The players have their work cut out for them in the Iron fortress. The mechanical constructs seem to have the upper hand in most of their fights. If it wasn’t for their team work any singular player would wind up dead. Having already faced 2 out of the 4 construct brothers the players are half way to unlocking the throne room to Aetherius.
The players found their path to one of the wings of the Iron Fortress blocked by a river, but like much else in this realm the river was actually liquid Aetherium. Sterling was quick to come up with a plan to test the water using rope. As he went to pull the rope out a tug pulled it back in. Gargan came to the aid of Sterling’s and helped him pull on the rope. Even with their combined effort, they were no match for whatever was on the other side. Both Gargan and Sterling were thrown into the river and had to swim to get out. As they reached the shore a creature appeared out of the water. He claimed to be the first son of Aetherius, and the smartest out of the 5.
The new construct did not give the players much information, but what he did say was crucial. They learned about a lab where he held experiments on organic creatures and the existence, particularly how to transfer consciousness from one body to another. His experiments were deemed blasphemous to Aetherius as they showed potential in granting another being the same immortality he had, so as punishment the construct’s research was destroyed forcing him to rebuild all he had lost. As the construct talked it began moving closer to the shore. Sterling backed up in caution but Gargan believed that his strength would protect him. The construct placed a finger on Gargans head and wiped his mind completely clean of everything he had ever learned. In a panic Gargan began to run away from the monster in front of him and back to the group. As most of the group readies their attacks, Sterling and Vivi attend to Gargan. Using their wits they were able to explain the situation and get him to understand that we are here to help. The first few attacks made it seem that the players had this, but that’s when the construct made his move. Encasing Vivi into an orb the players had no mage. Urgg, Historia, and Luffy focused their attacks on the construct; While Gargan and Sterling went to save Vivi. In the end Construct5 was just no match for the overwhelming power of the group. With the construct down Gargan’s memories came back to him. As the group Celebrated with joy the constructs lab arose from under the water.
Living up to their sense of adventure the players decide to go inside and see for themselves what kind of experiments construct5 was doing. Inside they found many large tubes with bodies floating inside. At first glance it seems that there were different races of organics within the tubes, but upon closer inspection they see that they have all become some kind of robot hybrid. They continued on until they found themselves in what looked to be a control room. On the right here was a panel and monitors that showed the activities happening in other rooms. To the left was another tube. It was slightly bigger then the ones they passed to get inside, but this one was covered. In the center of the control room was a tube bigger then the rest and was glowing a bright orange. As the players began to investigate the pod a mechanical fire beast leaped out and charged at the group.
It was non other then construct5. His experiments with the soul has granted him access to eternal life through body jumping. He leaps out and pounces onto Gargan. He is thrown to the ground, and with no hands to protect him construct5 lets out a breath of fire into his face. Luffy was able to come in a rip construct5 off of Gargan, but that only led to him being the target. After a few rounds of Vivi’s healing and some fine shots from Urgg even this new form seemed to be no match. Construct5 wasn’t lying when he said he was the smartest. Out of the other tube in the left hand corner came a molten drake. This was the closest thing to a dragon anyone of the players have ever seen. No one knew what it could bring to the fight. They soon came to realize that the drake itself poses more of a threat then construct5. They split up their efforts and were able to take construct5 down firs and had the drake occupied. With all efforts now focused on the drake they were able to take it down, but not without taking some major hits.
Although no one was able to work the control panel, on the screen it was easy to see organic humanoid people strapped to tables. The group takes a vote and decides that helping them would be their next step. They retraced their steps and found themselves back in the main lobby of the lab. The room is now filled with thin mechanical beings that seem to have no eyes. An octopus like person walks with them and seems to be their eyes. The group easily swept all of them and found themselves moving onto the next room fast. As they opened the door the find a forest of metal. The room seems to be the biggest one yet as it curves and continues on to the right. There is low light in this room, but a raging fire keeps the room and their surroundings visible. Luffy used his bird to scope out the place while Historia translated any animal speech she heard. Through the bird they were able to learn about a giant worm that seemed to be an organic creature. As the bird relayed the message Historia overheard it talking to another creature. Its brother. Luffy sent out his bird again to see if he couldn’t find the other one. A screech is heard, the bird was eaten. Luffy is now upset and goes to find the creature that eat his bird. He is able to sneak up on one of the two. He found one of them hanging out by the fire. This worm seemed to still be organic.
