Okay, so like, we’re all sitting in the car; of which I, Johnnels Nitrous Esq, so generously stole, when Joel sidles up like a creeper and startles Dil. Then Dil, in his infinite lameness, actually takes my soda only to toss it at the closed window, wasting precious vital Dew and getting the interior all sticky. Luckily, I had another in reserve. (I always have another in reserve.)
So… where was I? Oh yeah, we were staking out the warehouse where we’d heard the Annis would be. Joel said the place was lousy with mafia types so a stealthy approach was required. I sat there for what felt like a literal eternity while Joel and Tony tried to land on the obvious choice, (which is always sending Johnny in for the win.) I died of old age, was reincarnated, captured by Others again, and came out as the exact same dude, then ran back to the warehouse just in time to hear them ask me to scout ahead.
So I take to the roof. BOOM! Took out the roof guard. BOOM! Failed to lockpick the roof door, as everyone clustered up behind me, making my scouting virtually pointless. NBD, KJ broke it with her ogre fists.
We head inside to see some boats, and more mafia dudes, in what looked like an obvious waystation for a human trafficking ring. At the end of the top floor was a corner office which seemed to belong to the chick who runs the place. There I find whiskey and a smoldering cigar. The dudes talk about something or some such, and I’m like, IDGAF, I’m in flavor country, bitches! So, at some point this dumbwaiter plan emerges, wherein we all go down this dumbwaiter. At the bottom we find the Annis, chilling, and then subsequently fleeing from a cell strapped up with cold iron chains, meant to hold Changelings. Ossim.
So she’s out, and we’re all hauling ass after her, she opens a gateway to the hedge, and we dive in after her, swimming after her like dorks. Dil figures out a trick with bleeding into the water and riding some magic hedge fish. I mean, cool with me. By the time we get to the Annis, she’s completely drained of glamour and in no position to fight back. We take her to the nearest exit Dil can find, which empties us out into an abandoned lighthouse. The dudes take the time to question the Annis as much as they can. Turns out she’s pretty much looney-tunes at this point. She has the ability to predict where new changelings will arrived back in the world, and claims that she can predict which territory they’re most destined to join. However, she’s all lost in her own little world as of late, and Pale Eel has been just using her for her scrying ability, and then kidnapping the new arrivals for his Faye overlords. She also told us that the Duke and his assorted trophy wives knew about what she was doing, and didn’t intervene so long as they were getting new recruits to the Dutchy. When the flow of fresh noobs stopped due to his Eelyness, they disowned her and she’s been used and abused by the Privateers ever since.
The next item on the agenda was getting her Annis-ness out of Santa Cruz. Joel came up with the idea of opening another permanent door to the Hotel California. We picked a fairly low key Motel 6 near the outskirts of town, danced the dance of doors, and here we are, in our hollow, hiding our Annis.