18 June 2017
While waiting for the Spirit of Sobek to return to the city, the other heroes head to police headquarters to meet with Detective Daniels who has mentioned that crime scene techs have uncovered a few things. Daniels led them into a room where photos of the armoured car robbery are on display before beginning to run through what has been discovered.
Detective Daniels explains that they have thoroughly gone over the two stolen SUVs that were used to herd the armoured car to the side of the bridge; while these were largely devoid of prints (aside from the legitimate owners of the vehicles), there were two sets of fingerprints that belonged to former security personnel of Dynamic Solutions (being Dominic Jones and Frasier Newcomb). So far the police have been unable to track these two down, as they haven’t been home since the robbery. Daniels explains that they are now trying to chase down known associates of these two.
Next the Detective confirms that all of the bullets fired during the robbery were special rounds developed by Dynamic Solutions and almost exclusively used by their own security forces.
Lastly, Detective Daniels thanks the heroes for tracking down various bits of security footage that shows the thieves making their escape. While the imagery is grainy, they have been able to enhance some of it to show a group of figures wearing Dynamic Solutions security armour. They seem to be flying by the use of jetpacks.
Detective Daniels notes that there is an obvious theme here, of Dynamic Solutions equipment having been used, potentially by former Dynamic Solutions security personnel. The Herald, The Inquisitor and the Stirling Slugger all then begin discussing various possible avenues of investigation, and they ask if the weapons from The Marionette have been recovered yet. Daniels replies that they are still, frustratingly, waiting on a judge to sign the warrant.
The heroes recall that the site of the old Dynamic Solutions building is still lying in ruins in Gaviston and they wonder whether someone has been removing old equipment and transporting it to The Marionette. Detective Daniels isn’t able to help them with what may, or may not, have been found at the Dynamic Solutions ruins, as they were searched by the FBI, the MRC and a couple of super hero teams, none of whom made their findings public. When the heroes then begin talking about having a look around the ruins, Daniels politely reminds them that perhaps he shouldn’t hear any more and they part ways to continue their planning.
As they don’t know what might be in the ruins (radiation, toxic waste, or worse), The Herald heads back to base to do some arcane research into a detection spell while The Inquisitor and the Stirling Slugger head to the site for a “quick look”. Of course, the “quick look” turns into a brief search of the area, with neither of the heroes finding anything of interest in the collapsed piles of concrete and steel. However, they do find evidence of a section of fencing being rigged to allow easy access to the ruins, while the Stirling Slugger catches sight of signs of rough sleeping arrangements inside the unstable building remains. The Inquisitor has a closer look at these sleeping areas, which seem to belong to homeless people, and then narrowly avoids having some falling masonry falling on him as he exits the building. They then decide to return to base to confer with The Herald.
Back at base, The Herald decides that a detection spell probably isn’t necessary (as the other two don’t seem to be radioactive or anything) and so they head back out to the former Dynamic Solutions site. (The Inquisitor does take some time to ensure that the Stirling Slugger isn’t showing any ill effects of their earlier visit, which he isn’t.)
Back at the ruins again (about an hour after their first visit) the heroes head back to the unstable building to see what they can find. Unbeknownst to The Inquisitor and the Stirling Slugger, The Herald, of course, uses her invisibility and illusion powers to appear where she isn’t (an image of The Herald walks around 15 to 20 feet in front of where The Herald actually is). In the dim confines of the unstable building The Inquisitor sees a figure scrambling away and so they give chase and, despite dislodging a bit of masonry again, the Stirling Slugger is easily able to catch the fleeing homeless man. With The Herald’s friendly questioning techniques, they are then able to learn that there has been someone (or some people) moving around in the rubble area. They thank the homeless man and head back out in the daylight, managing to once again dislodge some masonry which this time leaves the Stirling Slugger and The Herald with minor bruising.
After resting up, they then do a more thorough search of the large rubble covered area and manage to find signs of foot traffic leading to and from another section of fencing that has been modified to allow easy entrance. The Stirling Slugger then begins moving rubble to see what may be hidden underneath, which is when he finds that one slab of concrete is a lot lighter than it looks and is even hinged to allow for easy movement. Beneath this hinged piece of concrete they find a concealed stairwell leading underground…