Arriving in New York city through an Alley the agents of the Royal Society found in the Five Points neighbourhood. As they made their way through Paradise square they came across a streetlight between a couple of locals surrounded by a group of cheering supporters. The winner of the bouts was a woman of fierce demeanour with her teeth filed to points and sporting brass knuckles. The crowd caught sight of Jonty and his companions and seeing how Jonty was dressed in the red shirt, dark trousers and top hat signatures attire of the rival Bowery Boys a standoff commenced. Jonty cleverly diffused the situation by challenging Hell-cat Maggie to a wrestling match. Unfortunately for Jonty, the street fighter didn’t follow the instructions to not strike in the facial region and knocked him down in one blow.
After the fight the Jonty, Dimitri, Mark and Klaus got on famously with the Black Birds gang and before the end of the night Jonty had been installed as their very own Bowery Bhoy and was the toast of the Old Brewery. The Black birds aren’t able to directly help find Belaroux but when their leader Aidan Burke hears of Jonty’s previous association with John Morrissey and tells him that John is an old member of the Black birds and that Jonty should ask him for assistance finding his thief.
Meeting with Honest John and Morrissey
At Tammany Hall our heroes met with Morrissey and another senator whom is introduced to them as John Kelly. Kelly and Morrissey listen to the request for magical assistance from the Royal Society men and whilst it is clear that neither is able (or willing) to admit to Treaty lore they do promise to put the group in contact with a ‘Spiritualist’ in return for helping them out with a problem.
They have become aware of agent of the Texan Republic, a Texas Ranger called John Barclay Armstrong working in New York City. With tensions high with the southern nations, and war looming, the senators want the agent removed from the city with the minimum of fuss. Whilst they do not want the ranger eliminated they want the situation handled.
Encounter at the book repository
Mark makes some inquiries with a number of the locals in the guise as a preacher and one woman of colour who was an emigrant from the first civil war gives them a hint as to the where abouts of the Texan agent. The investigations bear fruit and eventually the Societymen find themselves at a book repository in which Armstrong had been seen. Finding signs that the building had been broken into the group make their way into the building and into a showdown with the Ranger.
It becomes clear that Armstrong has been sent, like the Societymen, on the trail of a robbery. An item of importance has been taken a fortnight previous from a vault in Dallas, and the Rangers sent one of their best men to return it. He found the item just before the party arrived but had becomed pinned down by two groups of gangs from the Five Points and the Bowery.
Mark investigates the item and finds that it is a data tape of a very specific design to the Texas Republic. It has been run through an engine and left in a shockingly badly tangled state. With Mark’s very specialised skillset he is able to resolve the standoff by repairing the cassette and handing to over to Armstrong allowing him to escape without causing a diplomatic incident.
Flight over the rooftops
With the Texan Ranger in tow the Societymen make their escape over the rooftops and to safety as a full blown gang battle breaks out in the streets below. On the ground a block away the group shakes hand with their new ally and part ways on good terms. Leaving the senators problem resolved and the Societymen a step closer to their goal.