Gallesis, the City of Forges, was far to the East across the sea. Sumar was hoping to arrange trade with them, their metals and other raw materials for Sumar’s food and processed goods. There was also the hope that a cultur so dedicated to technological advancement would have a dependable source of residuum, a concentrated form of magical energy used in maintaining rituals and creating magic items. Leo left a few days before the party to cross by land. He was to set up meetings and act as a liaison between Nerathi and the ruling members of Gallesis.
Upon traversing into the bay, the party was asked to pay a toll by a patrolling pirate ship. They had set up a lighthouse at the end of the bay, and were extorting passing ships for goods. Nerathi declared her nobility and refused to pay the toll, commanding Thane to eliminate the pirate outpost. One exploded lighthouse later, the party was on their way. During the many week journey, the party focused on their own interests. Thane and Alhat meditated on the teachings of the Zerth, completing Thane’s binding to the other Silver Gith blade they recovered from the Temple of the Red Rose. Nerathi focused on enhancing her forms, getting her sea legs. Decimus spent a significant time in his quarters, the Drown being very uncomfortable with the constant swaying of the ocean. There were no other encounters with pirates, which was probably just a warning of things to come.
Upon arriving in Gallesis, Leo welcomed the party and answered any questions they had. He had spoken with the Council of Wonders, and arranged for a trade meeting in a few days. During that time, they go exploring the city. There are five major factions in Gallesis: the Magisters(Wizards), (Artificers), Explorers, Order of Manifest Psionics(Psions), and (Bio Artificers).
Leo is approached by the Psionics for his abilities; head of the Order is trying to warn people that the Quori are coming. No one believes her. Explain the InfoStores and the Crystal Network.
Decimus checks out the Artificers, meets Wynn, Gnome Artificer. Finds that they’re developing firearms more advanced than flintlocks: Drow-tech. Notes presence of Felsteel, an Underdark metal; Expresses curiosity and concern. First mention of Dandy Man, mysterious trader coordinating Gallesis trade of processed metals and weapons for blueprints, residuum and D-Class personnel. Decimus notes the presence of docile Drow. Explained that they’re perfect test subjects: intelligent enough to listen to orders, no will to resist dangerous experiments. Decimus notes that they have an aptitude for learning, advises that they shouldn’t see the rifles. Wynn emntions he’s not the only one using them as assistants. Decimus wants to find out where they’re coming from.
Nerathi investigates the workers outside the city, clearing the fields from teh debris from 16 years ago. Learns of the Goliaths and Felgoliaths, similar races but different origins. Both born from the mythical ‘Heart of the Mountain’, a sort of Earth Mote that resides in large mountains that moves between the Prime and the Underdark. Its location denotes the birth of Goliaths and Felgoliaths. Currently guarded by the Temple of the Yellow Tulip, the Gith Temple of Earth. Mentions it to Thane, who leaves Nerathi in Leo and Decimus’ care, immediately setting off with Alhat.
While journeying to the Temple, they come across a building made of a strange stone. Further investigation shows that it’s completely immune to any sort of magic: spellstone. Inside, they find an old woman and a man in shining silver armor. He leaves as they arrive, appearing far away in the blink of an eye. Woman explains he visits her once a week; member of another brotherhood that lives in these mountains, known by the White Oroborus symbol on the armor. Thane and Alhat continue to pursue the Gith temple. Find that they’ve had a few infiltrations, but they’ve been dealt with swiftly. Invited to meditate, but neither of them feel comfortable doing so: slow and stoic philosophies of Earth don’t mesh well with the freedom of Air (Thane) or the spontaneity of Fire (Alhat). Secure that the temple was safe, they left.
Nerathi, Leo and Decimus toured Gallesis, learning of the city’s advances, the Steel Militia and the D-Class personnel. They find the Explorer’s Guild, which makes it a point to explore the world in search of new tech. Leo brings up Mulhorandi tech, which causes the representative to choose his words carefully. When mentioning that Sumar would be happy to compare notes, the Explorer says that he is willing to give them a chance. If they can help secure Research Lab Hephaestus from the kobolds, he will give them his vote for the Sumar trade agreement. The three of them advance to the mountains and come across a small kobold trade post. They are part of the Emerald Claw, sworn to a green dragon to the South, and act as mercenaries to increase their lord’s hoard. They are decently equipped, mention trade Walks-With-Steel, a dark ‘smooth-skin’ with ‘thundersticks’ and ‘magic dust’. Decimus takes this to be a Drow trading with kobolds for flintlocks and residuum. Drow don’t use residuum, so it doesn’t fit. Leo buys some flags, which will let him communicate peacefully with the kobolds in the future. They eventually find the Research Lab, surrounded by Steel militia. They investigate, find that they’ve been sieging this for a few weeks now. Permission from the Explorers gives them permission to enter the ruined lab. They fight their way in, find a pristine lab. Investigating, they find numerous glass tubes filled with various humanoid shapes, or what had once been humanoid. Patchwork dueregar, elves, drow and kobolds. They came across a patrol, who triggered an alarm, and sent the party into a panic. Decimus and Leo both fell. Thane was forced to pull Nerathi away, while she screamed promises of a rescue party.
Leo and Decimus woke up in the custody of two Drow researchers. Leo realized that the humanoid-beings were Angelflesh-hybrids. The Drow were trying to crossbreed them for some reason. The Drow needed to retrieve something from the other half of the lab, where the Angelflesh had been allowed to run rampant. Decimus appealed to Drow pride, challenging them to a contest to retrieve the thing from the dangerous side of the lab. The Drow agreed, and SOME STUFF HAPPENED. Decimus killed the other drow, found a large Angelflesh cocoon with an embedded crystal that seemed to link to the Underdark and tobes that led behind a large sealed door. He smashed the crystal and tubes, and ran as sand began to pour out of the broken cocoon. More stuff happened. The Lord of Dust made his first appearance, the Kobolds made a hasty retreat and collapsed their escape tunnel. Decimus’ arm had been impaled by the Lord of Dust and Leo cut it off. The lab properly scouted, the Steel militia moved in with alchemist fire to purge the lab.
The negotiation was a success. Party secures ride with Enzo, Jeanne and Celeste to Sumar.