This morning when I was arriving at the office, Gil called me. Last night, some criminals broke into one of his warehouses and stole a bunch of stuff, including some exotic crystals. Gil asked his employees and found that the criminals were led by some sort of mechanically-augmented superman. While Vengeful Dreaming Shadow investigated these criminals, we determined that this guy was a soulsteel alchemical exalted.
Vengeful Dreaming Shadow’s investigations brought him to the Tengese district, so he and Coda followed the trail there. They found a bunch of armed men at a bar, one of whom had red jade nunchucks. They called for backup and a fight ensued, where we learned how unfortunately easy it is to kill people.
After the fight, Sesus took the wounded and dead away, while Gil brought the captured thugs to one of his safehouses. I followed him there, to an old butchery. It was clear he was going to torture these guys, and while that doesn’t particularly bother me, the amount of glee he was getting from it made me leave. As I was headed back to the office, Gil called me – he had already broken one of the thugs, and he told us everything he knew.
They were part of a gang called Sio Swo Svang. This group is suspected of possibly being behind the recent attack on the Heptogram, where a bunch of infernal research and alchemical exaltations were stolen. Anyway, one member of the group, Chung Jone, showed up about a week after the Heptogram attack and had been exalted – though he had been seen un-exalted between the attack and then. Jone had stolen the exotic crystals from Gil’s warehouse in order to complete some device he’s working on. The interrogated thug said that after his exaltation, Jone had met with a new business partner, and has been behaving a bit mentally unstable ever since. He described this business partner as a woman wearing a thick, red cloak, and guarded by large, 7-foot-tall, smelly guys. He also gave us directions to Warehouse 78, a warehouse in the shipping district that Jone has been using as his workshop. He even built a microsub to transport cargo. Seriously.
The thug also told us about Jone’s lieutenants, all of whom Jone has augmented to be stronger, tougher, and quicker. There’s Exele Fenobiha, a gunrunner who has been augmented to shoot lasers from her eyes; Ragara Xabowe, who is in charge of drugs and chem labs; Kong Yim, who handles distribution; and Yaoting Teng, who handles extortion. These lieutenants may know more about the Sio Swo Svang, but we don’t know where to find them.
Some further investigation found that the red-cloaked woman is known as Silk and Metal Sage. Sesus had heard this woman’s name before, associated with weaponry, and in one instance, an archaeology dig in the Hastalani League.
We set up a plan to attack the warehouse and waited. Once Silk and Metal Sage arrived with her guards, we waited a few minutes, and then launched our attack.