In the last session the party made their way through the lower level of the ancient warship only to find that the “power source” they have been seeking was in fact a young woman from an age long past. She was being held in a stasis chamber and connected to the ship via a cybernetic implant in her brain. Using his ability to speak with machines, The Professor sent his consciousness along the neural link and awoke the woman from her torpor. After determining that the being was not a threat, and in fact wished only for her freedom, the party released her from stasis.
After regaining her composure the woman introduced herself as Sariya, the Esper of Light. She seemed very much out of time and place and it soon became clear that she must have been trapped aboard the ship for at least several millennia. After some time spent conversing with Sariya the party learned that her kind possess powerful psionic powers and were once worshipped by a race of humans called the Kala, who believed the Espers to be mortal avatars of their gods. At some point in their history the Kala created bio-mechanical creatures called the Oorgolians to serve them as soldiers and laborers. In time the Oorgolians gained sentience and free will and revolted against the Kala, enslaving the Espers and harnessing their latent psychic energy to power their engines of destruction, such as the warship.
Her tale now told, Sariya requests the aid of the party in taking her somewhere where she can began the search for others of her kind. After some deliberation the party decides to renege on their contract with Quanon and escort the Esper to Qi, the capital city of Draolis and home to the Order of Truth and the Amber Pope, Durranet VI. They make plans to sneak their way out of the chasm using the lifts to Stirthal and then cut west towards Qi. The journey back takes them through the tidal ruins where they are set upon by a pack of bloodthirsty Chirog in the dead of night. A fierce battle ensues with the party narrowly defeating the abhumans, though The Professor nearly loses his life in the process.
Unfortunately, the party is barely able to catch their breath before a new threat revealed itself. Bright lights suddenly illuminated the area around the ruins as a strange flying ship bearing the Pytharon Imperial flag came into view. At the bow of the ship stood a strong red-haired woman in the unmistakable golden armor of an Imperial Centurion. She called upon “Quanon’s little errand boys” to “drop their weapons and surrender themselves and the Esper to the Empire”.