King’s Contrivance enters the lab complex and complete darkness threatens to swallow them without a trace. Zedra illuminates his Sunblade to pierce the black and casts light on Ralts’ sword to supplement the light. Kyrrox uses her bio-luminescent fungus to light her own way. The party finds themselves in a lobby of sorts. Yellowed papers are scattered about, written in a long-dead version of Common. A hall stretches out to either side, and the party begins their exploration. A low grinding noise echoes in the corridor. A locked door proves no match for Mialee, and soon KC gather inside what appears to be a small lab room occupied by a large mechanical arm and a tube device. Kyrrox approaches the arm boldly and inspects it, prodding irreverently. The arm moves to grab the dragonborn in its robotic claw and holds her tightly. She wriggles in a futile attempt to free herself.
Mialee hurries over to inspect the tube device for any sign of controls. The device emits a faint orange glow now, and a soft whine begins. Drawn and Ralts move to the elbow joint of the arm, looking for weakness. Zedra makes some notes on the situation and the room’s contents with cold disregard for Kyrrox’ well-being. The tube device continues to whine, louder now. The orange glow intensifies and Mialee works feverishly to disarm the inner workings of what can only be a weapon of some kind. Drawn lands a mighty swing of his axe on the joint of the arm, but fails to separate it. Kyrrox asks to be left, wishing to experience whatever the tube device does. Zed smugly stands back and continues to write, stopping only to encourage the others to leave Kyrrox.
The orange glow erupts from the tube, striking Kyrrox squarely in the head. She sustains some damage, as well as another effect she cannot identify. As the beam continues to fire, Mialee works to stop the device while Ralts and Drawn hack at the elbow joint of the arm. Mialee’s success is immediately followed by Drawn’s. Kyrrox, however, stays where she was, a few inches off the ground. The claw and arm adding a slight rotation to her hover. Zedra takes notes, then ivestigates any arcane power at work. He deduces Kyrrox has been rendered massless. He nudges her with his sword, sending the dragonborn floating backward, settling to the ground due to the weight of the claw. Kyrrox is finally able to free herself from the claw’s grasp and revels in her newfound floating state.
The party exits the room and continues down the hall. A curious croaking sound approaches and soon the party comes across a duck. Kyrrox attempts the feed the creature some crumbs of bread while Zed discerns that, no, the bird is not magical. Mialee’s knowledge of nature gives her no useful information, except that the duck “seems wrong” despite it looking normal. Ralts expresses his desire to smash the duck. Kyrrox seems to develop a friendly rapport with the bird, the rest of the party continues down the hall.
The rumbling sound draws near and its source, a metal construct on treads, approaches the group. It begins speaking. At one point, Zed and Mialee recognize the word “Elven” spoken in their native language. Kyrrox catches “Draconic” and Drawn hears “Orcish” each in the language respectively named. At the sound of “Primordial” spoken in his native tongue, Ralts answers. The robot welcomes the visitors, in Primordial, to the laboratory of Ingvar Heresay, and asks for passes of entry. Ralts grabs the duck nearby and hands it to the robot. The duck promptly explodes. Ralts is knocked to the floor. Weightless Kyrrox, previously feeding said duck, is sent careening back by the blast. Drawn reaches out trying to catch her, but misses as she flies past. Kyrrox very nearly dies upon impacting the far wall. The robot does not seem to be affected by the explosion.
Kyrrox rights herself and decides to drink a potion of levitation. She finds herself on the ceiling, as though gravity has reversed. Meanwhile, Zedra approaches Ralts, asking what has been said. The robot, hearing Common being spoken, repeats its request for a pass in Common. Zedra shrugs and shows the pyramidal key. It is declared unacceptable. He shows one of the cobalt discs, which the robot does not seem to recognize at all. The metal hulk then declares the party hostiles.
Kyrrox rounds the corner of the hall ceiling. Zed backs up and casts an Acid Mire under the robot while Ralts engages it. Drawn enters a rage and joins Ralts in fighting the robot. The robot swings, hitting both genasi and half-orc, then blows jets of poison onto the both of them. Mialee, hidden around the corner, takes some shots before the front line decide this security robot will defeat them. Ralts and Drawn turn and retreat.
A large heap of rubble blocks the hallway around the corner. Kyrrox is able to get to the other side since she can crawl along the ceiling. She drops her climbing gear for the rest of KC before getting to safety. Zedra attempts to climb but lacks the upper body strength, so he opts to cast an arcane gate on the wall, feystep to the other side of the rubble, and cast the other gate. Mialee crosses through the gate, with Ralts and Drawn coming up behind her. Drawn expresses his mistrust of magic and refuses to use the gate. Ralts leaves the half-orc with the climbing gear and passes through the gate. Drawn climbs the rubble with little difficulty and returns the gear to Kyrrox. Zedra dismisses the arcane gates behind them.Mialee picks the lock of a nearby door only to find more ducks and a hallway with stairs leading down. Kyrrox’s potion of levitation begins to wear off and she finds herself in mid-air having to push off the walls to move. Further down the hall, another heavy door blocks their way. Mialee negotiates the lock easily and swings the door open. A small records room, already bathed in the light of a torch, is being ransacked by four half-orcs. They demand to know what the intruders are doing in the complex, until a flash of recognition gives them pause. Upon seeing Drawn Ka’Gar, the half-orcs let out screams of “traitor!”
Ralts, in a smashy mood, wastes no opportunity and goes in swinging. His bravery inspires the rest of the party, who join in with a barrage of surprise hits. All four half-orcs are knocked on their asses. Drawn comes to Ralts’ side and Kyr floats along a bookshelf. Drawn lays out a vicious arc with his axes, hitting ally and enemy with his uncontrolled power. Wizard and rogue enter last, quiet and deadly. Mialee shuts and locks the door behind her, worried the robot will find them by their light.
One of the half-orcs tries to escape slaughter, but is denied. When all four are slain, KC catches their breath and get a feel for their surroundings. One of the dead half-orcs possessed a scrap of leather with what appeared to be an entrance pass inscribed on it.