After sometime reflecting on the mask and what had just happened. Michael decided to take a candle as evidence and placed it in a bag. Then Michael and the others started removing the bodies with the mattresses from the trailer and setting them in a clearing outside. They searched around the trailer and underneath for any clues or further evidence of who was responsible for the deaths. Finding nothing they talked it over and decided to further explore the scrapyard.
Heading deeper into the scrapyard through piles of rusted metals and crushed cars they navigated carefully. Narrow aisles led to dead end after dead end until finally they found an old mostly rotted out work shed. The shed itself was just a barely standing shack made of old wood, rusted nails and termite droppings. Entering the shack they found old tools and dried out paint cans. Ethan and Simon both grabbed heavy tools which could be used as weapons. While rooting around the shed Simon notice an odd little nutria watching the group. Simon headed out to see why the nutria was so intent on them and as he exited the shed the rodent ran off. Simon looked for where the creature had gone but was blocked at every pass.
Meanwhile Yin Yue found a small space to sit down next to the shack and started her breathing exercises, falling into a deep trace she opened herself up and released a small amount of her essence into the world while thinking of Britney when she reached out through the dream. After a moment she could feel the cold shackles on her wrists and ankles. She was afraid, tired and hungry. Yin Yue whispered that she was on her way and to remain strong to Britney. A small surge of joy rippled through her and Yin Yue knew the message was received. When she withdrew from the trance she felt a tug coming from the west.
Ethan and Michael during this searched the shed and surrounding area looking for makeshift weapons and any clues on whom or what else could be out here with them, finding no further information but a couple of rusting but effective weapons for Ethan, Simon and Yin Yue.
Coming out of the trance Yin Yue told the others what she had done and found. When Simon returned to the shed Ethan handed out weapons and the group started looking for a path through the scrap metal piles and stacks of crushed cars. Moving slowly through the darkness they lost the path and at the end of the row out of the rusting scrap came the spectral form of a young black woman moaning for help with arms held out. She moved swiftly through the open space and past the group before disbursing into the air.
After the apparition left them they found their way by following the direction the spirit seemed to be headed. This led them to the large garage building at the front of the scrapyard. They were now at the back of the building and could see a large rollup door with no visible way to open and a side door with a single low watt light bulb above it. Without talking they headed to the wooden door and Ethan pulled a small leather tool set out of his pocket and quickly disabled the bolt in the door. Silently they entered the room of what looked like the foreman’s office. Two old metal desks with ancient computers and phones were in this room as well as a door leading further in. Searching the desks revealed nothing of value to the group.
The next door was unlocked and opened into a large workshop area. The place was softly lit with moonlight as the steepled ceiling had small windows running along the sides. Michael’s flashlight provided the only other illumination in the room and that light alerted the guard who was awoken by the noise and light from the group. Rubbing his eyes he headed over to the group asking through a yon who was there and lazily pointed a gun at the intruders. Yin Yue was quick to action closing the distance to the young man in a blink and deftly disarming him. The gunman’s only reaction was a high pitched yelp and to attempt to backpedal away from his attacker. Yin Yue again took to the offensive and took him to the floor pinning him and rendering him helpless.
The group recovered from their shock eventually and headed to the two. As they did they all got their first good look at the guard who turned out to be a teenage Asian boy wearing loose clothing of green and gold. As he struggled to ineffectually get free from Yin Yue, Michael asked him who he was and why he was guarding the garage. The young man told them nothing and instead took the stance of a hardened gangster. Which lasted until Yin Yue increased the pressure on his fragile joints in his shoulder and elbow. Cracking under the pressure of the 100lb woman he told them that his name is Arnold Zu and is a new member to the Mott Street Rascals who was ordered to watch the garage and kill anyone who tried to get in. Besides that he knew nothing.
After handcuffing Arnold the group explored further discovering another office, the front door to the street and a pad locked steel door. After working on not only the pad lock but a dead bolt as well Ethan got the group into the room where they found a young blonde girl sitting in the center of a very elaborate series of circles. Each ring of the circle having its own string of characters and symbols. Each layer becoming more serpentine and fluid as they got closer to the girl. Yin Yue was the first to call out to the girl who looked up at the group without saying anything but the metallic ringing of chains as she moved to see who was speaking to her told the group she was manacled to the floor.
Ethan, Simon and Yin Yue all spent time looking over the circles as Michael held firm the “gang” member. After a few minutes the group starting talking to the girl assuring her that she would be free soon and that they had been sent by her Grandfather. Seeing the fear in the girl Michael had decided that he see enough and that everyone shouldn’t worry about some graffiti on the ground and to prove his point he pushed Arnold into the first ring. In a flash of raw power Arnold stumbled over a symbol with a small cry and suddenly a shrouded, skeletal figure with a broken sickle racked out from nowhere and passed without resistance through Arnold’s throat and disappeared. Arnold collapsed bloodlessly to the ground without sound lifeless.
Everyone including the girl made sounds of horror and stepped as far as they could from the circles. A wall of noise followed as Simon and Ethan started yelling at Michael for such a careless act. Michael took to his own defense by asking what the hell just happened and asking everyone/anyone what they thing was. Simon shuttering answered quietly that it was a servant or aspect of Death. No one asked for further clarification at that point but instead stating looking for additional resources. Michael walked out of the room to call Roland Wynter. Ethan called an old friend named Benny who knew his share of weirdness and could help. Yin Yue and Simon starting talking to the girl in the circle.
Michael after a moment of talking to Wallace got through to Roland telling him that he had found this granddaughter and about the circle she was in and the death creature who just killed a boy. Leaving out his own involvement in the matter. Roland was very grateful for the news and assured Michael that he was sending resources to assist with Britney’s liberation.
Ethan called Benny’s cell phone to find out that he was heading home after a late night job at a school not far away, in fact he was on the highway at the moment heading in the general direction and would happily assist in anyway. Ethan told Benny to park on the back road and to head through the hole in the fence they had made. Ethan would meet him at the back door of the garage.
Yin Yue and Simon got Britney talking and the trio discussed the circles and the work it took to create and if Britney saw who had made them. She was blindfolded for most of her time in the room and had no idea who made them. She did mention a foul smelling creature who would linger in the room with her from time to time and it would talk quietly in a language she did not know.
As Michael and Ethan rejoined the others they informed each other of what they had learned and continued to make small talk until Benny arrived and started looking over the circles and the enchantments placed within. He could not tell the exact meanings but told the group of the outcome and that with enough bodies they could power through it or with a couple of days the group could work together to undue the power holding it together. As they discussed possible solutions and if they had any other options two creatures appeared through the wall.