Y'shtola, on arrival, quickly found a junior Ironworks engineer to throw our inquiries at. We managed to catch Cid at a free moment, and he joined us shortly. He wasn't even that surprised at the quest to head into the void for a lost dragon... not after everything with Meteion.
He took a look at the talisman and decided to make armor for it- to prevent the damage from even happening. Leaving the talisman in his capable hands, we returned to the Great Work to check on Nidhana.
We updated her on the talisman progress, and she shared her findings from the satrap's private records. She found the possible ingredients for a mock Atomos... so she ordered those, and soon found herself some eager volunteers. We all commented on the alchemist's determination, and Vrtra started forming his own back again.
A group of Radiant Hosts interrupted, having heard Vrtra's predicament from Estinien, and promised to keep the place safe in his absence. Vrtra tried to protest, but they doubled down, and others joined in too- even Estinien brought the child who helped sell us the map, and brought the little sister in tow. I told him to take heart and protect them well. Vrtra decided to leave his dragon self for the satrap essential duties, and would take Varshahn into the void.
Y'shtola commented on Estinien's involvement, who insisted it was for the greater good- citing the wyrm's sighs scaring the people. She asked if he would join us, and he agreed, as he wished for no one else to suffer what he went through with Nidhogg. I asked if we should invite other former Scions, but Y'shtola didn't wish to bother them.
As for our plan, Y'shtola noted how while the First wasn't not completely destroyed, the Thirteenth was, and proposed we explore the void in stages in order to return. As for a base camp, Vrtra offered one of the palace chambers, and we all headed to Meghaduta.
The rooms were all filled with treasure... but we would be able to have accommodations as they cleared them out. Y'shtola wished about how if only we could know more about the destination... Vrtra was grateful for the attempt in the first place.
There was nothing left to do but wait for the word, so Y'shtola went back to Nidhana to help, and Estinien decided to train with the Radiant Host. I still had that thing Krile needed help with...