Mrs. Murdock has a breakfast ready for our heroes as they return, beaten and battered to their rooms. Silas can barely taste the food, all he can taste is death. All he can see is the young Tanith withering away in front of his eyes. he is not sure he will ever forget that horrific sight.
Brian is still weak from the fight, he has summoned aid, a gentleman who has been before to heal his wounds. Kitty is withdrawn, this last fight has dredged up painful memories of her past. She is the first to turn to her bed, falling into a fitful sleep.
Silas sleeps some, but the desire for vengeance is too strong and later that day, he is once again at his desk, pouring though his books, looking for signs and clues. He is missing something, he knows it, Mocata is still out there and this is not over. But what? What is he missing? What can't he see?
The night is no better for our group, they sleep, but all are plagued by nightmares from their pasts and their recent failures. The next morning Mrs. Murdock's breakfast goes along way to bringing some life back into them. They are finding their resolve, their spirit, they would not give into the darkness!
Brian is back and at his own desk, helping Silas to pour through the books. Kitty sits quietly, watching them intently. She trusts these two to find an answer. She has to trust them, because she needs them for her own answers. One day.
It is late, just after dinner when they get the message:
Peggy has been taken. Simon cursed himself and ran out to get her back. All his parents remember is Simon muttering about "back where it started, of course…" They plead with the heroes to save their little girl and SImon. Bring them back.
The heroes are stunned. They had to act fast. Silas realized that tonight was the last night of the New Moon. The last night Mocata could complete the ceremony. Dammit, he had been blind, of course, he should have realized, been prepared. But what did Simon mean? Where had he gone?
"Back where it started,… Dammit, how could I have been so thick," Silas yells. "Quickly, a carriage, we must make haste." As they race outside he explains. "Simon's townhouse, where it started. Where the first ceremony was held, the second in Salisbury. Even his journal, what he overheard…'she must follow back to the beginning.' Tonight they mean to finish the ceremony in Simon's townhouse. In the observatory. Damn, I should have seen it sooner!"
He bangs on the carriage roof, yelling at the driver to go faster.
The final act takes place in the townhouse of Simon Aron. Everything returns back to where it started! The ceremony will have already started by the time the heroes arrive. The front door is guarded by 2 cultists; they are there to simply delay the heroes.
The carriage has barely come to a stop when Brian jumps free and charges the two guards. He gives them no quarter as he slams their heads together, a sickening crunch and they fall to the ground dead. He does not stop, he crashes through the front door. Silas and Kitty are close behind.
Inside are 4 more guards. They are surprised as the door flies open, sagging from the hinges. They are stunned for a moment as the giant Brian charges into their midst, taking two in his hands, running them into the wall. Kitty is just as quick and fires two shots, dropping the other two.
They race up the stairs to the Observatory, Brian in the lead. The double doors are wide open, as if they are expected. The ceremony is in progress and the core 13 are all there, including Mocata and the Baroness. Young Peggy is laid out on an altar, probably drugged and Simon is standing off to the side, looking be-spelled.
Most of the 13 converge on the heroes, their mission to keep the heroes busy until the ceremony is complete!
The heroes are nearly overwhelmed. They have rested but are not completely recovered from their earlier ordeal. Brian is feeling the effects the most. Four cultists pile atop him as he flails wildly at them, trying to connect. Kitty is also ganged up on, they know she has those guns and in close quarters, it will be harder to bring them to bear. Silas tries to charge past, to get to Mocata but 2 more cultists are blocking his way.
It is a long battle and even as cultists drop dead, the heroes are flagging. Silas's mana is almost spent and he knows the final part of the ceremony is close at hand. Mocata has the dagger poised over Peggy, ready to plunge it into her heart. Disregarding his own safety, will manages to push through the cultists, making it just to edge of the altar. But it is close enough for Silas to cast an Armour spell on Peggy. It won't stop the blade but should protect her enough from dying immediately.
And that evil force from days ago is once again felt throughout the room as Baphomet once again appears, but the blood sacrifice is successful and he has entered this plane. All feel his power and wrath!
Silas is on his knees, battered down by the Baroness and one remaining cultist by the altar. Blood flows from his many wounds, he does not look good. Brian has managed to whittle down his opponents to just 2 but even he is bloodied and bruised. Kitty has dropped her last opponent and takes stock of the situation. She fires at the one cultist beating on her cousin, the Baroness is not a good target at the moment.
After dropping the man she turns and begins firing on Mocata, hoping to break whatever the effect of the spell. The fear is beginning to penetrate even her steely resolve. The Baroness lands another wound on Silas, cackling in madness. With his last bit of energy, he swings his sword cane and cuts her down. But he has drawn the ire of Baphomet who blasts fiery beams from his eyes at Silas.
Silas screams in agony and falls to the ground, perhaps dead. Brian fells his last foes and struggles to get to the altar to save his friend, but his strength is failing him. Only Kitty, with her guns seems to be able to fight on. Her bullets penetrate the heart of Mocata and his essence is drawn into Baphomet, who now turns his eyes on Kitty. He holds out his hand and blasts a black ray of vile darkness at Kitty. She feels the coldfire burning through to her soul but she fights to stay on her feet. She knows she is their last hope.
She raises her pistol, slowly aims, and puts her last bullet between the eyes of the devil. He claws at the bloody hole in his head, screaming in an unearthly tongue, smokes begins to rise from his body as it slowly burns from this existence. Before completely disappearing, he stares at Kitty, pointing at her…"I will have my vengeance."
All is quiet. All the cultists are dead. Simon collapses unconscious to the floor. Brian and Kitty administer what healing they can to Peggy and Silas. They are able to get everyone to Doctor Wardlow, who does what he can to save everyone. Silas's armour did its job and protected Peggy enough that the she is saved. Simon is finally free of the evil influence of Mocata. But Tanith is gone and his sister nearly died, that guilt will stay with him for a long time.
As for Silas, he is in a deep sleep, an induced coma. His wounds are great. Anyone else would be dead. But somewhere inside is a spark fighting to remain alive. Will he succeed?