Patrick is forced to leave the bathroom to give a speech to the assembled businessfolk. Having determined that his double is inconveniently absent he rails against his former peers and turns the whole room against him. An elderly gentleman chastises him for his crimes against the privileged and starts to advance upon him with a spatha he’s pulled from somewhere. Patrick grabs a poker from the fireplace and lays about the old man. They tussle as below Eviller-Patrick arrives and starts boisterously expressing his confusion. He is promptly assaulted by a couple of knifemen (one of whom he starts to consume) before a fellow in a tricorn and frockcoat arrives and looses his hounds on the murderous banker.
The elderly gent pitches Patrick off the balcony but landing well he is able to make a get away, his last glance showing him Patrick-A on the floor being savaged by a pair of massive dogs. He hails an Uber and heads off to St Thomas for treatment.
Jenni gets a call from the hospital and after alerting Steve heads off to St Thomas herself. She is let in to see Patrick who is babbling incoherently in a drug-addled state. She provides what information she can to a number of police offers.
That evening calls a meeting of a subcommitee comprising herself, Noah, Amadia and Steve. All are present bar Noah who has left a note saying that he can’t attend due to reality being unsure who he is. Kelly Loboso cannot attend but a Harry Lime-like individual enters the basement. ‘Harry’ reveals that he and Kelly are just personas of the same individual and that he was shed after an encounter with the Duke of Hazel brought them too close to the basement. It seems that they cannot be too close to those of the basement lest the Cruel Ones reach for them. Apparently the Ambassador is another member of their cluster but was safer for rarely being in the area.
Harry suggests that Plague, Death and ‘something that shouldn’t be named’ or the Traventine Codex could tell more of the past opening of the basement and its future.
He says that in extremity it will be better to let the ‘pressure’ out then in, and that they won’t let fire deal with them again…
Jenni phones the number provided by Harry and Mother Jones answers. She agrees to conduct messages to Kelly Loboso if Noah is brought back to her.
Steve goes through Mother Jone’s phone and emails and learns that her London operations have been going on for about a year. They are responsible for placing Amadia with Shirin and then later killing her with the Rite of Ash Kente. They ( a lunatic going by ‘L’) created a flesh-puppet Noah to handle things and then somehow fucked up and actual Noah got placed here instead due to a reality glitch.
Jenni and Amadia look into the Codex and find that it was lost in the Great Fire of London having been the property of a noble named John Quincy. They decide they need to get back to the music library where some of the man’s collection ended up.
Amadia goes to Steve’s flat and makes sure that doppel-Noah is comfortable. An armchair is duly shifted into the bathroom.