The team, accompanied by newcomer Svedka, made their way back to familiar locales, but upon discovering an Imperial road-block, and learning that their path of destruction had been noticed by some important people, they decided it would be best to lay low somewhere outside the Dreaming Emperor’s territory. They sought shelter in a large city across the southern border.
Having assumed new identities, the team worked under the table, did some low-key adventuring, and scrounged around for supplies, as they were forced to discard most of their possessions during their perilous journey. The Inspector found a less-than lucrative gig supplying inventions to a mysterious benefactor.
The session began with the Inspector receiving a larger job offer. The team was to meet an acquaintance of the mysterious benefactor at a factory, and then level the building, before dawn the next day.
Half the team (Svedka and Zena) seemed concerned about the ethical implications of this offer, while the other half (Jimmothy, the Inspector, and Bingbo) began contemplating the logistics of demolishing a building.
Bingbo sought the factory’s blueprints from a friend who worked at the records office, Jimmothy scouted the factory undercover as a rebar-bending specialist, the Inspector and Zena sought out a snitch to learn more about the factory’s potential ties to the city’s criminal element, and Svedka introduced herself to a law enforcement officer, without much of a plan.
As a result of their efforts, Zena and the Inspector discovered the location of a stone-shaping tool, Jimmothy surveyed the factory and obtained staff schedules, and Svedka had a bizarre interaction with a mustachioed man, establishing herself as a strange person. Unbeknownst to the team, in the process of acquiring the blueprints, Bingbo murdered an old man with magic, while shouting “self-defense.”
After infiltrating the factory, the team located an unnatural concrete structure in its basement floor, and by means of stone-shaping and hammer swinging, gained access to an underground mine-shaft, in which their contact had been waiting. Finding the shaft to be lined with weapons and explosives, before making their escape, Svedka and Jimmothy obtained a hatchet and sledge-hammer, possibly enchanted with magic (or cursed… because who knows?), on the condition that they would not use these items unethically, though the specifics on that were never really pinned down.
As they returned to the factory floor, the team was confronted by two security guards, who had been alerted by the sounds of just god-damn everything. Thinking quickly, the Inspector let off a blast of his mighty rod, but in doing so, left himself open to an attack from the guards’ magically-empowered billy-clubs. In the process of being knocked the fuck out, he fumbled the napalm flask meant to set off the explosives beneath the building.
Fortunately (though that’s debatable), the flask was caught by Bingbo.
The team made their escape through a 2nd-story window, save for Svedka, who paused to shoot an arrow towards the returning security officers, regrettably hitting one in the shin, but succeeding in keeping them clear of the soon-to-be-exploding building.
Misjudging the leap to the window, as she was still concerned with the security officers’ safety, Svedka’s shoulder connected with the window frame, leaving her on the catwalk beneath it. As she stood to climb through the window, she saw Bingbo hurl the napalm flask toward her.
It crashed against the wall above the window, but before Svedka could be immolated, the Inspector blasted the napalm away, saving himself, Jimmothy, and Svedka, while also setting fire to a nearby factory making textbooks for school children.
Enraged from having almost been murdered for no reason, Svedka shot an arrow at Bingbo’s leg, which he dodged, but only just.
Once all team members had escaped the building, the Inspector used another of his devices to detonate the explosives. The team scattered, with Zena dashing through some alley, Jimmothy and Bingbo running through the sewers, Svedka bamboozling the distracted officer she’d met earlier, and the Inspector fucking off with his jet-pants or whatever.
The team was left with much to ponder before returning to the rendezvous point.
How will the Inspector explain his sudden appearance, from the god-damned sky, on the night an enormous fire destroyed two large factories, to his neighbors?
What potential complications await Svedka, the least disguisable member of the team, now that she’s made herself known to an officer of the law?
Can Bingbo talk his way out of facing justice for the old man’s murder if news of his crime ever reaches the group?
Will Jimmothy be able to resolve the moral crisis resulting from his participation in this group’s considerable misdeeds, particularly in so far as life on the lamb might interfere with his daily lifting regimen?
Does Zena have confidence in her ability to work with a team that either through incompetence, indifference, or malice seem intent on murdering one another?
Where has L been this whole time?
And what has Azzamestos been working on that would keep him from participating in this most recent semi-legitimate endeavour?