The Dravanian Hinterlands
The Makers' Quarter
Pshkohhh... Uplanders are gone too long for comfort of Redbrix. Shortstop is place of clashings with Illuminati.
Illuminati are up to no good. Maybe using confusion to do foul things. Uplander must go and see, make sure all is well!
Pshkohhh... Uplander must find Mide, make sure all is well!
Pshkohhh... <sniff> Treasures of Roundrox are...are... <sniffle>
Is everything still as we found it? They haven't come back, have they?
No. They're gone for now. And everyone seems to be fine...physically, at least. But Roundrox...
Pshkohhh... Gone. All gone. <sniff>
Poor thing... The Illuminati took everything. I'm just glad she was off collecting trinkets with Backrix when they came. I daren't think what might have happened had she been here...
Come, come, little one. Dry your tears. One thief─unconscious. We found him lurking near the edge of town─not far from your treasure, Roundrox.
Pshkohhh... <sniff> Uplander brings treasures home! Thanks to uplander! Many, many thanks!
It was all Biggs, little one. He had a feeling a few soldiers might be lurking around, waiting to ambush us, and this is what we stumbled onto when we went to look.
But why did the Illuminati take Roundrox's collection in the first place? Surely that can't have been their goal.
I wouldn't be so sure. Were I to guess, I'd say that the Illuminati believed something they wanted was hidden amongst Roundrox's pile of trinkets. Rather than waste time sorting through them, they decided to take the lot. But when they subsequently realized they didn't have what they were looking for, they crept back into town to wait for a chance to seize whatever it was they actually wanted.
What if bad gobbies want most favoritest treasure of Roundrox─one that is safe with uplanders?
You mean the glowstone that Forename borrowed? But of course! It's been sitting in the decoding machine all along!
Yes, yes! Roundrox would be sad without pretty glowstone! It is special treasure from near old castle. Rusty one that were left by uplanders, from before.
Wait. What do you mean “before”? Roundrox─were you near the Sharlayan ruins when...when the metal giant first appeared?
Yes, yes, Roundrox saw whirlycog giant stand three years ago! But was only for a little bit, and big gobbies do not believe Roundrox.
Three years ago─when someone tried and failed to summon the primal...
A fragment of the Codex! Of all the places in the realm...
We may have stopped their primal and taken their prize, but our foes are not about to admit defeat. They'll be back, and out for blood, like as not. But we've got you, Forename─and I'm sure you'll be ready for the onslaught when it comes. Might I suggest you make merry till then?
I'm glad Roundrox has her treasure back. I only hope it doesn't place her in further danger. You wouldn't believe what some would do for just that small fragment.
Pshkohhh... Roundrox is happy. Many friends worry, think of Roundrox. Uplander is one. Roundrox thanks kind uplander!
Let me chime in as well, Forename. Roundrox's home needed protection, and you provided it. Not many would do that, and certainly not in the face of a primal. You have my thanks also.
Mide helped Roundrox too! Uplanders have good hearts, and kind.
Only so many of us find machina pretty, my dear. We have to stick together, don't we?
Did Mide always like whirlycogs and bittybobs?
Not like you, Roundrox. My love, he adored the things─inventing, building, and tinkering with them.
...Mide always touches hurtmark when remembering.
Do I? Well, I suppose I do. Those times were something else, little one. My friends and I, we were lost in our dream. We thought to put back the pieces of the broken world with logic, reason, and technology. And we were certain we could do it, too. I hadn't much skill with thinking up things or making them, but I helped in my small way. And that feeling of aiding in someone else's dream, sharing it, washes over you like a wave of happiness. I've never felt that way since. Now, it all seems so far away. Even the memories feel like I dreamed them, rather than lived them... Well, enough of that. Roundrox is right, adventurer─you're a kindly soul. Keep an eye on our girl till next we meet, will you?