Pearce gathers his troops and heads towards the Apple where our forces were supposed to gather. Broderick arrives and asks to be informed what the next part of the plan is. I lead Broderick, Belltoll, Salisbury, and myself into an office. I inform them that while the others are attacking the ship itself, we will use it as a distraction to go after the “Helmsman” the leader of the Kingdom of Man. To that end we will use Lucky’s staff which is a tool used by their officers to hopefully get us closer. Broderick asks why he wasn’t told and I tell him it was to make sure the Senations played their part. We start to wait on the Duchess when Broderick informs me that she was stationed elsewhere because he wasn’t informed about the plan. We argue about this slightly when we start to hear a loud humming coming from outside.
As the humming grows louder we eventually go outside. We the horizon line start to wobble and a purple line starts to appear in the sky. It hurts to look at and it starts to grow into a tear. Meanwhile the humming has continued to grow louder and louder and is now painful. Purple fog starts to emanate from the tear and slowly a giant floating fortress starts to emerge. It looks like a castle on top of a floating square platform. A large tower dots each corner. The moment it is fully in our plane it starts to move erratically. It seemingly drops quite rapidly and slowly starts to recover. At some point we see bodies start to fall. As we continue to watch the scene we eventually realize the bodies belong to temple forces. Just as we are about to go in we feel the earth tremble as a giant monster seems to burst out of the Matronis. Even though we’ve never seen it the sight can be nothing other than a dragon. It spreads humongous wings and flies to attack the fortress. During this I briefly tried to go contact Samantha but Broderick spotted me and wouldn’t let me get away.
We decide to go immediately instead of waiting for the designated time and hope the others do as well. When we get inside we notice that Ratman is seemingly standing in one room. He is still all ornately carved and his gaze still follows me wherever I go. We pass him and get set up in the portal. Their are 10 ratfolk swordsman and several swarms of rats who are going to help. We activate the portal and step into some odd factory room. There are odd creatures chained to the walls. We try communicating but aside from being in fear they don’t seem to respond. Sal immediately wants to help them. I convince him to let the Ratfolk guard the portal and help the creatures and he agrees and we move on.
We go into a series of hallways and staircases. We soon hear the footsteps of what we assume are a half dozen soldiers. We try to outrun them but eventually we class in a tunnel. Broderick deals with several before the fight even begins. I enchant my sword with merciful and knock one or two out before we clean up the rest. Broderick finds manacles on the officer and chains him. We wake him up and start to interrogate him. He is reluctant to talk but eventually agrees to escort Me and Broderick to the Helmsman if we go alone. Broderick says that Pearce can handle it alone. (There was some dispute whether it was obvious Pearce thought Broderick and the others would follow). We agree and the officer starts to lead me. We go through several hallways and eventually reach a hatch that leads to the surface of the ship.
When I and the officer step onto the surface we immediately notice that the winds are extremely strong. The officer quickly loses balance and falls. I, after wrapping up my left arm, go out and with my light frame actually launch into the air. After flailing about we end up crawling towards the fortress in the center of the ship. On the surface we also notice that the forces of the city are fighting the Kingdom’s forces. We get to a hatch in the fort and when I stand to open the door I go flying again. The officer is able to crawl over to the hatch and opens it. Afraid he will close it behind him I activate my flight ability. I mimic running as I fly over and get in the door. We close it behind us and are now in the fort.
Afraid that the others won’t be able to follow us, I decide to wait until they make it inside. I feign catching my breath and see Broderick enter. After seeing Broderick the officer decides that we can not be trusted and will assist us no further. He asks for a swift death, and we oblige. We wait for the others to join us inside the fort. The door opens and most make it inside but when Salisbury stands to get in he gets blown away. I try to communicate with him via telepathy and find out he’s sprained his ankle on the roof. Despite protests I claim I’m going after him. I activate my flight again and head out and attempt to “fake climb” the wall. I utterly fail and the wind throw me a hundred feet away from the building. I try to get back again and i’m blown to one of the outer towers. I resign myself to crawling back to the fortress. When I get back I check again and I don’t feel Salisbury.
I enter the fort and find the others have fought off another squad. They are now taking off their armor so that we can disguise ourselves. We get 3 suits of armor and make our way to what we believe is the center of the fortress. Broderick, wearing the armor, states that the moment they lower their guard he’s going to attack so be prepared. I wait several seconds before I hear shouting and the rest of us rush in.
The room is divided into a lower and upper section, with the upper section containing a large device similar to the ones in the towers. In the left and right corner are regular sized teleportation devices. There are also several rows of machinery that seem to be controls of some sort. There are a variety of guards and technician and leading them is a robot similar to the Ratman. It’s a fierce battle as the Helmsman orders his technicians to use the portals as weapons. There are casualties on both sides. eventually Broderick is able to sneak away to the large machine. He pries open a panel and shoves a ton of gunpowder into the machine and start to light it. This immediately causes it to buckle and start to hum as it starts to malfunction. There is panic as everyone is confused on if we should stay or fight. The helmsman is able to command his remaining people to make a portal and promises to return 148 years from now, then he escapes. Broderick reveals to Pearce that he is actually Bear just before he tells everyone to go. He intends to take the ship down, with the help of several of our soldiers. After some reluctance I agree and Belltoll and I leave, along with one of her friends and a Kingdom officer.
We run out to the surface of the ship that is now rapidly falling out of the sky. We do what we can to warn the others to retreat off the ship. We start to head towards our own portal but it becomes obvious we won’t make it in time. I gather everyone left and imagine a place I know very well and we dimension door off the ship. The four of us appear in my apartment in time to hear the collision and feel the earth rumble. We go outside and see the ship has landed on the outskirts of the blue poles, crushing half the district. The dragon starts to return to the Matrnois. I look up in the sky and see that the crack is still there, dark figures moving beyond our plane. I ask Samantha if she can fix the crack in the sky. “I don’t think there is an easy fix. I think I would make it worse.” I nod and realize that Gallows Bird will never be the same.