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    "What luck!" proclaims Aukan. Leaving the other gems where he found them, he stands with the pearl in hand. Facing upward, Aukan holds the pearl above his head and says aloud, "Guardian of the Azure Tower, this pearl I hold is a family heirloom of House Ghallanda. This Gnome beside me, Ilmo, is a member of that family, and it is his right by blood that this pearl be returned to him and his House." Aukan lowers the pearl and places it into Ilmo's palms. "The pearl is all we came for, and it is all we shall leave with." With that, he gestures to the party to join him on the lift. As much as I would love to stay and investigate every inch of this tower, our guides are right: There is a bigger adventure at hand.

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    Aukan peers at the golden spoon Ilmo is holding. "So the heirloom was taken," he concludes. Then inspiration strikes him like a bolt of lightning as he deduces, "Perhaps the thief did not make it far!" Hurrying back to the lift, he calls out, "Someone help me over here! Search the corpses. All of them. We could have been standing over the heirloom this entire time!" Aukan tediously rummages through the pockets and bags of the deceased bodies on the lift to see if any of them had tried to escape with it.

    (Perception: 1d20 + 5 = 17)

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    Aukan pats Stribog on the shoulder, laughing off the matter. "I think we are all out of our element, here," he says, eyeing the over-sized furniture and kitchenware around them. As his eyes settle back upon the spoon that Stribog was holding, Aukan takes notice of the pearl nestled into the handle. "Ilmo," Aukan calls out curiously. "Does this look familiar?"

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    His attention pulled by the sudden nervousness in Stribog's voice, Aukan immediately leaves the kitchen and approaches the sorcerer. "What are you sorry for? I wasn't watching; I'm afraid my ability to focus in this place is... limited. What happened just now? Are you all right?" Aukan asks with concern.

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    Regaining his focus, Aukan starts turning over things in the kitchen, lifting pots, plates, and other kitchenware in his search.

    (Initiative: 1d20+2 = 5)

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    Aukan immediately embarks into the kitchen, perusing through the hall as if a student on a field trip. He takes note of everything about the kitchen and the tables, speculating about the day-to-day lives of the Giants that once occupied this tower. By this point, it's clear that Aukan isn't so much looking for the heirloom, but is just looking in general, soaking in everything in amazement and wonder.

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    Seeing the engine room as a fruitless endeavor, Aukan says to the party, "To the next floor? We can work our way up. Go to the conservatory, then the research laboratory, and finally the dining hall. Although what Ra'sakar says could be a clue as well to finding the heirloom. Perhaps we go to the top and work down?" With such limited movement and so few floors to visit within the tower, Aukan wonders if they will be able to find the heirloom at all. It may be lost to time, just as the Giants are.

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    In observing the wild creation before him, Aukan can't help but notice Lerithyn's thorough examination of the system. "This would be your field of expertise, Lerithyn. What can you tell us about this engine? Have you seen craftsmanship like this before?"

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    "Fascinating!" says Aukan at the sight of the air engine. He takes a few steps closer toward it, drawing a crude sketch of the contraption. "This is the product of elemental binding magic! The Sulatar always refused to show me any of this kind of spellwork. The skill that this would require..." He trails off, his eyes darting from one piece of the engine to the next. "Look around. The entrance to the vaults may be hidden. Assuming we can reach them from here..."

    (OOC: Is there anything else here besides the engine? Any rooms?)

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    Aukan continues to translate for the rest of the party whenever Giant is spoken or in need of reading. He scribbles furiously away at everything the lift says, mainly in shorthand to be transcribed into longer descriptions later: Guardian of Tower. Old times. Built wonders. Others? Other side. Dragons betrayed Giants. Won't hurt Giant friends. Built to protect. Don't steal. Wrath of ancestors. Every piece of information is so valuable, in Aukan's eyes, that he doesn't want to miss a single shred of it. He even goes so far as to draw crude pictures of the tower, the lift, and other sights along the way.

    After the lift has finished speaking, Aukan says, "The vaults will be in the lower levels. Out best place to look will be there."

    Curious about the "Others" mentioned by the lift, Aukan addresses the lift once again, asking in Giant, "Guardian of the Azure Tower, if I may ask, who are these 'Others' that you were witness to? Are they an enemy of the Giants?"

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    Brushing off the missed opportunity to explore the observatory, Aukan collects his composure and rededicates himself to the task at hand; The Azure Tower, I'm sure, will be as equally filled with knowledge. His spirits returned in full, Aukan gleefully approaches the tower. At the lift, Aukan is overjoyed by its voice and choice of language. "It's still working!" he proclaims in awe as he enters the lift, stepping over the skeletal remains as though mere rocks in the road. "Helsingen," he replies to the lift in Giant. "Meg nom er Aukan 'Runehunter' Thuliaga. Am er venn." He gives a slight bow before turning to the group to whisper a translation: "It says hello. I'm telling it we are friendly." Aukan records much of the proceedings using the quill and paper he still has in hand. Aukan, wearing a broad smile that stretches from cheek to cheek, looks to the large controls for the lift to begin deciphering them.

    (Aukan will not roll perception due to his flaw -- passive perception is 15, if that does anything. He is too distracted by the promise of information around him. However, he will readily use his knowledge of history to guide him throughout the tower: History Check, 1d20 + 3 = 16)

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    Conceding the argument, Aukan says reluctantly, "You all make excellent points... It is better to stay focused on the task at hand. Onward, then, to the Azure Tower."

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    "You're not even the slightest bit curious?" asks Aukan to either Lerithyn or Ra'sakar. "I do not question your understanding of the stars, Ra'sakar, I am merely intrigued by the opportunity to deepen our understanding of their relationship to the Roil," Aukan says in a markedly scholarly tone. There is paper and quill in his hands, scribbling away furiously at his observations of the sights. He gazes about the ruins as though a child purposefully lost in a world of wonder.

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    Starting from the base, Aukan's gaze rises the height of the Azure Tower until pausing at the top. "Spectacular!" he says in awe. "No matter how many times I see it, it still amazes me." Feeling giddy being in the presence of a Giant city once again, Aukan cannot help but become distracted (OOC: Flaw). "I recall hearing of an observatory in the city. I would love to see it," he comments while already walking toward the city entrance. "Ra'sakar, I wonder if what you say about the Roil and its relation to the stars can be further investigated with the information that lies there. Would you care to accompany me?"

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    Aukan -- a heavy snorer -- is difficult to wake. When he does come to, the critters of the jungle become audible once again, no longer drowned out by Aukan's nightly breathing. He speaks! thinks Aukan at the sound of Ra'sakar's natural voice. After spending the first part of his morning checking his weapons and reattaching his armor, Aukan partakes of the prepared breakfast. "Thank you for the meal, Ra'sakar," he says with a nod. "And thank you for your insights last night on the Roil. After my watch, I must have spent an hour lying awake, staring up at the sky. As a 'tall person'," he quotes Ilmo, "I think I look down too much."

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