Shadow and Steel

Adventurers Log, Arodus 7

Upon further exploration of the ship, you find several items. I will be listing the items separately in the “items” section.

One of the items, a “Crystal Air” contained information about the cargo manifest, 2 Aboleth class Interceptors. The information was off limits, and with your current skills and tools you have no way to access that information. You sold some things, and went looking for more information about this Taveos Morth. You find that he recently stopped by the Temple of Brigh and the Silverdisk Hall, but ran out of clues until you found a house with scorch marks on the roof. Moving to investigate, you find a man with his hair falling out claiming his name is Randall Jordd. You don’t buy it, and move to detain him. However, it was merely an illusion…a distraction, so that the real Taveos Morth could try to get away. He tried to blast through the roof with his flying machine thing, but it was damaged and was flying erratically. Vi blasted it with water, and it crashed to the earth. The real Taveos Morth was in the suit, and was dying. Vi brought him back to life, and the Technic League lieutenant taunted you before biting down on a poison tooth. You used delay poison on him, and then he bit his own tongue off. He will die eventually, and there’s no telling what information you can get out of him before he does.

He did leave you with one note about his “Master” and that “things are not what they seem.”
He spoke a strange rhyme as well:

“When shadow looms
my Master will reveal.
The eclipse will precede
a tide of steel.”

You have no idea what he was saying…it’s all nonsense. But you explored the rest of his house and found some interesting things. The most interesting was an android, strapped to a medical bed, with tubes sticking out of her.

Here are Taveo Morth’s journal entries.

Desnus 12, 4712 Those Who Become have promised much and delivered little. They speak of a glorious day when life rises beyond the flesh and bone cage into something better, something pure. We shall become immortal, they say. Never wanting for food, never knowing thirst or disease, and being free to pursue our desires. But such promises hold our dear League in thrall. I for one welcome our new mechanical overlords. Their agents have even provided the locations of several weapons caches. No doubt the Captains are pleased with this information. For my role here in unearthing one of the caches, I have been guaranteed lieutenancy under Captain Chaeven."

Sarenith 1, 4714 We came across another one of the androids; this one we found near the Scar of the Spider. Disoriented, and speaking only the Divine Machine’s language, she appeared as feeble as a newborn babe, but there was a fierce, logical intelligence burning in her eyes. We brought her to my Captain Chaeven immediately.

Sarenith 6, 4714 Captain Chaeven brought the android to my quarters for me to observe and continue the extractions. I am not some gods-blasted nanny, I am Taveos Morth! I unlocked the secrets of the VEEMods! Now I play babysitter to a babbling, bleeding mystery. I have named her after the strange symbols found on the back of her neck. Sova…what an exotic epithet.

Sarenith 9, 4714 My colleagues and I have been astounded by the android’s keen intellect. Captain Chaeven insists that he has isolated some kind of biologic weapon from Sova’s lifeblood; Captain Korlax has been tinkering with their product for military use. I eagerly await their research’s fruits.

Sarenith 14th, 4714 The half people have small machines in their blood! Smaller than a human hair, the captain has taken to calling them microns. I still think “nanites” was a better name, but who am I to be listened to? Just Taveos Morth, most brilliant researcher the Technic League has seen in a decade.

Erastus 3, 4714 Captain Korlax sent a courier with chilled vials of the “nanites”. They are a potent weapon and devoured organic material with haste, leaving nothing but dust and water. Captain Korlax will be sending the locations of the targeted areas by courier within the week.

Erastus 23, 4714: Captain Chaeven has delivered a strange new power source to me for testing. Does he take me for a fool? I’ve studied this so called “power source” and I’m absolutely certain that it’s a weapon.

Arodus 1, 4714 I must have eaten something quite dodgy. I’ve been vomiting for the last 2 days. I can barely keep any solids down. I seem to get better when I go out for fresh air. Maybe I should lay off of the hard liquors for a while. I noticed my hair has been a bit more brittle, and is falling out. My father was cursed with baldness; I suppose I shall be too. I’ll think I’ll visit that quack Rogayn after business is finished here in Torch.

Arodus 7, 4714 I’ll be staying here for a few more days, “studying the ‘torch’”. While the flame is certainly a secondary objective, deploying this weapon and studying its effects is still primary. Tentatively, tests have been set for the 9th of Arodus. I’ve already procured a cart; the weapon will be moved tomorrow because I feel quite poorly today. When this test is successful, I’LL BE FAMOUS, AND ALL WILL know the name of Taveos Morth, Technic League Lieutenant!

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