Despite their wounds and the imminent arrival of more of Humbert’s lackeys, our heroes waste little time barricading both entrances to the chapel. While Usher Hall, obviously confused by his recent injuries makes a brief exit through the shattered church window (only to promptly return inside again moments later), Chief McGee and Ellerson block the main doors with pews, while Rutherford directs similar efforts in the south (taking a moment to place the unconscious body of one of their foes on top of the pile).
With the New Trinity lackeys now attempting to force entry on two fronts, Rutherford calls numerous threats through the doors, though evidently the men have some trouble hearing the exact nature of these threats (after all, surely they would have fled in terror if they had heard).
Chief McGee and Ellerson are first to break the deadlock; pulling the pews suddenly from the north doors, spilling the lackeys beyond in a pile onto the floor. Our heroes dispatch two of the men with ease, rendering them senseless even as their companion flees into the night. Replacing the barricade, the two men head south to help deal with the second front.
Plumbing new depths of dubious moral conduct (or possibly returning to a previously visited level) Rutherford takes the still unconscious lackey (identified as the unfortunate ‘Bob’) and deploys the man as a human shield. The justification ‘it’s only wrong if they’re dead’ is cited, though this author cannot positively attribute this statement to Rutherford himself.
While his comrades prepare to deal with the attack in the south, McGee enquires whether or not he should begin setting the building alight and appears genuinely confused by the lack of consistency in their overall arson strategy.
With a crash, the men in the south finally break through the barricade only to be shocked into disarray by the site of poor ‘Bob’ being used as fleshy armour by Rutherford. Fortunately, they have little time to register their dismay at this unsporting gesture as Chief McGee leaps over the pews with a roar before pile driving the first man into the ground. Ever the socialite, the engineer turns to the man’s companion and greets him with a cheery ‘hello’.
Ellerson meanwhile steps in to protect the wounded Felice from harm, though there is little to fear as the Chief’s wild assault deals with the remaining enemies.
With the immediate threat dealt with our heroes take pause to attend to their wounds, and are astounded at the uncanny abilities of Chief McGee’s healing hands. Even more miraculously, upon checking the lifeless body of Walters they discover him to be merely unconscious and he is quickly brought to with the help of one of the Chief’s foul-smelling cigarillos.
Exploring the upper floor of the Mission, our heroes are presented with many doors that appear to give Usher Hall severe difficulty and raise several questions regarding the overall quality of the British Army these days. In the words of Chief McGee ‘In the Royal Navy we have flying ships, they have shoes’.
Overcoming Hall’s issue with doors, they discover the offices and quarters above have been evacuated in a hurry. Paperwork and books relating to New Trinity’s publicly known mission are strewn around the rooms, but there is no sign of their quarry. Hall, now overconfident in his treatment of doors, bursts into the private bathroom of the Reverend Humbert only to be confronted by another of the leather clad monstrosities (later named by popular agreement ‘Goo Ninjas.’)
The British officer is able to quickly deal with the creature, allowing his companions to search the rooms for possible clues to the whereabouts of Cutter and Humbert. Among the paperwork on the desk they discover notes describing a peculiar fungus discovered by human explorers in the northern polar region of Mars with some unusual properties. Appended to the note are the words ‘Ahmed Kamallah, Cairo to provide a sample.’
Further investigation reveals several notes in the same hand; one on a map of London’s sewers with the Crossness Treatment Works circled, the other written on the back of a hand bill simply stating ‘Esmeralda, St. Katherine’s Dock’. A great dread begins to fill our heroes hearts as Rutherford recalls that Crossness supplies the water for much of London’s population. Whatever nefarious plans Humbert and Cutter have, they must centre around the site.
Satisfied that the upper floors are secure, our heroes head down into the basements leaving the still shaken Walters – now armed with a goo ninja’s crossbow – to guard the rear.
Down below, they quickly discover the true horror of the New Trinity Church’s mission; evidently the Church has been responsible for the string of disappearances among London’s homeless population, and is using the strange alien ichor to turn these hapless wretches into more of the nightmarish creatures.
With Chief McGee in the lead, our protagonists quickly discover the terrible nature of the experimentation. Bursting into a laboratory, they encounter two more reanimated cadavers along with an even greater horror; a creature infused with even greater quantities of the slime and instilled with an animalistic ferocity. The horrors launch themselves at McGee, who quickly finds himself surrounded. However, McGee’s fists, combined with some expert application of the alien repulsors by Felice, make short work of the creatures.
Discovering three large tanks of the green ichor, our heroes debate taking more of the slime for analysis, but it is eventually agreed to destroy the materials. However, Felice takes three vials of the substance for her own purposes. Further investigation of the rooms reveals a notebook containing a detailed account of the process used to turn the hapless vagrants bodies into the goo ninjas. This work of an obviously unhinged mind, while revolting, does provide some unique insights into biology and chemistry. Had it not bee focused on such a grizzly and inhuman subject, the material would surely be of sufficient strength to be presented to the Royal Society.
Exploring further, they discover and save three vagrants; men fated to otherwise join the ranks of Humbert’s nightmarish creatures. More worryingly, they find evidence that the basement had previously been used to store a large number of crates containing further flasks of the green ichor. Alas the crates are now gone, suggesting Humbert’s intention to use them for some terrible scheme in London. In the words of Ellerson, ‘Now would be a good time to head to Egypt’.
Under constant threat of ambush from the goo ninjas, which are using the air vents in the ceilings to outflank our heroes, they discover the basement has been converted into a temporary morgue and is filled with the reanimated devils. Though they are ambushed several times, and must face a steady wave of the creatures, they prevail and finally dispatch the last of the horrors.
Finally returning the last reanimated to the grave, they discover two large metal tanks each with a small glass aperture in its door, revealing more of the green goo. Ellerson approaches the tanks and taps on the glass in one, only to recoil in horror as something once human slams against the glass. With this terrible sight still in his mind, even Ellerson is finally convinced and cries ‘Burn it all’.
With smoke and flames now billowing up into the night sky and the sound of the fire brigade’s bells getting louder by the minute, our heroes flee the scene, while Chief McGee shouts in a cod-German accent ‘Back to Germany. Acthung! Schnell!’
Now, can our heroes find Humbert and Cutter before they can put their terrible plan into action?