The team set out from the east side of town in the truck with the alleged Avis Sinclair tied up in the back. Quintos tried to conceal the destination by taking a different route than we took there, and in the process got so lost that Luck and Severus had to help navigate. It was decided that it might be best to just take the prisoner out to the woods to interrogate him, since they were close to the forest by that point anyway. They arrived at the forest and exited the truck, and Zuriel was promptly traumatized by a nearby deer.
Haxtes held up the prisoner to interrogate, and there was a pause while they tried to decide who was actually going to lead this interrogation. While they were determining this, Miranda did have one question for the prisoner: what was his name? As soon as he was un-gaged, he told the group that his name was Charlie Corgan, and he was a dock worker. Quintos asked if he had any proof of this, and the man cited the identification papers in his pocket as evidence. When the team realized he was probably telling the truth, they asked why he ran when they knocked on the door. Apparently, they sounded like a cop who he owed money to. Whenever people came to ask questions he would end up shoved against a wall with a pistol in his mouth and his money taken from him. He did know Avis Sinclair, however: he rented from him. The apartment was Avis’s, but he had been away for a while. Avis’s “lady friend” helped Charlie out with his broken arm a while ago. This piqued the team’s interest, and they asked how people contact her. However, Charlie told them that “she comes to people, they don’t contact her. She hears about injuries and shows up.” When she healed him, she laid her hand on his arm and it just snapped into place.
The team asked why he didn’t join the Companions, but the Companions did not want people like him. He was a dealer. The team convinced him to write a note to Avis that he was injured for them to leave with his rent. He just wanted to leave this planet. That statement inspired Haxtes to call Cigargent to see about having Charlie put in a “witness protection program”. The program would amount to shoving him on a shuttle to Severus Secundis, a mining world with a slave-based economy, but it would still be better than killing him as they had been planning. Cigargent agreed, and also mentioned to Haxtes that they were all over the news because of the shootout at this point.
Charlie wrote a note that “Some crazy people shot me, can Becca come heal me? Also, can you please tell Riley to stop shaking me down”. The team had him rewrite the note without the last part because it might have been some sort of code. He told them that rent was due in 3 days and would be 300 gelt. He typically was shaken down for the rest of his money 2-3 days later.
Before they left, Haxtes built Charlie an articulated brace for his leg out of sticks and stones, and Quint set the deer that upset Zuriel on fire. The now-panicked deer charged Severus, who applied his “grab life by the horns” philosophy inappropriately to the situation and grabbed the deer by the horns. He was promptly engulfed in flames, so Haxtes, who had taken to carrying a fire extinguisher with him, put the fire out. The deer died and Severus lost his eyebrows and got frostbite from the fire extinguisher. Quintos brought the deer home with them, so they had venison for dinner.
They headed home, and Haxtes decided to have them drop him off at the Mechanicus Temple on the way. Miranda decided to go volunteer at a homeless shelter during dinner and Severus decided to try to join the cult of Becca by going door-to-door. The others stayed in for the night.
At the homeless shelter, Miranda asked a nun in charge if there was anything she could do, and was given the job of serving dinner to the many people who had come there for shelter and food. She used this as an opportunity to speak to them and get more information and potentially useful contacts. One group of guests stood out to her as they were all wearing the same uniforms. She asked them about their uniforms and what they did, and learned that they were a group of rangers that go into abandoned cities and find old technology to give to the Mechanicus. The leader introduced himself as Artyom, and she told him her name was Alison. He mentioned that tensions were high lately, partly due to rumors that the Red Line council of the neighboring city Zhitomir had found a cache of atomics. Miranda was curious about that city, he told her it was about 3 days away by horse. There were other sources of tension as well, though. For instance, there were off-worlders bringing up strange ideas. There were a bunch of religious fanatics in this city united by some sort of healer who says she can unite the cities. However, their definition of “uniting” is a bit too bloody for Artyoms taste. He told her that his group of rangers was passing through on their way to mountains to the west, to explore and see if there is anything too dangerous there and to give it to the proper authorities.
She excused herself and served the other patrons for a few more hours, until it had mostly died down. When most of the others had left, she noticed a man with a face that looked young on the left and old on the right. She went over and asked if he needed anything, and he asked for water. On her way back she tried to think of a way to start a conversation without offending him. When she brought it to him, she settled on blurting out “What kind of lotion do you use on the left side of your face, it looks amazing!” He started laughing, and told her he had expected her to ask, but that was too funny for him to be annoyed. He asked her to sit and they spoke for a while. He told her he had been disfigured in a fire years ago when he lost his family. A few weeks ago a short blond woman healed him, she touched his face and her hands glowed blue with her bones showing through. It hurt growing in, though, as it was all new skin growing in gradually. Miranda asked him if he thought she was the same woman from the rumors, and he confirmed it. He didn’t think she was a saint, though, just a healer. The Companions certainly weren’t saints. They had been shaking down the people she’d healed down for money, and hung around in places like the homeless shelter recruiting. They seemed to be raising money for something. Miranda asked him how she would meet the companions, and he told her that she could either keep hanging out in homeless shelters or find them by the emblem they wear: a white hand with snakes wrapped around a scepter and an open eye at the top. Miranda noticed it was getting late and she should head home, she introduced herself as Alison and he told her his name was George.
Meanwhile at flat 118, Luck watched Space Reality TV.
