Our Posse decided to follow the Tong Gang that had saved their lives. They led them on a crazy path of alleyways and double-backs and eventually ended up in a warehouse near the docks. They only had a moment to notice the cries for help from Icie below them before the floor fell out and they landed on the floor below. Outnumbered and surrounded by triads wielding crossbows, the Posse knew they were stuck.
The Triad boss sat before them and introduced himself as Lin Zexu. Lin had a history with Zane Sharkey. The last Zexu had seen of Zane was his bare backside as he fled his bedroom, with Zexu’s wife crying. Zexu yelled for his wizard, and a man dressed in purple robes appeared.
“I paid you a lot of money wizard, a lot of money to make sure Zane Sharky would die.”
“Oh he did my lord. I promise you. He is dead. My magic is very powerful.” replied the wizard. Zexu merely pointed, and the wizard followed his gaze until he met the smiling face of Zane Sharkey. “But… but… you’re dead! I saw it. You died!”
With a snap of Zexu’s fingers, the wizard was escorted out. The posse heard a muffled scream, and then a loud splash as something large hit the waters below them.
“Now”, said Zexu, “where is the deed?”, and one of his tongs came forward with the metal box. Zexu ordered him to open it, and the gang member triggered some kind of electrical trap. His body fell to the floor, and two objects fell out of the box: a small stone, and a ripped-out section of a book. Zexu briefly looked at them, and did not find what he was looking for.
“Where is it? Where is the deed? What have you done with it?”. When the posse said they didn’t have it, Zexu replied “You four are in a lot of trouble. Firing weapons in city limits is a big crime, and I have a lot of witnesses who will say that they saw you shooting at the Shan Fan triad today. Of course, I can make sure that doesn’t happen if you bring the deed to me before the next seven days is up.”
The posse agreed, and asked for their friend to be released. They took a look at the pages found in the box. It was a section of Hoyles Games about the game of Poker. Stuffed in the pages was an invitation to a Poker Tournament at Lake Bigler. The stone was a false eye of poor craftsmanship. The box itself had many small scratches on the inside.
The posse left and returned to the apartment above DeDelaro’s warehouse. They began their investigations by looking into places DeDelaro might have spent his time in Shan Fan, finding out what was important about the DeDelaro property, and locating information about the cherub branded glassware DeDelaro had at his lab.
Part of the posse tracked down a local brothel where DeDelaro visited, and met one of his regulars. She told them that she hadn’t seen Adrian DeDelaro in some time, but that he was planning on taking her away to Boston after completing some major investment.
Others went to city hall and found that the DeDelaro property was large, taking up a couple city blocks. It was also one of the most stable foundations in the city after the great quake. Further investigations found that a Union Blue representative was coming to town in seven days to meet with DeDelaro, and that this property was likely being considered for a train depot.
The final group was able to track down the Cherub mark to being from the Cherub Glassworks, located across the bay in old San Francisco. The posse regrouped before heading out, and they were ambushed by members of the Shan Fan triad led by Thin Noodles Ma. Thin Noodles told the posse that he could clear up all of their troubles if they brought him the deed. The posse thanked him for his offer, and prepared to leave for the Cherub Glassworks.
The posse found a boat driver who was willing to row them out to the Glassworks. He told them he’d wait for them off shore while he did some fishing. The posse approached the building as stealthily as they could, but it wasn’t that stealthy after all. From a second story window a blast of hot ghost fire rained down on them. The fire thrower was armored and under cover, making it difficult for the posse to get a shot off.
The posse entered the building and encountered hooded cultists, followers of Ezekiah Grime known as Guardian Angels. They attacked the posse with metal pipes that had molten glass at one end. On the upper floor they encountered more Guardian Angels, and Judge Iroh, an important civil servant of Shan Fan. Iroh was the armored fire thrower, and when it looked like he was surrounded, he jetted off in his jet pack. Viktor, with a series of amazing shots, managed to hit Iroh’s fuel tank causing him to spin out of control and crash on the other side of the bay, just outside of St. Mary’s Cathedral.
Searching the glassworks, not much of the paperwork survived. But they were able to find a journal of Iroh suggesting he had been working with Grimme’s people and the mysterious “Mistress” that DeDelaro had also been working for. Iroh’s last entry said that he was looking forward to flying with his Mistress using his new jet pack.