They continued to press forward and two days later they found the “Plague Bearer” described in Halkueem Zan’s journals. An enormous statue reclined across the open space in the middle of a ruined village from long ago. When they approached the statue, they were fired upon by the same sniper who had driven the yaruk to stampede. Cypher believed the sniper was in the head of the statue and focused his efforts there while the rest of the group rushed across the open space and searched for an entrance.
GM’s Note: I did not like the original layout of the interior of the Stargazer, so I created this.
Two more cultists waited inside the middle chamber inside the statue with a pair of automated assault drones which fired on the PCs when they entered. Cypher and Switch worked on disabling the drones while the rest dropped the cultists. Meanwhile, the sniper waited in the third chamber for a chance to take out one of the PCs. When Ryder poked his head out, she nearly took his head off (with a crit) and scarred his beautiful face. The PCs rushed the third chamber and ended the sniper before she could do more harm.
With the cultist threat contained, the group studied the statue and learned it was called the Stargazer and serving as an observatory for the Oatian elves who lived near the Temple of the Twelve. Much to Nuil’s delight, they also uncovered evidence of the Maltur as one of them was depicted on the inner wall beside twelve elves who were ancient astronomers. At some point, the two cultures had met which explained how the runes could have been found in the temple.
As night fell, Nuil climbed the arm of the statue and realized she could see the Temple of the Twelve in the distance. It remained no more than a day’s journey ahead of them and she could barely make out shining lights moving in the interior of the temple.
The next day, the PCs completed the journey to the Temple of the Twelve and found an ancient village surrounding it. They wasted no time in the village and quickly climbed a narrow mountain pass up to the temple. At the top of the pass, they spotted the corpse of a cultist who had met an untimely end. Investigating the scene, they found a trap which had blasted the cultist with darts. While the examined the body, they were suddenly attacked by an adolescent mountain eel. The eel smashed Switch and tried very hard to throw the android off the side of the cliff. Switch scrambled to keep from falling and the group quickly killed the eel.