Session began with catching Imaniel up on the story.
The Coronus has asked Corvis to organize a mission to the mine so that we could investigate the problem occurring there.
Corvis decides to trailblaze through the jungle with an auroch-pulled cart. Progress is slow.
After camping too close to the river, one of the guards of the light disappears at night. Huge alligator tracks are found nearby where he was standing. Poor Fleerv, RIP.
Soon the group comes to an abandoned village. A search is made and it is found that the village has been abandoned for close to six months. Black Tengu feathers are found and a gourd of potion is found, unidentifiable.
Next morning, the troop carries onward towards the mine. They find a campsite worth staying at, and are met by a traveling merchant. Imaniel makes a deal for a map of area gatherings. One of the Tengu identifies the potion as a strong defoliant.
Imaniel continues to talk to Tengu trying to engender good relations while trading stories. The Tengu talk about the abandoned village. It is found that the magister of the mine chopped off villager’s legs there. It is also found that the Tengu are familiar with The Seven as kitsune tricksters. It is found that the mine is pulling the heart, or gems, of Toreena and Berto must be stopped or he will cause the end of our existence.
Imaniel invites the Tengu merchant to Fort Indomitable and offers a vendor’s stall for him to use for a cut of the Tengu’s profits made while at the Fort.
The next day the group comes upon a grove of dying vegetation, and the mine’s palisade can be seen in the distance. Toward the palisade, the rift is lined by strange torches, which look to be the source of the dying vegetation, leaking necromantic magic. Following the rift in the ground away from the palisade it comes to a point where the torches are knocked over and vegetation is almost overly plentiful.
Upon making it to the palisade, Corvis announces who we are and the guards let us in. The aurochs and equipment are seen to by the Legion’s four remaining guardsmen. The group is shown to a watchtower with a winding staircase that wraps around the outside of the tower. Mongo and Tais wait below, while Imaniel and Corvis go greet the Magister, Berto.
Imaniel acts as Corvis’ herald and loudly introduces him to everyone. He also greets the magister’s guards getting to know names and making friends. The magister sees them in a top floor room surrounded by a great curving wall of glass that would work as a lighthouse if needed. Within the room, chained to a bed is a female catfolk. A sphere of energy surrounds the bed and she does not notice that Corvis and Imaniel are there. The magister greets them sourly and Corvis is asked why they are late. The magister points to greenery at the edge of the Rift and says that terrorists are attacking the miners, slowing productions and infecting the miners with slow, painful deaths, with vines that protrude from eyeballs and other areas of the bodies.
Berto expects us to take care of the problem.
Later that night, the group attempts to find out more information about what’s going on by visiting a pub. Corvis visits with a guardsman and finds that she is leading a wagon of gems to Westgate and hopes that this time the wagon is able to make it without problems from the terrorists. She says she’s prepared for any attacks and Corvis is let in on her secret which is some kind of defoliant potion. Imaniel makes friends with a miner who talks about getting his 25th gem and claiming the reward from the magister. He’s been there several months and is regretting it. He talks about losing friends to the terrorist’s attacks and the gruesome deaths. He then invites Imaniel into the mine the next day to see what it’s like.
The Legion is put up in comfy barracks for the night. The number of guards in the barracks is significantly low compared to the number of bunks, the affect of attrition.
Next morning the group goes with Imaniel to the mines. A rope-supported lift lowers the miners down a 70’ deep hole, which gets everyone by Mongo down safely. When Mongo attempts to use the lift, it breaks and the miners and group are trapped below. A mob of panicky miners begin to accost the group demanding that the lift be fixed. Imaniel talks the mob down and gets them back to work while he organizes the fix. The platform is fixed but one of the rope supports is busted. Imaniel levitates hisself up the shaft, finds the break, and finds a metal beam support bent. He gets workers to fix the beam, finds a skilled person to help him fix the rope, and the lift is finally fixed in time for the shift change.
Tais notices one of the miners is acting strangely so she goes over to talk with the miner. On the way up the lift, Tais asks about the miner’s thoughts on the terrorists, and the miner sees Tais as a Toreena terrorist sympathizer and convinces a group of miners that she is with the terrorists. Tais hits the stop for the lift and it plunges into the shaft. She falls to the ground below. The remaining miners start to panic as they hear shouts from above about a terrorist. Mongo picks up Tais and guards her with Corvis’ help.
Imaniel talks the shouting mob down, saying its been a misunderstanding. The strangley-acting miner makes his way to the Magister to claim his 25th gem reward and a flash of light is witnessed from the tower. Supposedly, the person’s reward is to be teleported anywhere they’d like to go, but Imaniel doesn’t think flashes of light should occur with teleportation.