Story continued from Devil’s Den.
Joanne Strivins received the pendant from the floor and put it in her knapsack while others search badly injured people for valuables, except for Arnold who headed to counter and took a bottle of ale which he then opened while taking seat. Joseph let go of thin man, picked his gun from the ground and asked the man for valuables he was carrying. Man took a old pocket watch and offered it, but Joseph told him to just keep it. Then man backed to the corner and did not try to stop them, as the group finally left the Devil’s Den. They headed back to Nana’s house for reward, with the large construct at front leading the group.
Nana could hear the iron giant walking in her stone pathway and started to walk to door before the group got up the porch stairs. When metallic fist knocked on the door, she told them that she’d be there in a minute and soon opened the door for them. The party told her that they had gotten the pendant back and she continuing by telling them to go to the living room. As the group once again entered the cozy living room, Nana told them to wait for while as she would get the money from her jar. As Nana returned Joanne took the pendant from her knapsack and gave it to old lady. Her face enlightened with smile and she took the pendant, thanking the rag tag team while handing three coins for each. After his Nana asked them to stay for cup of coffee, to which they agreed.
A day after they had retrieved Nana’s pendant from Mr. Dodgers, Joanne and Michael met Joseph on street and three of them headed to nearby bar called Red Herring, not knowing how someone was following them. As they entered the bar, all movement and sound stopped as the heads turned to look at odd group. Soon other customers continued whatever they were doing as the trio at the doorway was doing nothing particularly interesting, just looking around and then heading for request board. While they were looking at possible jobs, man past his forties in long coat and wide brimmed hat entered the bar, heading straight for the request board the three were at. Man stood next to them and started to inspect the papers on the board. Requests and bounties didn’t seem interesting enough for the trio, until one sheet of fine paper caught their eyes. It was an request for bodyguard job for two nights starting from tomorrow evening and it did not specify the amount of money they would receive from it. Client’s address was at the border of industrial zone and downtown, the client’s name: Richard Johnson.
Joseph ripped the paper from board, which caused the man next to them tell him how he was still reading it. He introduced himself as Pieter Strahovski and told how he was going to take that job. Joanne told him that they were going to take this job and if he wanted to come with them he would have to prove his worth. They agreed that he would be challenged by Michael to see how well he shoots. And so they headed for nearby alley, placing a trashcan to agreed distance and two empty bottles on top of it. Both men were to shoot without aiming, Michael took the first shot and hit the bottle. Pieter was also able to break the bottle and two new bottles were placed while two men took few steps back, both showing small grin to each other. This time Michael missed, but Pieter was able to hit and so he was accepted to group.
They took carriage to address in the paper, though Joseph had to run behind due to his weight problem.
As they arrived to the address it was already few hours past noon. group stepped from the carriage and looked at the mansion in front of them. While they walked to the gates with bell hanging at the side, Joseph caught up with them and walked the last few meters to them. Joseph pulled from the rope, ringing the bell and soon an older male servant arrived to the other side of the gate, asking them what they wanted. Group told him how they were here to accept the job offered in the paper. The servant looked at them, evaluating the group, then opened the gates and told them to follow him. Man lead them to the mansion and then to large wooden doors, he knocked on the door and said how the master had visitors regarding his upcoming event. Pompous man answered behind the doors, telling the guests to enter and telling the butler to leave. Team entered the large study with bookshelves running along the walls and chair next to table in the middle of room. Man with tired look and wrinkles that made him look older than he might have been, rose from the chair and greeted visitors, introduced himself and shook their hands, even offering hand for Joseph to which he responded by Johnson’s hand. He then continued to tell them how he required protection while visiting a location in the slums, near quarantine zone. Joanne asked how much they would get payed from this job, but Johnson didn’t give them clear answer, telling them it depended on how well they would do their job. Group agreed to take this job and were told that they would leave tomorrow at 5pm, till then they were free to spent time at his estate and rooms would be prepared for those willing to sleep in the mansion. After saying this Johnson excused himself and left the room.
Pieter decided to head back to his regular tavern, while Joanne, Joseph and Michael decided to look around the downtown. Trio did not make it far until guild guards began to harass them, saying how they were disturbing the residents and when Joanne told how she would like to see what shops would have to offer, guards noted how they most likely could not afford anything these shops sold. As they left, the guards followed them all the way to industrial zone.
Three of them returned to mansion and were let through the gates. Joseph stayed outside in order to not damage high quality floor in the mansion, for might have to pay for the damage he caused. In the yard he found two dogs of papillon breed and spent the rest of day trying to train them. Michael wondered around the estate while Joanne headed to study and search for something interesting to read. She came across a book containing weird symbols and text of unknown language, with some english words written between lines. Joanne did not take much interest in the odd book and search for something more manageable and soon found a book regarding Malifaux. Rest of the day passed quietly and as the night arrived two stayed in the rooms reserved for them, while Joseph stay outside in cover with two dogs.
