Another meet at the Dead Angel, another fetch run for Mr. Johnson. She wants a Geode created in the Ghost Dance eruptions of Mt. St. Helen and Mr. Ranier in 2017. It’s in the hands of a small collective of Sinsearach elves, and Mr. Johnson has the coordinates. Seems simple enough.
The Sinsearach are across the Metroplex border with NAN, so the runners need to find a way across. They decide to run the border in Puyallap Barrens, and enlist the aid (and a spare bike) from Norrin’s old buddies in the Cutters. It’s costs a few nuyen, but having them distract the NAN Rangers on the border is worth it.
Along the road to the border, the group crosses paths with a pack of feral ghouls. With Norrin and Basilisk on motorcycles simply running through the ghouls isn’t an option, so the runners engage. Norrin gets a nasty headache from a spell that surged on him setting fire to a ghoul, but the decisive action is Kitty in her van plowing through the ghouls.
A few hours past the border lies the Sinsearach village, although village is a bit of a stretch. Norrin and Eli’mel approach alone hoping not to earn the scorn of the technophobic elves and find a mere three lodges. Norrin tries to spin a yarn about surveying magical relics, but the canny Chief isn’t fooled. Convinced to come clean, Basilisk and Kitty make an appearance, but the Chief is unwilling to part with the Geode. The Chief insists the power of the Geode is too great to allow it fall in the wrong hands, but allows that they might come to an understanding if one of the runners submit to a test.
The Chief enchants a stone and Kitty volunteers to be tested. The stone triggers a Mind Probe where the Chief asks about “The Spider.” Kitty’s memory flashes to the spider tattoo on the guards at the last drop. The Chief declares to this tribesmen, “They serve the Spider!” and a battle is joined.
The Sinsearach bring considerable magical power to bear including an adept, enchanted stones that call lightning bolts, and an earth spirit. But the collective firepower of the runners is too much. When the smoke clears the earth spirit, now in service to Norrin searches out the Geode leaving the runners to ponder which side is good, which is evil, and which is theirs.