Brotus and Timothy woke up inside a ruin on the Rock of Whispers, besides the dead body of Captain Balthasar and a large green crystal that was sending a beam of light into the heavens, in the approximate direction of the core. Tracks in the moss indicated that people has traveled to or from the crystal in two different directions.
Rather quickly they were assaulted by a small horde of zombies that seemed attracted to the crystal. At first Brotus attempted to drag the captain with them, but when he was heavily wounded by pursuing zombies, he gave it up, and the pair made their way back to the ship, slowly outdistancing the zombies.
Back at the ship, only Grynar, the ship’s navigator, was still conscious, and fighting the zombies, to keep them off the ship. Brotus tried to hurry up the ship’s ladder, but then succumbed to pain and fell unconscious. Grynar gave his life, supplying the pair with healing potions, which were both wasted thanks to Brotus’ lodestone harness.
In the end, Timothy tied Brotus to the ship’s ladder, climbed aboard and yanked the ship heavenward, dislodging the zombies trying to climb aboard. Then he killed the last zombie aboard, and hauled in Brotus.
They found various papers, letters and logs, indicating that their last memory was over three years old. The also found a letter from the Salvagers’ Guild on Knightstone, directing Balthassar to eliminate someone named Sharie. A name that Grynar had asked about, before being killed.
With scant information, and inside the Gloomsphere, the pair saw little choice but to head coreward. Sailing for three days through the dead worlds, they finally found the planet of Stygis, and docked at the city of Storn. In a bar there, Brotus talked with an officer for a Traxian patrol cutter (home station of Steyfos), and managed to get directions towards Frey, the home of his and Timothy’s guild hall.
Planet-hopping towards Frey, they stopped at Travos and hired a navigator, who seemed to know Timothy. The navigator was himself a salvager, having worked for other crews. With this new crewmember, they quickly headed towards Frey.