So, you hear about a concert, a benefit for the Startown Volunteer Fire Brigade’s new fire engine. With all the fires that have been breaking out around Startown lately, this does seem a worthy cause. The Stoned Rollers are headlining, supported by Gerry Gallows. After you snap up your own tickets, B tells you Madrid Straaker has given her a fistful of backstage passes, too.
On the night, the streets outisde the club are thronging with people and there’s a lot of excitement in the air. Your VIP passes wave you through to the side entrance ahead of the crowd and you get a ringside view for Gerry Gallow’s set, which is rapturously received. You see Faber in the crowd and follow him down to the VIP area, where you see him enter a dressing room. Listening at the door, you hear Gerry Gallows shouting at someone. Entering the room you see sitting, looking bored, four men, one of whom (addressed as ‘Mr Shutheash’ by the others) takes control of the situation when he sees Faber’s reaction to you. He invites you all into the room but Ari smells a rat and there’s a scuffle in the doorway which results in her being pushed out of the room and the door firmly secured behind her.
• The rest of the party is then escorted up to the building’s air/raft pad and then taken on a long flight to the East Hill area of Startown; you are led into and through a less-than-salubrious bar; its denizens barely even blink as you are filed through into a backroom where you are then gagged and duct-taped to chairs, and left alone in the dark with the sounds of revelry from out-front to keep you company..
• Ari meanwhile goes for help to Madrid Straaker, who makes a few calls – but turns up blank on the party’s whereabouts. By browbeating Gerry, he does hear that Blaxton’s disappearance has something to do with an important private game being run in a casino in Credo. Ari also gets Faber’s address from him, but when she goes there finds only Faber’s bullet-riddled corpse.
• At a loss for how to proceed, Ari heads back to the Crescent where sometime later she is highly relieved when her companions, footsore and weary, arrive back unharmed but grumpy having walked back through Startown all the way from East Hill. Their obstruction to the East Hill Gang’s plans is apparently no longer an issue as a few hours later, Blaxton himself also walks into Ma Mossett’s, looking like he has been through the wringer.