With the Encompassing Mind shut down, the Walls of Force that had previously blocked it, the adamantine platform and ceiling trap door were gone and could thus be explored. A wheel with three gems slots (one filled with a green gem), and after filling it with at least two other gems was found to control the platform movement, as it levitated by magic. With only four people capable of going up the platform at a time, all but Zach got on while he moved the platform up, the trapdoor opening for them when they were about to come upon it. They were immediately set upon by an ambush of Farmonian soldiers, who were backed by a Guardian Construct and a Dire Bear whose bite and claws have been modified with the ancient technology provided by the Iron Giant. One of the Partisans threw a sunrod in the parties direction, which the Dire Bear immediately charged at, pushing members of the party out of the way before destroying the sunrod, then turned its eyes to the party.
Zach immediately lowered the platform just enough so that it could allow him to come through, which unbalanced the Dire Bear, falling upon the platform and pushing off the rest of the party. Zach then rushed through the opening, passing by the bewildered Dire Bear with ease, which Zach then struck until it was almost at death’s door. Striker confronted the Guardian Construct, only to have his weapon torn from his hand, forcing him to pull out a less potent weapon, which still got the job done, and the ancient construct was rubble soon enough. After rushing out of the mess of the battle, Sig began casting his magic, taking out a larger bulk of the ambush party. With a large portion of the ambush now gone, archers from two adjoining rooms rushed forth to assist, though they too were quickly subdued. All the while, the Dire Bear sat in terror, waiting to pounce upon anyone who would attack it. This paid off in the form of Zaden swinging at him, and the warrior was quickly grappled, and they continued to wrestle till one of the party laid a killing blow to the beast.