Wherein our doomed heroes futilely strive to rescue some innocents, fail to entrap a Shan and meet a new comrade.
After convincing Professor Rompuy to begin the ritual to activate the Ward of Seclusion upon the party, Byte and Sweep are ambushed by organic-dissolving tentacles that infiltrate their hotel room in the Novotel. Using homemade implements (butcher’s knives and pipes) they fend off the attack and manage to rescue two civilians in a room down the hall. One runs off but the other, a woman named Tavia, loses a leg, goes temporarily insane and has to be stabilized. Turns out she was a mechanic at Fort Nishima when the Shan hit the fan.
Once the ritual is complete the group moves under cover of the concealment spell towards the centre of the island. Young Jeffrey has recovered enough by now to move slowly despite his wounds. Wolf loses his lunch and almost loses his sanity when he cuts open some of the biological tubing/tentacles that are assimilating the buildings into the Templeship.
Encountering a wandering Shan-controlled Borealis powered armour, Byte attempts to use the Box of Light on it but can’t get seem to get it to work. Realizing the Ward of Seclusion may be preventing them from utilizing their best weapon the group argues about their next course of action.
Scouting ahead, Byte see a Blizzard NEG mecha (Shan-controlled, no doubt) but too late realizes the pilot has gotten out and pierces the ward. Returning to his cockpit, the pilot fires the Blizzard’s charge beam, then a veritable missile massacre of rockets. Byte barely escapes. When the team turns to run (obviously outmatched by the mecha), a mysterious Spectre Tager materializes into the cockpit of the Blizzard and shreds the insides in an explosive fashion.
And that’s how Q-Cell met Glass.