All Quiet in Music City

Session 7
Masters of Artifice

Corbin and the party talked through their recent conflicts, explaining that the Vice Lords’ control of the city was all but cemented before they’d been interrupted by the events at Centennial Park. Nevertheless, he was prepared to let bygones be bygones, and he asked for the party’s aid: help Professor Mortimer find some invention he’d lost. In exchange, the party would receive compensation from the Music Man himself. After proposing this task, Corbin suddenly went rigid, said, “To kill me, you must burn me . . . like the Music Man,” put the shotgun to his head, and blew his brains all over Emil.

The group had no idea what to make of this sudden suicide, but they deducted that Corbin must have been manipulated somehow. They decided to leave the body and to take Emil with them for further questioning.

Back at Alan’s apartment, the group interrogated Emil for any helpful information about the Music Man and Vice Lords. They also looked at a map of all the locations they’d visited and compared them to Alan’s list they’d found. After some deductive reasoning, they discovered that certain key locations joined together in a huge outline of the traditional symbol for Spirit, and that most of these locations already had a confirmed Spiritual resonance. Their best guess: someone is preparing for a massive Spirit ritual, but of what sort?

The next day, Clint had to go take care of IT work while the group figured out what to do next. They figured that Edwin Warner Park should be their next priority since it formed the base of the Spirit symbol being inscribed on the city’s landscape, but on the way they’d stop by Mortimer’s lab to hear what all the fuss was. Edwards was still recovering from the battle the day before, and Jonathan decided to stay with her.

On the way to Mortimer’s lab, the party abandoned a much abused and traumatized Emil on the West side of Nashville near the old prison. They made sure that he had no hostile intentions toward them, and then set him free.

At Mortimer’s lab, the Professor told them about a machine he’d created that would lessen and hopefully negate the effects of Paradox. He had intended to use it originally as a therapeutic device for Marauders, but the device has been missing for a few weeks now. Corbin typically controlled who would be able to visit him in his lab. The last stranger he had met was a man introduced to him by Corbin, Alan Jennings. Mortimer gave the group the specifications and talked to Clint via cellphone about how to track down the machine, since it would be much easier to find with Correspondence.

Just when the group left Mortimer’s lab, Victor approached them quickly and informed them that Jonathan and Edwards had been attacked and needed immediate evacuation. They received a phone call from Jonathan almost simultaneously, confirming Victor’s story. He promised the party help from the Greek and his resources, and then quickly left.

When the party returned to Alan’s apartment, they found a bullet-riddled car and the bodies of three Vice Lords outside. They quickly evacuated a limping Jonathan and gravely wounded Edwards and found an abandoned warehouse a few miles away to use as a temporary hideout. Williams helped them out again, but the two Euthanatoi still needed rest before they would be ready for more.

As the party headed for Edwin Warner Park, it was already getting dark. Clint had managed to put together a tracking device that would track Mortimer’s machine, and the energy readings were also pointing them to the park. Upon arrival, they all felt a void, as if life itself were immobile. Off of one of the trails Lucas approached the party. He thanked the party for ridding Centennial of the Psychomachia. He’d tracked more spiritual disturbances to this park, and he offered his assistance once he dealt with it.

After traveling off the trails for some time, the group came to a clearing in which three human figures huddled together. When the group got closer, the figures rose and spined tentacles burst out of their bodies in an agonized scream. Musta Kraskish identified the creatures as Fomori, and the party hurried to fight the surprisingly resilient creatures. Lucas also joined the fight in a terrifying primal wolf form, and the Fomori were destroyed.

In the clearing Garth discovered a full rip in the Gauntlet through which the spirits must have come to possess the hapless humans. Clint fired up his tracking device while Garth began to repair the Gauntlet. As Clint’s device produced readings again, Lucas caught the scent of the one he believed to be responsible. Clayton hurried after him while Wayne dealt with his Paradox-induced Woody Guthrie problem. On the way, Clayton received a phone call from the Music Man, explaining that the attack on the Euthanatoi earlier was against his orders and that he was glad the group had decided to help Mortimer. He invited the group over to his mansion for a preliminary award and to discuss future matters. Clayton was in a hurry, so he cut the conversation short.

