The Cafe continued to spin, food flying everywhere. Curry splattered across Cor and Doyle’s faces. The Cafe came to an abrupt stop. Doyle crashed into a wall unconscious. Cor quickly cleaned up, and the party looked outside.
The city around them was comprised of massive buildings made of metal, like our weapons. The roads were made of a smooth rock that seemed to never end. The buildings radiated with luminescence, brightening the roads enough to be able to see, but dark enough to cast long shadows throughout the city.
Chaos explained further that the Spirit Bubbles were connected to the people in need as well as the Cafe. The Cafe seemed to be connected to fate itself. It went largely over the party’s head in terms of understanding.
The party exited the Cafe and knocked on the nearest door. There was no response. The party asked the Spirit Bubble to guide them. The Spirit Bubble attempted to shrug and trilled out its usual “Quee – Quee”. The party split slightly to explore the new territory. Tate ran around one of the buildings stumbling upon the party once again. After some confusion arose of there being a second party as well as Jiro not speaking Western Gnomatic, suddenly sounds like foot steps running sounded from the east.
The party chased after the sounds as they moved throughout the city. Jiro came up with the idea to “suu-round” them. With Jiro and Cor moving to flank the sounds, I-O directs Tate to find the “other party” on the far side of the search area. Tate immediately charges there to stumble across two law enforcement officers finding him unknowingly breaking curfew.
Cor finds Tate with the officers and their weapons drawn. The two continue to direct them to the rest of the party. Some confusion ensues and Tate ends up unconsious due to the gun of one of the officers. The officers explain to the group that they are now in the city of Crysta. They explain the situation to be more pressing than describe in the job posting. They claim the city’s law enforcement, CLEO, has been effectively eliminated by one man over the past year or so. This man has been making the officers disappear one by one, and now the two of them are left. They ask for assistance in stopping this man, Ardus, who they claim is a cyborg or “Wizard” with electrical powers.
Tate awakes from his slumber and is informed that he won a fight with a terrifying monster, but as a result of his win, he fell unconscious and lost his memory of the event. He is also convinced that the fallen police officers will join in the assault on the crystal and charged off to find and stop them. The two officers, Julius and Tonya, direct the rest of the party to the building that contains the crystal that seems to be the prize that Ardus has been seeking for some time. The building happens to be CLEO headquarters.
Julius directs the group through the building explaining further that Ardus’ intentions are to take the crystal for himself. This crystal is what keeps the city of Crysta running and without the crystal, the city itself would fall into ruin. It is the power for the governing central system and is essential for life in Crysta. They know tonight is the night that he would come. Julius direct the group into a supply closet where a hidden door is activated for the group to enter into the room where the crystal is stored. I-O grabbed some supplies as the group went.
The group enters into a large room (100ft x 100ft x 40ft) with the “crystal” in middle of room. The crystal seems to a large liquid flowing with electricity in a test tube structure in the middle of mechanical monstrosity.
Suddenly, a voice sprang out from the other side of the room. Descending with bat-like wings, a red shirt, flowing long coat, a man flew down onto a catwalk on the other side of the crystal from the party. He introduced himself as Ardus, and boasted in his assured victory.
Cor initiated conversation with him, distracting the electric vampire while party worked on getting into place. Jiro snaked along the right, whileI-O flanked the right. About halfway through the conversation, Ardus began to monologue about his need for absolute power obtained through his elimination of CLEO and taking the crystal. Cor debated this point with him until they reached a point about dominance over animals. Ardus claimed his superiority over them, andI-O noticed an opportunity to prove him wrong. I-O used his magic to summon the Eagle to show just how wrong Ardus was in his dominance. This action triggered Ardus to fly into a frenzy, striking Cor into the wall.
Ardus quickly fell to the might of the Eagle and Jiro’s blade with assistance from Julius and Tonya. Jiro’s blunt edge of his mighty blade knocked out Ardus. I-O attempted to be clever and use the “tape” he found in the offices above to tie up Ardus, however he broke out of it with ease.
It was at this moment the crystal behind everyone began to crackle with energy. In a fury of electrical sparks from the top of the crystal, a Spirit Bubble emerged. This Spirit Bubble was red with slanted eyes. The second Bubble and the one resting on Jiro’s shoulder teamed up and threw the electric vampire cyborg into the crystal itself. Screams bellowed out from the crystal until it gradually grew quiet.
Julius passed out from the overwhelming shock of the abilities of the outsiders around him. As he did, the Cafe appeared as if it was falling through the ceiling. When it did, the front door opened and Chaos greeted everyone. Tonya and Chaos recognized each other and talked about her posting. She shared that she knew about the Cafe and posted the message as an attempt to limit the damage of the day’s events. She knew that CLEO would have died had Julius and her been by themselves.