Having learned that the Orcs were probably not responsible for the murder of the Arbonal workers, our heroes discussed how they might use this information to put an end to the gang war plaguing Dracaena’s old neighborhood. Some proposed approaching Auluaga, the head of the Sap, to ask for his assistance in cutting Char down to size and putting an end to Char’s stoking of the violence with the Democrats. Others thought to seek out a higher-up among the Democrats and ask for assistance tracking down the Orcs involved in the murder. The group set out to perform further investigative work in the hope of bolstering the case to be made to the leadership of the rival gangs.
Cora passed along a request to Cirace to cross reference the Orcish-sounding names from the List with known democrats.
Argal and Dracaena set out to the factory where the murdered women had worked. The foreman of the factory indicated that some Orcish workers had been rallying their fellow workers. The agitators left when the foreman threatened to send in the Guard.
Meanwhile, Eigil and Cora sought out the Democrat hideout. They honed in on a certain bar, guarded by Orcs who could have been friendlier. After attempting to name-drop and otherwise charm their way into the bar, the guards had issued sufficient convincing threats to make it clear that getting into this bar was not going to happen anytime soon for these adventurers.
A response was received from Cirace indicating that, of the Orcs named on the List, Guantabe and Hirito had been hauled in for their activities in associating with the Democrats. The party proceeded to question street vendors making knockoff goods of the variety produced by the factory where these Orcs had worked. Eventually, an imposing crew of Democrats approached the investigators, wanting to know why a disturbance was being caused. The Democrats were told that the accused Orcs were probably not responsible for their actions and that the purpose of the investigation was to get to the truth of what had gone down on the night of the murder. In return, the group received a name and an address.
The address turned out to correspond to a certain bar, where our Orc guard friends were perplexed at the return of those who had so recently been sent packing. However, one mention of the name “Yogo” was sufficient to change the guards’ minds, and the adventurers were granted entrance. Inside, Yogo, referred to by the Orcs as “Legget,” seemed willing to discuss terms for ending the gang conflict after learning of reasons for beleiving that the Orcs who committed the murder were possessed. Yogo provided information about where the accused Orcs were overseers at a workshop and provided a Democrat escort to assist in the investigation.
Outside the workshop, which appeared on the outside to be an innocuous apartment building, Cora took the time to create a magic circle just outside the front door. As the workers filed out of the building, two of the Orcs faintly glowed as they walked over the ring, one scratching his neck. When approached, the Orcs denied that anything out of the ordinary had transpired on the night of the murder, although Guantabe seemed less confident and forthwright than Hirito. Hirito laughed off the suggestion that they might need help to avoid being used by demons to perform future dastardly deeds. Cora reached out and pulled down Hirito’s collar, exposing a runic tattoo on his neck. Hirito claimed that the tattoo just showed his girlfriends name. The Orcs returned to their work, and the party scattered to keep a covert watch on the factory.
After a short time, the workers started streaming out of the building, long before the typical end of the work day. Hirito was spotted leaving, but as the workers made their way out of the building and into the local bar, there was no sign of Guantabe. After all of the workers left, Cora, Dracaena and Argal went to keep an eye on the bar while Eigil stayed behind to check the inside of the factory. Richard, the Democrat escort, found Eigil trying to crowbar his way into an apparent hidden space within the building. Richard relieved Eigil of the need to explore in this manner, showing Eigil a passageway to old dwarven warrens where the factory was hidden. In the factory office, Richard and Eigil encountered the corpse of Guantabe.
“Can I have the corpse?” Eigil asked.
“No,” said Richard.
Taking a closer look at the body, Eigil discovered a tattoo similar to Hirito’s on the sole of Guantabe’s foot. Clearly, Hirito had killed Guantabe to avoid the risk of Guantabe blabbing about the cult through which both had accepted possession by devils.
Richard and Eigil met up with the others at the bar. Argal negotiated with Richard to have the Democrats end the gang war in exchange for the party handling Hirito. The party continued to stake out the bar as the hordes of workers shuffled out. Cora asked a passing worker what had become of Hirito, and the worker drunkenly related that Hirito had taken a woman upstairs. After the exiting crowd dwindled down to a trickle, and then nothing, the party entered the bar. The bartender indicated the room that had been paid for by Hirito. The group’s patience for the day was pretty much all used up by that point, so Argal kicked down the door to the room. The aforementioned woman was dead on the floor. Hirito ran for the nearest window and fled. Cora spellfully grasped Hirito. The rest of the group proceeded to knock him unconscious, in accordance with protocol for preparing suspects for questioning.