The crew of the Bright Star return to the tower of Arana Sanys and, per usual, cover the previous floors first, top to bottom. Then the characters commit to investigating the remainder of the teleport maze. The party breaks into groups of two and transit their way through until, eventually (some hours later) the whole of the party arrives on the far side in the “smoking lounge.”
Aika (& Elwood) free the two Lantern Archons bound within by removing them from the chamber. Terr Lightblade, the Solar they had freed on their first expedition within the tower, Gates in and offers Aika a key (that will only work for her) that will open a portal to the Heavens should she ever wish it. The Solar then disappears back through his Gate as the next group of characters arrive.
In searching the far chambers, the party finds the Book of Exalted Deeds (!), an Egg that seems to duplicate the effects of a crystal ball, and an additional Manual on golem creation (Iron golems, in fact). Once the whole party is present, they penetrate the last room where Moz and Ismek had previously found an inanimate golem of strange design. This time, as Gnimish approaches it, the golem animates.
“Are you my mommy?”
The golem quickly makes it clear that it’s memory and personality are very much nascent and that it is a blank slate. Unsure of what to do, Aika, Goh, and Gnimish are moved to try to get it to come with them. Moz consults with the Bright Star and the party (now with an unnamed Living Construct in tow) begin making their way back through the teleport maze and, ultimately, back up to the ship.
Moz’s thoughts at this particular time? “The moment someone names it, it’s crew.”