HCB gets a huge racing dragon tattoo on his back, he has severe tattoo fever for a bit. He gets yak permission to take his car to trogville. He drives at night to avoid LS spotting him, and parks in hidden places during the short days. He is fairly confident of his navigation, and soon approaches some tall fields and a distant forest which he thinks is the place. As he nears the forest his car dies. He gets out to fiddle with it, and hears a rising chant of “trog! Trog! Trog!” He joins in as hooded figures with torches emerge from the fields around him. He tries to tell them he is one of them, but they tell him he is a filthy mutant, and he realizes he has the wrong group. He flashes his Yak tattoo to scare them off, but they just shout additional abuse against the Japanese. He flees towards the forest on foot, the figures give chase and pelt him with stones and such, but he makes it.
The forest parts before him and seals behind him, seemingly keeping his pursuers out. An open space seems to continually be around him while the rest of the forest seems dense and impassable. After a few minutes of all out flight, he pauses and gets his bearings, heading in the direction he was traveling before. He eventually emerges in a clearing, and sees a number of huts and row houses standing in semi-circles. He hears a twig snap behind him and turns to see a darkly clad elf sneaking up on him. She seems surprised to have been noticed. She asks him what he is doing here, and he tells her he was fleeing some goons and also just wanted to visit. She takes him to Dead, and ork who seems to be the villages leader. He quizzes HCB, but seems to generally believe him (meta-solidarity, right?). Dead id’s the goons as Humanis members, who control a nearby factory and constantly harass and attack metahumans on the moon. Thus the magical barrier around Trogville-it only lets in metatypes.
HCB is upset, because Humanis probably took his car, and he doesn’t want to go back to the Yak without it, so he agrees to work with Dead to get some intel on their factory, and try to reclaim his car. Dead sends HCB to talk to Vesperic, a troll woman in charge of security. She says she has a person inside the factory, who she will contact about getting HCB in to get his car back. HCB waits until Vesperic gets a message back, and then heads out to meet Ashley, an elf poser who Trogville has agreed to accept if she will first help them do some damage to Humanis.
HCB heads out, this time walking, taking a long route around the Vory factory complexes to avoid trouble. He finds the agreed meeting place, and unused silo, and cautiously enters. Ashley is there, and they discuss the plan-they will sneak in in the night, and try to recover as much of his car as possible, sabotage/kill whatever possible-she suggests they turn their prison coveralls inside out to hide the bright white ID numbers. They enter the factory, and are quickly seized. A bag is thrown over HCB’s head from behind, and he is pummeled for a while before being taken across what he assumes to be the factory floor and up a few sets of stairs. He is eventually forced to sit and the bag is removed from his head.
He is across a large desk from a human male, who introduces himself as John King and apologizes for his lackeys rough treatment, saying that some of the most junior members of the organization are a bit overzealous. JK tells HCB that he feels that dwarves are really more like humans-not haughty like the elves, or revolting mutants like the goblinoids. JK tries to convince HCB to help Humanis to take over the Trog farm, removing a blight from the landscape of Deimos. HCB agrees, on the condition that he get his car back, and that they make him some sort of firearm. HCB also suggests Ashley come with him. JK agrees-HCB will go in, disable the magic barrier within an hour, and then aid in the conquest, and then will be free to go, with Humanis’ eternal thanks. HCB gets a zipgun, reassembles as much of his car as possible, and heads out with Ashley, who apologizes for deceiving him and says she is glad that he has also seen the light. She thanks JK for allowing her to appreciate her human heritage and to stop pining for those disgusting elf traits she used to find so appealing.
They re-enter Trogville while the Humanis invasion force waits outside. HCB tells Dead and Vesperic to detain Ashley and torture her to find out info. Vesperic complies, out of sight but well within hearing. HCB squirms a bit. He fills Dead in as best as possible, and they plan an ambush. They will drop barrier, allowing the Humanis goons to enter the woods, while Kelo (the sneaky elf) takes a small group around behind them. They will reactivate the barrier when the goons are deep inside, and the forest will aid in the defense-Dead, HCB and others will be in the village to take care of any goons who make it through, Kelo will take care of anyone who makes it out the other way. Ashley reveals that there should be about 20 Humanis fighters, but that JK probably won’t personally be there. They activate the trap, and it goes off pretty well. HCB signals when to reactivate the barrier, and Dead whispers thru a door to a hut that HCB has never seen anyone going in or out of. They let Ashley flee out the opposite direction. 5 Humanis goons make it into the clearing, 2 are killed before the others surrender. Kelo returns having only lost one of her team, and says that most of the goons either got trapped in the forest or killed, but a few probably escaped, so JK will find out what happened.