Next day they prepared for the upcoming job and around the mid day they met at the mansion. At five pm they left towards their destination on a carriage with Mr. Johnson, though Joseph had to run once again. Once they arrived to location, which was old large house near enough the border of quarantine zone that the wall could be seen in the evening sunset. Group stepped out of the carriage as Joseph arrived and Mr. Johnson headed towards the entrance above stone stairs. He took large key from his pocket, unlocked the door while opening it and showed sign for someone to go in. Sturm was first to enter, followed by Richard, then Joanne and the gunmen entered last.
Mansion seemed like no-one had entered in years and dust sent flying by the opening of large double door showed the streams of light passing through old and boarded windows. Johnson started to walks and said that what he was looking for would most likely be in the basement. he picked candelabra from small table and lit it, then Johnson headed to door at corner of the hall. Group entered the gloomy corridor which ended on stairs leading them deep under the mansion. After passing many floors they finally stopped descending and arrived at large wooden doors. They entered the large two leveled hall and as Mr. johnson lit up candles around them it became clear they were in old library.
Richard told them that he was looking for a black book with star symbol on the spine, as he started to search through the closest shelves. Joseph stayed with Johnson while others spread around the library, not particularly searching for the book but rather to inspect where they had been lead to. After a while Pieter found barred knee high holes at the walls and how he could hear the Malifaux sewer raging somewhere at the other end of tunnels. Joanne and Michael found an booth containing records on books stored there, they called rest of the group there and Richard soon began to search. He then reached for back end of box, then turned something and pulled his hand out. Muffled crunching noise started, as if old gears were trying to spin. Nothing happened and after bit more searching Mr. Johnson said how there was not helpful information here. Noise didn’t last long but reoccurred from time to time afterwards as they spend hours searching for one book. Suddenly Pieter heard crashing noise from the dark corner and found a broken bars at one of holes. Johnson let out loud sigh which echoed through the library and continued by saying how he finally found the book. Just as he finished talking, Pieter noticed a small purplish, child like creature on top of one bookshelf armed with small punch dagger. He opened fire and killed the small creature in one shot, but noticed something moving between the shelves near the group.
Three Terror tots emerged behind the rows in front of joanne and Michael, while two were heading towards Joseph and Johnson. Pieter pair of Terror tots closing in on him as he backed away and fired at them. While the rest were fighting, a sole nephilim was leaping on top of the bookshelves and soon lept down in middle of group. though most of them were easily dispatched, one of tots was able to get past Pieter and threw a strike at Joanne, breaking her nose and knocking her unconscious. As there were only few of small nephilim left, Joseph saw an man sized bluish grey creature with hooved feet, horns on its forehead and wings on it back closing on him between the bookshelves. Joseph started to walk towards it while Young nephilim picked up its pace and charged at cyborg who prepared his shield. Nephilim struck at the shield, but was faced with large metallic arm swinging from the side, grabbing it and knocking the nephilim unconscious. Others had finished off the terror tots with no larger injuries aside from acidous black blood that had spread around and hit them as dying creatures flailed in agony. Pieter shot the downed young nephilim on the head, killing it on the spot. Johnson told them to leave bodies behind and leave this dusty place, so they made their way out Joanne being carried by Joseph to carriage. As they left the building morning sun was starting to rise in the distance.
They arrived back at the Johnson’s manor and were told to rest few hours. He would call for an doctor to look after Ms. Strivins, then as everyone would be in decent condition he would give them their reward. Group took the offer and around middle of the day they had rested and Joanne was patched up, as doctor was able to save her nose from permanent disfigurement.
While others had already gathered to dining hall where Johnson was to give them their reward, Pieter was hurrying down the stairs when a maid carrying large sack. After few steps running down the stairs maid lost her balance and Pieter tried to catch her, causing him to fall to the floor along with woman. Sack maid was carrying flew high and coins were pouring within, falling on man lying on the floor like silver rain that loudly spattered to floor around him. Maid quickly got up apologizing to older man and started to gather fallen coins back to the sack. Pieter arrived to the room and it was clear that others had heard the noise from incident at stairs, he took seat amongst the others and waited. Soon the maid carrying the sack arrived and Johnson told her to leave it on the table, then as maid left he told how this was their payment. He had taken part of it to pay for the doctor’s fee, but everything on the sack was for the group to share. They opened it, noticing how it was filled with small coins. This caused Joanne to question Johnson and ask for payment in larger coins. Richard looked at her in disbelieve and told that he had thought they would be better with small coins so they wouldn’t need change from merchants they associated with, for none who lived in the slums would buy anything that expensive in the first place. Group split the money and left the mansion, each heading to their separate ways, till fate would bring them together once again.
To be continued