The characters, by chance, were all spending the night at the same camp along the Wandering Walk. They heard rumors about unusual and violent activity along the fifth leg. In the morning, a brother and sister arrived at camp riding a Scutimorph. The brother, Patel, told the collective group that his village was under attack by Pallones. Jared managed to gain Patel’s trust and he confided that his sister was suffering because of her Beal, a telepathic power that carried negative stigma in this region. All of the characters decided to go and help while Patel took his sister, Seria to Cylion Basin for help with her Beal. The characters set off for the False Woods in two groups (Jared with Benedict and Edge with Cranksahft).
Jared and Benedict were attacked by three scutimorphs while passing through the False Woods. Due to this delay, both groups arrived in the False Woods. As they arrived, six pallones descended on the village. The party handily defeated the beast and were thanked by the siblings mother, who admited that she thought her daughter was to blame for the attacks. Other members of the village held the same opinion. The siblings mother asked them to check up on her children and the party agreed. In order to befriend Edge, Crankshaft used his Datasphere Siphon to enquire about the Jagged Dream, he saw: “What happens when Jagged Ivory’s rhythm guitarist, Cory Dutton, finally marries his long-time girlfriend, actress Donna Devlin? The pair have enjoyed two solid years of love and companionship packed with excitement, laughter and a sizzling-hot sex life.”
The party traveled throught the night and arrived in Cylion Basin, where they were advised that they would find the siblings with the healer Darvin. They checked on Darvin and were told that she had a method of healing Seria, but that they should come back in the morning. Jared convinced Darvin to let him stay with her and the children overnight and the rest of the party spent the night at an inn. During the night Jared was startled to find Seria standing over him saying “he’s so scared”. When he made physical contact with her he started to feel some of her unease. Additionally, Crankshaft visited Benedict and checked on the progress of his mechanical augmentations.
In the morning, Darvin sent the party to recover some required materials from the Broken Hound infested synth gardens, which they did. Darvin was able to create a helmet that blocked Seria from experiencing outside influence through her Beal. Upon being healed, she told the party about the entity causing all of the problems in the region, saying that he needed help even though she didn’t want him to get it. The party decided to head to Embered Peak in order to put an end to the region’s problems.
Upon arriving in Embered Peaks, the party found it to be partially in ruins. Paranoid groups of people flung insults and distrust at one another. One citizen mentioned a “resurrection machine”, which piqued Benedict’s interest. Eventually, the party was directed to find the Magistrate who could find them shelter for the night. They entered the Magistrate’s building but he was nowhere to be found, the office appeared to have been ransacked. The Magistrate’s clerk told them to come back in the evening when the Magistrate would be available, which they did.
The clerk lead the party into the depths of the Magistrate’s building, where they found him listening to a corpse that appeared to be speaking. They managed to get a small amount of information out of him before being lead into another room. There WAS a resurrection machine, but it was imperfect, only resurrecting people for long enough to answer a single question. Their answer was always a lie. While being lead into the other room, the Magistrate began to refer to the machine as “he”, and asked for them to deal with him, either killing him or setting him free.
The party inspected the “machine”, a giant gelatinous mass, and were unable to discover that much about it. Jared, who was still affected from touching Seria, decided that the machine, who’s name was Boreal, had to be put out of its misery. The party began destroying Boregal, who fought back with mental attack’s, and after some hardship, the summoning of a metallic body and a bit of mind control, they succeed. Inside the remains of Boregal, the Party found a petrified brain and a Shock Staff.
They left the Magistrate’s building, and found the residents of Embered Peaks to be back to normal, if not embarrassed about what had been done to them.