating orbs. The attention of the giant figures produced headaches, dizziness, and bleeding eyes and noses and in Jiri Thrane’s case, a loss of consciousness. Not knowing if these creatures were hostile or not, the group decided to grab Jiri and fall back.
After gaining some distance on the huge figures, Jiri awoke and announced he had been in some sort of communication with the creatures while unconscious. The creatures seemed to know the group was looking for a way to stop the cycle of the Dead Continent and implanted all the knowledge needed to do so Jiri’s head. Jiri explained that he now knew that they must travel to the moon and activate or correct some huge machine there which should properly destroy the DC’s mind-fragments once and for all. But to get to the moon they would have to travel to the ruins of the old capital of the ancient mages and find a massive teleporter, which unfortunately is currently the location of the largest DC struture on the continent. To make matters worse, the air is toxic both inside the moon and on the Dead Continent, so some sort of breathing apparatuses will be required for the time spent there. Jiri also said that forces may attempt to trick or convince them into activating additional machines in the moon, but under no circumstances should the group do this as it would result in the destruction of the world. While Jiri was explaining all this, a large group of glowing orbs had begun to flock around Fulframent’s head and eventually a long thin white worm-like object was unpleasantly extracted from his head, obviously something left there by his encounter with Vit the previous year.
On the way out of the caves the group heard the tell-tale thunderous sounds and shaking of the damaged teleporter being activated and soon met a strange “man” at the mouth of the cave. The man acted extremely strangely and kept asking what they were told by the cave entities. When the group would not tell him anything, the “man” attacked them, revealing that it was some sort of new-life creature in a poor disguise. With no time to really think about how stupid this creature’s plan was, a large group of new-life creatures entered the cavern. Broucek and Dusan Odporny along with a few others and a large number of Order Puppets began to surround the group while demanding to know what the energy-fountain told them. Despite the use of threats, Dusan eventually became more diplomatic and offered a truce between them if they would simply share the information. Jiri hesitantly agreed but Dusan informed them that they will require Jiri’s brain. Not wanting his brain probed, the group decided to make a run for it, firing their guns wildly at Dusan and the cave ceiling. Surprisingly the group actually managed to escape and ran all the way back to the energy-fountain. The puppets that chased them were all destroyed some how by the energy-fountain, and it was clear that The Order was not welcome here. Not only did the energy-fountain eliminate the perusing puppets, but they some how created a teleportation stone for them to escape with. Feeling much better bargaining position, the group and Dusan began to negotiate once again. Dusan made a promise to cooperate against the DC and to promise their safety if they could simply have access to the knowledge implanted in Jiri’s mind. The group was wary about giving The Order any more help after giving them a library that has made them extremely powerful and aggressive, but at the same time realize The Order would be a powerful ally and possibly essential ally. Also Jiri does not want his mind painfully probed or any worms implanted in his brain!