The people of Bree seize an opportunity to attack Presta. The Inquisition is used as the justification!
The crew exits the spire and rests. Z is finally debuted. The mecha sticks out of the L shoulder and he can extend up to 3m. It shines lights, infrared, and can magnify. Optical mechadendrite are awesome!!!
The eve Z is released from the medicae facility sirens begin to echo and intensify. Filling the air. The crew wakes. T doesn’t know what’s going on despite her training. They do not worry of such in the spire. D hurries down the stairs into the pub of McCalisters. The bar is deserted at 3am. None of the other guests come out. T looks out the window and notices that lights are going out street by street. Z calls back for us to grab gear and head to the basement. People are out in the street kneeling and praying. Off in the distance booms and explosions the lights reflect off the smog.
D”fuckin breeyans”. People are praying in the streets. Everyone but P hears the whirr or high flying airplanes in between the booms. Bombs are being dropped. D asks what their bombing. The innkeeper is in the basement and he solemnly welcomes the crew.
D gets out going and seeing where the bombs are because the ground is shaking. D heads up to the surface and looks. The others join. P and T notice that 1.) There is a fire close to the spooky refinery. 2. There is also no fire anywhere remotely within a radius around the spire.
D calls for everyone to head to the Blackwell (BW) refinery to investigate and maybe go inside. They head off through the city and it is dark except for the light flickering glow of the distant burning. The ground is now littered with flyers. T picks one up and reads it. It has the Breeyan flag and colors on it with a message of” repent and pray to the Emperor. The inquisition has come for you”
D hears the clumps of boots marching in unison coming toward the crew. Around the corner in front D sees a squad of Preston forces. “Halt, you should be off the streets, you need to be off the streets” Z”I thought there may be refineries on fire, I came out to help (fail deceive). Soldier” you must take cover or else you may be considered a part of. D offers that they should escort us to the refinery. The S wants to escort to the nearest shelter. D convinces them to allow us to escort us to a shelter nearby where a fair number of citizens are inside praying. He reiterates that he will send someone for us after the all clear issued. The crew waits until the bombing is stopped. It continues for about 20 more min. 10min of silence. 10min later a different siren sound. Everyone in the shelter relaxes.
There appear to be a fair number of fires burning throughout the city. They head towards Blackwell. People are emerging out onto the streets trying to salvage. At Blackwell the building is ok, but a bomb blew out a section of fence. The courtyard is filled with guards.
The crew burns the face off the ID badge. Strangely the crew is able to make it through the hold in the fence without anyone noticing. There are people running around. Z locates the entrance to the refinery. Crew heads that way and there are 2 stoic buff guards by the door. To distract them D calls attention to the hole in the fence. Z decides to binary chatter at the guard. This confuses the guard. And he steps out of the way,”yyyy y yes sir.”
On the inside it’s pretty dark and there is a strong acidic smell. It assaults the crew. There are skittering lights. There are 4 giant tanks in the main room. They are metal. On either side there are stairs going up to catwalks on either side. Behind the tanks there are translucent curtains and lights that have been separated off. The crew sees that there is line of guards, like statues guarding the area. The crew heads up onto the catwalk.
One engineer runs right up to crew “who the hell are you guys what are you doing here” Z I’m here to assist Krukrook” He looks hesitant. Z tries to talk tech and asserts that he needs to repair one of the tanks. Dude, “I see brother, shall I get some of my colleagues to assist you” Z goes about his business and explains the crew as his defense for an attack.
There is hole cut through the ground. Around the hold there are bodies on the table that look similarly mutilated. There is also a tube like the one before with the psy. Z looks around at the tanks and with his infrared one is full of the same fluid as the other. There are 3 guys in the curtain area examining the bodies. There are 9 guards. Z sees a control nexus at the end of the catwalk with cogitators. There are a fair number of people in the room (4). The tech priest is not in there. While they stand there some lights in the ceiling start to flicker on. The people in the control room are busy working. D has been recording.
There is a stalemate and they roll and make a “tactical withdrawal”. As they make their way out into the courtyard. They all notice heading through the gate is Krucuck. Quickly they move back to the hold in the fence. There are 3 guards. Z tells them that he’s there to repair the hole in the fence. T tries to announce that we are there to repair the fence and gets out the radio. He starts to call it in. The signals are uttered from the crew.
Drake knocks out the guy with the radio. His eyes get wide and he collapses as he sees a skull shadow come from Drakes head at him. At 2 meters. Trina shots him in the L arm, but he soaks it. Z draws his bolt pistol in the head. It rips through the helmet but does not take his head off. 1st guy raises his auto gun and aims at drake pop pop pop. He dodges the two that would have hit him. The other dude hits drake all three times. Drake takes three. Pris whips out Wiggles and sets alight the unconscious man and one of the guards. The other dodges the main of the. Drake makes the conscious man crumble. T semi autos the on fire conscious man and hits him 3 times. He his hurt badly and barely hanging on. Z shoots at the same guy and dodges. He stops drops and rolls. Pris calls that we all leave. The crew runs through dropping firebombs. The sound of screams starts. They escape successfully into the streets of Presta.
Once at a safe distance, D asks why we attacked. They regroup at McC;s as the sun rises and the brown star ascends into the sky. The fires look like they have been mostly put out. The crew makes to the spire and they notice that security at the spire has increased greatly. They crew calls upon the other acolyte, but the upper areas of the spire are completely cut off, even from T that is a resident. They then decide to call upon the clerk…D asks why and when the spire will be opened. The clerk is lingering in the lower levels. He is extremely nervous and takes us into a side room. “What is it you need?” D asks about the pamphlets. The clerk confirms that Bree was responsible for the attack. D shows him the video and explains about exposing the Blackwell Company. He takes a copy of the pictrecording. He is very excited about having evidence against the prestans. D wants to take the pictrecording, but the guy is reluctant to hand it back. Z notices that when the spy goes to hand it back that he tries to switch the data plate. Z calls him out, and he becomes defensive. D tells him that the crew is going to over look the mishap and proceeds to lecture. He hands back the data slate.
