May 8, 823 A.F.
The Burning Wheel
- No combat encounters
3 small diamonds each
You fly into the City of Rock Ridge aboard a skiff stolen from the Intrepid. Mr. Highbridge is carrying stolen dossiers taken from an officer’s quarters that cover the investigation of several of the Mistriki’s Odyssian guests, Mary Mannion, Samuel Holloway and a woman named Pippa Hounslow.
You land and approach the Saving Grace. You learn that the crew is fine but Mary Mannion and Ayanda are nowhere to be found and have escaped into the dockside warrens. Using Science! Dr. Von Dussell tracks them to a nearby alley where they appear to slipped into a bar frequented by smugglers called the Burning Wheel. Highbridge knows this place and asks the proprietor, Stitcher, if they might use the hidden passages. In a feat of negotiation unparalleled he manages to get the party through the wardrobe without having to pay. For many years to come no one is exactly sure how he pulled it off, but Stitcher was light some horse apples afterward.
You follow the trail through the abandoned mine tunnels using your amazing tracking abilities. Travelling beneath Rock Ridge you travel a fair distance until you come to an opening to a shear cliff. A narrow ledge extends along it and far down the length of it you see Ayanda and Mannion making their way toward a small aircraft moored on a rocky outcropping.
As you approach, Mary threatens you with a revolver but you manage to talk her out of violence. She pleads for your help, claiming that she and Ayanda must reach Odyssia, and that the salvation of the world is at stake. You aren’t sure what to make of her fantastical claim, but the diamonds she has to pay you with are real enough.