And so our heroes stood, looking at what was apparently a major, and very illegal - though now dismantled - operation that was harnessing the power to manufacture warforged. The room was now mostly empty of equipment, though boxes lined the walls, but was very full of Reavers. Primary among them was Bonebreaker, a fearsome Valenar whose dead body had been bonded with that of his horse to form a centaur-like elfforged with the power of both he and the spirit and body of his former mount.
The Reavers wasted no time and charged the band.
Battle was joined fiercely, though many among the troupe had depleted their power reserves in earlier exchanges outside the temple with other Reavers, or had sustained minor injury. Bonebreaker charged forth and unleashed a barrage of attacks against Kitty, and Henry moved up to take some of the pressure off of the young woman, allowing her to escape the extreme force of the powerful Reaver.
Jean again pushed forth to whip the stale air of the lower chamber of the temple into powerful winds, keeping some of the Reaver regulars at bay while Bennet put up a crackling energy field to dissuade their attackers from pressing forward en masse like at the beginning of the combat.
The few stragglers close were cut down by a powerful blast of psionic fire from Jean, as Kurt began to teleport around the room, cutting down those affected by the psion's winds. Henry ripped through many Reavers and fared well against Bonebreaker physically while Jean blasted at his mind, eventually bringing down the fearsome fighter.
With battle done, the group searched the room, for further clues as to what, exactly, was going on and were surprised to find that some of the machinery still contained quite a bit of energy as electricity arced out from exposed coils and wires to shock and jolt searchers.
While this search happened, a whirring click could be heard and several party members saw a small, golden orb fly away from Bonebreaker and flit out of the chamber on metallic wings. A docent, likely capable of reporting everything that had taken place was speeding away to give its report to Deathstrike, Pierce, or whoever else was in charge of this overall operation.
Concentrating more on what they could affect at the moment, the group continued their search and found a secret passage deep into the earth, where cells and workrooms and other chambers where the former priests and adherents of this temple held to their daily duties when it was still attended. One of these chambers was where Toyman had been kept, but the whole operation had been pulled and no sign of him or the work being done was to be found in these rooms.
Further, a door led out onto a veranda that overlooked a lush jungle valley, this where Pierce, Fitzroy, and the strange man had been discussing the Tinkerer's Grand Design. No further paths led from here, and so the group backtracked to the chamber where Bonebreaker and his charges had given battle.
Here, Kurt made an unusual discovery as he made a short search of the crates before the team headed for Whitecliff, where they planned to start the next leg of their journey.
Cast of Characters
Jean Grey, Elan Psion (Kineticist) 6|Wilder 6 - Angela
Bennet du Paris [Exodus], Human Psion (Nomad) 6|Spellthief 5/Cerebrex 1 -Taylor
Henry [Beast], Artificer 6|Anthropomorphic Ape 2/Monk 4 - Paul
Kurt Wagner [Nightcrawler], Rogue 3/Fighter 2|Totemist 2/Wizard 3 - David
Kitty Pryde [Shadowcat], Wizard 5|Ninja 5 - Sam
Retcon alert! The end of this session report is what should have happened. What happened during the session itself was the heroes exited and started through the jungle toward Whitecliff, when they suddenly heard the roar of what they identified as a dragon.
The reason for this retcon is simply because I didn't crack my notebook during the session, because I thought I could remember everything (I do VERY light prep for this game), but had forgotten a key piece of information, which David would have uncovered due to his search.
No harm, no foul. Retcon takes place next session and we move on.