The City Inevitable

Ardiv Report 635-12 Part A
Official report filed on the harvesting of drupe world 635, Akarda

Known Aeon 472, GS Phase 1

  • Petitioner: The Council of Gravitas
  • Administrator: Cheryonkind
  • Ardiv Operatives Involved: Nasir Al-Din, Summersnow, Kanah Destrega
  • Commanding Harvester: Summersnow
  • Ardiv Observer: Summersnow
  • Mission Status: Completed

In accordance to planar projection charts provided by the Council of Gravitas, drupe world 635, indigenous name “Akarda”, became due for harvesting. A team of two A class Harvesters and assistance from one B class Harvester was assembled and commissioned to harvest 635’s world seeds and return them to the Ardiv Building for processing. Due to the unexplained absence of Union member 3810, Caedus, all initiatives in regards to this mission have been delegated to Union member 3955, Cheryonkind.

Standard pay and hazard pay was provided, and standard preparation and briefing was done by Cheryonkind, acting as official administrator and as the delegated coordinator of 635’s affairs. A citizenship list of 108 was provided prior to this delegation and issued to Cheryonkind to be enacted. At the time prior to the mission, accounts could be made for all but one denizen. In addition to standard harvesting duties, the team was provided with the additional objective of locating this individual and safely escorting them back to the Ardiv Building for processing.

Upon entry into 635, the missing denizen’s signature was traced to a location central to the termination of the world’s structure. The team intervened, delivering the denizen, identified as Kokai Tadaharu, to safety. In doing so, it became evident that 635’s lifespan had been brought to an end by the activities of a denizen identified as Jhara Vaday, a former scion of Caedus. Vaday had obtained extraplanar insight into the nature of his native cosmology, and had managed to generate a personal seed with the intention of creating an unlicensed world. In addition to their duties, the team dispensed an appropriate judgment on behalf of the Ardiv Building and eliminated Vaday.

After executing this task, the team and Tadaharu were taken to extract the expected six seeds of world 635, only to find that two of the seeds had been degraded to an irreparable state by several large ecthroi. Upon approach, the ecthroi began a process by which two of the remaining seeds were converted to red seeds. The operating team exterminated the ecthroi and extracted a larval sample and a complacency implant from the lifeform before making a narrow escape from Akarda moments before its collapse.

Upon re-entering the city, Cheryonkind, operating as delegate for Caedus, gained custody of Tadaharu, and the operating team was instructed to take the remaining seeds to be deposited within the Spire Depository before processing their gathering information and beginning an investigation into the appearance of ecthroi within Akarda.

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Spire Knight Report 9087-6342
Official report filed by Spire Knight police forces regarding the attempted theft of the world seeds of Drupe World 635

Known Aeon 472, GS Phase 1

  • Jurisdiction: Spiretown
  • Area: Spire of Gravitas
  • Reported By: 2nd Lt. J. Caramdan
  • Officers on Duty: 1st Lt. K. Maed, 2nd Lt. Caramdan
  • Time of Incident: 16th Seed Hour

While attempting to deposit the seeds of drupe world 635 in the Spire Depository according to harvest protocol, a team of Harvesters composed of Nasir Al-Din, Summersnow, Kanah Destrega, and a newly processed citizen by the name of Kokai Tadaharu were assaulted by a seed tech golem piloted by a band of alleged assassins in an attempt to obtain the seeds.

The band of assassins had no legal citizenship, having been secreted into the city under cover of a citizen working within the Ardiv Building. A transport lift was destroyed, leaving the occupying individuals and the seeds stranded along the understructure of the Kiefer Ring, where they were again attacked.

The harvesters at the scene, acting in accordance to Ardiv policy agreements with the Spire Knights, took command of the scene and repelled the assault. Two of the assassins were taken prisoner. One assassin, a vanara male that had migrated from the world of Avidya, killed himself by swallowing a soul toxin capsule, making his corpse useless for Spire necromancers to search for information. The other, a carbuncle female, was successfully interrogated only to yield very little information. According to the captive, the band had been offered a large cash reward and a standard immortality and citizenship agreement upon successful completion of their task. Their contact was made indirectly through use of a now defunct Oracle Gate within drupe world 931. Spire artificers were unable to extract any information from the ruined objects, and use of such artifacts being restricted by Council law caused there to be little in terms of official records regarding their use.

