Following their encounter with the dragon, the party notes that the foul mist blowing through the land of the White Queen seems to lessen due to a rise behind them.
Climbing the rise, they notice a ruined chapel and scattered around the chapel are several obelisks with stone gargoyles atop. Cautiously examining the gargoyles and the ruin, the party discovers both the dragon’s hoard and the crate of diamonds promised them by Captain Argossy.
At that time the gargoyles break free from their stone shells and attack the party.
ROUND ONE. A mysterious message flashes in the air in front of the party. It reads:
WARNNG: CO2 LEVEL .6%
Half of the party are overcome with dizziness and it adversely affects their effectiveness. The gargoyles proceed to move in and attack.
ROUND TWO. The mysterious message appears again. It reads:
WARNING CO2 LEVEL .7%
Those previously affected by dizziness fall unconscious.
The lone remaining adventurer left standing is Ro-Kan. As a last resort he imbibes the potion of Polymorph he had on him and transforms into an incubus. He then orders the gargoyles to stand down. They reluctantly back away from the soon-to-be corpses and Ro-Kan takes the opportunity to gather up his party members into his bag of holding.
ROUND THREE. The final message appears before everything turns to black:
WARNING: CO2 LEVEL .9%
SEALING OFF AFFECTED AREAS.
TERMINATING DEEP SLEEP. LIFE SUPPORT TIME REMAINING …
2 h 29m 59s
The party awakes in their deep sleep creches aboard the UPF LION’S MANE, a deep space exploration ship. An asteroid has collided with the ship, damaging its life support. They party has been in deep sleep for 4 years; for the last 2 years, the ship has been in orbit around a mysterious object: Tesseract, spanning 4 miles across, and hailing under the name SPELLFORGE.
The party docks at the Tesseract and enters.