As our heroes neared the New Wall station, Lt. Walker had the train make an unexpected stop some twenty minutes outside of the city. He wished the party good luck and said that he would leave the train to hopefully throw the conspirators off of their trail. After relaying some vital contact information he made good his retreat. As soon as the party made it to New Wall they split up and got to work. Bennigan and Mr.Eastwood had went to the Howler pub and met with the notorious Bill Bauer in the hopes of getting his assistance. A tense card game ensued in a dark back room of the Howler pub, but thanks to the keen mind of Mr. Eastward, the two gentlemen escaped unscathed with valuable information. Being pointed in the direction of Jack, a fixer that resided in the Howler pub, they set to work extracted information from the portly coward. Bennigan was crude in his tactics but effective and now the group had a name…James Southerby. It seemed that more answers were to be found at the docks with a Russian by the name of Kristov.
Meanwhile, the rest of the group made their way to the Roseborough Inn to meet the “Tea Drinker” contact. After settling down in the rooms provided for them they met with Captain Bevel, master of the New Wall armory and replacement for the previous Captain Jacques. They were giving a tour of Fort Emerald and awed by the military might that Britain had at its disposal here. It was at the armory that the group was able to interview the soldier that had issued the military weaponry to “Cpl. York”. The interrogation was informative and many things were learned, such as the real fate of Captain Jacques and the existence of a “royal psychic” that was used to test the loyalty of her Majesty’s subjects when the need arose. Prof. Black was also given an invitation to dinner with Lady Boddington that evening and was told to bring his allies.
The group met up again at the Roseborough and relayed all of their findings to one another. After freshening up, a steam carriage collected the party and whisked them away to Boddington manor. The manor was a massive forty room mansion that screamed of great wealth. The fair Lady Boddington proved herself a gracious host and shed light on the current political situation in New Wall. It seemed that the civilian government was on the cusp of becoming a mere symbol as the threat of Martial law loomed with the current hysteria that gripped Britain. Handsome compensation was promised to the party for the apprehension of Southerby and the group was wished good luck.
Later that evening, Bennigan met up with his contact in the East India company at the docks, a man by the name of Bixby. He told Bennigan (in exchange for ten quid) that Southerby had hired some mercenaries at the docks from Kristov and that the “would-be assassin” could probably be located through the shady Russian. A small monetary reward was also promised if Bennigan had the stomach to remove Kristov from the docks on a very permanent basis. Bennigan informed the group of his findings and the next morning they made great haste to the docks to confront Kristov. A tense conversation in the shanty town by the docks got ugly very fast as Bennigan lost his cool and greed overcame him. A short, bloody gunfight ensued that left one of Kristov’s men dead and two critically wounded. It was the first time that Doctor York showcased his psychic ability in a spectacularly violent manner and the good rest of the party showed off their marksmanship and pugilistic aptitude. Bennigan was nearly gunned down and if it weren’t for the medical prowess of Doctor York he would surely had succumbed to his injuries. Kristov surrendered and promptly handed over the hiding place of Southerby and his mercenaries. It seemed that the party was hot on his trail and a favorable end was in sight. But what to do with Bennigan…