“I never wanted any of this. What choice was there? Come here, or die. And so I came here. I have lived 7 years in the Astulae. Not once have I found an exit in that time. Remember that when you see what I have wrought: I never wanted any of this.”
-Unknown author, from a papyrus journal page recovered by expedition XIII.
“I have asked my nine best minds to divine the source, power and centre of the Astulae. None have returned.”