Eli was having good news all around. His first set out scouts had been simple workers, with clear instructions to look around but come back and report anything they found.
As he was doing his own explorations deep below the Glacial Research Facility, they gathered up notes and map segments. When Eli returned to his office, he would find them arrayed on his nearby wall.
One map segment showed the coast south of here, riddled by human-sized caves possibly inhabited by some local creatures. The people who saw the caves noted bones of stalefish and bones of vinvir scattered outside them.
Another part showed a section further inland, where the ice fields sloped into depression. In that snowy depression was twenty rough hewn stones, erected in a style unfamiliar to the explorers. The stones were high in concentrations of gold ore.
Now with two separate locations to explore, and limited staff to do so, Eli had to decide whom to send where.
Would he look for the source of the gold, or visit some neighbors?