Clayton followed Lucas to the edge of another clearing, where he saw Alan alive and well, holding Mortimer’s machine. Alan looked down at the machine, and activated it. The world began to spin around the group, and each awoke to a different world around him.

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Session 6
Moderato con Brio

After making their trade with “The Greek,” the party headed over to Fisk Hospital so that they could have an easier time healing Clayton with the Life mage’s help. On their way, they noticed that someone was following them in a car. Wayne and Garth accosted the stalker once they’d stopped, and they successfully freaked the hell out of what seemed to be an average guy who was interested in them for some reason. Garth especially tormented the man before he finally left, and eventually they all went back to Centennial Park to drop off the Life mage before heading to bed.

The next morning, Edwards mentioned that the man who stalked them had an association with Christ the King Church, one of the locations on Alan’s list. Before they headed out to check the church, they noticed a car full of gang members waiting in a car across the street. They seemed not to be hostile or at all interested in them.

Arriving at the church, Wayne, Garth, and Clint decided to wait in the car to keep an eye on the car full of thugs who’d apparently followed them from the safehouse. Clint also was trying to track his signal on Jonathan, which had been disrupted since late the previous night. Meanwhile Edwards, Mike, and Clayton headed inside to talk to the head priest.

They met Father Dave in his office, and he urged them to listen to his sermon concerning the corruption in the city. During the sermon, Clayton looked around the office and saw a posterboard with newspaper clippings describing the terrorist’s actions from previous weeks. He also found a file with a symbol known to be associated with the Celestial Chorus.

After the service, Father Dave met with the group again and mentioned that his parishioners had started a sort of community watch that was monitoring the corruption in Nashville, and he encouraged them to keep in contact with him in case any of them discovered other influences upon the city’s welfare.

Clint’s tracking device on Jonathan finally started working again, and so the group headed to the Parthenon to investigate the signal. When they arrived, Clayton and Mike took point while the others waited with the car. Clayton and Mike headed into the treasury room of the Parthenon where they discovered Jonathan, tired but seemingly unharmed. However, a shadowy mass manifested itself and started to hurl itself toward Jonathan. Clayton called upon the rest of the group to get the hell over while he tried to bull-rush Jonathan out of the Parthenon. The shadowy mass began to possess Jonathan, but Clint was able to slow its influence while Garth tried to exorcise the shadowy spirit. The spirit then possessed Edwards, but Garth again began to exorcise the spirit. Ultimately, the spirit was banished from Edwards and the group allowed Musta Krakish to feed on the defeated spirit. They learned that the spirit was a psychomachia, a spirit specialized in using humans’ fears to its advantage.

Jonathan stayed conscious long enough to tell the party that he had experienced some of the Psychomachia’s effects earlier, before he had gone into his Quiet. He also related the few questions The Greek had asked him the night before, all of which seemed fairly innocuous. The group decided that Alan’s list warranted more attention, so they headed out to Shelby Bottoms (the closest place whose significance they could not deduce), while Jonathan and Edwards stayed behind at Alan’s apartment.

On their way to Shelby Bottoms, the group stopped at the Musica statue in Music Row to investigate where Alan’s body had been dumped. When they arrived, the party discovered a strong resonance with entropic magic and some other sphere. Garth then noticed a tear in the Gauntlet on the statue itself. He determined that it had been torn on “our side” of mystical barrier, and he spent some time to fix the tear. Their work done, everyone got back on track toward their destination.

Night had fallen, and the group knew to expect activity from the Vice Lords, now known to be the Music Man’s main muscle. Upon arrival in the park they immediately set an elaborate diversion in motion that successfully eliminated two menial thugs while leaving a third captured for interrogation.

