August 20th, 2025 – New York City
With Emily’s help, the party begins to monitor the local police and rescue bands. At the same time, Hugo decides to release his hostage, and the men retreat back to their vehicle and follow Hugo back to the theater, where he relays the story of discovering and subsequently catching the man following him.
The party debates for a while longer, but before long Daphne begins to sense the presence of one of the knights again, and it seems to be in the building. The party moves down to the theater, and are approaching the stage through the house when they recognize the Summer Knight in coveralls on stage. The man gives them a grin, kicks open a road case full of explosives, and hits a button.
There’s an explosion.
The party regains consciousness in the wreckage of The Castle. The lower balcony had collapsed over the top of them and protected them from the rest of the building falling in with little more than scrapes and bruises. The party exits the theater through the front doors and discovery’s the city eerily empty. There are no signs of life, including animals. There’s a haze of dust obscuring everything.
While the rest of the team debates what had happened, Jamie has a dark suspicion. He looks across the veil and finds a bustling city filled with emergency vehicles attending the explosion. He observes paramedics removing Emma’s body from the wreckage. He informs the party that he’s pretty sure they all died in the blast.
Emma senses that everyone’s life force is extremely dimmed compared to normal, but there are two very bright ones approaching. The party confronts two people, a man and a woman wielding long knives. Mike senses from one of them they they intend to “eat their souls”. Daphne attempts to summon her sword and fails.
The man and woman charge.