Carrying on, the characters make a connection with the statue. All that can be said is that it wishes to lead them to Devola; who can only be assumed to be the “Hive Mother.”
This statue leads them through a complex of what seems to be an old city, with locked doors, and abandoned apartments. Though much of the previous purpose of this place is lost through the ages.
A Little Help From My Friends
If only the path were a simple one. But come upon some turbine-like area, bandits await in ambush. This would normally be a simple task, were there not nine of them. They are still disposed of, with a little help from the characters’ tour guide (the statue), and the anticipated return of Franklin.
An interesting bracelet turns up while searching these bandits. Something they’ve no doubt stolen from someone more important than themselves. This bracelet, Jörn finds out, pulls him to another plane where living forms are vibrant in different colours, and anything not living is dulled out into nothingness.
The rest of the walk remains mostly uneventful, other than Jörn’s misstep into unstable ground, the characters make their way to a large, glowing cylinder, that the statue confirms is the final destination.
In The Lab
Walking in, the characters realize the amazing size of this lab. Large vials, beakers, and other equipment lie on various tables. Tubs of unknown liquids boil, platforms line the top of this large structure, and corpses are arranged along the side, likely for experiments. No sooner than they arrive are they met with what seems to be a worm-like creature, who, as odd as it may seem, looks to be behind this place. Asking their purpose, she eventually comes to terms with the intruders. She has control over the woman they are looking for. Their deal is her freedom in order for the characters to stem the spreading of a new virus that spells out doom for everything and everyone – The Insidious Choir.
Giving some direction, the characters learn about where to search for a chemical needed to remove the creatures from the woman’s spine, and a sword needed to sever the connection. In return, she asks for complete destruction of this virus’ communication tower.
The Insidious Choir can communicate through bodies it has taken over, and this tower allegedly offers this ability, so she asks that it be destroyed as a payment for her services.