The group began to interrogate Emil about the Vice Lords/Music Man’s interest in the city, but the thug was unwilling to say much beyond “We run the city.” Then, a deep voice calmly said, “Let him go, now!” The group turned and discovered a large muscular figure, wielding a shotgun and wearing a leather jacket and jeans.

Corbin!” Emil exclaimed.

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Session 5
Old Haunting Grounds

Desmond and Wayne managed to arrive safely in Atlanta, and they each made contact with local members of their respective Traditions. Wayne became fast friends with Garth, an itinerant ventriloquist, and Robby Rabid, a punk rocker, while Desmond was instructed to stay with Edwards during the pending investigation of his involvement with the “Nashville Terrorists.” Soon, however, a squad of Technocratic agents came to the apartment building where Desmond had been set up and where Wayne had been chilling with Garth and Robby. After Desmond made quick work of two of the agents, a third, Clayton, managed to kill him during his sudden Awakening. Wayne and Garth started to investigate the commotion, and Clayton tried to escape the building while following the instructions of his deceased drill sergeant (his avatar, he would later learn). Outside the building, he ran into Edwards who convinced him that he should forsake the Technocracy and join the Euthanatoi as a probationary member. Wayne and Garth eavesdropped on the conversation long enough to learn that Edwards planned to return to Nashville to investigate Alan’s recent disappearance, and they decided to join her despite her non-party-seeking attitude.

Several weeks passed before the motley crew finally returned to Nashville. They started at Alan’s old apartment where they found out that a body had been found, severely “drained of life” and showing extreme signs of decay, atop the Musica statue near downtown Nashville. The wallet found on the body belonged to Alan. The group then went to Fisk General Hospital to investigate Alan’s office and his corpse in the morgue. They found an odd symbol carved into the body’s forehead, which Clayton’s avatar identified as signifying the Entropy sphere. Edwards confirmed a strong ritual involving Entropy and another sphere had been performed on the body, but no one could trace the other sphere.

When they investigated Alan’s office, they discovered a ghost drive on the computer that had several files and folders containing names and locations in the Nashville area. They downloaded the information to a jump drive and headed back to the apartment to figure out their next move. After a few hours of preparations and shenanigans, the group finally decided to head back to the Parthenon to seek more answers.

Upon arrival, they found that small groups of gang members were scattered around Centennial Park, waiting for clandestine meetings. Clayton caught sight of someone monitoring the gang members with some kind of tech, and immediately set out to intercept him. Meanwhile, Edwards, Wayne, and Garth took a longer route trying to skirt around the thugs. Soon however, Clayton and the mystery tech-spy both found themselves being confronted by Men in Black while Edwards, Wayne, and Garth were hiding from the thugs Edwards had accidentally alerted. When Clayton’s pistol had no effect on the agents, he exerted his will to overcome the hallucinations. He then quickly dispatched the pursuing gang members and urged the tech-spy, Clint, to dispel his own hallucinations. When the rest of the group caught up, Garth informed everyone that a spirit of Fear was clearly trying to influence them.

Soon afterwards, Clayton was suddenly shot in the chest and the group had to discover their assailant. Through great teamwork, they quickly located and subdued their attacker. They were surprised to find that Jonathan was the one who had attacked them, and he seemed to be suffering from an extended mindscape, known as a “Quiet.” Garth made a deal with his attendant spirit to try to heal Jonathan’s Quiet, and the ritual seemed to work.

Wayne and Garth then successfully stopped another figure who had been observing them from a short distance. Lucas, a young werewolf, had been monitoring Centennial Park for the Fear spirit’s influence and was trying to discover the group’s affiliation. He responded positively when they offered to help get rid of the spirit and when they indicated that they were not allied with Vance. In return, he put them in contact with “The Greek” so that they could get a Life mage to heal Clayton’s wound.