The captive also informed the harvesters on the scene that they had been brought into the city by someone working within the Ardiv Building. Further investigation found that this was accomplished by feeding a false teleportation signal into the Nexus’ sensors at the time the assassins were gated into the city illegally. Official records show that an cargo of equivalent sized humanoid chattel were imported in at that time.

Investigation into this determined that the guilty party was Calastre Marquese of the House of Forgotten Names. Marquese claimed that he had been contacted anonymously by a telepathic entity who claimed they would be able to reward him with exclusive rights to a specific artifact upon completion of his task. Marquese claimed to be ignorant to the actual activity taking place under his watch, but he had the foresight to convince one of his dhampir spawn to perform the switch for him, by giving them the exact instructions and orchestrating the timing perfectly. Since no psychic coercion was used, and no tangible or legally distinct form of compensation was offered for this act, Marquese avoided being charged with any crimes. His dhampir spawn was arrested and deposited in the OSA under charges of world endangerment, conspiracy, and falsifying Ardiv documentation.

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The Journal of Lucille Faraway
An entry from Lucille's journal regarding an event following the theft of the Akardan seeds

Date: KA 472, Phase 1, Day 45

Well! Today was certainly very thrilling! I started my day as I normally would, and all my premonitions that morning were very hum-drum and run of the mill. Can I just tell you that if I continue to get false readings like this, I may need to contact a sangehirn! Wouldn’t it be such a shame to lose my job because I suddenly lost my ability to see the future? Oh, I hate to think of it!

Oh, but that’s not even the worst part. You see, it wasn’t that I got it wrong, or even how wrong I was about how today would play out… it was what actually happened that was so unbelievable!

After filing reports with the Spire Knights and such regarding the attempted theft of the Akardan seeds, Cherry came to me and asked me to retrieve Summersnow so he could help Haven biomancers determine just who made those horrible ecthroi that showed up in Akarda. So I jumped on the Kiefer and hopped a sidhe-skimmer down to Nolight Lowtown to find the gang and send dear Summer on his way. No sooner did he slip into the Glimmerweb than the most unusual thing happened!

Oh, there were fires, and explosions, and all sorts of chaos! Someone was trying to kill poor little Kokai and Miss Destrega! I know Kanah can be abrasive, but really, murder is such a breach of established etiquette! And did they have to involve old Nassy and me in all of it? I mean, I was just there to deliver a message! Honestly!

We were running through the streets of Lowtown trying to shake them… and what a bunch they were! Efreeti and ghouls and rakshasa and one very unpleasant swordwing mercenary! Oh my, it was just so scary! But then, even if I had been able to see the whole event in advance, I still would have been just as shocked when that old buggy sellsword came at us with one of the Six Swords of Darkness! Where in the world did he get such a thing? I mean, honestly now, WHERE? Soleyu watches those like a hawk, she does, so how could a common thug like him get his hands on one… well, not hands. Swordwings don’t exactly have hands. I wonder what you would call those things they have? Claws? Stabbers?

Anyway, Kanah ended up killing him. She quite literally cut his throat out. For a woman with so much money and breeding, she can be awfully garish. She was so angry that she couldn’t just leave well enough alone… she did some sniffing around and found that Calastre had orchestrated the whole thing. Turns out, someone tried to have him killed, and when they came knocking, he gave them one of the Six Swords as payment to leave him alone and kill off the harvesters who had been asking around about him instead. He even had them plan a set up so that it looked like Miss Destrega was the one who planned the entire thing, from the assassins going after Calastre to the theft of the seeds! The House fellows can be so snake like, it just gives me the shivers! I keep sipping chamomile tea to calm me down and it is just doing NO good whatsoever! I may need to drink something a bit stronger if I’m going to stop shaking anytime soon!

I worry about those guys. I don’t know them very well, but I’ve always had a soft spot for them. And this new Kokai fellow seems rather cute. I usually don’t date Danan men… I’ve always been a mayfly catcher, myself! But I could see myself taking a couple of nights out with him. Boy, wouldn’t my mother just be so thrilled to hear me say something like that! Ack, it almost makes me shake worse than that whole mess today! I better go pour myself a big glass of wine and take a nice, long bath, before I end up having a nervous breakdown!

-Lucy

P.S. Even though it was pretty reckless of him to do it, I’m glad Kokai unleashed his divine powers to kill Calastre! I swear, if that creep ever comes back from the OSA, I sure will have a score to settle with HIM!

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