Captain Rangrim Rustbeard’s devilish crew lashed out at The Party with their infernal fury, leaving them in peril until a few deft strategic maneuvers sent them flying back into the depths from which they came.
However, the Captain had no intention of going quietly. Using a series of Small Bombs and his own menacing fighting tactics, he lead The Party on a perilous chase across a series of exploding catwalks suspended over a deadly region where the floor was, in fact, lava.
However, a series of mighty leaps and some tactical raptor positioning would ensure that there would be no escape route for the Duergar commander.
As the battle neared it’s conclusion, Menkal rushed to rescue a hostage that Captain Rangrim Rustbeard had intended to use as a distraction. His last minute rescue plucked the pilot of a Banished Crescent scoutship, Lia Ithilalda from the fire.
Meanwhile, Frye lined up an electrified arrow and delivered the final shot against the Captain, shattering his artificial eye and delivering a fatal jolt into his deranged mind.
With the battle won, The Party turned their attentions to looting the nearby forge area of some valuable armor, and to various, largely humorous, attempts to either help or hinder Menkal’s chances at romance with the recently rescued captive.
With the path behind them destroyed by yet more of their now-fallen adversary’s Small Bombs, the only way forward seemed to be through the Teleportation System.
After a brief bit of debate, The Party set a course for the top of the Death Spiral Machine and activated the device.
However, when the world before them re-formed itself, it did not materialize into another part of the Death Spiral Machine, but into an obviously artificial realm which sought to approximate the shape of the things within via a series of cubes.
The party had somehow been transported inside the Spiral Eclipse’s Intelligent Relic Information System, a sentient artifact that could transmit data throughout the entire tower.
Also, like Captain Rangrim Rustbeard, this sentient artifact had a vendetta against the The Party for reasons they were largely unaware of.
However, rather than seeking to kill them directly, the artifact sought to toy with The Party, forcing them to navigate a caricature of the Prismatic Vortex rendered as a world of magitechnological pixels.
Walking across a bridge onto an 8-bit rendition of the Eyestorm Atoll, The Party clashed with a pair of robotic guardians near a tiny version of the Nameless Temple and found a compass-like item that seemed to be a mockery of Gimmelon Mikaelson.
The device indicated the positions of a number of items in the world that seemed to correspond to the magical items that The Party had used to build the Hexelemental Drive. Heading north to the region where Scrapthorn Valley should be, The Party uncovered a hidden passage hiding a peculiar staircase.
The room below, while still made up of magitechnological data, was vastly different from the world outside. A large console within indicated the presence of seven hidden security over-ride stations that could, in theory, free them from the system. When they pulled the lever and emerged from the underground, the voice of The System protested that if they continued to cheat and hide from her, that the game would be made more difficult.
Exploring the island further, The Party found peculiar roadblocks on the paths leading to the Forlorn Rise and the Timescarred Dial. They also found a structure in the middle of the island that was believed to represent the Death Spiral Machine. Within it, a mysterious old man uttered the phrase, “ONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE HEXDRIVE CAN’T GO IN.”
Heading to the SouthEast, The Party found a passage leading to the Derelict Library and eventually The Foundry.
Within the pixelated version of the The Foundry, machines endlessly churned out waves of quirky constructs. While the individual machines were easily dispatched, their forces threatened to overwhelm The Party as they pushed deeper within the facility.
After slicing their way through a series of constructs and construct constructors, Menkal rounded the final bend to come face-to-face with a horrible amalgamation of the The Foundry‘s reactor and the mecha-beholder that had been its’ guardian.