Rod waits patiently for his time in the 'chair' to give his recollection of events. He's able to doze for a while, grabs a bit of chow, and uses the facilities.
"We are ready for you, Mr. Wolfram," says a man in a Tomorrow Legion uniform. Rod recognizes him as being with the Top Chief when she first spoke to them. Rod rocks forward in his chair letting the legs hit the ground with a clunk, stands up, grabs his hat and follows the man into the adjoining room.
Walking into the room commandeered by the Top Chief, he pauses at the entrance taking in the surroundings, he moves to the chair not taking his eyes off of the d-bee, watching her bird like eyes dart and focus around the room. At the chair, he turns it around and takes a large step over it and settles down resting his arms on the back of the chair. He tips his hat up, and rolls the piece of straw he'd been working in his mouth from left to right and says, "Ma'am."
She looks at him and then down at the data pad, touching the pad. Images scroll past that Rod can see. He gets the impression of a frown on her beaked face. "I do not see an entry for you... Rod is it? How are you connected with the 1st SET?"
"Yes Ma'am, name's Roderick Wolfram." Rod tips the hat again. "I received I guess you'd call it a field commission out here in Silverno. I've only been with the team for about a day, two on the outside."
Elle of the Owls nods her head and gestures for him to continue. The young man says, "I'm am a robot specialist. After the events at Tolkeen, the mercenary group I was with went West instead of East. The company was disolved not long after. I'd been taking contract jobs doing convey guard duty, reconnaissance, and courier missions. But with the increase in demonic activity the jobs were becoming a bit scarce. It takes a lot of credits to keep a 'bot going, so I'd been idle for the last couple of weeks when the Tomorrow Legion showed up. It didn't take long to hear some of the exploits of the 1st while they'd been fighting their way west."
A sheepish grin cross his face, "I staked out a spot in the common room of where they were staying and waited for them to come down for breakfast. The cyborg, Sargent Hernandez, the team called him the Chrome Commander, offered me a spot after I said what my capabilities were and showed the team my X-2700 Dragonwing."
"The sailor, Saul, suggested we do some scouting of the mine located outside of town. While out there he had some sort of attack, like a vision, of something called the 'Lord of the Deep', he was so convincing I actually began evasive maneuvers until I saw he'd passed out in his seat."
A troubled look then crosses Rod's face. "He's got this girl with him," he shakes his head at her questioning look. "No, a little girl, can't be more than 10. He says he found her on the way here. He can understand her, but it only sounds like chirps to me. Anyway, sorry Ma'am, this girl is a bit creepy. I think she has some sort of magical ability. We'd left her behind when scouting, but when we were in the air, she was there in the seat next to him."
"A short while later, the team assembled out in the desert near the town. Sargent Hernandez came galloping up on some sort of hell horse and Sinder had a hell hound tagging along at his side. I mention this because, while we had a discussion about the demonic items they'd picked up, they were resistent to the idea of destoying them. The dragon, too, seems to have some dark magic, he transformed into a Shadow Dragon. I don't know if you saw those during the war, but they began appearing after rumors that Tolkeen had gone to a really dark place in their efforts to win. Not that it made a difference at the end."
"The gnome, Zipwidget, lent me the use of a rifle, and we we all went into the mine. Something evil had definitely co-opted the mine. Huge spiders attacked us and we were able to drive them off, we eventually came to a central chamber that had the Simvan, the townsfolk, and a rift. It looked like they were sending the people through the rift. We quickly took out the shaman which destabilized the rift. Saul and Merlaggon dove through the rift and heard tell they battled a giant demon and it's minions on the other-side. The XO, Cory, she went through as well, and apparently used her magic to change shape and drag the townsfolk back through before the rift collapsed."
"The demons didn't make it back through the rift. There were more Simvan alive than we brought in, but at the point we were starting to mop up, the Sargent decide to open up on them with his rail gun. For what they had doing, I don't doubt they deserved it."
He takes up the pitcher of water and pours himself a glass of water, he takes a long pull, before setting the glass down on the table. "When we made it back up to the entrance, the Coalition was there demanding the surrender of the Sargent. He actually told them to spare us and went with them willing." Rod shakes his head, "Can you believe that, he'd been working for the CS the whole time. He put Cory in command before he left. I can't tell you that knowing how anti-magic and pro-human they are, it was pretty amazing to see that he'd been able to work along side members of the Tomorrow Legion, especially a crack group like the 1st, without them knowing."
Rod parts his hands and says, "And that's that, we came back to town, greeted as heroes, only to find you lot here, and that they'd been carrying around the body of Severin Fell in a giant rock."