Waking the following day feeling like she’d been the fat kid at a dodge ball game, Siri retraced her steps from just before Jax had jumped her, unsuccessfully looking for the device she’d been transporting back from the mine. Though still a bit hungover from a long night of free drinks, Ox and Doc attended her just in case Jax wasn’t done with her. Ox regretted that decision, however, upon witnessing the creepy mechanical zoo of abominations at her apartment.
But though they were all sore and exhausted, our team of crevasse spelunkers decided to head back to the mine to explore the ancient corridor Ox discovered. As they delved deeper, their boots stirred up a fine white dust that had obviously not been disturbed for a very long time. Dr. Gabriel sent a small robotic scout to investigate, which reported a large chamber up ahead. Within the massive underground chamber, they discovered an ancient city. The floor was littered with shards of bone from the long dead inhabitants, as well as several more of the strange metal objects Siri had found earlier.
In the center of the city was a large dais with what appeared to be a control panel at its side and lines connecting it all with the rest of the city. On the control panel they discovered several indentations, two of which seemed to be the shape of Siri’s talking egg and one which matches a smaller black sphere Ox had found.
Trying the stones in the indentations, they managed to not only power up the city, but open what they would later learn was a portal which the city used as its power source. Unfortunately, they also awakened the creatures that had apparently killed the city’s inhabitants, and they were hungry. Having originally come through the portal, the creatures awoke with its activation. All the metallic circlets the team had been finding filled with the same light that glowed from the portal and gathered the organic bone material to them to form legs and claws.
The creatures came at the team, who fought through and fled the city as quickly as they could, sealing the cave behind them. With the loss of apparent profit, Jax postponed his offer to hire the team, but made sure they understood that future offers would come if they found anything of value again.