After meeting and introducing themselves, the PC’s shared the rumours they had heard.
1. The headaches everybody is suffering are caused by someone tampering with Crowfeather Palace
2. Androids are mostly harmless, Right?
3. Someone was opened up from throat to gut at The Marrymaid, but it’s been hushed up and something is being covered up.
4. Something lit up the junkmasters shack like a second torch a few weeks ago. Wonder what he’s hiding there?
A brief discussion led them to the junkyard, and a talk with the junkmaster. After the old gnome mentioned a catalog, Maddie got excited and wanted to peruse it, while the rest went off to search the yard. Deciding the junkyard was a dead end, they went to investigate the weeping pond, where stories had put the entrance to the caves under Black Hill.
Nisha found the entrance under water, but could not reach an area where she could draw breath.After a debate over the quality of the water they headed back to town and the council building, to talk to someone there about the reward and the water.
Councillor Dolga Freddert confirmed the reward, and told them the water quality had not changed since Khonnir Baine had built the Crowfeather Palace to purify it. She also told them of Val Baine‘s offer of accommodation and food. Joram Kyte’s willingness to cast waterbreathing on any group venturing into the hill was also mentioned.
Deciding to sort out their base of operations first, they went to visit Val Baine at the Foundry Tavern. As they approached,they heard a scream from the private dwelling behind. Rushing to the nearest window Nisha spied a young girl hiding under a table, with some sort of automaton attacking the walls of the room.
Heroes to the rescue of a damsel in distress, they charged into the house. With Maddie studying the Malfunctioning Repair Drone, while Nisha and Juha attempted to subdue it, they realised it had no off switch, and were forced into physical deactivation. Nisha‘s Wakizahi destroyed it’s power core.
The group went with Val to the Tavern building, After Juha, in what may be regular duty for him, dragged Maddie away from the defunct robot.
After a meal of bread and cheese they, paid a visit to Joram Kyte at the Temple of Brigh, and he accompanied them to the Weeping Pond. With the waterbreathing spell in place they set off into the depths of Black Hill
When they surfaced, they found themselves on a beach with a subdued light coming from the rocky wall at the back of it. Three starving Fire Beetles soon attacked the group.Maddie‘s cleaver quickly dispatched the first, while Kellen’s mace splattered the second. While the third tried to bite Maddie, Juha stepped up and drove his rapier though the beetle.
Spotting something at the limits of her vision, Nisha decided to go through the stalagmite cave to investigate. She found the body of a female Half-orc, but nobody could identify her.
They stepped out in another beach area.