In exchange for access to Life magic, “The Greek” demanded that the group deliver Jonathan to him. The group was reluctant to comply, but they didn’t want to lose time waiting for Clayton’s wound to heal naturally. True to his word, “The Greek” sent a car with a Life mage to the group, and they made their trade. They watched as the car disappeared, and then left before more trouble could arrive.

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Session 4
Time to Face the Music

Having arrived home, the group caught up with Jen who informed them of her capture and captivity the same night their original operation had occurred just two days previously.

The Music Man called shortly thereafter, informing them that Vance’s headquarters was downtown at Metro Police headquarters on the second floor. He promised a $20,000 bounty for destroying Vance’s operational center and an additional $10,000 for killing Vance himself.

After their conversation, Desmond got Jen caught up on what had happened, and then worked with Vasili to plan a list of needed supplies while Anders and Wayne made some helpful concoctions for the coming fight.

The fight came sooner than expected when early in the morning the party discovered that Vance and several agents had taken position across the dirt road in front of the safe-house. Vance gave them the option of coming out peacefully or “making things difficult for everybody.” Vasili answered by shoving a barrel of explosives out toward the car. Vasili, Anders, Wayne, and Jen took up defensive positions while Desmond dove out of a window to flank the agents. Vance shot a debilitating gas into the house and Jen failed a surprise attack against Wayne. Shortly after Vasili and Anders tried to retaliate against the agents, Vance shot an incendiary round into their cover and another agent threw a pen grenade that finished off the two unfortunate friends. Wayne managed to escape to the other side of the house where he used some fancy Time magic as a shield that helped him sneak away.

While the agents scanned the area to make sure that no other threats remained, Desmond met up with Wayne and the two made their long way to the far north side of Nashville where they could avoid Technocratic influence. Desmond successfully called the Music Man, who cut them loose and left them to their own devices since they had failed their mission with too much attention on them.

Desmond suggested that they try to head for Atlanta where they could each meet up with members of the Euthanatoi and Cult of Ecstasy. As they hitched rides and met various other people coming from the Nashville area, they heard reports about their various misdeeds. They also heard that crime in general had skyrocketed, especially with respect to accidental murder.

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Session 3
Reunions

The Music Man called the group back at the safe-house since they’d hung up on him before he could convey useful information like checking with a professor at Vanderbilt University about magic-related questions and the $2000 bounty he’d placed on any Technocratic Agents they manage to kill. After that, Desmond had a weird dream but couldn’t really make heads or tails of it.

The group set out early in the morning toward Waffle House and Wal-Mart since nobody had thought to buy groceries yet. After receiving a bunch of looks and after Desmond lied to his boss to get out of work, the party realized that they’d all been classified as terrorists operating in Nashville and their pictures and names had been circulated through every major news source in the city.

They bought some guns from Emil who recommended that they try not to meet face-to-face now that the party had some major heat on them. In the late afternoon, they finally headed over Elmington Park to check a lead the Music Man had given them. Desmond found traces of Jonathan’s recent stay, and he managed to reverse-engineer Jen’s hostile-detecting device so that it would indicate Jen’s location. With extra help from Wayne, they finally ended up at St. Thomas Hospital.

The group breezed past the reception nurse, intimidated the fuck out of the 5th floor nurse (whom Wayne tried to charm), and kept searching for Jen. Just as everyone was figuring out that more Mind magic was obscuring Jen’s location, the party stumbled into another agent. Thanks to some quick actions by Desmon, Wayne and Vasili were only grievously wounded while the agent found himself thoroughly stabbed and shot. As soon as they rescued Jen, the party found themselves facing security guards who were investigating the disturbance. Vasili shot one and made another piss himself.

When the party made it down to the ground floor, they discovered that the entire building had been surrounded by a police blockade, a helicopter had put a spotlight on them, and the SWAT team was preparing to move in on them. Instead of trying the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid route, the party decided to try to steal the LifeFlight helicopter on the roof of the main building. During take-off, Anders decided to take a pot-shot at one of the SWAT officers who was chasing them and received a chest-ful of 12-gauge. After hair-raising maneuvers, Vasili and Desmond’s combined efforts made the pursuing helicopter crash into the ground. With some Correspondence help from Jen, Vasili guided the helicopter to a golf course where they ditched the chopper and stole a new car.

