The massacre room
With the vault door closed, Magister Reeg suggested the ruins should be searched for a key. Felix Tarse thought the aboveground parts of the temple itself might be a good place to start. Lord Kendrick sent his soldiers along too, just in case. The eastern wing was largely collapsed by the Terax; Groo warned it could easily collapse. In the western wing Kitra had powerful visions of a long-ago massacre, and Agra felt unwell. Alpha One located a five-centimetre wide rod hidden under a loose flagstone, and he smuggled it out under his robe. Later, he concealed it near the campsite.
Temple by moonlight
At third watch that night, Felix Tarse woke his companions and led them through the ruins by moonlight. They recovered the key and descended the steps to the Puzzle Room and the ossuary beyond. Sure enough the key fit in the lock and first the steel doors, then the vault doors slid aside. Inside was a plinth with a glowing sphere floating above it and a number of coins, art objects and relics.
Alpha One hacked!
Suddenly, Alpha One experienced wild system fluctuations. The Aya spirit which had inhabited the golden cyberdroid now invaded his cortex. Target acquired! His metal fingers clenched into a fist and he punched Kitra in the face; she fell down the steps. Agra tried to grapple him and Alpha One struck back, unable to control his own body. However, he found that with concentration he could announce his attacks, thus allowing Agra to evade them more easily. Tarse grabbed the orb and ran out of the room. He threw the orb to Groo, who had been standing guard. When he returned to the vault, Agra had Alpha One in an awkward lock. Tarse and Agra immobilised the rogue cyberdroid and tied him up with Kitra’s mountaineering gear. Then they attempted to revive Kitra, who had suffered a bad knock to the head from her fall.
Groo hid the orb, and while the moon sank on the third watch the party debated what to do next.
Kitra, although wounded, was adamant that the orb should not fall into the hands of Lord Kendrick.
Alpha One, still mostly controlled by the Aya-spirit, suggested eliminating all of the other expedition members. But Tarse, also a Norukarian, balked at the idea of killing his countrymen (and his own reputation and status).
In the end they chose to conceal the orb and carry on with expedition. They returned to the camp.
Alpha One and Kitra were disabled by the Aya sprit and injuries. They did not have to wait too many days before Lord Kendrick and his men descended to the temple and ‘found’ the vault treasures. There was some suspicion evident between Kendrick and Magister Reeg. But the orb, never mentioned as the expedition goal, could not be located. To Tarse’s disgust and relief, the ‘archaeological’ part of the expedition was pretty rapidly curtailed, and it was time to return to Sweetwater.