Year 169 AC
A crazy little old man introduces a small box which when opened plays music. It is not magic but all mechanical. Some think it is an affront to the Gods, while others think it is wonderful, while still others wonder if they can use the mechanical item for something more nefarious.
A rogue creature is attacking ships in the sea between Ariella and Taina. Many are sent to stop the creature, but either they find no sign or do not return.