The Westsands city adventurers and their company continued their trek north following Ùller's tracks. After a light snack, they set off on the beaten path. Alphonse finally asked the aging pyromancer's name: Agatha. By lunch time, the group stopped by a little hill to rest. No real vantage point was available form the top, but an entrance revealed that this hill was in fact a ruin was found by Meyamo.
After some quibble with Ixia for the sword, they both go in. It felt eerie and Ixia "felt" some distortion from what felt negative energy in her field of "vision". She instantly declined going any deeper, leaving Meyamo with Alphonse and Valeran for companions, the former using a burning branch as a torch. The ruins were a series of tight corridors, leading deeper in the ground. Going beyond the brown patch of negative energy, the three of them were attacked by shadowy creatures. This were mostly made out of arms (more than 8!) that could extend and stick to surfaces to move the creature around. At the middle of it, some sort of core. Quickly Alphonse discovered that they were very afraid of fire and scared one away. The other was cut and shot down by Meyamo and Alphonse, the former squashing it with his shield.
The dungeon itself was of impressive craftsmanship, as evaluated by Wale. The main way to the right led to a chasm; the left to what seem to be the top half of a spherical room. A ledge wound up to a higher level. Bisecting this ledge, a series of pipes formed a ladder going up and down. Alphonse headed up while Meyamo and Wale waited. Climbing up, the wall started closing in, completing the sphere. Being the daredevil that he is, Alphonse kept going on the monkey bar in what was now pitch black darkness. At the apex of that sphere, there was a gigantic sphere, going down the diameter. Alphonse kept going up.
Throwing his last yellow rock, he found that around the top of the chain was a landing. Exploring that top floor, a door with botanical outgrowing found and a metal panel with two heavy wheels by its side. The wheels couldn't be spun by Alphonse alone. He kept exploring and found what felt like a heavy metal panel with some topography and two pipe-like holes. Two set of stairs brought him back to the top of the ledge going around the spherical room.
Meyamo went to recruit Ixia's help to radiate light from her two-handed sword. After that, he joined Alphonse in his downwards exploration.