Severus had more ambitious plans, and was trying to join a cult. The plan he had concocted brings to mind the idea of a confused Jehovah’s Witness: he went door to door, asking people to tell him about their religion in the hopes of joining. More specifically, he was going to the homes of those who had been healed about Becca. Dinner time may not have been the best time to do this, however, and he was made aware of this at the first door he arrived at. Kaylee Smith was rather confused to have her dinner interrupted by the man who enthusiastically introduced himself as “Sven”. Severus told her he was trying to contact a woman named Becca and that he needed information from Kaylee to help him find her, because Kaylee had met her. He claimed to be a member of the Adeptus Arbites and showed her his fake badge as evidence when she questioned why she she should tell him anything. She told him that she does not know how to contact Becca, she didn’t even know who she was when she healed her. She was in the hospital for kidney stones when “some random black lady” came up to her and laid her hands on her stomach. Suddenly the kidney stones were gone.
Severus moved on to the next house, which belonged to another person from his list, Gerald. He introduced himself as Sven again, and wanted to know if Gerald would assist him in making contact with Becca. Gerald wanted to know how “Sven” got his address. However, as he had said earlier, he is Sven. Gerald could not argue with that fact but still wanted to know how he knew his address and why he should have been expected to tell him anything. Severus told him he was a member of the Adeptus Arbites, but this was just a personal trip, he wants to thank her. Gerald didn’t have much information for him.
He moved onto the next door, and once again introduced himself as Sven. the man who answered the door was surprised, and told him that he is also Sven. Severus-Sven told Sven that he was looking for Becca, and because Sven was healed by her, can he help Severus-Sven find her? Sven asked for his badge, and Severus-Sven was happy to hand it to him, explaining that he was a member of the Adeptus Arbites. Sven took it and after examining it for a few moments observed that it was a fake. He asked Severus-Sven if he was aware that he was walking around with a fake ID, and Severus-Sven replied “And? I wouldn’t be carrying it if I wasn’t.”
“Do you know that it’s a felony to forge an Imperial ID? You can go to jail for that.”
Severus was not particularly concerned, and replied “No, I won’t. But if you can’t assist, I’ll be on my way.”
Sven hurriedly assured him that he could help him, and extended his hand to shake. Severus did so, and immediately heard a click as a handcuff closed on his wrist. Sven introduced him as Officer Sven Hartson, and informed Severus that he was under arrest. Severus’s response was “Well officer, I’m afraid that’s not going to happen”, which led to a short-lived fight and Severus being brought into the house to wait for more officers. Sven called the station to have police come to take Severus in, and while he was out of the room Severus tried to escape his handcuffs, but only succeeded in cutting his hand. He asked Sven to check his pockets for his real ID, but Sven refused as it would probably just be a fake.
While they waited, Sven decided to talk to Severus. He asked why he was impersonating an Adeptus Arbite with a silenced hand-cannon, he looked more like an assassin. Severus told Sven he was with the Inquisition. Sven was skeptical, and asked why Severus was looking for Becca. Severus explained their mission. Sven just told him that they would see about that when they got to the station. He told Severus that he was either crazy, legitimately a member of the Inquisition, or a very good con-artist, and he was leaning toward the latter. Severus asked him if he would be willing to assist him if he was really Inquisition, and Sven was willing to discuss that while they waited for the police.
He told Severus that he met Becca when he had been fatally shot. A woman in her mid twenties appeared and healed him. When he woke up, the bullet was laying beside him. Severus wanted to know where he was going to be taken, and Sven told him they were going to the precinct where Arbite Anderson would determine his real identity. Severus asked which precinct, and Sven told him it was the 16th. The team had been listening to this over the microbead back at the flat, and this was their cue to head out. The doorbell at Sven’s house rang, and Sven was surprised the car was there so soon. he went to the door and realized the people there were not the police he called. The door blew up and 3 men in green camo barged in. Sven immediately grabbed Severus and their guns and led him out of the room. They rushed through the kitchen and out the back door, and once outside Officer Sven un-cuffed Severus and re-cuffed him so that his hands were in front of him. He told him to keep going, so Severus vaulted the fence. Severus shot at their attackers and followed him. They vaulted another fence and Severus was shot in the head, but his skull deflected the bullet and he was left with only a gash on his head. They kept running, turned a corner, and hit a dead end. Sven finally decided to give Severus his gun, telling him it was time to prove who he was. There was a shootout in the alley, and as Sven and Severus were starting to win, one of them fled down the alley, only to be cloths-lined by Haxtes, as the rest of the group had arrived.
There was a lot of shooting, and Luck shoved one of the men in the truck so they could question him later. The last of the men who was alive shot at Haxtes, accomplishing nothing because he had shot at Haxtes’ (metal) chest. Severus tried to shoot him in the hand, but his gun blew up and severely injured his hand. Zuriel tried to shoot the man with his las gun, missed, and accidentally shot Haxtes in the leg, leaving a bad scorch wound. Officer Sven shot the man in the leg twice, breaking it. Haxtes then crushed the man’s head with his mechadendrite and shot him repeatedly with his las gun, carbonizing him. As Haxtes and Zuriel were in close proximity when he did this, they were both burned. Luck was a bit traumatized by this incident and ran and hid. Severus and Sven put out the flames on Haxtes and Zuriel.