Rooster, disguised as a starving ghoul, manages to talk his way into the African ghoul tenement, telling them he is from Chicago. Although he tries to avoid it, he downs a bowl of suspicious meat stew while gaining the ghoul’s trust, and arranges to return the next day to meet their supplier.
Meanwhile, UB!, along with his UltraDude of the day, hears of a firefight in progress and heads there to grab some bodies. He cuts off their gang tattoos with his monofil katana, freaking out the ‘Dude a bit. Jaro tells him of some of Ivan’s old body-storage spots, and he heads to the nearest and arranges a pickup with Tamanous. The driver shows up, after UB! has terrified Mike, his ‘Dude, by suggesting that he probably won’t survive very long. Mike takes off as UB! and the Tamanous driver examine the bodies and load them up in the truck. UB1’s debt is slightly reduced.
The team, minus Tobias, meets up at Slot to plan their next move, and drink. UB! tries to make amends with Mike, with some (awkward) success. He also finally hooks up with Jaro. LS fails to find a willing partner, and goes home alone, as do the rest of the team. Tobias is busy liasoning between the Problem Children/ Mad Martians and Knight Errant, to pave the way for an easy cooperation once LoneStar is out of the way.
Rooster receives a call from John Caruthers, who as thanks for finding out who killed his uncle and nieces, has located Rooster’s missing car. It still has the two surveillance drones inside, so TY tunes them up and uses them when Rooster returns to the tenement. He is ushered into the back while LS observes astrally, alongside his spirit Baelor. Rooster purchases some fresh human meat from two ghouls in the back of a freezer truck that has backed up to a loading dock on the back of the building. LS gets a read on their auras, and he and Baelor follow them when they leave.
The auras stop for a while, seem to change speed (as if walking), and then vanish. LS thinks they probably entered an astrally sealed space, or passed through a mana barrier. He and Baelor manifest, and find the location of the warehouse that the truck entered. It looks fairly secure, but isn’t especially large. Atlas calls it in, and Tony Barnes tells him to find out more about it and report back before making a move. Saeder-Krupp believes that the main Tamanous facility is not in the city proper but don’t have any good leads, so they hope to gain more knowledge through surveillance of known facilties.
LS returns to the car to report this info. Luckily, the team hasn’t moved and his body is still where he left it. The car is starting to smell pretty bad from the human meat in the back. TY becomes convinced, due to his superstitious nature, that they must eat the flesh, raw, to suceed in the coming mission. Atlas disagrees, and leaves. The rest head to Slot again, and UB! starts a trashcan fire, attracting some hungry bar patrons. TY tries to interest them in joining in, but Rooster quietly convinces them that it isn’t actually human flesh and gets them to leave (and buy him a drink). Tobias and LS both eat alongside TY, before he throws the rest into the fire. UB! refuses to try any, which convinces TY that he can’t fully trust either him or Atlas.
Next up: surveillance!