We return to our heroes just moments after Jimmy the Magi’s powerful Death Spell which uprooted the palace of the pirate lords and flung it through the air. The party decides to split up. Trundor and Gary go to the bottom of the Palace to look for prisoners. Nom, Urisk and Zekar leave to investigate the brass and steel tower. Shiitake stays in the room and keeps watch.
Trundor and Gary discover the bottom floor to be an enormous ring shaped floor lined with myriad cages. Many are empty, but they find a large zoo style cage that is filled with seventeen Islanders. Trundor frees them, wrestling with the bars of the cage while Enhanced by Gary. After he frees them, Trundor asks if there’s anyone else they should free. One islander tells them they were an army that was captured, and their commander has been taken away for questioning. Trundor sets off to find Commander Vonanti. Gary escorts the seventeen Islanders up through the floors. Calling out to the commander, Trundor attracts the attention of two large scaly creatures which chase him.
Shiitake, keeping watch, notices that Ophelia didn’t fall through the entire palace, instead landing on a beam about 15’ below the floor of the bar. Thinking quickly, he threw a Bengal Tiger from his Tan Bag of Tricks at her, and she was quickly mauled by the feral beast. The two fell from the beam, flying down and horizontally to land on the ground of the floor below. Getting restless, Shiitake ventures down to see where they landed and happens across Winter Omen, soaked in blood, doing something to the corpse of the Tiger. Thinking quickly, he throws another trick from his Tan Bag Of Tricks, this time summoning an Axebeak, which does combat with Winter.
Nom, Zekar and Urisk search Jimmy for loot. They find a pair of potions, one inky black and the other with silver flecks in clear fluid. They also find a ring of keys, with many poorly labeled keys. Nom discovers the key to Jimmy’s room is hollow, containing a smaller, pitch black key. The group tries a key on the door before Nom just Knocks it open. Beyond they find a narrow, low staircase with 8 tiny slave quarters attached. At the top of the stairs, the find an open tower with criscrossing metal catwalks and ladders stretching up the walls to the roof. In the center of the tower stands a glass dome, 5’ on a side, that contains a pale blue whirlwind. The dome is being studied by a group of 4 enslaved gnomes with weights on their ankles, who prostrate themselves before the party. At the top of the tower a dark grey cloud is being prodded by a pair of enslaved gnomes. Zekar frees the gnomes with his blade, asking them questions about the situation. They say that Jimmy enslaved them, tasking them with their current project; making the palace fly. They say that it was not ready, that there is no propulsion to carry the palace. Hysterical, their leader explains to the party that the gnomes are trying to stabilize a levitation spell inside the tower, but they need to disconnect it from the main palace, since the spell will not be able to carry much more than the tower. As the party turns to leave to inform their companions, they begin to get lighter. The palace is falling.