After finally forming a secret, cohesive group, the chamberlain of the King of Pitax allowed you to meet with the king, and the news he had was not good. People are starving because of a pestilence that just started a few weeks ago, and the king wants you all to find out where it came from, if there was someone or something behind it, and learn how to stop it.
Rumors at the tavern weren’t much help. The local watering hole regulars regaled you with tales of a mad druid casually spreading disease by moonlight, but they couldn’t agree on which song he was whistling while he did so.
You talked to several farmers, and gathered important clues. One farmer was surrounded by blight, except a circle around his property where the plants were still intact raised suspicions of witchcraft by the farmer’s daughter. The theory was debunked when it was discovered that a lightning strike had occurred at one of the apple trees near the epicenter of the unblighted area, and a high level of magnetism was detected by using a compass, which pointed toward the apple tree.
Gathering live samples of the “Blue Rust”, you found that it was actually composed of nearly invisible machines called nanites. These nanites came from glass vials that were delivered by something that flew and made strange noises.
Hoping the mad druid could provide some insight into this “Blue Rust” and how to stop it, you visited his cabin, where a cautious, shaved, and well dressed man greeted you in odd fashions, making references to a “Flaky Jim”. His farm was surrounded by poppies, which he insisted were grown solely for poppy seeds, and he had an enormous barn with griffons and even a dinosaur. While sharing some delicious poppyseed bagels with you, he asked for a favor- bring some catfish back from the Sellen for his pet dinosaur, Sharptooth. In return, while he waited for “Flaky Jim”, he would analyze your “Blue Rust” samples and give you some items that he had laying around.
You obliged his kooky request, and found a great spot for catfishing right where Holan Dadj said it would be- near a sunken ship in a river. You found it odd that there were no other fishermen close by until a close encounter with Ol’ Oneeye, a massive, 17 foot crocodile, helped explain why. After dispatching the crocodile, you donated the meat to starving townsfolk, whose children were begging for bread crusts.
After gathering around 50 pounds or so of catfish, you headed back to Holan Dadj’s cabin, where he told you what you already knew: the “blue rust” was tiny machines, who voraciously eat living plant matter until they deactivate after 48 hours. Lightning is anathema to them, and lodestone appears to repel them. You successfully convince Holan Dadj to aid Pitax by controlling the weather and bringing lightning to inoculate the farmland from further devastation. Later that evening at midnight, after a hearty fish fry, you hear the whirring sounds, like a heavy wheezing, and find some kind of man shaped machine, flying in the air, with flames shooting out of its feet. You watch as it releases a vial of nanites, that has been sealed with ice that is already beginning to melt. The entity observed you for a moment, before flying to the north with incredible speed.
You inform the king, who expresses his gratitude and makes good on his promised payments, providing a small cache of magical items and consumables that are quite valuable.
You then head north across the Sellen River, hopeful to find some answers from an old acquaintance of Vi’s. After being given a hard time by the guards, they finally relent and tell you that Lady Altouna was speaking with a friend, the witchwyrd Cythrul. Cythrul shares some knowledge with you, but unfortunately, no one has seen your flying machine man thing. A promising lead was that the flasks found in the farmland of Pitax matched that of a well known glassblower in Torch. The glassblower informed you that two men recently bought those kinds of vials: a man named Taveos Morth, someone who paid with Technic League notes, and Vi’s father. Meeting up with Vi’s father, he tells you of a strange machine that he found in a cavern after a sinkhole appeared near the Torch. He also hesitantly explains his own history with the League, and its deranged leader, a man he called Captain Korlax. After meeting a few friends, you decided to head down to this cavern to deal with any dangers that might be lurking under the town.
After exploring the cavern, you find strange lion like beasts called akata. These beasts come from deep space, and create cocoons made of a crystalline metal named noqual. After dispatching the beasts, you find a large chunk of noqual and claim it as a prize. Continuing further in to the cavern, you come across a massive vessel, with bright purple flames jetting out of the rear. The flames are what compose the town’s Torch. Exploring the vessel, you find the skeleton of a human in a strange suit. You also find a man sized machine that speaks in a language you can understand. It started by insulting your physical prowess, saying “You are weak….and untrained!” It challenges you to several physical feats, testing your strength, dexterity, and constitution. After it finished the challenges, it told you “Thank you for using the Azlant Battlebot!”