Moments before the Palace of the Pirate Lords crashed into the ocean, the Band of the Arm manages to cram their rescued mob of prisoners and gnome artificers into the extradimensional space they discovered in the lab bench of Jimmy the Magi. The ladder they descended is destroyed by a torrent of rubble, and a glowing crack forms in its place.
After the dust settles, Gary begins to heal the wounded. While he does so, Nom escorts the remaining prisoners up the Auroran colored ladder. Nom and the prisoners ascend into a ruined but stately office, clambering out a desk that perfectly matches the desk in the Palace of the Pirate Lords. The office windows overlook a view of the Expanse in Aurora, and Nom is able to conclude that the office stands in the Lords District. Nom continues to scout the building, finding it to be thoroughly looted and burnt out. He begins to escort his crowd of refugees out of the building, but hears shouts from the desk and dashes back. He finds the drawer in the desk no longer contains a ladder, merely some nick knacks and assorted office supplies. Beginning to despair, Nom sets out to find
Meanwhile, down in the lab, Zekar’s Moonlight Greatsword materializes in his hand, and he cuts cleanly through one of the Jimmy clones. As soon as his blade penetrates the canister, a keening wail fills the laboratory space. The ladders retract into the ceiling and stone seals over their openings. The party begins to panic. Trundor begins to desperately excavate the stone where the ladder to the Palace of the Pirate Lords once stood. He finds a gap in the stones, and begins to dig at it. Beyond, he sees murky water. Gary and Zekar begin to frantically search the Lab, digging through the desk and the ritual table. Gary places his palm on the bloody handprint in the center of the ritual table, causing Jimmy’s voice to boom throughout the lab “You are not one of my apprentices”. Finally, Gary decides to use his Gem of True Seeing, and spots a variety of ethereal notes written by Jimmy, presumably. One such note says “table now only accessible to Jimmy’s and Apprentices”.
Inspiration striking him, Zekar drags over the recently deceased clone of Jimmy and places its palm on the table. The ritual table opens like a camera aperture, revealing a torch lined spiral staircase. At the base of the stairs is a clinically clean metal room with an operating table and intricate machinery lining the walls. Along one such machine are a line of runed switches, labeled in common. Flipping the one labeled “Lockdown Alarm”, Gary races up the stairs, gathers up his companions and rushes up the ladder to Aurora.
While this was going on, Nom begins to try to find his way across Aurora to find asylum for himself and his ~24 refugees. He finds his way to the High Noon Temple, and mentions he is with the Band of the Arm. The vicar attending him and his group goes white and escorts Nom down below in to the Shadowed Temple, where he meets with Nils. Nom talks a bit too much, but Nils is able to validate his membership of the Band of the Arm via a series of Sendings. The rest of the party is contacted and they teleport to the High Noon Temple. The curtain falls as Nils and the party discuss what to do next.