Our game opens on Lord Felon landing at the Star League cache site to inspect the progress and finalize his plans of executing the on-site researchers. He discovers that Dr. Howard Holmeshas disappeared from the dig claiming he needed to do research in central library at Highgate Hold. Lord Felon discovers the key to the cache is missing and discovers Dr. Holmes visit to the library is a ruse.
Meanwhile, one of Kamiyari’s kitsune, Saga, informs Shinichi an outsider has taken a room at the Golden Gai flophouse in Little Luthien. Saga reports that he’s looking for passage off world quickly and discreetly. Shinichi orders Saga to bring him to the worker’s hall for a meeting. During the meeting, Dr. Holmes is less than forthcoming about his reasons for needing to get off world, and asks Wei Chen to motivate Dr. Holmes to be direct. Holmes reveals that he has discovered the location of an ancient, Star League cache and reveals that he has the key to the cache. After Wei Chen slits Dr. Holme’s throat, they search him for the key, but it’s not on him. The can only find a drawing of the key in his notebook. With the key missing, Shenichi orders Wei Chen to dispose of Dr. Holmes body.
The Key to the Cache
Next, it’s time for the public ceremony to secure the peace between the RTC and House Davion. Overseen by Davion peacekeepers, the RTC troops and House Felon soldiers assemble in Lonsdale Square for the return of House Felon’s Marauder (previously captured by the RTC just before the Gateshead Incident). After Maddox ceremonially climbs down from his Davion-issued Centurion, he climbs into his house’s mech to symbolize the return of the eldest son of Lord Felon. After the ceremonial transfer, Nadan Bataar gives a speech celebrating the new peace. Shots ring out across the square and Nadan is hit by a single round.
In the ensuing chaos, Maddox moves to protect the stage from more fire, while he tries to determine the shooter’s location. Fath gets Lord Felon and Alexa to safety.. Captain Shari Grant sees Tovar Bataar aim is AC/10 at Maddox’s Marauder and opens fire on Tovar’s Hatchetman. In response, Tovar opens fire on Maddox. As Synod Guard spirit an unconscious Nadan to a hospital, Fath successfully calms the assembled forces and all forces retreat from the square.
Later that evening, Shinichi is met by Takeko at the teahouse in Little Luthien where she reveals that her team was responsible for the attack on Nadan. Shinichi shames Takeko for her brashness and orders her to meet him at a warehouse to be properly briefed. She agrees and reveals that Duke Ricol has an interest in the planet.
The session closes on Duchess Felon waiting at the jetway to recently landed dropship. Supervisor Alfonso Walters from the Outworlds Alliance exits the jetway. She offers to transfer Gateshead to the Alliance’s governance in exchange for her son’s continued rule.