He spouts that the people in the spire are abundantly sinful. And acts out. D negates this about and inquires as to when the spire security will be lessened again. He states it. Pris tries to intimidate, but it just makes him more indignant.
After we leave Z brings up that the spy is unfavorable and that selling him out would be the most advantageous to us. There are now a lot of heavy digging equip going into the ground. D gets it on the pictrecorder. There is a lot of noise coming from inside.
The next day crew heads to the spire. They let us in, but the crew has to leave her. Pris is unwilling to give up her weapons and she and Z decide to wait in the lobby, as he does not want to divulge the green flame. T and D head up. They find Aurelia and inquire about the bombing. She greets them coldly. And inquires about the nature. D what have you heard from your inq. A I’ve been told to continue on the course here and to ignore outside influence.. D verywell. A is there anything more I can aid you with? D so you knew of the heretics in the sewer, why did you not eradicate them earlier ‘sometimes discretion is required and not bravado. You should be more discreet as there are many flyers floating around announcing our presence. They cordial say their good byes
D&T decide to go and see the Zolo family. T calls on them as a priestess wishing to visit the pious son, Jamis. T manages to speak to the chief butler, and when asked about speaking to Jamis it is said that he is indefinitely indisposed. D notices that until the pious son was mentioned the butler became interesting. D you seem nervous. Why would you be nervous of the one true religion of the empire? Why may we not speak with the son? As I said he’s indisposed. D you are speaking to a cleric. He is resistant and calls upon the security situation. D shoots back that it has not been mentioned to Jamis. T asks about the whole family. The butler says they’re indisposed. D&T asks when they would be able to speak with someone. B I believe that I must go. D&T then go to call upon the Orzabals, Varnesha.
Varnesha welcomes T with enthusiasm and they being to squawk. T introduces D. They bring up their calling upon the Zolos. V reminds T that she is outside the normal social sphere and if they opened their door to one, it would have to be open to all. D&T say that being so pious he needs the guidance of the clergy. V says that she will do what she can. T lets her know that we’ll be at hers of McCalisters
D asks about the Scimiors. She skirts it a little. He reminds that there is the strange son, is there something just as strange in that family. She speaks that it is rather a bold question given his station. He defends by saying he is trying to just understand. Yes there is more to it, but being off world you lack the sensibilities to understand or comprehend fully.
T takes over and reiterates that she is making an effort to get to know the Ecclesiarchy and that in these troubled times acquaintances must be made. V requests to speak with T alone. D heads to the lobby.
T brings up that the Z’s in hiding. V defends their wish to not see everybody that comes to the door. T pursues any rumors of the same level of Jamis’s piety.
V talks about the 2 Darris: a very put off that spends more of an adept than a Nobel.. Then there’s Tamar, who spends more time with women and gambling. Jamis may say his prayers too loud, but Tamar may gamble away the entire family’s fortune. V elaborates, that he’s been at it awhile and is not particularly good at it. T mentions that it is such a shame for the family to have someone of sorts be like that. T do you know of their business deals. V that was mostly my husband, when her returns he will be able to discuss that.
T is there anything else other than Jamis with the Zolos? V I have heard that ____ Jamis’s stepmother has grown tired of her husband and is dallying about the spire T thanks V for the fascinating stories. T ends her meeting the V saying to call if she can arrange a meeting with the Scimiors or the Zolos. She agrees blah blah blah.
The crew decides to head to talk to the lady that will hate us. Lady Montoya is found in her quarters in the spire. She belongs to a lesser family. T remembers that at one point she was more prominent and has since faded.
P&Z decided to stay back again. D&T head up. Her guards take the letter and after awhile are quickly hurried in. There’s a woman in the late 40s. She is coldly welcomingly. She expresses that she will lend her dwindling aid to the situation. D gives her the low-down. Info spew. She listens quietly and she is conflicted. D states that her aid to the Emp is welcome. And that he does not wish our presence to be unwelcome. LM she states that she must make her act of penance. D it is never distasteful to serve the EMP. LM Are you sure of your evidence of their guilt. D we caught the green flame, and there is the strange warehouse of the Scimiors. D asks about the Scimiors and Blackwell. Confirms that they are top shareholders. LM asks about Varnesha’ involvement. T says that she is so stupid she might just be oblivious. The aunt, however is another deal. Her behavior is suspect. D actions of a house, the top is always aware. LM if you saw ___(green flame) as you say he was, the evidence was strong. What is it that you require of me? Discretion is required. D the best way to navigate the societal system. Lm they will do as they always have, hide behind their money and prestige in the spire. D do you think it’s fair to implicate them. LM I can assist you as far as introductions, the meager resources of my estate are at your disposal. D asks if we can get an introduction at the same time. LM says that would be impossible. When she asks why and D says we need to let them know that’s what happens to the head of the family. LM cringes as the words escape. D asks why she shy’s away. LM I am here to do the Emps work. If you wish to draw the heads of house together. The green flame, his guilt is undeniable, but the others have connection.
The crew heads to the guards to talk to the quarter master. The crew goes to talk to him about getting. He orders what we need. Outside the office the crew meets a fresh faced officer that has a squad of men that is ready to march. There are only 8 men (squad). D announces that the quarter master needs to send reinforcements but we’re taking the squad. QM says that it will take hours. Z says that we know of spies in a refinery. He then gets excited and decides to dispatch 2 extra squads. The team says that the require the following: TBA