Having spent the night holed up in order to heal from their wounds, the party awoke to find everything seemingly okay, except there was no reply from the Guardian Angel drone that had been stationed to patrol the roof. A review of the feed revealed only that the drone suddenly went off line in the middle of the night. Searching the roof, they found the battered shell with evidence that it had been attacked and bitten.
While on the roof, they took the opportunity to take a view towards the center of town, a central spire surrounded by a perimeter park. The team was somewhat relieved to see that the path ahead was mostly through open ground with plenty of time to see danger approaching.
Sadly, the next danger they party next encountered didn’t approached. It just stood there waiting for the foolhardy. Rounding a copse of wood, the party encountered a “fairy ring” of brightly colored mushrooms. Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto was pretty convinced that these were not only benign but pretty awesome stuff. So convinced that Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto even decided to taste the mushrooms. Both Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto and Dredd grew nauseous. Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto even grew ill to the point of vomiting.
Acting quickly, Chocko pulled Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto and Dredd from the “fairy ring”. Dredd recovered quickly enough, but poor Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto was still vomiting. So naturally they stuck him a sealed vac suit, flooded with healing nanobots.
Pressing on with Dredd dragging Taragon “Hamish” Esperanto behind the party made their way to the central spire. SparkleFlash was lucky enough to find a functional information kiosk, where he was able to do a search on the map against the list they had been provided. He found a match for “Greenwood” which was a neighborhood to the East. Within the Greenwood neighborhood was an intersection of Petrovich Boulevard and Bandyopadiayah Avenue. This gave them a location to next search, but before going there the party decided to raid the administrative facilities of the central spire.
In the pharmacy, they were able to restock on some critical medicines. They also found a security weapons lockers, where they were able to pick up some EMP grenades, heavy rail pistols, and some survival utility belts. “Shopping” completed, the party set off again across the perimeter park, this time cutting across some sports activity fields. Open spaces being kind, they encountered no new threats.
No new threats at least until they made their way back into the built up area between the park and their target. Entering a courtyard in a residential area, SparkleFlash spotted a group of wild dogs fighting over scraps. The party decided that the were was no need to engage in unnecessary encounters and so turned to leave. Unfortunately the big ape wasn’t so stealthy as the rest and Chocko knocked over a trash can alerting the pack of hungry dogs. Fortutiously, Chocko had just prepared his grenade launcher. Even luckier, despite a generally lack of particular skill with the weapon, he scored a direct hit wiping out the pack. An examination of the remains reveled that they dogs were fighting over a human leg.
Returning to their objective, the party came to the intersection of Petrovich Boulevard and Bandyopadiayah Avenue. It was a residential area, and on each street corner was a large house sitting on a large lot with what once had been a well groomed lawn; a brick house with columns, a clapboard house with many gables, a split level ranch, and a timber frame house with stucco. Recognizing the timber frame and stucco house as being Tudor style, they felt assured that they had discovered the next clue indicated by the list.
Bursting in the front door, they found a house with every evidence indicating that it had been long abandoned. To the right was a study and the to the left was a dinning room. In the dining room they found a large table surrounded by six chairs and a china cabinet in the corner. Turning back to the study, they found a desk, desk chair, built in bookcase and a large leather couch. SparkleFlash then consulted his onboard dictionary and discovered that one of the definitions of Chesterfield was for a particular style of couch. A particular style of couch which matched the style of the recently found couch.
Etui was also discovered to be a french word for a ornate women’s sewing box. No box was in evidence, but a sharp-eyed Chocko noted that one of the cushions was slightly askew. Removing the cushion, a small wood box was discovered.
The small box had an ornate lid and contained needles, thread, a cross-stitch pattern, and a pin-cushion. Nothing of apparent value was in evidence, nor any clue of hidden messages or secret compartments. The team was left to ponder why they were dropped into the middle of the Titan Quarantine Zone with no other instruction but a list of names which lead them to a simple sewing box. What was the reason behind this all?