What seemed to be a rare, ‘normal’ day quickly turned sour as a large earthquake struck the Arcanium Academy. In response, the instructors needed to journey down into the underwater part of the facility to rescue those that shut themselves into safe rooms, in case of flooding. Arduno Boliviar, Eralem Omateh, Hyacinthe Villette, Ilana, Magdela Solarim, and Zandox were charged with rescuing those within the southern part of the facility, while Rhiannon Atweiler led the rest of the instructors to the northern half.
The brave rescuers descend into the damp darkness, but find the underwater structure surprisingly well lit with a very impressive view of the surrounding lake. There is a slight demonic presence that catches Zandox’s attention, so he warns the others to keep their eyes open. The group quickly finds the first three safe-rooms, but nobody is inside. Deciding it would be fastest to split up even further, Ilana pulls Hyacinthe with her to continue exploring a different path from the others (she could protect him if anything happened, that was certainly the only reason).
Ilana and Hyacinthe encounter a strange old man, who introduces himself as Roku. He is remarkably unconcerned about the possibility of massive flooding in the facility (he does claim he can breathe underwater), and is surprisingly knowledgeable. He points them towards a ‘secret’ observation room where, he claims, is a safe-room with survivors inside. The enigmatic Roku vanishes when the two look away, but they decide to follow his suggested path regardless.
Meanwhile, Arduno was becoming concerned for Magdela, who had become increasingly and obviously nervous. She refused to acknowledge his concerns, instead doing everything she could to not look out the copious amount of windows. The four come across a pool-room that connects to the outside lake, of which there is a safe-room located on the opposite side. As they are crossing the room to check the safe-room, an aftershock strikes, sending Magdela plunging into the pool. Panic overtakes Magdela, which requires Arduno to dive in and rescue her. Considering the door back the way they came collapses and starts leaking due to the aftershock, the four teachers take refuge in the unoccupied safe-room.
Ilana trips due to the same aftershock the other four feel, but is caught by Hyacinthe before suffering any injury from the fall. Shortly after, the two come across the door to the ‘secret’ observation room. The door needed to be forced open, which allowed Ilana and Hyacinthe into the very dark, all-metal enclosed dome. There was actual ground underfoot, which seemed odd, but the two teachers explored the dark room using some glowstones provided by Hyacinthe. They found a small, demon-summoning portal behind a low obstacle. Hyacinthe also discovers a control panel, which he uses to turn on the lights of the room.
He quickly wishes he hadn’t, as the low obstacle in front of the portal was actually the leg of a large, unmoving demon. It is then when Roku makes another appearance, and explains that the large demon is the defeated Greater Demon Ilkorur, which the lake is named after, and has been here ever since. The two teachers leave Roku to close the portal while they rescue the researcher Hoyt and his two apprentices. Roku warns the two teachers that the four friends they came down with are in danger, which is confirmed when Idone calls on their communicator wondering if they know anything.
With four teachers stuck in a safe-room (two of whom are chilled to the bone from the freezing water), two other teachers rushing to the rescue, and Roku having once again vanished, what shall happen next? Find out, in the next, exciting episode of Arcanium!