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The thread terminates at a construction robot, and the party initiates conversation. Joseph Knock says: "Uh, identify yourself."
"Unit designate Protus. Purpose: Construction and fabrication."
"Um, new prime directive, come with us."
"Negative, must build."
The party tries to get him to stop working, but he refuses. Then, Joseph Knock fate shifts, and notices that the red thread of fate is tangled up on Protus' body. He unties it. As he does so, he notices that his entry portal into the Fate Realm turns orange, and he starts hearing screaming coming from all around him. He hastily exits, not wanting to meet the friendly ecology of the fate realm. But this action worked. Protus starts spazzing out, slumps over, and then reactivates.
"New Prime Directive."
"What's going on, Protus" Al'Sham queries
"Must request permission from supervisor to leave work. Travel to Heart of Mechanus. Merge with Heart of Mechanus."
Al'Sham lies, "Oh, we already talked to him, you can just come with us we can take you there!"
"Negative, must obtain validation."
Protus begins walking towards his boss, who looks like a mainframe on wheels. The boss denies Protus' request, and repeats in monotone "Get back to work get back to work get back to work"
"Negative, proceeding without permission."
Protus starts walking out of the construction yard, with his boss following, repeating "Get back to work get back to work"
The Halfling does a quick disable device on the boss, and shuts him down. They quickly follow Protus out of the yard, and through the streets. Protus had planned to march all the way to Mechanus' Heart by himself, but reconsiders when the party informs him they have a spelljammer ("New Plan. Take spelljammer to Heart of Mechanus.")