The Pulsing Heart
The Dravanian Hinterlands
The Makers' Quarter
I think I have the knowledge required to shut down the giant's core. But if I'm to reach it, I'll need you to lend me your strength.
Well, really! The Illuminati's latest message is─ It's─ Well, let's just say it's unsuitable for polite company. I should be much obliged if you'd teach those privy-mouthed savages some manners, Forename!
Pssshkoh... If uplander comes back safe from core breaking, Roundrox will give one piece of secret treasure!
Don't worry about us, Forename. You just concentrate on getting Mide to the core in one piece. Me and Wedge will bring up the rear when the coast's clear.
Just you be careful, Forename! There's no telling what mechanical horrors are protecting the core!
...Hm? How exactly will I stop the giant? Let me worry about that. All you have to do is get me to the core.
W-We're here, and none the worse for wear! So if you need another pair of hands, just say the word!
So this is the heart of the machine, eh? ...I knew I should've brought a bigger hammer. Not that I'll be needing it, of course. Isn't that right, Mide?
Pshhhkohhh... Greater are knowings in braincases of unwise than Quickthinx believed. Perhaps Quickthinx judged too quickly. Perhaps Illuminati should study uplanders. It is before eyes of gobbie? Good. Do not fail. Illuminati have no use for failing gobbies. Pshhhkohhh... End of gobbies' long wanderings is close.
Something isn't right. Something isn't right at all! The way Quickthinx spoke, you'd think he had won!
...He didn't seemed too bothered, that's for sure. Do you think he might have planned for us stopping Alexander's core? What was it the chief said again? About the Illuminati finding what they needed to complete their plan.
Something along the lines of a “missing piece,” I thought.
And what of Quickthinx's honor guard? The two dolts who're ever at his side─why aren't they here? The Illuminati must surely have known we were coming. What could be more important than protecting their leader?
...You don't think he sent them to Idyllshire, do you? While our backs were turned, like?
Th-That would be...! Come on!
The Gordion Knot
Quickthinx would not give up so easily... We've got to get back to Idyllshire!
Did the lookout see anything!?
Wh-What do we do? What happened!?
Pssshkoh... Wh-Where are treasures of Roundrox!?
Pssshkoh... Giant loses power! Uplanders succeed!
Never mind that, man─did the Illuminati come? Is Idyllshire safe?
Pssshkoh... How does uplander know? Yes, many Illuminati come to take stuffs of gobbieflock. Great was chaos! But suddenly, Illuminati go and take only junk not worth jinglyshine!
They came barging in, ready to start a war, and then scarpered with a handful of bleedin' junk? Hold on a minute. Where were they last seen?
Pssshkoh... Redbrix thinks...near the shortstop.
<gasp> Roundrox! Come on!
I'll go and find the chief─he'll know what to do!