In this session a minor NPC becomes a major ally:
*David Lira, Gunnery Sergeant in the mechanised army and a devotee of The Coin, the soldier who insisted on having the tank escort the group, joins.
In the aftermath of the explosion, the gang gathers volunteers to trek back to the ruined city and look for survivors. They convince Dave – still stationed at the camp entrance in the Puma tank – that it is the millitary duty to protect the people, and they are escorted back. They discover that Incindia’s restaurant is entirely no more – the entire street has been leveled.
They arrive at the building hiding the shelter, and with the volunteers’ help and some time, clear the entrance and figure out how to open the solid concrete door. The survivors are fed by the two volunteer chefs (Incindia and Lumia, who spend the entire time glaring at one another). When the food runs out, Lumia tells the crowd that her restaurant (which had been shielded from the main blast by a skyscraper) is still intact, and that she can still feed them. The rest of the group, following Dave, who is following Daria, head toward the site of the battle between the two Gods of War. Daria wants to look for wreckage of the Fist mech, Dave wants to check on the Coin mech. They find no trace at all of the Fist’s God of War, but after a while of searching, hear the muffled Godsong of Oligopoly.
After a while of digging, the group manage to uncover the chest of the mech, allowing the pilot to escape, dehydrated and overheated from so long buried with limited air. Tristen hires (and pays for the wages of a crew of) an industrial crane through his god, channelling the power of the heavy machinery through himself and lifting the God of War’s shell free from its burial.
A fleet of Palatine airships approaches and touches down in the remnants of the base’s dock, and the group is surrounded. After the pilot tells the military that the group saved him, and Dave corroborates, they are taken in for some questioning about their having seen the attack from the Fist mech, and then asked about their conversations (brief as they were) with it. Daria hands them his sketches of the God of War’s schematics, which impresses them. Though they cannot tell the group not to leave town (what with ‘town’ no longer existing), they decide to send Dave to escort them elsewhere and watch over them for a while – by this point, it is nearly 2am.
Dave drives the group (Recklessly) to the bay city of Balsina, where they rest in one of Tristen’s mansions. After a day of recuperation, the group amass for dinner. The butler, Jeoffrei, tells Tristen (who likes to watch for political change as a harbinger of economic change) that there is prudent news. The group watch a political speech on the news by a MA Judgement official:
…that the God of War in question, Ehrendolch, was recently stolen from the base in Olgard. We do not condone this attack, nor do we claim responsibility for the man who stole the mech. Our forces are as we speak cooperating with the Paletinite military to locate the culprit, but so far no sign of the God of War has been found. We repeat, this is not an act of war by the Military Accord of Judgement against the Cooperative Federation of Paletine…