After the fighting drew to an end upon arriving in the Hive, Veint’s spiked chain, Obedience, warned the party of a strange feeling it had. It told the Veint that it felt something coming that could destroy it so Veint, Luzo, and Tasmia decided to head off on their own for a bit to take care of other matters.
Soon after, Khaj jumped into a pool of water leading below the floating island of wasp muck. As he looked around, he was spotted by a massive humanoid shape coming from a field of sargassum. As it started rushing towards him, Khaj unsuccessfully tried to convince it not to attack. Leaping from the water, Khaj warned the group of the incoming threat. What appeared was a nightwalker but quick work was made of the creature. After the brief fight, Alegna and Khaj decided to dive back in to investigate where it came from.
On the other side of the sargassum, the pair discovered an air-filled cave containing many gems, a few magical items, and five aught orbs. While they were underwater, Thane and Gwynn flew up above the mist to do some scouting. Spotting an island off in the distance and, what appeared to be some semblance of a sunrise, they flew back down to report their findings. Khaj and Alegna eventually returned to the surface with their haul. Alegna announced that more aught orbs were discovered within the creature’s hoard. One by one, she bestowed the power of an aught orb upon Magnius, Bran, Thane, and Khaj, while reserving one within the Gloves of Borkus.
The party soon decided to investigate the island to the “East”. As the group flew above the large, sandy island, a gangly, bearded man was spotted on the beach singing a strange song to himself. Khaj dropped into the water near the island and cautiously approached. The man began shouting out challenges to “Gako”. As Khaj, in porpoise form, approached nearer and the man hurled a javelin, prompting Khaj to bite him on the man’s leg. Khaj and the man engaged in combat with the strange man managing to land a few surprising blows against Khaj as the rest of the party landed nearby, ready to fight.
Suddenly, another figure crested a nearby sand dune and shouted at the party to “stop attacking his human.” Surpsised at this turn of events, the group went on the defensive but ceased fighting. The newcomer turned out to be a Kalyarut who had somehow lost an arm. After a bit of arguing, tensions settled. It was learned that the man, named Fer Molitz, had been in the Hive for many years. His airship had crashed on the island after being attacked by “Gako” who, to the party’s shock, was revealed to be Shargakakept.
The group went to investigate the wrecked airship, Breeze Jumper, which was damaged very badly. Unable to get much help from Fet, having lost his mind years ago after being stranded in the Hive, Thane reached out and healed the man’s insanity. The Kolyarut eventually gave his name as Steel Curse, the 132nd of his line. His mission was to come to the Hive to slay Nanelith who, ages ago, had betrayed her promise to Borkus to manage the souls who came to this “Hell” and ensure that none escaped. When Nanelith realized she, herself, was trapped in this plane, she grew angry, turned evil, and began finding ways to spread her influence to the material plane.
In return for helping Steel Curse accomplish his goal, he would give his aid in escaping Erivin and, possibly, locating the Storm Orchid. In stating this, he revealed that an aught orb used at the “exit” of the prison would allow the party to escape. After Alegna finished surveying the damaged airship, with the aid of the now lucid Fer, she cast a spell that restored the airship to working order. With the aid of Bran’s donated life energy, Steel Curse was able to restore his lost arm and heal himself up to full strength. In exchange for the healing, the Kolyarut brought Alegna and Magnius to a small, sheltered area where he rewarded the group with his personal collection of unneeded coins, gems, and magic items.
As the party began to board the Breeze Jumper, Veint, Tasmia, and Luzo had tracked the party back down and everyone regrouped, bringing the stragglers up to speed on recent events.