Shaun was having little luck in tracking down the political dissident on the list of people to eliminate, and Otto was attacked when trying to go after Gary3.
Otto is wounded, angry and in need of rest, while Shaun sets down to once again allow his mind to reach out onto the network while he sleeps under the influence of drugs. Having little place to sleep, due to the increased number of people, Otto removes Shaun from his place in the common room. Instead of Shaun blankly gazing off into netspace, he is left hallucinating while staring at the corpse in Gabriel’s room.
Shaun snaps out of his sleep and is horrified at the scene before him. He is stuck trying to figure out the situation before him, trying to decide whether it is real or a result of the drugs. He concludes that he is in Gabriel’s room and makes his way downstairs.
Shaun confronts Otto about what he just did and Otto denies everything. Shaun gets belligerent in his state of intoxication and Otto threatens him in return. Shaun pushes the issue of Otto’s nightmares and the messages he was getting while Shaun was high last time.
Getting angrier at Shaun by the minute, Otto pushes him aside and Shaun persists. Shaun and Otto fight for a little while, and Deefor shifts his attention from the chaos going on and his repairs to Stitch, which is not like his usual self. The fight results in Otto knocking Shaun down and resolving to prove a point. Meanwhile Deefor acts more like Reeva when he is obsessed with tinkering with some new gadget, as opposed to acting like Gabriel and being forceful and antagonistic.
Otto takes half the flask of drugs and pours it into some instant soup. He mixes up a heavy dose of drugs and drinks it down. He shows Shaun what it’s like to have to deal with a menace who is high all the time.
Shaun and Otto trash the place and the housekeeping robots give up on trying to keep up with the mess. The two of them have a bit of a shared hallucination and Deefor responds to some of the things they do or say during their experience. Otto keeps hearing an ice crushing machine that is making snow-cones or slushies. Shaun and Otto speak to one another in a series of static like tones similar to what old modems sounded like. The other residents of the apartment are bullied around with Otto bullying Pilgrim and Shaun making demands to Charlie their new bodyguard. Shaun insists Charlie get him food and other things out on the town and he offers Charlie little money to do the task.
Otto grows bored of the indoors and heads outdoors to speak to a tall slim black man who beckons to him. The man offers some shed some light on Otto’s situation and Otto is interested. The two Syndicate goons stand nearby as Otto has a lengthy conversation with the mysterious tall man. When charlie arrives back at the apartment he wonders why Otto is standing on the curb whispering to a light post with his men looking puzzled behind him. He gets inside and Shaun is trying to reach out in the netspace and contact some sort of psychic force and Deefor is making noises like he is in diagnostic mode.
Charlie goes back outside and tries to help the Syndicate goons get Otto back inside. When inside, Otto mentions wintergreen to Shaun multiple times. When wintergreen is mentioned, Deefor appears to transmit something and Otto and Shaun make the same strange static noises. Shaun insists that Charlie go back out and find them some wintergreen extract to add to the drugs.
Charlie reluctantly is forced from the apartment to go and get some extract. When he arrives back, Shaun and Otto are deeper into their hallucination nearly incoherent. Shaun takes the extract, mixes more drugs and both he and Otto drink more soup. By now almost the entire flask of hallucinogen is empty and the soup is dangerously potent.
Shaun and Otto begin to vomit all over the apartment. They destroy the bathroom, living area and many of the upstairs apartments. Shaun begins again to badger Otto about his nightmares and Otto gets angry. Otto threatens to force Shaun to eat the corpse upstairs if he does not stop his line of questioning. Not long after, both Otto and Shaun pass out in pools of vomit.
Time passes and the two awake. Nobody in the apartment is nearby, as it appears they have retreated to one room and locked themselves inside, away from Otto and Shaun who are a menace. Otto asks Shaun if he got what he wanted out of the experience and asks if he liked dealing with a drug addled menace. Shaun surveys the room, asks Deefor to replay many of the nights events in fast frame and discovers the strangeness of he and Otto speaking in noises. He feels confident that he and Otto were transmitting something through Deefor and they may be onto something. This may be how they are to reach out to some of their former team members. Deefor mentions a craving for ice cream which is unusual for a robot who does not eat. He also begins to express that he feels itchy, as if he has skin, then goes back to some research and repair work.
Shaun suggests yet another day of hallucinations. He and Otto go through some more soup with Shaun drinking much more than Otto. Nothing noteworthy happens, in fact Shaun grows very sick and is left barely conscious on the bathroom floor. With Shaun apparently in the middle of an overdose, Otto leaves the apartment slightly under the influence of the drugs and feeling violent.
The Colonel had delivered a pass to use the robot cabs so Otto flags a cab. Charlie and the goons run outside to go with Otto, who sees there is barely enough room so he breaks the Robot cab driver from the seat to make more room. This action alerts the authority and Charlie suggests they beat it fast.
Otto wants to find Gary3 and get this over with so Charlie suggests that he go speak to Stefan, since the 9 of Spades is in the same area as the bar Gary and his gang hang out in. Otto dismisses Charlie to go watch over Shaun and he takes his goons to go find Gary3.
Otto goes to speak to Stefan and Stefan is creepy as always. He makes more innuendos about gay sex towards Otto than he gives useful information. He suggests that Otto seek Gary at his gang’s bar.
The bar is not so much of a bar but rather a series of large tents surrounded by motorcycles and other vehicles. Inside, gang members are busy drinking and being rowdy. Otto tries to get himself a whiskey and is told that only members are served. He tries to be nice, saying that he would just like a drink and a minute of Gary’s time, he’s even willing to pay for an introduction.
