A fight broke out in the brig when the guards attempted to remove Grimm from his cell. By then Yuni had managed to slip out of her restraints and pulled a dagger from her boot. Also Dia’chon emerged from his hiding place and joined the fight. Still, it was a hard fight as Grimm and Yuni were without their full weapons and armor. They persevered and won the battle just as the other half of the party arrived to “rescue them”.
As the party was conferring, Yuni spotted a guard in the hallways of the airship. She stuck him with her arrows, but not before he could shout for help. Vengeance quickly manned a canon and fired upon the troops in the hanger. But the rest of the troops within the airship then surrounded them. The sending shadow of Empress Almeda emerged and told them that their Words of the Comet were required for the Capital’s plans to spread civilization throughout the land were progress was halted by the untamed Wilds. She made it clear their cooperation was mandatory and when the party did not pay her proper respect, she attacked. Almeda wielded powerful magic that stuck all within a wide range. However the limits of the sending shadow she acted through were strained and it could be disrupted by concentrated attacks. Through a relentless battle Almeda’s sending shadow finally collapsed.
The party then hauled the engineer up from the rope and forced him to pilot the airship out of the hanger. As they left Senlis, they could see The Capital itself looming in the distance. The Capital is a giant castle/city embedded in a titanic golem carved from a mountain. Fast interceptor airships took off from The Capital and pursued the party. As the party was fleeing the airships, they were boarded by flying clockwork creatures similar to the one they found guarding the crashed airship in the mountains of Altanoah.
The party had a tough time dealing with the clockwork Sky Raptors while fleeing the incoming airships. When one of the Sky Raptors was critically injured and activated its self destruct, the party pushed it off the airship and its mid-air explosion damaged one of the pursuers.
When the second Sky Raptor was downed, it was holding Vengeance in its clutches. Grimm managed to pry a protesting Vengeance out from under the construct as it began its self destruct timer. The engineer the party took captive used this time to active evacuation pods on the airship and escaped in one. Most of the party also scrambled into escape pods. The Sky Raptor exploded violently, knocking out Yuni and Wildbeard, but Vengeance managed to get them into escape pods. The airship, now a flying wreck, drifted into the path of one of the pursuing airships and destroyed both.
The escape pods of the airship buried themselves deep into the soil when they hit ground. It turns out the pods are also functional golem seeds and within seconds their passengers arose from the ground atop of large battle golems. One of the remaining Capital airships then began dropping seeds of its own…