The party rushed back to the safe-house having rescued Jen, killed a bunch more random Sleepers, and having become full-blown terrorists.

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Session 2
Machinations

The next morning only Desmond woke up early since his two compatriots were too hungover from vodka to be useful. He decided to make the most of his morning by recovering his car and trying to find out what the hell happened at Aaron’s place in Green Hills. Upon arrival, he noticed that several spy cameras had been set by the Technocrats, but someone seemed to have already disabled them by the time Desmond got there. Once inside, he found a gruesome picture: Aaron’s naked and disemboweled body hanging from the ceiling. A symbol was carved into the Akashic’s back, and his large intestine had been carefully cut and arranged into a symbol that Desmond recognized as pertaining to the Correspondence sphere. In addition to the blood trail leading from the bed to the body, Desmond noticed a large 5×5 foot area of blood on the floor that resembled some sort of design, but he could not tell what it signified. One part, near one of the edges, had a peculiar yellow tinge. Being creeped the fuck out, Desmond left Aaron and his apartment behind.

After catching up with Wayne back at the safehouse, and noticing that Vasili was still passed out, Desmond tried to hunt down information about Alan and Jonathan, but even his contacts in the Euthanatoi proved of little help. Frustrated, Desmond decided to go shopping for bomb-making supplies.

Meanwhile, Anders was having a nice chat with a psychologist named Dr. Malone who was trying to facilitate Anders’ interaction with the police investigation. Anders thanked the doctor for his aid and asked him to get a message to his friend, Desmond, but he couldn’t think of how to contact him.

After getting re-stocked, Desmond returned once again to the safehouse, and related his findings to Vasili who had finally gotten his ass out of bed. He also mentioned that a duffel bag containing $5,000 and a note saying “Baptist Hospital. You’re Welcome.” in elegant script had been left outside their door at some point in the night. The group figured that their enigmatic “friend,” the Music Man, had delivered on his promise.

As preparation for their rescue, Vasili arranged for his cab to have body-work done so that it would not immediately identify him to his enemies, and the group asked Emil to get some recon over at Baptist Hospital while they waited. They received enough confirmation from Emil that Anders was most likely being held there, and so they planned how to rescue their friend.

After Anders’ pleasant conversation with Dr. Malone in which he asked him to get a message to his friends Wayne, Desmond, and Vasili, another doctor said that he would have to go into surgery again because of complications that had arisen from his surgery in the night. Even though Anders didn’t believe the doctor, he followed Malone’s recommendation to take the easy route and accept the doctor’s words.

Unfortunately for the doctors, Anders woke up near the end of his surgery before they were finished. In a panic, the doctors tried to sedate him again, but Anders managed to hold it off long enough to use a Life effect that would allow him to remain conscious for a time while appearing to be sedated. As a result, he overheard that they were actually putting something inside his shoulder.

After the surgery, Anders had one more conversation with Dr. Malone. Having regained more of his senses, Anders began to notice a few things that didn’t add up about Malone. Eventually, Anders’ field of vision melted away and “Malone” was replaced by a middle-aged, stocky man wearing shades, a gray suit, and a cowboy hat. This new figure warned Anders about his current associations, but thanked him for his earlier information concerning his compatriots. He then threatened much harsher interrogation methods soon to come.

At the same time, though, Desmond and Wayne were already preparing to bust out their buddy while Vasili waited with Desmond’s car as the getaway vehicle. Having disguised themselves as doctors, Desmond and Wayne managed to find Anders’ room, but not without overcoming some devious Technological Mind magic first. The two steeled themselves for battle, knowing that an agent awaited them on the other side. Wayne botched a magical effect, but still maintained enough stealth to get the drop on the guarding agent as he exited the room to investigate. Wayne’s attack missed, but that put him directly in line with Desmond’s hidden blade. The first blow immediately crippled the agent, and the second strike through the chin to the brain ended the agent’s life.

