Linking memory segment 0D0401…
We take a lift down to the docks. Skye shuffles around for a time trying to look pathetic and draw out someone to grab it for the doctor’s work. Zakar and Drizzle go into a local inn called the Clock and Cockerel to “research” the drug trade. =RESEARCH PURPOSES LIKELY PERSONAL IN NATURE= And I spend time hauling crates around the dock. =FOR FUN=
Eventually, a grizzled half-orc approaches Skye and tells it that there is a “doctor” who is interested in limbless individuals for research purposes. It has an address for the doctor, in Lower Dura, near the entrance to the Cogs.
Skye takes the messenger doll with it so that we can keep track of it, and then descends through the city to the aforementioned address. It leads to a cave in one of the pedestals at the base of a tower, and the hobgoblins standing guard at the entrance allow it in once they see the peg leg. Skye enters, following the twisting paths through the cave to a a room containing a set of raised platforms, humming with the sounds of technology.
The platforms rise about 20’ above the area over a steel grate, from which the sounds are emanating. A smaller platform in the center of the group holds a single individual – a doctor lady. As Skye approaches, the doctor turns, and Skye realizes that it is actually Aurora! =AURORA BETRAYAL: UNEXPECTED. ALTERING MISSION LETHALITY PARAMETERS FROM OBLITERATE TO REHABILITATE= It appears to have had some work done, since half of its face has been replaced by an artificial visage. It does not recognize Skye in its current form.
The rest of us bluff our way into the building, using my flesh-arm =GAAAAAAARGH= as a point of interest, and then make our way down the same paths. When we enter the chamber, we notice guards or workmen lurking in the rafters above the platforms.
As the Doctor is examining Skye, I step forward to confront Aurora, asking why it is helping House Tarkanin to enhance their forces. It is… not pleased to see us, being angry after all of this time for us abandoning it when it fell from the collapsing tower in Sharn years ago. = INCORRECT ASSUMPTION: AURORA TURNED INTO SPARROW AND FLEW AWAY, DISPROVEN= Aurora says that it is working with the people who saved it after the fall. =OMITTED FACT: THESE ONES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS FALL IN THE FIRST PLACE= I try to make it see reason – to tell it that it is making monsters for the very people who want to destroy us specifically, and Dragonmarked ones in general, but it refuses to listen.
Aurora demands that we leave it alone, and the men in the rafters train crossbows on us.
=THIS WILL NOT GO WELL. FOR THEM.=