On board the airship, Yuni and Grimm were taken down to the brig while Dai’chon sneaked into the the lower levels of the airship. On the gun deck he found a lone engineer working on some machinery. He ambushed and interrogated the engineer, who told him that the airship is heading for the Capital garrison in Senlis. Once Dai’chon got everything he could from the engineer, he tied him up and dangled him out of one of the open gun ports. He then barred the door and sent an animal messenger to Vengeance informing him of the airship’s destination. When capital soldiers tried to break down the barred door, Dai’chon took a page from Vengeance’s playbook and created a diversion by starting a fire. He was then able to sneak into the brig where Yuni and Grimm were being held.
In the brig, the guards brought in a jeweled container and rolled a long red carpet out in front of it. From out of the container appeared a sending shadow of the queen of The Capital, Empress Almeda. She questioned the captives about who had the seventh Word of the Comet if there only six of them. However, she quickly found they had no answers for her, so she left them for the guards to “extract” the Words from Grimm.
Meanwhile, back on the fields of Senlis, the remaining party members received Dia’chon’s message and took off for Senlis in the remaining Capital battle golem with a captured geomancer in tow. The geomancer told the party that the Capital was occupying Senlis, so Vengeance thought the town guard at the walls of Senlis would appreciate a captured Capital troop. Instead they were horrified that the party assaulted Capital troops and were afraid of reprisals. Vengeance then bullied his way in by threatening to frame the capture of the Captial geomancer on the Senlis guards.
In the middle of Senlis is the capital garrison. It’s a large stone tower that seems to have simply shot up from the ground, regardless of the pre-existing buildings. As such it bisected a number of neighboring buildings. At the top of the tower garrison was a large airship hanger.
Vengeance attempted to gain access to the tower by applying to join the Capital. Doing so proved to be a highly bureaucratic affair, strangled in red tape. Between Vengeance’s commotion at the city gates and Wildbeard’s carelessly exposed Word of the Comet, the party soon found themselves entangled with Capital troops in a crowded city street. They managed to handle the immediate guards, but not before they sent a signal for reinforcements. The jumped an alley fence and managed to escape just as a large battle golem arrived on the scene. Luckily no civilians were killed, though one fruit stand was wrecked beyond repair.
After loosing their pursuers (and their own sense of direction) in the side-streets and alleyways of Senlis, they eventually returned to the garrison. This time they sneaked into one of the buildings bisected by the garrison tower. The condemned building was structurely unsound, and Wildbeard had some close calls with collapsing floors and stairways. As they explored, they found a pair of rat-creatures, similar to the thieves encountered in Vaskmati’s Woods. The pair was digging a hole through the wall that separated the condemned building from the garrison. When the party approached, the rats pulled out knives and beckoned them to stay back. Though they didn’t speak the same language, the party was able to communicate through pictures. The rat-creatures were tying to get in to rob the garrison and they allowed the party to accompany them if the party dealt with any Capital troops and the rats got whatever loot they found.
Once the wall was broken, the party could see into a workshop where the golem seeds were maintained. Several mechanics were at a table playing cards. E’rah lured them to sleep with a spell and Vengeance casually snapped their necks one by one. The group then took their uniforms, a couple of golem seeds and took the clockwork spider/elevator up to the airship hanger on the seventh level. Halfway through the elevator ride, a Capital officer boarded and almost blew the gang’s cover. But the conversation was interrupted when the elevator arrived on the seventh floor and there was a commotion around the airship. Several troops were attempting to recover an engineer who was hanging upside down from a rope out of a cannon porthole.