The party then determined to press on to the newly discovered ruins in the side of the Mesa. They learned that other groups, probably sent by sorcerer lords from the city had beaten them there, some by days.
Having left the white plumed mountain they headed south towards the great Plateau. Along the way they discovered evidence of other groups moving south towards the same destination. As the Unicorns drew closer the evidence was more obvious – other expeditions had beaten them here. Some may have been here for days.
they climbed the rubble from the rockslide to an opening in what appeared to be a great metal wall. The wall did not appear to be made of iron, or at least the Ealiir felt no effects. However, crossing the threshold they felt as if they had walked through some sort of energy field . . .
The inside appeared to be made of much the same metal, though there appears also to be some sort of paint upon it. The interior was dark and passages lead away into further darkness. Just inside the entrance was a strange round pit. they found a strange device in a pile of rubbish at the mouth of one of the passages to the right. Occasionally they would hear sounds like some sort of movement on the ceiling above, but when they look up nothing is there…
Leaving half of their group with the baggage and horses, Aodh, Captain El, Vonvaka, Rorth and Thorival entered the ruin. Progressing through the strange metal halls, they were attacked by some strange enveloping creature on the ceiling, then heard voices in the language of the Giants from a partially obstructed doorway.
After some reconnaissance, they arranged an ambush, cutting down the two giants who emerged. However, more Giants emerged from another room further down the hall, behind them.
Rorth’s unicorn was badly injured by their weapons but managed to escape to safety. The rest of the party slew both Giants, but then Rorth was attacked by some strange red toadlike creature hanging from the ceiling. Their weapons drove it off, but they were then ambushed from behind by an oni. The blast of freezing cold it unleashed upon them hurt, but was not debilitating. It attempted to escape but they foiled its plan. Ultimately, Rorth lifted it from the ground with his telekinesis, holding it immobile while it was finished off.
Having slain the Giants, they freed the little vegetable people that the Giants had enslaved. These people gave the party a map depicting what was to be found on this floor. The party then proceeded to move into the core of the derelict.
As they reach the core, the party split up going to various different rooms of interest as indicated on the map. Aodh discovered a strange, synthetic female dispensing medicine. Thorival discovered a room with two stout, tubular automatons speaking to him, menacingly, in an unknown language.
Rorth went into a room with a variety of strange metal and glass boxes, some of which displayed moving images and could be interacted with through strange knobs and buttons and other controls. Captain El found something that they later learned was a library, but it was already inhabited by a number of soldiers and a wizard from the city. Over half of the soldiers were very sick, possibly from their wounds. They learned that the soldiers of been attacked by creatures hanging from the ceiling (toadlike and blue).
Rorth wandered off on his own downstairs to an enormous terrarium and was accosted by a grey hunter, somehow summoning yet another unicorn and fleeing back up above.
Eventually, the party got some highly potent acid from one of the laboratories and use that to unseal the doors that they had entered. They escaped the ruins with some exotic equipment and the synthetic entity, then returned quickly to the city. Rorth was certain that something dire had occurred in their absence.
Returning to the hill overlooking some of the port, they saw that their ship had shifted it’s Anchorage and was now surrounded by three meropian vessels. Excessive amounts of smoke could be seen billowing from the northern quarter of the city as well.