They wasted no time in gathering Anders’ belongings and cleaning up the blood out in the hallway. Still maintaining the doctor facade, the three walked their way to the exit. Surprisingly, the met very little resistance all the way out to where Vasili was waiting. As they gave one last look, however, Anders recognized the man who had pretended to be Malone, and Wayne recognized this man as Vance. Desmond, upon hearing that name, told everyone they needed to get the hell away from there.

As the group tried to drive away casually, they caught up with their now-freed buddy, but two police cars, one after the other, both tried to pursue them, and both were easily thwarted by Vasili’s driving coupled with a smoke bomb from Desmond. Realizing that Desmond’s car was now compromised, they left it in the lot at Flying Saucer and stole a new one as quickly as possible. After driving casually for a few more minutes, they noticed that an agent was very calmly following them in another car. Anders realized that he may have had a tracking device implanted within him. He spent the next few minutes trying to force his body to reject the new implant, while Wayne and Vasili shot the hell out of the pursuing agent’s car. After a short combat, the agent’s car crashed into a median on the interstate, and Anders managed to crush the bugging device implanted inside him.

Once the group reached the safehouse again, the Music Man decided to answer his phone which Vasili had called 2 hours previously and had left on to keep calling. The Music Man congratulated the group on rescuing their fallen comrade, but Vasili and Desmond soon interrupted him with questions about the supernatural world. When they discovered that he knew nothing about Orphans, they began to re-evaluate his usefulness as a source about the Ascension War. He did confirm that he and Vance had opposing interests, but did not elaborate further. He began to promise further assignments, but the group ended the call. They’d had just about enough for one day.

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Session 1
The Heist

On the night before Jonathan’s operation was scheduled to occur, the motley group of allied mages met at Aaron’s Tae-Kwon-Do studio in Green Hills. Everyone had already met Jonathan and Alan (two Euthanatoi who had organized the operation), Aaron (an Akashic who provided melee and healing expertise), and Jen (a Virtual Adept who was running surveillance and intel for the group). The new members were then introduced: Anders (a park ranger associated with the Verbena), Vasili (a Bosnian immigrant who seemed very new to the Awakened world), and Desmond (a trained assassin of the Euthanatoi). Wayne (a young, homeless drug-addict) showed up late, and seemed to make everyone suddenly doubt the effectiveness of their organization despite his prior usefulness.

Jonathan explained the basic roles: He, Alan, and Aaron would be on the team infiltrating the Loew’s to disrupt Technocratic activity and to steal whatever resources they could find; Anders and Desmond would simultaneously cause a diversion at the Parthenon to draw any patrolling MiB away from the Loew’s; Jen would stay back at Aaron’s studio to run surveillance for both groups; and Vasili would be the infiltration team’s getaway driver. Jen gave everyone a small, circular disk with a series of lights on it. She told everyone “green means good, yellow means be careful, and red means get the fuck out.” With all their instructions received, the group departed.

Wayne and Vasili immediately went to the Loew’s to plan the getaway route and to look for a good place to park/hide Vasili’s car while they waited for the op to go down. They crashed at Vasili’s tiny apartment and waited until it was time for their part.

The next morning, Anders and Desmond met to formalize their plans for the diversion. Desmond continued his scouting from earlier while Anders looked for particular trees to knock down onto West End and on a power line to knock out the power in the immediate area. Their work complete, they went back to Anders’ apartment on Blakemore to prepare. Desmond meditated for hours, focusing his will into a constant “Eagle Vision” while Anders tried making different concoctions with his herbs. He had a disastrous bout with one such potion, but managed to overcome the resulting effects (minus his partially gimp hand).

In the meantime, Wayne decided to do some shopping and “cooking” of his own with a few of his favorite (i.e. cheap) drugs, and Vasili tinkered with his cab, making a few “special modifications” for an emergency drop.

