Scene: Outside the Temple of The Drowned Cat.
Before acting, the Team consults Collar’s Guidance Spirit, who does divination. Is #hashtag, the girl from the tube, the same as Shekinah? “Yes and No”. Where is she now? “Escaping through the secret tunnel out of the main cistern that serves the Drowned Cat as dry storage.” Is she the same girl Forge knew? “Yes.”
The Team swings into action! Ashoka bursts the door, takes out security in a single action. Valkyrie, Forge and Lilu’s Doberman drone take point. Valkyrie opens the door to dry storage. An explosion greets her, although quick thinking and a timely spell from Ashoka keeps the door at bay. Once inside, they discover that the passage has been collapsed.
What follows is a complex chase through the sewers and abandoned steam tunnels beneath the Cities. Ginebig puts together a list of likely exits for the secret passage. Collar uses Movement to allow them to keep up. Ashoka begins an astral search. Finally, using new data from Vex’s more detailed analysis of the situation, Ashoka pinpoints an astral signature similar to the one they are looking for.
Valkyrie, Forge, Collar and Lilu’s drone easily catch up with the gurney and it’s two attendants. Valkyrie stick-and-shock’s the first. Forge engages the second. Collar uses the brute strength of the spirit possessing him to stop the automated gurney. A brief fight ensues with the second. During the fighting, Ashoka summons an air elemental and sweeps the body on the gurney away. The second attendant manages to fend off the attacks of a trained PhysAd and dodge the gurney, thrown by Collar. Lilu tries to use the drone (now affectionately nicknamed “Stitch”) to machine-gun the attendant, but misses and settles for hitting him with the red-hot barrel. Valkyrie uses this distraction to put a bullet in his head and put him down. Permanently.
Back in the van, a brief interrogation of the first attendant yields very little. He remembers nothing. Ginebig goes through his internal commlink and finds it a shambles. A familiar shambles. Meanwhile, the party also discovers that the body they have rescued is not that of #hashtag, and remember, too late, that there were three attendants. The body is that of the third attendant, cloaked with a False Signature.
Ginebig reveals that something, something moving against the mafia, has been possessing people and erasing memories these last few weeks. Rogue technomantic sprites. Possibly connected to the Shekinah cult.
Ginebig calls this in to his mob contacts. The team pulls out as they learn the mafia, who desperately want the Shekinah situation contained, is on their way. This run is abruptly over. For everybody except Forge… to be continued…