MacCallister hires the team to investigate a series of terrorist acts that have been happening in the Orc Underground. While they are at the meet, he gets a call that a school has been bombed, killing or injuring a the orc children, and he sends the team to the nearest entrance to investigate. The team offers some help to a construction crew, who are not being permitted into the entrance (hidden in a parking garage) because the parking garage is structurally unsound and the crew doesn’t have the appropriate permits. Mal convinces the cops guarding the area that the team is the CSI unit, calling in a favor from Tosh in order to provide “verification”, and brings the construction crew in with them. Arriving at the school, the sight is shocking. There are tiny orc bodies everywhere, and members of the Skatcha are keeping the crowd back while volunteers search the rubble for any surviving kids. Several party members are overcome with shock, however Parker searches astrally for survivors (finding none) and begins healing the surviving kids. Once the team recovers from the horror of the scene, they discover that both of the news moguls, Joe and Athena, beat them to the scene – a fact verified by the Skatcha and the witnesses. In fact, the news moguls were both on the scene suspiciously quickly. After being contacted for information, both Joe and Athena offer help in exchange for an exclusive on the investigation. The team selects Joe, who tells them his tipster is someone they are familiar with – Captain Jack Turner, who the team captured for Dana Oaks, and is currently serving time in a Seattle jail. The team uses their KE connections to get an interview with Jack in jail, but he’s not willing to talk. He has already made a deal that allows him to stay in the local jail (a more pleasant alternative to being sent to prison, where he becomes the property of the corp running the prison), and sees no benefit from helping the team. The team threatens to leak information that he knows who the terrorists are to the Orc Underground, then uses their favor with Dana Oaks to have him released from jail. Captain Jack is more than happy to trade information for safety at that point, and tells the team about the courier routes that he set up for an unknown Mr. Johnson. After a few months, he realized that the events in the Orc Underground were consistently happening a day after his courier drop schedules, and contacted the media both to get some additional favors and as a way to provide a warning to the Orc Underground. He provides the team with his a copy of his courier routes. About this time, Dana Oaks contacts the team, telling them that they seem to be in the middle of something big, and it might be a good idea if they go to Las Vegas for a while to lay low. She’s obviously parroting a message from someone higher up, and adds “I expect you to follow this advice with the same diligence that you have shown my prior advice.” Which is to say, none at all. The team continues the investigation by planning an ambush at the next drop point. The couriers, a team of 5 women jacked into their bikes, put up a fight but are unwilling to leave fallen members behind. Parker levitates the package, a metal box, from the hand of one of the couriers, at which point they take the fallen comrades that they can get to and retreat fast. The team manages to take one fallen member, and Trixie follows the go-gangers as they retreat. Eventually, one of the uninjured go-gangers approaches Trixie and offers to trade information for her fallen wife, as well as offering a threat of revenge (from them or the Ancients) if her wife is killed. The team heals the wife, so that her condition is stable, and eventually agrees to the deal. The go-ganger warns the team about the box being trapped, and gives them one other critical piece of information — the location of the other drop point on this route. It is an abandoned factory on the border of Auburn and Tacoma. The team tries a sneaky approach at the factory, going in invisibly when possible, or disguised (the dragon hiding in an abandoned car shell). Most of the factory is empty, but eventually Parker (invisibly) overhears a conversation in a room ahead. Apparently one member of the team are unhappy with the latest turn of events, saying that the bomb was supposed to go off earlier, before the children were in the school, and is worried that this will bring too much heat. The team assaults the group, taking the opposing member captive, however they don’t get much information because they unintentionally set off the cranial bombs for the whole group. The only information that they get before getting spattered is that “Mr. White” hired them for the attacks in exchange for their freedom (all were previously in prison). So the team found the perps, but not the power behind them. They bring as much info as possible to MacCallister, who is grateful and pays them, as well as an exclusive (leaving out several details) to Joe Martin. Karma: 10, 12,000 payout.