We return to Germany and find that the zeppelin is ready for us. We are able to get the zeppelin. The zeppelin has six staterooms and a hook for Tailspin to attach his plane to. It has five laboratories of luxury quality on board. Also a searchlight. The labs are an engineering lab, a med bay, a research library, forensics lab, and a machine shop. We decide to use one of the staterooms for an armory, leaving five. We plan to make this a hidden door with a booby trap.
Westmore contacts us via telegram and lets us know that we must meet with an associate of his in New York City, who has discovered something of interest. He is very vague about what he has found. We must meet him one week from now at midnight on the observation deck of the Empire State Building.
With the zeppelin able to travel at 40 miles per hour, it will take us about 4 days to make the 3500 mile trip back to New York. On the way we stop in Great Britain to pick up Tailspin’s plane. During the trip Goodwin modifies Slate’s pistol to give it some extra kick.
Westmore’s associate, Dr. Bai Li, contacts us and lets us that know that we will need to dock the airship at a field since we will be coming into town a few days early. We dock at an airfield and head into the city.
While here, Goodwin attempts to stock the med-bay with medication and other drugs. He spends about $500, making the med-bay fully stocked. For the armory we put in the two MG-42s and the MP-40s.
Westmore has us staying in a brownstone on the upper-east side of Manhattan, with a car for transportation. It is winter, so we don’t spend much time outside.
One of the evenings, Westmore explains to us (since he feels he can trust us) that he was appointed to his position by the President of the United States. The endeavor that we are a part of is actually a government-sponsored initiative. He himself was appointed by Coolidge, but there was a leader of the group before him, appointed by Teddy Roosevelt. The order has actually existed for many many years; it can be traced back to the middle-ages. They call themselves the Illuminati and Teddy Roosevelt officially funded the organization as a measure against other forces. There are pockets of the organization all over the globe. Other governments, including Great Britain, also give funds to the organization. Doctor Bai Li is the head of the New York front for the organization.
On the day of our meeting we go to the Hoffmann Institute for the Enhancement of Man. This is a research arm of Westmore’s company. We go to the observation deck and meet Dr. Li. It is very dark here, and a couple of us notice that a figure is slumped over about 20 feet from the elevator. Goodwin rushes to him and sees that he is unconscious. Slate pulls his pistol and looks around.
We see above us a jet black zeppelin that is running very quietly, apparently outfitted for “stealth.” Two grenades clatter on the ground towards us. Tailspin manages to grab the first one and toss it off the building; Maiura grabs the second one and tosses it off. Slate and Tailspin notice black-clad figures crashing through the windows nearby and moving to attack us. Slate shoots at the one near him and takes him out.
The grenades explode and appear to have been smoke bombs. We manage to take out two more, but the third one throws a flash-bang of some sort and escapes by jumping off of the building. Attempts to chase after him are deterred by automatic fire from the zeppelin. It escapes even though a couple of us take shots at it.
We search the “ninjas” and find three smoke bombs and nine shuriken among them. They all have the same symbol as the zeppelin, a golden upside down triangle, on their outfits. As we are doing this Dr. Li wakes up, rubbing his head. We take him inside the building as not to expose ourselves further.
He tells us that he has learned of the whereabouts of two items that the company is interested in locating. They are called the Ruby Eyes of the Loman Tiger, two rubies the size of a man’s fist each. They have power over time, allowing to see in the past and the future, but only when they are brought together. Currently one is in Shanghai, and the other is in San Francisco and is in the posession of a man named Gao Fang, a Chinese man who is some kind of sorcerer and an ally to Hitler. It would be very dangerous for him to have both of the eyes. Li is not sure where the man is in San Francisco, however. We will go to the Dragon of the Black Pool restaurant and meet a man named Egg Foo Chow, whom Li has not met. There is a train leaving at 9am that will take us there, although the group would like to take the zeppelin it seems. It will take us 72 hours by zeppelin.
At the airport in San Francisco, we drop off the zeppelin and take a trolley to our destination, which is Chinatown. Since we don’t know where the restaurant is, we just get dropped off nearby since the streets are too narrow. We notice that the cab drive may be lying. He says that the Tongs are getting ornery and now most “decent” people don’t venture into Chinatown. There are lots of fights breaking out in the streets.
We get out and start walking towards Chinatown. People ignore us as we are walking down the street, except a young boy who offers to help us find our destination. We give him a few dollars and he takes us through an alley where he disappears through a hole. We realize this is a dead end and we hear the sounds of knives and chains behind us.