The group picks up The Red Fedora at the New York Sun, reconvenes, and heads to Hoboken. On the drive over they share/trade information. As they’re driving, Sabrina Blackthorne gets a visit through her deck of cards, and her grandfather’s ghost appears, asking, “Sabrina, dear, have you been engaging in necromancy?” He reminds her about the costs of necromancy, and leaves.
After driving to New Jersey, The Paragon Society arrives at Starkweather Labs and sees three trucks emblazoned with the Starkweather Labs logo, being loaded with crates by half a dozen men in workmen’s coveralls. Dr. Meriwether comments they seems to be thugs, but don’t seem to be wearing guns. The Red Fedora assesses that Valerie Bloom must be inside (there are no good hiding spots near the building outside). They drive once around the warehouse, then park and walk in a fire door. The team immediately sees Valerie Bloom tied to a chair surrounded by men with guns. A brute is slapping her.
The Red Fedora shoots the light fixture over them, startling the brute. Meanwhile, Sabrina creates a sonic boom, stunning two of the men. Verity takes flight and pulls out her gun. Dr. Meriwether assesses the situation, and tries to identify the objectives of the men.
One of the men – Adler – pulls a luger and points it at Miss Bloom. Red Fedora says, “I can see your veins,” and points his gun at Adler.
Verity shoots a thug who flies backwards into one of the shaken men, knocking them both out. Charlie shoots at some thug with her trusty peacemaker.
Sabrina casts another sonic boom, taking out four thugs – one shoots at her, shaking her.
Several shots are exchanged, and a vat of flesh eating insects splits open, pouring over a man, killing him.
The Red Fedora shoots Adler but does no damage. Sabrina shoots a blast of cold at the bugs, putting them into torpor. Verity shoots Adler, and he flies back through the wall. Charlie takes the opportunity to run over and untie Bloom and escort her out.
Several thugs shoot but miss. Meriweather shoots a valve and releases a fluid which starts washing the insects down the drain. Sabrina shoots a magickal bolt and hits two more men.
Since all the men have been injured or stunned, Meriweather tells them to give up. The group questions a thug and Miss Bloom.
Klaus Adler was the Operations Director of the plant, and hired the mob to take the crates. The crates are filled with gas canisters, and they being taken to Lakehurst, NJ and were labeled “medical supplies.” He says the gas canisters will be released.
Meriwether spends a few minutes in Adler’s office trying to get a feel for his personality. He’s a vicious thug, but well-trained enough to keep that in check. He’s sadistic, overconfident, and arrogant, but knows his place in a hierarchy. Meriweather uses his profiling ability to figure out Adler’s next move.
Meanwhile, Miss Bloom says she was hoping to go Dr. Starkweather’s mansion next, but now must go file her story. She asks the group to go [to Starkweather’s house] and says she will try to meet them there later.
To Be Continued…