Overhearing an opportunity to make s few credits, a kid offers to tell Otto where Gary is. Otto pays the kid and even gets a drink for his generosity. Gary3 is at the 9 of Spades where he always is, Otto is told. But Stefan told Otto to look here when he was at the 9 of Spades, who is lying here? Before Otto heads back to the 9 of Spades, he picks up Shaun for some back-up in the social arena; he does not like being lied to and Shaun will sniff out the liar.
Meanwhile, at the apartment Shaun has resumed his search for the political dissident and he receives a hit back on some of his inquiries. Apparently this man is an Alliance operative who specializes in starting rebellion in enemy territory and quelling rebellion in Alliance space. Most recently he had gotten involved in one group of protesters in Alliance space who were making things difficult for the government and soon after his involvement everyone ended up missing. The M.O. of the dissident here in Zone 1 Harlinn’s World appears to be doing much the same, except he is inciting the public against the ProVee. Shaun contacts The Colonel and informs him of this man and his capability. The Colonel wants him dead A.S.A.P.
At the 9 of Spades, Otto confronts Stefan and is fed a line of BS covered in creepy innuendo. Shaun recognizes the tells of a liar and informs Otto who roughs up Stefan until he gets the truth. Gary3 is in the back office, he and Stefan were in business together and Otto was involved. They were keeping this whole thing a secret from The Colonel. Otto and Stefan were using Gary3 to train the hand selected best of the best in Stefan’s stable of fighters. Under the watch of Gary3 and Otto these men would serve as Otto’s personal strong arms. Otto barges into the back room to confront Gary3 with Stefan in tow trying to stop him.
Gary3 is indeed in the back room and he is going over some footage of fights so he can better advise some of the men. Gary3 greets Otto with confusion as he had not seen him since Otto’s club burned down months ago, he feared their plans were off. Otto is curious about the plans but does not want Stefan involved so he throws him out of his own office.
It appears that Otto has indeed planned a coup of the present ProVee in favor of the Syndicate. He and some others from the former “Coil” were involved in this matter. We had, according to Gary, enlisted his aid along with that Alliance operative Kraffenburg, who is discrediting the local ProVee for us. Apparently we promised Kraffenburg our pilot Ryan Williams. He was searching for Williams and was partly responsible for sending out Cole Turner to go find Williams.
Shaun gets to thinking that all along, all these problems, are because we may be double crossing ourselves. We apparently had every intention on turning in Williams, we may have had intentions in turning in one another as the need saw fit. That is why we’re having such trouble now and why our enemies seem to know so much about us. Our enemies may be us, and Shaun may have just turned in one of our allies, also he may have sent Otto to kill the hippie who was his former drug dealer who may have sold him the drug he used to contact other psychics in the netspace.
Sensing that he may have little time to spare, Shaun contacts The Colonel and says he had made a mistake. The man who is the dissident may not be who he thought he was. New information has come to his attention and he wants a little time to figure out a few things before they take any actions, but he believes the person in question to be a pesky Alliance cop named Cole Turner. The Colonel has heard of Turner and his dangerous ways, apparently he killed a bunch of people and blew up some buildings on Dust near Nexus Gate.
Shaun puts the word out that he wants to speak to Kraffenburg and suddenly his messages stop being deleted and he is answered from his own position. Whoever is speaking to him makes the communication appear as if it is all coming from the same location, he is hiding his signal. “Kraffenburg” gives a location and time, and tells Shaun and Otto not to be late, he will speak to them there.
The meeting with Kraffenburg is simple.He has everyone meet in a bar in Otto’s neighborhood. A drone is speaking for him and two most likely robotic “faceless” men guarding the drone. Kraffenburg expresses his concern over not yet having Ryan Williams in his possession as promised. Furthermore he refuses to do any more work on the project at hand unless some form of payment can be reached and money means little to him. He really wants more information on Williams and he can’t think of anything else he would want or need from anyone like us. Shaun explains that he nearly turned him in to The Colonel but realized nearly too late to cover the mistake, that they were working together, as he had lost his memories.
Kraffenburg doesn’t care that Shaun hung out Cole Turner but warns that using this “boogeyman” approach one too many times will become less and less believable, as this one person cannot be responsible for all the ills they suffer. Kraffenburg says he will think about what else he might possibly want from Otto and Shaun and suggests they keep trying to get him Williams int he mean time. He will contact them at a later date with new word. The drone falls to the table and the two guards exit the room as the drone on the table goes on blinking a red light faster and faster. Otto and shaun flee the building as it bursts into flame killing all the patrons and making Otto and Shaun look bad, as news media drones are outside the bar recording the event. Kraffenburg now has leverage on the two.
When The Colonel asks Otto and Shaun about the bar, he explains that his suspicions were confirmed when once again they had been attacked by Cole Turner, who fire bombed the bar.
Otto and Shaun are left with the task of trying to track down a member of their old team that they apparently planned to back stab, who disappeared over a month ago on Nexus Gate. They now understand that they don’t work for The Colonel, they are also planning to back stab him as well as his boss, the ProVee of the Zone. It is unknown why Otto wanted to gain control of the area for The Syndicate but that seems to be the plan. And out of it all the guy they thought was their enemy, Gary3, is the only one giving them any information on what exactly it is they were planning before. Could Gary3 be playing the two or have Shaun and Otto really been fooling themselves all along as Shaun seems to think?