October 10, 2010 – As Virginia takes a day for herself to prepare for her “date” with a Carnegie, Charlie spreads the word that Pentex-related businesses are actively producing fomori and attacking supernaturals in the city. He speaks briefly with Caesar Bluejacket, informing him about the Heinz factory, the attack on the Hill District Gang by noodles and mutants last night (see Carlos is Kind of Ungrateful for details), and the revelation of the oracle Cobweb.
Charlie takes the same message to Mimi Compere, leaving out the details about Cobweb. Mimi is pleased she was correct about resurgent Pentex industries – or at least as pleased as one can manage to be about something like that… She also accepts Screw Face’s pamphlet offering with an enigmatic smile.
Raw Wind is visited by “Pork and Beans,” a Ragabash Bone Gnawer of the Hill District, who invites her to a meeting with other Bone Gnawer members at Battaglia Auto Recycling on the western end of Southside. Inside of a dome built of cars, they have some kind of actual tribal moot under his direction (although it seems largely satirical) in which Raw Wind speaks of the recent problems with fomori, and a Bone Gnawer named Alex, loosely affiliated with the West End Gang, admits his fear of how Thomas Schrecken is behaving. Rumors of “demon summoning” and “tubes of fire” are mentioned. The other Bone Gnawers also confirm they’ve had little to no communication with the Liberty Pack since things took a dark turn recently. Members of Southside (Steam Train, Fitz, Terra), North Shore Gang, Hill District (Jazira, Jenny Bonesaw, and Pork and Beans), and West End (Alex) are present.
Although it is unclear if the characters realize this, based on this moot, it is notable that the Bone Gnawers are in fact the only tribe operating as a single unit in Pittsburgh – the Glass Walkers under Screw Face being the next most unified.
Finally, Charlie delivers a two foot wooden rod “prepared by Theurges as if to make it into a fetish,” to The Shriek in the West End. Charlie was unprepared for the changes he saw, including armed guards posted at the doors and windows of the otherwise large but unremarkable suburban home, the carved wooden throne, and more importantly the horrifying otherworldly aura put out by Thomas the Shriek. Initially seemingly unfocused or even glazed over, when the Shriek focused his attention on Charlie, it was like suddenly being under a weighted blanket.
Charlie leaves in a hurry and informs Caesar and his packmates of this unpleasant change. The Moose Pack begins considering their next steps, with ideas proposed including A. blowing up the Heinz plant (multiple variations discussed), B. investigating Shrecken to determine if he’s involved with the creation of the vampire fomori, C. attempting to learn more about the origin of the mutants and noodles, and to what extent they’re connected to PNC Bank.
To have much hope of progressing, they decide they might need help from Cobweb.