The team regrouped the next day in hopes of tracking down Karl at any of his usual haunts. As Kiln led them from alley to alley, in one they came across a spot Jens and Karl often stashed any valuables they might have. Pulling the loose stone covering a small stash in the wall of a building, the team finds a broken commlink and assorted electronics and wiring. Kiln is more than familiar with (admittedly small) nuyen that the duo would get for the salvaged parts – enough to last them on the streets for a couple weeks.
Bright is able to pull some data off of the broken commlink, finding that it was owned by Hans Barth, the municipal employee found murdered around a week ago. The last time Barth was seen was being dispatched on a job to a maintenance substation in Neu-Hoy-Chen near to where his remains were found.
Heading to the substation’s location, the team discovered the door broken into and a wrecked room gutted of electronics and with splatters of dried blood and deep, clawed gouges in the cement walls. A broken access hatch leading down into a flood drainage system seems to be the obvious source for the attack.
Ratchet and Oma each use their respective abilities to remotely scout the tunnels below, and between Ratchet’s Flyspies and Oma’s summoned spirit of man they are able to track down the direction from which the assailant came.
The team, with an especially reluctant Raven, decided to delve into the tunnels to scout the situation out more directly once they had the general recon done. Following the paths established by the spirit and drones, the team makes their way through the drain tunnels to a break in the wall that drops into what appeared to be an abandoned underground rail line. Clear claw marks around found around the entrance.
The team made the decision to fallback and rest their drain & fade induced wounds before going farther, leaving behind a number of cameras throughout the tunnel system. Watching the cameras overnight in shifts, they see the five people from before making their way through the drain systems into the abandoned rail tunnel, before leaving again come morning.
Having recovered some, the team stocks up on supplies and heads back into the tunnels. As they drop into the abandoned tunnel, they advance up towards a mana barrier that is set guarding around a bunker with old military markings. Moving up to inspect the bunker more directly, Bright notices that the connection ports into the card reader lock system are unlike anything he’s seen in person before. A guess leads him to think the hardware is from an older generation of the matrix, incompatible with a modern cyberdeck.
While Oma debates whether to attempt slipping through the mana barrier astrally with her newly summoned spirit, Bright moves to the door to attempt to find a way around the lock sealing the bunker. Looking over the plates covering the device, Bright uses his tools to get access to the electronics within, unfortunately his inexperience with security systems causes the anti-tamper systems to go off.
As the decker stares at the card reader suddenly flashing a red alarm, in the astral, the hungering, monstrous projected form of the wendigo residing within emerges through the wall to stare down at the auras and astral shapes attempting to gain access to the bunker.
In the astral, the wendigo’s menacingly growls a simple statement: “Fresh meat.”