Genesta asks Gerard to speak to his aunt, the Countess, on behalf of the oppressed people of the Dark Hills. The party cannibalizes a stargate so Gore can start work on his portal gun. They then travel to the site of the next skyfall and after obtaining the aid of an old woman named Nona with a photographic memory they hunt down the two halves of the skyfall. One half is burning hot and the other is icy cold. The icy one already has a claim on it by the city of Bodrov. The party cons their way into obtaining the the icy artifact and combines the two which cancels the temperature extremes. They end up surrendering the complete artifact when Lyra, ranking aeon priest of Bodrov, challenges them over it. But they succeed in getting on her good side and for their help they have thanks and likely a reward waiting for them in Bodrov when they speak to Countess Tymora.
After a rest in the city of the hive mind the party sets out with Bumble driving the Trogdor back to the large power core they are trying to collect. Waiting at the power core are Skrzypek the enchanter and Genesta, the purple skinned freedom fighter of the Dark Hills. Skryzpek tells them that the nanosprites have brought him messages from the gods. They tell him that there is a stargate nearby that they party might be interested in and they also whispered to him that Gerard is of noble blood and nephew to the Countess of Bodrov.
The enchanter relayed Gerard’s pedigree to Genesta and she has a request for him the next time he is in Bodrov. She wants Gerard to convince his aunt to allow people of the Dark Hills to move back into the abandoned city of Thrax at the edge of the Dark Hills. Thrax was attacked by troops when they refused to pay taxes and tried to assert their independence from Navarene. If Countess Tymora would consent to allow willing people of the Dark Hills to re-establish a community here to escape the oppression of Lord Atto of Dross she could simultaneously disrupt the Lord of Dross’ consolidation of power over the Dark Hills and gain new citizens and tax revenue in her county. Genesta gives Gerard sexy eyes to try to encourage him to help.
They collect the power core with the Trogdor’s beefy arms and from here they journey to the Stargate in the Dark Hills where Gore successfully harvests parts that put him well on his way to building the portal gun idea he has been working on. After this they set off towards the direction of another skyfall which is marked just southeast of Bodrov on their map. Near the approximate touchdown site they enter a forest of strange translucent columns of synth with shiny metallic leaves spreading out just at the very top. The party finds lumberjacks harvesting theses “trees” and asks them about the skyfall. They direct the party to their small village where an old spinster reported having seen bright streaks of light fall from the sky a few days ago. The party follows their directions to the old woman’s shack.
Knocking on the door of the shack they find the Nona unkempt and dirty with a faraway look in her eyes. Gore buys a spool of her thread and the Gerard tries to sweet talk the information about the skyfalls out of her. She shrugs off Gerard’s apparent sexual advance and reveals the only sexual companionship she needs is her perfectly photographic memory of her time with a handsome young man when she was also young and beautiful. She admits to seeing where they skyfalls came down, but only agrees to spend the time guiding them there is they can give her another interesting experience she can relive over and over in her mind to pass away the boring hours of her old life spinning thread. The party accepts the challenge and constructs a “Ninja Warrior” style obstacle course and utilize the influence of the “cat’s grace” potion that the woodsman ingested earlier to allow him to put on a spectacular show. Sufficiently amused Nona agrees to guide the party to the skyfall in the fading light.
The skyfall actually split into two bits when it fell and they arrive at the first only to find it radiating an intense heat and are unable to successfully collect it. Upon checking out the second one they find 3 guards from Bodrov around the crater and a young aeon priest named Donnie trying unsuccessfully to collect the artifact which is intensely cold and covers the ground around it in hoar frost. They convince Donnie that since Gerard is the nephew of the Countess and they have a writ from High Priest Petra empowering them to collect the skyfalls they should be allowed to take it. They use the Trogdor to collect the artifact, but since it freezes to its arm they have to leave their powercore behind while they take the artifact back to join it with its other half. Bumble is able to rejoin the halves which cancels out both temperature extremes. It is dark by this time, but the party pushes onward to get back to their powercore. Bumble stumbles into a sinkhole with the Trodgor and the party is forced to spend many hours and a couple cyphers to see in the dark and make a winch to drag the Trogdor out of the hole.
By the time they get back to the powercore they find more guards and Lyra, Countess Tymora’s senior advisor and the ranking aeon priest of Bodrov waiting there for their return. She demands they return the artifact because they had full salvage rights to it. The party finally decides to give her the whole reformed artifact and play it off like they had just been trying to help the whole time and that Donnie had been obstructing them from doing so. Lyra buys their story and scolds the acolyte for his incompetence and obstruction. She invites them to see the Countess when they are in Bodrov to be thanked for their help with the recovery and possibly receive a reward. The party collects the powercore and beds down for the night before they set out for Shallamas in the morning to present the powercore to Petra and receive their reward.