Luffy began to swing back to the group from tree to tree using his grappling hook, when disaster struck. The other worm has caught his scent. It moves in and grabs Luffy’s leg. As he looks down he sees that this worm is nothing like the other one. This one is another mechanical hybrid. The worm starts up its mouth and begins to shred up Luffy’s leg.
Sterling quickly makes his move to Luffy. Manages to aim at the mouth and lock his weapon in between the gears in it’s mouth. Luffy managed to limp away, but his leg was torn apart. Vivi was next to come over and she began to try and heal Luffy. Gargan was ambushed by the other worm, but was able to hold his own. Historia used her powers and changed into a snake and began her stealthy approach toward the organic worm. Urgg saw an advantage point and began to climb for it. Although the worms were giants and had impressive strength, they were sloppy and clumsy during battle. The players were easily able to gain the advantage in the fight and take each worm down. As the group began to rest Vivi told Luffy that there is no saving his leg. Being the crafts man he is Luffy cuts his own leg off from the shin down and replaces it with a metal branch. Before the players can even get up they hear a voice coming from around the bend. “I will not be defeated this time!” No words could describe this monster, but they all had a feeling it was construct5.
As the group prepared themselves for another fight the doors behind them swung open. It was none other than Azula. A former group member who was taken off by a thunderbird. She quickly explained how construct5 has been collecting others from different realms of reality. He left her to the blind scientists to go find the players the first time. Since then she has managed to escape and has been looking for either her old group of friends. Construct5 seemed to care very little about Azula’s entrance. From his past two forms he has seen that Urgg is the one to go after. He charges at the tree and begins to climb it. The plays all attack but do little to stop him. Luffy sees the trouble that Urgg is in and climbs up the tree after construct5. After shoving Urgg out of the tree his attention is now on Luffy. Sterling and Historia tried to take his attention off of Luffy, but it didnt work. 3 horrible blows, one after the next on Luffy’s body. He couldn’t take it. The first to fall in battle. Luffy. Anger fills the party as they all try to be the one to get the finishing blow. Construct5 goes down. For the last and final time. The party burns Luffy’s body and split up his possessions. Vivi remembers the reason they even came here, to save those people. The party ventures on into a small lab.
The lab contained 4 tables with dead bodies on them. Some had limbs missing while others rejected the mechanical hybrid process. Historia quickly realized that they were not the only ones dead in the room. The scientists that would normally be preforming those experiments are dead as well. Then from out of the shadows appeared the watcher of the black covenant. As quickly as he appeared he disappeared right after his attack. Other assassins seemed to be around him as well. They walked into an ambush.
They were a special stealth group that seemed to be able to even disappear flawlessly behind tables. In a rage Gargan and Historia began flipping tables to reveal their locations. The new watcher was the most formidable one of them all. Abel to change forms and almost took out 3 players single handed. Urgg took the attack personally due to his past with them and began questioning the watcher. Using Sterling as an enforcer they were bale to intimidate him and get some info out of him on the attack. Sterling saw potential in him and also saw realized that with Luffy down their teamwork could suffer a bit. Sterling then took over the interrogation. “most of us have done wrong in our past. As a group we have committed many crimes, but we were given a second chance. Your leader is working to destroy our realm. I don’t know if you are from our realm or not, but we have a lot riding on this. You can either join us and help us with our mission, or we kill you.” The choice wasn’t hard for the watcher. He joined the group. As sterling shook the new party member’s hand Azula saw a control panel and walked over to it. She saw a scientist still alive on another screen. The scientist started a self destruct system. The players managed to escape but found themselves in the metallic water again. While swimming to shore Historia must of swallowed too much of it because she passed out and started to sync. Everyone searched but couldn’t find her from the shore. They all began to pray, hopping that one of their deities would answer their call. Sterling’s Goddess Cortza heard his call and washed her upon the shore barley breathing, but alive.