The Alecto's Luck finally reached its destination: the town of Beachhead, on the north coast of the New World. After exploring the delights and quirks of the town – an inn, the bathhouse, the undead labour force who work the fields and mines – in the company of Aisling Merrimeet, a halfling local, the party quickly decided to make their mark on Beachhead.
Rat Baby led a negotiation with the goblins who plague the town's ever-growing trash heap, persuading them to take the place of the undead in return for 'the good trash,' delivered regularly to their door (although the goblins laughed and sneered that humans 'couldn't find their home.').
Meanwhile, Mo worked on 'Deadman' (Steadfast Molloy) to convince him to let the party investigate his mine and see whether there's anything down there except for ancient, undead labourers controlled by mysterious diadems, in the hopes that Steadfast can earn a living in some way other than hiring out dead people to work their fingers to the bone.
Descending into the mine revealed surprises. As well as the tapped-out silver mine, riddled with undead, the party found something far more… grand. After risking touching a book discovered in a discreetly hidden room, Xan found himself the 'Keeper of the Temple': part of a faith that had both worshipped here and sentenced heretics to undeath and an eternity slaving in the mines (nice people, these). With his newfound knowledge and invisible tattoos, he was able to learn the place's history, and understand some of its puzzles a little better.
The underground structure was a shrine to the Star-Beast, to whom the party spoke in the temple's sanctum, by peering into a gazing pool and straight through to the depths of space (a sight which drove Rat Baby temporarily mad). It warned of its ancient enemy the Devourer, a huge creature of earth and fire that sought to destroy the land, and told the party that it could be contacted at other 'places of power.' The group also learned that the red dragon Thoiran seeks is an agent of the Devourer. They did not speak for long before an emissary of that enemy, an Ash Drake, manifested, collapsing most of the mine and causing the party to flee.
After an awkward quarter hour hiding in the sanctum, the party followed the Ash Drake up to the surface. They fought, Mo delivered the killing blow to the beast, and Rat Baby caught a goat.
Further conversation with Steadfast gave the party no more confidence in him: he claimed to have no knowledge of any of the mine's secrets and sent the party away after realising they'd ended his business venture.