Ratched rejoins the team, finally out of the hospital from the safehouse getting burned. The team bribes their way into the MCZ past Trip-D border guards, with Prot0 debuting his new drone fleet- a steel lynx with a Valkyrie module, plus a replacement Prot0-drone medic and a well-armored bumblebee. Trip D suggests that unless they come back with some real good salvage they will be unlikely to get back out, however. They decide to establish a safehouse at Kinnie’s old MIT&T lab space, and head that way. They manage to secure it and get some power working to keep their crazy-repeller running while they go out questing.
They decide to tackle OE’s job first, and find out what happened to all the Fomorians who got “recruited” into that Manadyne study. They find the Manadyne office with no trouble, but notice they’re being stalked by a pack of Fenrir wolves. They spot to corpses on the roof, 1 Formorian and 1 possible human or elf. They seem to have double suicided after being trapped by wolves, based on a scrawled note. Jonny and Prot0 + drones stay in the first floor/lobby while the rest of the team rappels down a secret shaft into the lab.
They investigate and determine that the Fomorians were likely being kept here at least semi-involuntarily, and they staged a breakout attempt sometime about a year into the lockdown. However, they tried to escape through the steam tunnels, and some infected critters got in, leading to a massive gunfight between Fomorians, wolves, lab dogs, scientists, and security, ending in everyone dying and some kind of “cleasing” of the lab data. Luckily they recover some headware from one of the techs and some paper records to review.
Jonny and Prot0 come under attack by wolves up top, and the rest of the team decides to take the tunnels back to safehouse, but gets turned around and surrounded. Both groups manage to fight their ways back to the safehouse, but both Prot0 and Guy have to use their doses of Reversers after being bit. However, they make it back and analyze the data- apparently the lab was studying the mana resistance innate to Fomorians and trying to figure out how to implant that trait in others. They had some minor success with some security dogs they sold to Trans-Latvian/Ordo Maximus members, but most of the results seem to have been acquired by the Grey siblings for their Gray Mana-tech.
Kinnie and Ratched decide to hang at the safehouse to work on building up a prototype gatling laser that Kinnie found hidden specs for, in order to have good salvage to trade for their escape from the MCZ. The rest of the team rests and heads North towards the next heist target- the Harvard lab where a chunk of the Cornerstone resides. Luckily the mobile crazy-repeller seems to work well to keep ragers at bay and the huge shambler mobs are relatively easy to avoid.
Less easy to avoid is a series of explosive traps and a sniper left on guard by Blackheart Security, who seem to have gotten to the lab first. The team almost eats it in the ensuing firefight, and one of the fancy new drones is trashed (but alchemically repaired enough to get it to limp home). Luckily Aylin is able to focus enough to bring her monofil whip along with her in mistform and turns the tide. However, the team was only fighting 2 guards and almost died, and can hear boots racing down from above, so they decide to flee. However, Liam seems to have used this attack as a distraction to complete the heist, and tells Jonny to get his team out.
They flee back to the safehouse, trying to lure in infected behind them to delay pursuit, and rest up before heading for the exit. Liam leaves before them with the Cornerstone, but gives them something called the “Pendulum Room manuscript” that he found along with it- apparently something else to do with the Seelie Court. The team puzzles over it but can’t make any headway so they hold onto it.
They bribe Trip-D with the repeating laser prototype, bluffing that they didn’t find specs, and also money, and gets into quarantine. Luckily they end up just ahead of the Blackheart squad, who stare daggers at them the whole time, but the team gets out first, partially due to OE being an ex-merc himself and having some rapport with Trip-D. They hightail it South to ditch Blackheart, and all head to their safehouses to rest up and re-equip before the raid on the ECSE, after which they hope to leave Boston for good.