A giant dust cloud billows out across the desert. The cloud comes closer and closer, until finally it’s origins are revealed. The small army of bikers that is the Grave Hunters roars through the open sand. The sight is both alarming, and relieving for Hammond. They might just have a chance.
Kingman – Rebel hideout
Nigel and Ben find out the general location of the weapons cache from Sarge. There is a partially fallen housing building on the outskirts of town. The cache is located within that area. Unfortunately, the surrounding area is used fairly regularly by the Cultists and mutants.
Sarge also expresses concerns in regards to getting a stash that size outside to the others. Gator-Jay says they should only smuggle out a portion, leave the rest to assist the resistance forces. Nigel suggests using the cover of night to allow Ben to float the munitions over the wall.
Ben points out they will still need someone on the outside, or at least a hiding place to stash the weapons for later pick-up. The crew discusses other possibilities. If they are able to obtain Car-el, they may be able to use it to assist in smuggling the weapons.
Nigel inquires about underground tunnels. One of the resistance members mentions that the sewer lines pretty much end around the edges of town. There is a section of the wall near the cache that has slightly fewer patrols. If they are able to get the weapons to this area, they could bring them across at that point.
Even if they are able to get them to the right section of wall, they are concerned with who can transport them. Margaret the midget is stealthy enough, but can’t carry much. Nigel may be able to do it, but he would need to be covered. The rebels mention the section isn’t heavily patrolled, but there is a gap between the city and the walls where they could be seen.
Ben inquires how the traders end up with their goods, perhaps they could use the same methods. Sarge explains that there are agreements amongst the traders and the Cult. Dedicated salvage parties gather the items. The salvage parties all work for the Cult and hand over the best items. Everything that is left goes to the traders.
Margaret mentions that the guard didn’t search them when they arrived. They speculate it may be possible to smuggle some of the items out on the jeep- almost in plain sight. The Cult already expects them to go back out to retrieve the rest of Gator’s tribe, so this could provide a good cover. Unfortunately, the jeep doesn’t have much storage room left, once the crew is all seated. Also, having too much stuff loaded in the jeep may draw attention to them.
They propose another plan that involves creating a distraction. Explosions may raise too much suspicion, but a fire could easily explained as natural, or an accident. If they set off a fire in a vital area (such as near the residential area) a good portion of the troops will need to go and assist. They’ll also want to have a secondary distraction (explosion?) to create a chaotic environment. They can use the diversion to transport the items over the wall.
Ben notes they may not be allowed to leave once the chaos starts, so if they plan to smuggle anything out the front, they’ll need to do so before the diversion begins. They also decided it would be best to try and smuggle the weapons out the front. They can use the jeep, and possibly use another vehicle. Unfortunately they do not have a method to obtain a second vehicle.
Charlie chimes in and reminds them that they can use Car-el. After all, the crew is going to be bringing a whole bunch of other mutants. It would be reasonable enough for them to have acquired a vehicle for this purpose. Sadly, they will need to find Car-el. They can use Charlie’s commo unit to contact Car-el and find where he is. They spend some time repairing the communications unit.
Ben is able to contact Car-el. Car-el was trying to hide, but was found by a trader. The trader doesn’t know anything about cars, but his friend is supposed to come by tomorrow- most likely they’ll be chopping him up for parts.
Ultimately they decide to send Nigel and Margaret to retrieve the weapons cache. They will navigate through the sewers to get into place and bring them back to central. Ben will put on some of the rebels’ hobo rags and traverse the sewers to the center of town and sneak into the shop holding Car-el.
Ben is lead to the center of the market place. Car-el guides him to the outer area of the garage, attached to an old Texaco station. Ben picks the lock and enters the shop. He mind scans the building and detects someone upstairs, most likely asleep. Ben struggles with how to handle this person. He is reluctant to kill them, but feels it may be necessary.
Kingman Residential Outskirts
Nigel and Margaret find the collapsed building that Sarge had described. They stealthily navigate to the interior of the building. Nigel has trouble getting his bearings, but Margo is quickly able to find the cache. They load up as much as they can into the duffle bags and move them out to the sewers.
Ben is still conflicted about how to handle the trader. He reads the mind of the shop keep and finds the man has no particular malice. Ben sneaks his way into the garage without tripping off the bell on the door. He greets Car-el.
The two of them develop a plan to escape quickly and quietly. Ben heads up to the 2nd floor to silence the shop keep. He moves noiselessly through the dark up to the sleeping trader sleeping in bed. Ben covers the man’s mouth, waking him instantly. Ben moves his face in close- “I’m taking the car, you’re going to give it to me or you will be wishing for death.”