After your intimate moments with Eileen, things settle down, you enjoy each other's company. She's worried when you walk her over to her house, kisses you goodnight, makes you promise to come back.
You've got something to do. But here's the thing. You wait around for the subway, it doesn't come. The Mad City doesn't want you there.
It's Pain Three to enter the Mad City, Benny. You might very well be cut off... right?
Exhaustion: (Rolled: 3d6. Rolls: 1, 1, 5. Total: 7)
Madness: (Rolled: 1d6. Rolls: 3. Total: 3)
Also, I get one Coin of Despair. mwahahahaha.
Shit. What do I owe Amanda? Really?
"Ah, Benjamin. You returned." the Wax King says, standing near you, putting a cold hand on your shoulder. "We're nearly out of time."
When your eyes focus, you see the Wax King and four Blind Knights, one Ubert, the other three are unknown to you. All of the Knights are wounded and bleeding, one has lost an arm. Scribbler is not here. The Wax King says, "Lady Thrinia discovered the Howler's plan. Now we must endure it."
A Blind Knight steps forward, her hard features making her more handsome than beautiful. She relays in a clipped tone, "The enemy of my enemy was his bargaining chip, Flicker. The Howler has allied with the Tacks Man. He preyed upon the wrongs done to the Tacks Man by both my liege and yourself. Needlenoses and Pinheads stand side-by-side with the Howlers's Mad Warriors. They have breached our gates, each lock, every mechanism fell apart at the hands of the one known as Amanda."
The Wax King adds, "We are making a last stand here, Benjamin. All is not lost, but the end is nigh."
"If Officer Tock had a warrant for the arrest of either the Tacks Man or the Magnificent Howler, he would hunt them down." the Wax King muses. "But he has one for you, correct, Benjamin?"
This is Lady Thrinia:
You're walking into the Bizarre Bazaar, as yourself. Lady Thrinia is walking beside you. She's a quiet, thoughtful person, respectful and honest to a fault. As you pass by some stalls selling "unfettered wishes on a stick" and "deep fried unrequited love", she comments, "I understand it is low on the list of troubles to address, but since the demise of Mother When, the Ladies in Hating who survived have formed a small gang that causes trouble around the City."
As we continue walking, I take in the Bazaar through my own eyes. Taken altogether, the scene has a sort of creepy beauty, like those Hieronymus Bosch paintings we saw on a field trip to the museum last year. "Have you always been a Knight?"
She stops to purchase some ale for herself, offers to buy you a drink. "I remember Batman, saw him on TV. He was pretty silly, Benjamin. Walking on walls, the big words on the screen in the fights. His fighting skills were rather pitiful. I think you're much more deadly. And impressive." She raises her glass to you.
"Good evening, citizen. Are you Benny?"
Lady Thrinia casually reaches into her backpack and pulls out a huge bag of waxy coins, hands it to you.
Assuming you don't put up a fight, he leads you out of the Bazaar towards the 13th Precinct Police Department.