August 20th, 2025 – New York City
The man standing across from the theater is wearing nice clothes and seems to be examining the building, looking towards the floor the party is on. Emma sees the man as a magnesium-flare of life compared to the candleflame of the average person. Daphne sees the man glad in golden fae armor. Jamie recognizes him as the man who slaughtered the commune he had been studying across the veil. The man sees Jamie watching from the window, mouths the words “I see you…” him, and vanishes. The party concludes he must’ve stepped into the world of the dead much like Jamie. The party debates the merits of pursuing him to ask questions.
After several lines of research, the party finds out that the proprietor of a bookstore in One Eyed Cat lane is about as much of an expert on the fae as can be found, and they introduce themselves to him. The party’s internal chat and conversation with Dr. Pickens reveals some information:
- It’s possible that Seamus was “awakened” by the presumed Daughter of Winter when she was attacked and killed in Las Vegas.
- The “Daughters” aren’t traditionally meant to have Knights. The fact that Seamus is attached to Daphne somehow could be perceived as a threat to the Queens.
- The man outside is very likely the Knight of Summer, Queen Titania’s enforcer. Much like the Winter Knight, they’re typically not sent to negotiate with people.
- Dr. Pickens’ relationship with the fae began during a botched summoning where he accidentally summoned Queen Mab – which gave him enough information to build an academic career enhancing with evidence from the world.
Meanwhile, Hugo has left The Castle and gone to the pier for a walk and a coffee. Someone has written “you are being watched” at the bottom of his cup, and he heads back to the coffee shop to figure out who – going so far as to reversing time ten minutes to see if he can catch the person in the act. As it turns out, the cup was written on sometime during its packaging (almost certainly implicating Jones).
Hugo does, however, identify someone following him. He chases the man down, drags him into an alley and disarms him. The man informs him that he works in intelligence and operates out of the FBI field office in Lower Manhattan. He and his partners were given instructions to monitor the movements of anyone in the party if they left the theater and there is a strong implication that Jones or Jones’ superiors are calling the shots.
As Hugo attempts to perp-walk the man through Hell’s Kitchen, a pair of armored Suburbans pull up and disgorge a number of armed agents in suits. They tell Hugo that they’ve been told to avoid conflict with the party, but can’t allow him to kidnap one of their agents.
The locals have obviously called the police, as the sounds of sirens increase, drawing attention from the rest of the party back at the theater.