Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story: The group discovered room full of Osun weapons along with anvils and forges. Such a sight created fear and awe of the scientists and Lt. Gloria Petrides. They began to examine it and wonder on where the Osuns might be. Either the test of time failing to ebb the Osun craftsmanship, or having freshly made but nowhere to be seen for unknown reasons. Gloria and the scientific team had to take caution after the weapons were found out. In a surprising moment, they found themselves with an Osun wielding a giant hammer who immediately swing overhead strike towards the group. All of them made it out but plumes of dust made it impossible to see the giant warrior's movement. Then Gloria strike it the leg while the scientists threw pieces of rocks at the Osun. It was a risky distraction for scientists, but it provided a small window for Gloria to strike down the warrior. "Is anyone alright?," said Gloria. All of them replied their survival and taking a short moment of break after such encounter. They do not know how many of them are but it's best to move quickly.
Hours have passed since the team retreated into the temple after an attack by warrior women. They began to wonder why they would attack them and decided to withdraw other than losing advantage in confined hallways. She began to wonder if they were entering their territories but they would have killed them or form a hunting party instead. It could be that they were entering into into possible Osun stronghold that the warriors cannot defeat but she also realize that it would have been sealed off if it was this case. Gloria and her team began to press on but they began to hide when they hear a rumble. Then into the view of the team in a hidden place, a group of Osun warriors marching towards the other areas that open the curiosity of the team. Luckily the team were lucky to have a crevice that would fit an entire team if not comfortable place to observe the next room from. The Osun Warriors began to gather in front of their priestess, wearing a mask to cover her blinded eyes as a ritual of her ascension. They were speaking in strange language, but Professor Agrippa managed to translate few of their speech based on his previous works. What they managed to gather was their plan to create a new warriors to finally break through the blockade and attack the "Torines". Gloria give input that the Torines might have been the warrior women that the Osun were referring to. Just as she give input, the Priestess told of a tale of battle where her tribe were closed off after a conflict with Torine for years until their discovery of Augmentation lab in current times. They would plan to create cybernetic warriors with enough strength to break down the blockade. The group of Osun began to cheer in her name as volunteers were called up to be augmented.
The scientist group began to worry of the Osun's plans after the Priestess' speech. Gaia then responded that majority of augmented subject would have no intention to follow the priestess' orders and may end up attacking their tribe instead. But Professor also state that there might be possibility that the Augmented might win their war against the Priestess and still pose a threat to Wilderrun. Gloria wondered on how to defeat them since she's the single person with a blade and no explosives to destroy their facility. Then Arthur give a solution to create a small civil war just enough to dwindle both of the tribe along with plans to bring a sign of Osun priestess' death to show the "Torine" outside as a form of friendship to let them leave. It was risky but it's the closest thing if they want to escape.
Their first plan was to distract large numbers of Osun being escorted to Augmentation away to create a sizable number for a planned stalemate. The plan was done through entire team using Arthur as bait due to his speed and comparative bravery while Gloria act as taunt and defense. The plan began to show with almost half of the Osun were distracted until half an hour later when screams of struggles against the Ascended Osuns who began to turn on the tribe as soon as implants were given without any knowledge of programming to be loyal to them. The distracted group then head back to the augmentation room as the team began to withdraw. All of them were tired but it paid off. After a break, they began to move to the sound of battle and saw the Priestess personally leading her tribe in a minor civil war. It was confusing to the point where neither of the sides saw the priestess barely. In a moment, Gloria began to move through the battle to slay the priestess and bring a trophy from her corpse. She realized that she need something smaller yet noticeable for the proof as head and scalp were too large to brought out in heat of battle. She dodges the foots of warriors and even weapon swings until she got the priestess on her sight. She climbed on to the pillar and jump at the Priestess' head with a blade to her nape of her neck. Then, the priestess falls down and her mask falls off. She finally got an idea to take a small piece from the mask instead along with a lock of hair for good measure. It was fortunate that she slew the priestess and got out of the battle in heat of battle. Finally, the group got their trophies and go to the way that they came from.
They got out of the temple entrace with a trophies in Professor's hands, which allow the Torine to cease their possible attack. He even made a drawing of their struggle from his notepad, which allow him to communicate their deeds and offer to be spared. The Torines smiled and congratulated of their bravery, which they were even guided out of forest along with not to enter their lands but possibility of mercy if they show the trinket as a sign of truce. Strangely, Professor noted their language being ancient forms of Cassian language along with the jewelry of Cassian Commonwealth design.