The party is confronted by the Fallen Angels, who freak out at the presence of "the Mechanic" (Tom) and tell him to drop his weapons. After a brief discussion and a display of power from Braennan they decide to bring the Mobos to see "Captain Ozzy". Balthazar, Kredique, and Braennan ride in while Stump (who is also thought to be a Mechanic), Tom, and Magnuss walk to Fort Vengeance (because "…Magnuss the Destroyer doesn't ride bitch").
Captain Ozzy is knotty, unwashed, and legless. He is pushed around on a wheelchair bristling with weapons (it can run on its own but requires greenstone shards to do so) by a chosen Trooper, and to do the pushing is considered a great honor. He always has a sawed off raygun in his lap, an Omniscient Oculus fused to his right eye socket, and a mechanical left arm. He is … less than pleased to see Braennan and, after a brief discussion, tells the Troopers to imprison the three visitors. Braennan casts a spell and everyone stops dead in their tracks – he is the only Iron Maiden priest capable of casting spells.
Outside the walls a Kyuss warband makes their way towards the group walking towards the fort. It looks like they're not going to make it. Braennan, Balthazar, and Kredique beg Ozzy to let them out to help their friends, and he agrees – they ride out under the eyes of the troopers who want to see what the Mobos can do.
Butchery ensues. Balthazar creates an oasis so the party might fight in the shade while Braennan casts a ridiculous Blessing and Protection from Evil and starts wandering around like a whirling lawnmower blade. Tom and Magnuss butcher the mooks like a Monsanto slaughterhouse. Some people run but they just die tired.
Having "proved" themselves, the Mobos return in triumpth to Fort Vengeance. The troopers inside immediately want to attack Castle Cocyst to bring down Sestra Draga, but calmer heads (namely, Captain Ozzy) prevail. Ozzy brings the party into the Officer's Quarters, where he does a little impromptu operating on Stump (buying him some time, at least) and informs him that only a chiurgeon or medicine woman in Corvus can help him. Ozzy tells Braennan that he disappeared about 3 months ago in what he called "the last gamble" – Braennan was to pass through some "mystical gate" to see if he could get help; the High Priest Lord Peart and the Dragoons Geddy and Lifeson headed to the Orm Trench to see if they could make their way to Corvus and try to deal with either Ningauble or the Electric Wizard; and Ozzy remained to hold the line against the armies of Sestra Draga. Lord Peart and the Dragoons have not been heard from since.
Other info from Ozzy:
- The witch in the fungal forest might have been Sestra Letica, the fallen leader of the Kyuss House of Gungurim. She might been out searching for some coffin that she lost. She apparently has a really bad memory.
- Mother's Milk can give you great powers, but the withdrawal is pretty bad
- The Electric Wizard controls a few boroughs in the Corvus, but he doesn’t know which ones. "The city is always in motion anyway"
- Corvus is under the control of Judas, who has placed his daughter/sister/lover/whatever as the Pontifex – Sofie Kreng (Kleng). She is attended by some child who is a translator.
- Order is kept in the city by several competing factions (the Godless, the Order of a Thousand Eyes, the Silent Ones, the mercenary armies of the Corvuscult). You never know who's in charge until you get there.
After some discussion, the party decides to head to Corvus to see if they can find Lord Peart and heal up Stump, and maybe talk to Ningauble about how to get home. Ozzy tells the party they must talk to "the ambassador" Solom Quor, who resides somewhere inside the Spiraling Black. Apparently if you follow the Orm Trench into the depths, you'll find him (or he'll find you). He tells the party to get supplies – lanterns, specifically – from the abandoned Orm Post near the trench, and that they must travel lightly or risk getting stuck or worse.
Captain Ozzy outfits the party with a Battlewagon and some riders to try to make the 50km run to the outpost. Unfortunately along the way they pick up a group of Kyuss waste riders who want their cargo. A huge battle ensues – fireballs erupt across the deck, Kredique is forced to crawl beneath the speeding Battlewagon to fix a handful of broken crystals as well as assassinate several boarders trying to kill the pilots, and Magnuss cuts through the harpoons that thump into the deck like percussion, at one point felling several saboteurs and borders who had made their way aboard. Tom almost falls over the side but is rescued by Braennan, who casts darkness on one of the groundcars following, destroying both it and a friendly vehicle or two.
No time for lamentation. A sandstorm comes blowing in as the Mobos approach the Orm Post, and they decide to jump for it. Braennan and Stump are both struck by wheels and knocked unconscious as the Battlewagon heads through the sands trailing Kyuss raiders behind, and Balthazar comes within a nose-breadth of death as a car rockets over his prone body. The Mobos bury their heads in the sand and pray the storm passes quickly ….