Finally, it was time. Vasili and Wayne got in the former’s cab and picked up Aaron, Alan, and Jonathan. Meanwhile, Anders and Desmond were in Centennial Park preparing for their diversion. They saw several unsavory types, and Anders narrowly avoided some malicious gang members, but otherwise they were able to begin their part undisturbed. Anders knocked down both trees and cut the power while Desmond ran surveillance in the immediate area. Once the power was cut, they both checked their disks that Jen had given them, but not a single light was lit.

As Vasili was driving the infiltration team toward the Loew’s they saw that the power had been knocked out, yet one room seemed to still have full power. Jonathan took this to be confirmation of Jen’s intel. The infiltration team then went about their business.

Shortly afterward, Desmond sensed an enemy coming toward him and Anders, so he started to leave as stealthily as possible. Anders tried to sneak away, too, but was spotted by the figure, who immediately began to sprint towards him. Once he recognized that the pursuer was an agent, Desmond yelled to Anders to get the hell out, while he tried to follow and distract the agent.

Vasili and Wayne heard police sirens pass their location, and Desmond and Anders heard them pulling near the Centennial Park, but they were prevented full access because of Anders’ handiwork.

The agent, however, was gaining on Anders, and Desmond still could not catch up to them both. Anders headed toward Springwater, knowing that the group had arranged to meet there after the operation. He tried to jump the fence and take cover behind it while taking out his hunting rifle, but the Man in Black shot him squarely in the shoulder with his pistol, knocking him over onto the ground. Anders lost consciousness momentarily, and seemed on the point of death. Desmond tried to distract the agent, but could not get a strong enough effect. Police officers were now beginning to set up a perimeter around Anders while the agent gave orders and examined his prisoner.

Near the Loew’s, Wayne and Vasili heard the distant gunshot, but soon heard a window crash and gunshots coming from the hotel. As soon as they spied the infiltration team in flight, they sped over immediately. Wayne produced a “time hiccup” that hindered the two pursuing agents while the team hurriedly got in the cab. Vasili immediately took off and although he had some initial difficulty, managed to lose his police tail.

In the car, Jonathan told Wayne and Vasili that they’d been set-up. Instead of Syndicate operatives, they were met by two Men in Black who were completely expecting them. Jen’s disks had also provided no help whatsoever, and everyone wondered what had happened: whether she’d been attacked/hindered or whether she’d betrayed them to the Technocrats.

When Vasili brought the car near the rendezvous at Springwater, everyone saw the crowd held back by the police officers and the agent standing near the center. Desmond crammed into the cab and explained what had happened to Anders. Some argued that they should try to rescue him, but Vasili and Jonathan were both strong supporters of practicality: there was nothing they could do with so many police and witnesses. Vasili peeled out, and noticed that the agent observed their departure.

While they drove, they discussed whether to head back to Aaron’s studio to check on Jen. Aaron decided that he’d had enough of this business, and firmly declared that he would go back and he hoped never to see them again. Vasili dropped him off on the side of the road and left him to walk home.

Jonathan declared that he would lie low on his own, not wanting anyone to know his location in case he was caught. He too got out and walked away. Alan decided to take his chances and got out at the General Hospital near Fisk. Vasili wanted to check with Emil to see what he could furnish for him, Wayne, and Desmond. Emil offered them a small safe house in the Cornelia Fort Airpark (an abandoned airstrip) for $200 per night. Vasili and Desmond checked if they were being followed, and Desmond felt a supernatural coldness in the area. Vasili felt a hunch.

They drove to their rented safe house, and Vasili immediately called the Music Man. He seemed to know already about Anders’ capture and promised aid if Vasili continued to help him. Vasili angrily demanded his payment, and the Music Man eventually relented. He reminded Vasili “I scratch your back . . .”

Vasili hung up, told Wayne and Desmond what little he knew about the Music Man, and the three decided to wait for their next move.

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