So here we get to actually see the tower that Frigg and the naughty science bros negotiated over in Chapter 7. It will play host to a centerpiece in this chapter’s story, but I wish we’d figured out a way to make its architecture a bit more relevant.

Still, it’s a good choice: it symbolizes both the gnomes’ ingenuity and the culture’s less admirable qualities, from which there is a straight line to Bandit’s pariah status.

Not so sure about the alt text, though. I mean, yes, it’s literally true, but it seems like LOTS of chapters have figuratively unburied secrets in them, and the unburying isn’t the most interesting part, here. Something like “new crimes are invented” or “wheels of war kick into high gear” might’ve hinted at the juicy part of this story without giving everything away.