HCB decides to trust Dead, and tells him that he has a drop coming and but needs a field where he can deactivate the sensors for a bit. He offers to import a grabbag of street drugs for the Trogs to sell/use in exchange for using one of their fields. Dead agrees, and directs HCB to a fallow fields on the Yak side, he tells HCB to let him know when to turn off the sensors. HCB heads back to Yak turf with his limping car, driving straight thru this time. Ken seems a little annoyed he took so long and fucked up the car, but he has no love for Humanis either. He also has a job for HCB, the Yak need someone non-affiliated to sneak into mafia turf and scout out the mysterious driver they’ve been using, HCB volunteers Kelo from Trogville, and goes back to get her. She agrees to help in exchange for Yak protection of Trogville, but makes HCB promise to bring her back. He does so. They head out under the cover of darkness, HCB parks near SPF to wait to pick her up. She is gone quite a while, and he is getting nervous, when he finally sees a figure fleeing some rapidly gaining cars in the distance. He fires up his car and races forward, swinging around next to Kelo and getting her in the car just before she would have gotten run down, then racing back to Yak turf. He easily outdrives the mafia cars, and they seem to drop off when he reaches Yak farmland.
HCB drops Kelo off at the Yak hospital, and tells Ken what happened. Ken is pissed, and tells HCB that they’re going to have to give Kelo up to the mafia to avoid a diplomatic incident of sorts. They question Kelo, and she reveals that the mafia driver is some sort of biodrone, possibly hardwired to the car, who appears to be learning and improving rapidly with each race (as HCB experienced). HCB and Ken decide to poison Kelo with a delayed acting poison and then hand her over to the mafia-she won’t be able to tell them anything as she will quickly die once in their custody, and it gets the Yak out of hot water. HCB heads back to Trogville to tell Dead that things went south and Kelo got killed on the job, but on his way he sees Ashley (the elf poser) working in a Yak field. She bolts, but HCB’s two Yak guards grab her, and suggest they all return to talk with Ken. Ken eventually gets the story out of HCB while they direct Ashley’s torture (HCB gets the torturer to cut off her toe). She seems to be telling the truth that she was just trying to get by after fleeing Trogville, as she doesn’t want to risk returning to Humanis, as they will think she betrayed them. Ken suggests that they give Ashley to the mafia instead of Kelo, after they give her the full elf makeover she always wanted. HCB agrees, and they give the antidote to Kelo. Ken informs HCB that the mafia is requesting another race against him, on their turf again. HCB agrees, wanting to stay on Ken’s good side.
HCB heads off to Trogville again, this time with better news. He meets Dead and lets him know Kelo is okay (minus the specifics) and will be back after some time in the hospital. HCB still has to find a factory in which to build whatever escape mechanism Mr Johnson is sending down plans for. He convinces Dead that now is the time to strike against the Humanis factory, which Dead agrees to with the suggestion that HCB get the Yak to help in the raid instead of providing the promised protection for Trogville. HCB heads back to Yak turf, and gets the go ahead from Ken. He also asks Ken to check at the main complex for any messages that might have come in for HCB while he has been out and about. Ken returns with a sealed letter a day later. It appears to have been opened and then resealed, but HCB doesn’t make a big deal out of it. He finds a quiet corner and opens it. It contains a blank datasheet, which activates upon his touch. It is a communication from Mr Johnson telling HCB how to get in touch-he is going to smuggle the message out in the body of a soon to be deceased prisoner, a rather well known socialite released on appeal ($$$) who Mr Johnson has seperately been hired to eliminate. Due to his high profile, his body won’t be donated to “science” like the other prisoners, so HCB should be able to get a message out if he can get it in the guy. The datasheet incinerates once HCB sets it down.
HCB tells Ken he needs to get a message out to help plan a job on Mars, and tells him the method of doing so. Ken says he will talk to the lab guys. He returns later with the plan to have HCB give him the message, he will take it to the lab guys, they will encode the message in protein form, and then bribe someone in the morgue to inject it into the guy with the preservatives. HCB agrees, and writes a coded message with suggested team make-up, loadout, time of drop, and a map to the droppoint. He then returns to Trogville to wait for the team to show up and make sure the sensors get turned off.