Preparing for the next Lost Continent session has been a blast. One of the major themes on the LC has been the rise and fall of kingdoms and civilizations. The whole (large map) area that the players have been exploring, for instance, is shot through with buried remnants of the Vesternee kingdom. This is the same group of people who once visited the characters' homeland and sparked interest in the colonization of the continent. Upon arrival, the characters' ancestors (the first colonists), found only ruins, however.
In our last session, the party had it's first encounter with the strangely tall, tattooed descendents of the Vesternee, who now reside deep under the city they once built. This was a climactic moment, for the characters have been collecting information and encountering signs of the Vesternee for a long time, unaware that the descendents live.
Next session will most likely see the party searching for the abandoned stronghold of the dwarves, Duth-Ragar. On the Lost Continent dwarves are a dwindling race (only several thousand are thought to exist) and they no longer dwell in the heart of the earth, but wander it's surface aimlessly. Mystery shrouds the history of the dwarves, but perhaps delving into Duth-Ragar will bring some light to it. Then again, there's always the chance that the characters will go down into the darkness themselves, never to return.