Adler has been partnered with Giskard, one of the experimental dual-souled warforged, and tasked to investigate the ruins of an old creation forge near Tanar. Just outside the creation forge, the pair come across signs of conflict, and raise their guard accordingly.
They discover that the forge’s wards have been recently tampered with, but Giskard’s clockwork bombs allow them to gain entry. Inside, they discover an inactive warforged lying in one of the forges. An improvised set of jumper cables shocks the being back to life, but to their surprise, he immediately starts ranting about demons and charges at the pair.
After a brief struggle, they manage to subdue the awakened warforged, one Sir Jarlamain Coster. Giskard manages to convince him that they are not demons, while Adler tempts Sir Coster with the promise of further demons in the complex to fight.
The trio move on to one of the neighbouring rooms, where they see a vat of elemental fire, at the bottom of which lies a strange homunculus. After applying some flame retardant to his body, courtesy of Giskard, Sir Coster leaps into the vat and retrieves the homunculus. As he climbs out of the vat and places the homunculus on the floor, it releases a huge wave of force that throws the party back. When their optics clear, they see another warforged standing where the homunculus had been, his arms aglow with fire and ice. Giskard recognises that he is one of the earliest models of warforged, used centuries ago as gladiators for entertainment. He introduces himself as Fides.
Adler and Giskard decide to bring the two new warforged along with them to investigate the rest of the complex. Returning to the creation forge’s main hall, they find that the alarm system has been suddenly activated and they are beset by the automated defense systems. Luckily, Sir Coster and Fides are proficient combatants and the party scrap the defenses without much fuss.
They head upstairs to see what else awaits them in the creation forge..