CC had caught up with his new ‘friend’ in the lobby of the hotel. Meanwhile Shelly Cooper was holding the door open for an old guy with a large beard who was very slowly hobbling through.
Suddenly the old guy stopped in the middle of the door, pointed at CC and yelled ‘You!’.
The whole lobby stopped to see what was happening as the large, imposing figure of Canning rumbled towards CC on Meadham’s orders, casually knocking down anyone who stood in his path.
‘Time of go!’ suggested CC to his friend and moved to leave, he hesitated as the man didn’t seem convinced that going with him would be a good idea. In that moment Canning opened his mouth and a serpentine tongue lashed clear across the room to wrap around his arm. Venom coating the tongue seeped into CC’s skin leaving him writhing in pain and powerless to stop himself being pulled towards the monster who grasped him by the throat with 1 hand and casually strolled from the lobby into the street beyond.
Looking shocked, Shelly was only able to manage a pitiful whimper as her new associate was casually carried towards a large black limousine which the pair had recently stepped from.
Down the road Tobias and Father Bob emerged from the back-alleys of Calcutta and noticed some sort of trouble at the hotel, they both moved to investigate.
A pair of brave hotel staff leaped onto Canning in an effort to rescue their guest but were brutally thrown off and back into the hotel through the front doors, smashing them off their hinges. CC was unceremoniously dumped into the boot of the Limo. Canning and Meadham got into the car, started it and began to pull away.
Recovering from the venom in the boot of the car CC pulled his pistols, aimed roughly towards where the driver would be and opened up with both, blasting away in an effort to stop his foes. His volley seemed somewhat successful as the car stopped and he heard the heavy steps of Canning as he moved towards the boot of the car. CC readied his pistols and opened up with everything he could when the boot opened!
Canning moved quickly for such a large man, avoiding most of the blasts, those bullets which did hit him seemed to be fairly ineffective.. what was this guy!?!
Shelly leapt into a waiting taxi, revving the engine with the hopes of crushing the big man between the two cars, unfortunately she did not notice that the wheels were turned and she accelerated straight into the path of an oncoming truck which smashed into the taxi crushing the front-half, Shelly was lucky to get away with only a few scratches!
As Canning raised his fists to silence CC for good Tobias arrived on the scene, opening up with his two pistols one well-aimed shot catching the big man in the side of the face and blowing it partially away, but still the man would not stop, laying a few massive blows into CC before a desperate shot from CC caught him in the chest. Canning looked dumbly down at the red spreading out from his jacket before collapsing to the ground.
The team breathed a collective sigh of relief, but the sigh caught in their throats as Meadham stepped out of the Limo and stretched his back. The party were still considering what to do next when he threw aside his cane and flying kicked CC from the other side of the car! Reeling, CC was only just able to dodge the venomous fangs which followed.
Shelly ran forwards and tried to slap the old man with her hand-bag, but caught a claw to the arm for her troubles. Tobias opened up with his pistols once more, the bullets all striking true, but were all deflected by some mystical shield which surrounded the man.
Father Bob, seeing that things were likely to go badly very quickly reached into his mystical powers and bodily threw Meadham out and away from the group, sending him smashing through the 1st storey window of the hotel! With no time to stand around and figure out what had just happened the group quickly piled into the still-running limousine and fled the scene just as the police arrived.
They drove for 20 minutes to ensure that they had escaped before stopping to decide what to do next. Examining the car they discovered a list of hotels written on airport stationary as well as a name and an address, it seems Meadham had been looking for someone, probably something to do with the crown.. Also in the back seat was a briefcase, inside several robotic mosquitos as well as plans to use the crown to get through a portal on ‘Snake Island’ near the town of Santos off the coast of Brazil, failing that they might be able to fight their way past the guardians, or as a last resort summon Mu back to this world, notes indicated that this last course would likely be ‘hazardous’.
The team set about following leads to the crown, it seemed that Meadham was at least 2 steps ahead of them, apparently the only contacts were either dead or in hiding.. they were almost sold a fake crown by a policeman who had recovered it from one of the treasure hunters who was trying to sell it to Rose Meadham, they bought it anyhow, but it was not what they were after.
Snooping in a hotel bar they met Rose Meadham who seemed to think they knew more than they really did and tried to recruit them, they didn’t commit to anything, however Rose seemed to take that as a ‘yes’ and left them with some ‘gifts’, a report on Caduceus’ activities and a Haftorang Device (the same as the one which blew up half of Borneo). She even kindly left them instructions for use of the device.. they were deliberately miss-leading as the team discovered when their scientists looked it over. It seems she also thinks the team are stupid!
Father Bob jumped on a train to a remote Sea-side town where he planned to make contact with the Elder Things, a race of beings involved in the ancient war with the serpent people which resulted in Mu being banished from Earth. He hoped these beings would be able to give him help or information to defeat their current foes, but who knows what alien creatures want.. and whether Father Bob will ever be seen again..
Running short of leads the team took a long-shot and visited a tea-room which the treasure hunters were known to frequent. Luckily there they discovered the last remaining treasure hunter, who was only too willing to cooperate in exchange for help getting away from Rose Meadham. The man told the party that he had seen the Crown, it was in the temple to Mansa Devi here in Calcutta, hidden in a crypt with no guards, only some lowly monks to protect it, they can easily sneak in and grab it, there should be no resistance…
The team debated long and hard as to whether to bring the Haftorang Device in case there was something.. unnatural in there.. eventually they elected not to, the civilian casualties of such a blast would be catastrophic!
Jumping in a car the Team head across town towards the temple, as they approach they see that there is some kind of festival going on in the surrounding neighbourhood…