have worked hard, with many interferences, interruptions,
and swindlings, to archive my primary goal of
establishing our current location in relation to Mount
Nevermind. My first actual, attempt of conversation,
although not my first encounter (which consisted of
losing 537.3 gold) with the natives began, maintained,
and ended with the word "prime". Being a gnome, I
inquired of him what he meant by the word "prime", for,
as I explained to him a plentiful, and surplus amount of
times, I was not first in rank, dignity, value,
importance, order, or time, CERTAINLY not primitive, and
nor an integer divisible by itself and 1.
I was given a small gear, not very accurately shaped and
made of brass, pushed through a large, illuminated
portal, and I found myself sitting, or more correctly
standing, in a world, at least I assume it is one because
I cannot see it's end anywhere near to me, made of large
gears. My specialty! I revoked my natural, rarely-lost
gnomish dignity, an unnatural occurrence of great
phenomenon, event, or catastrophe, and preceded to
prance, sing, and commit other kenderish deeds. Then,
being exhausted, stressed, and otherwise fatigued I laid
down to surrender my consciousness and further the Mt.
Nevermind Study of Rapid Eye Movement, Subconscious
Visions, and Collected Eye Dust.
that? A mimir? heh...ye didn't tell me ye were gonna do
that, berk. That'll cosst extra..(A jingle of coins can
right....Mechanuss iss it? Yeah...I'ss been there...real
nassty place..all dem Modronss runnin'
tell ye about somethin' I ssaw when I wass on a tradin'
run there...agess ago, I rememberr...
wass young, only a few cycless old...and this wass my
only thirrd tradin' expedittion...so I ssaid t'
mysself...I'll go t' Mechanus...they won't cross me,
they're a bunch o' tincans...he he...ah well, I guesss I
wass wrong there..
was ssellin ssome bladess t' ssome o' the residentss o'
Mechanus when I ffeel a tap right here on my tentacle
here..thiss one..I turn around..it'ss a Modron one o'
them cubess..it ssays t' me.."You hain't allowed t' ssell
that hhere, leave now." Sso I did..I didn't want t'
causse no trouble, not with all o' them damn cubess
around.. I turn around, and I get hhit on the head with..
somethin', I dunno what it wass but it knocked me up
thing I know, I'm sittin' in ssome kinda cell, a
lightblightin' cage! I couldn't believe it...but then I
ssaw it..ye ssee, I had what I call a "window sseat". I
could ssee outside o' the cage..I'll tell ye what I ssaw,
cuz I likess ye sso much...
wass kinda pretty, somethin' one o' them fool Sensates'd
like....A shimmerin' column o' light..at one end a cog,
the light disappearin' into a grreat big hole in the
middle, but not out the other side...there was 27 dark
towers on the lower face o' that cog, pointin' in
the other end of the column o light, wass a ssphere..a
pulssin' and glowin' with energy...I ssaw Modronss
a'crawlin all over it... and every 23 hours a jet o'
steam covers the cog for about an hour, couldn't ssee no
rhyme or reason for the whole thhing a firsst, but I
worked it out over the yearss..
a few weekss o' rottin in that soddin' cage, they let me
out..gave me back my skyjammer (minuss my good o'
coursse) and ssent me on my way. Now, bein' the curiouss
type, I decided to take a better look at the 'Bore', as I
I got a closser look, it turned out I'd sseen pretty much
all I could o' the bore, jest I saw the towers up
close..they had little rods of metal runnin' all over em,
every now and then, they glowed, but only a little, then
the modronss'd change 'em around...I got kinda bored
watchin' Modronss movin' stuff arround, sso I left, but
ass I wass turnin' my sskyjammer about, I ssaw the rest
of what I call the "Machina Infernalis" -- the infernal
saw these glowin' delightss jest a'floatin there in the
void...now don't think I'm ssome ssoppy leatherhhead, cuz
I'm not, but it looked real nice like..
cogss, all hhollowed out on the insside like the great
cage itsself...each one havin' 12 pyramidss built on the
outer edgess....I decided t' get a better look at
I reached 'em however, I ssaw ssomethin' elsse...directly
in between whhere the towers on the Bore were pointin'
and the Ring Cogs were ssome other cogs...totally dark,
opaque...like obssidian. Each one had smoothh
sidess...but on the upper and lower ssurfacess, they wass
craggy and rough...but I thhink the Modronss was workin'
on that, cuz they wass sswarmin' all over the ssurface o'
these dark cogss, chippin', and buffin' the the surfaces,
makin' 'em smooth. T' tell the truth, thhey looked kinda
like them eye-glassess them humanss wear, only
dark...anywayss, there was 27 of 'em each corresspondin'
to a Tower and a Ring...
finally reached the Ringss and took a closer look,
cloaked o' coursse by sspellss..hehe..sso the Modronss
wouldn't ssee me lookin' at their device...
there was Modronss all over 'em...but they weren't
chippin' away at 'em, cuz they shone like anythin', those
ringss did. They wass sscribin'! I'm not tryin t' fool
ye! Each pyramid had 4 surfaces...eachh ring had 12
pyramids, and there wass 27 ringss. I thhink it's some
kinda combination they have to break...once they get all
of the ssymbols in the righht placess, and the dark cogss
are ssmooth and sshhiny, and those towerss come to life,
the "Machina Infernaliss" will come t' life!
first, they need the 1296 symbol combination.... and they
can only try it one by one...the rate they was workin',
it takes' em 9 days jest t' carve one symbol, so I think
we don't have anythin' t' worry about jesst
a bit o' free information....I heard the Tanar'ri lordss
iss tryin' t' break into Mechanuss....I think I know
whhy, don't you..? The machine'd be a powerrful
weapon...might even turn the tide o' the blood
ye neverr know....