After a rest back in town the sixth expedition descended again under Torch and continued their push farther into the metalic ruins. The first chamber bode ill, with half of the wall spattered in blood and a trail leading through one of the doors. In the maze of doors, small rooms, and corridors, they faced bloody oozes and a strange fungus that spoke telepathically. Scattered about was broken equipment and supplies. In one room Kit was able to access a series of sample logs referencing their source, planet CX-335 “Kasath”. She also found a series of video files depicting the desert and its inhabitants undergoing some sort of earthquake, and in the ensuing struggle to find food finally succumbing to whatever substances they consumed out of desperation and hunger.
Another room brought back harsh memories for Nessa as she stumbled into the med bay where she had been strapped down and “treated” by the medical droids. The malfunctioning robot came at them in its misguided attempt to administer aid. Farther down the hall they came across a strange group of plant creatures, vegepygmies, and the host bodies they had sprung from. With a wail of grief Kit recognized the remains of her teammates, who had succumbed to the russet mold that she could have cured had she been with them. Reclaiming the symbols of their faith in the clockwork goddess, Kit gave what last rites she could and committed their bodies to flame, thus preventing the spread of the deadly mold.
Wearied both physically and emotionally the group turned to make their way back to the surface. On their way out they peeked through one last door, only to find the first object of their search, Khonnir Baine. He was trapped in a glass pod, tubes and wires plugged into him, his eyes crazed with pain and his mouth silently screaming as two more medical droids enacted some procedure upon him. Pushing through their exhaustion the group rushed the room. The frustratingly durable alloy of the robots’ chasis proved exceptionally difficult to pierce, but finally with a scream of rage Erreya leaped into the air and brought her greatsword down through the rotors of the droid, riding it the ground.
As the rest of the group recovered from the fight Kit and Dahm rushed to the pod and managed to free Baine from its confines. He collapsed onto them, seemingly unable to support his own weight, his eyes wide but unseeing as he appeared to be completely unaware of his surroundings, only of the ongoing pain in his head.