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The party continued exploring underneath the glass Rune Tower. During a fight with an entrope, they were startled by a woman walking around the corner. Her name was Eth, and she had just been trapped down here by Zelatrius, she didn’t remember anything beyond this. Benedict broke his thunder staff. Looking for a way out, Crankshaft, Benedict and Eth came across a rune that hid itself in Eth and Crankshaft’s minds. The quickly found that the underground led down a long set of stairs into a metalic structure. They investigated some of the machines in this structure, and found some strange substances. They soon discovered that the only way they could go led past a varakith, which they fought and handily defeated. However, during the combat Jared broke his slugspitter.
After climbing a glass tube, the party emerged onto the surface. They headed back to the Rune Tower to retrive the signal machines, and then made their way back to their cart. They found one aneed death and the other missing. Two philethis were waiting for them, and in their usual cryptic fashion, told the party where Zelatrius had gone and what he was doing. They also helped the party retrieve the missing aneen. Before heading on, Crankshaft attached the signal machines and spikes from the varakith to his cart.
The party arrived at a small underground structure and were told by the philethis that this is where Zelatrius was. Using a reconnaissance cypher, the party devised a plan to ambush the three people inside with a series of cyphers that would dissolve through the cieling and trap everyone inside. They melted in and filled the room with goo, to find Zelatrius injured and a bionic woman (who they learned was named Portia) fleeing. Edge and Benedict tried to stop the woman, but she shot down Edge and got away. Jared and Crankshaft fought Zelatrius while Eth watched the combat, dismayed and confused.
Eventually the third, trapped man was killed by an explosion and Zelatrius fell as well. The party took Zelatrius’s arms and shoes and then began drilling him for information. They learnt or confirmed that the Jagged Dream was some sort of sect that spread chaos as a means to improve the human race through conflict. That Zelatrius was delivering some item to a pair of members of the Jagged Dream.That this item was a numenera device that supposedly controlled some powerful automaton. That Portia had attacked Zelatrius and stolen the device when the party arrived. And that she planned to use this device towards some plot involving Shallamas. Finally, Benedict use a bug to read Eth’s mind and learn that she was the one who Zelatrius had gotten the numenera device from and that her amnesia was real.