Rumours had filtered through the hive faster than a miliasaur on a dose of spook. Word was that a trove of treasure had been spotted downhive, the only catch being that it was smack bang in a zone said to be rife with zombies being herded up from the sump by Scavvy wretches.
The rewards evidently outweighed the risks. Search parties sent out from four of the region’s notorious gangs swept into the zone.
The Bob’s however didn’t sweep much further. Their heavy, taking up an elevated position aimed one shot, flesh wounded Zauri of the Beards, and with his work done was ordered by King Bob to get down and hide in a tower vessel.
Across the zone, the Orlocks and Pitslaves were less cagey. Both rushed at one another exchanging rapid bursts of fire. The Red Hood tool one of the Orlock leader’s wounds but was quickly pinned himself as the Orlocks fired in retaliation.
The Bobs’ cautious approach immediately began to pay dividends. Bob Conan pinned Zook and with him sprawled on the Bob Downey Jr fired for a flesh wound.
The Beards were stunned – caught between rushing the Bobs but fearful of chewing lead from overwatch fire.
The Orlocks took what appeared an early decisive blow. The Orlock leader – Emelio ‘The Don’ Bruno advanced and with one carefully aimed shot put the Red Hood out of action.
Enraged, the Pitslaves took rapid revenge. Armless ‘Arry pinned Vito; Drilly fleshwounded Scuttle; and Billy Shears put Salvatore out of action. But the superiority ended there as Vinny put Armless ‘Arry out of action and the Raggydolls fled the zone.
Meanwhile, the Beards had advanced to the loot. The gang’s leader Saul Mar opened the device, grabbed what was inside and with talk of a zombie curse proved nothing more than bogeyman prattle turned tail and made to evacuate the scene.
It wasn’t all plainsailing for the Van Saars. The Bobs – led by an eager Bob Downey Jr – put Zook out of action. And with the Beards now realising that victory was at hand and fleeing from the table, the Bob’s quit their entrenched position and raced after them. Bob Harris cornered Doce and took him out the fight.
Up on the gantry, Zauri having been shot in the back, but risen and with no ammo, charged the Orlock Scutter and after a short but brutal hand to hand exchange put him out of action. The Orlocks fled.
The fight ended as the Van Saar leader and what remained of his gang slipped out of the zone and back to their hideout to study their rare find – a holoprojector that is now owned by Sh*tgun Jack.
Shortly after, rumours of the fate of those who had been wounded began to filter through the Underhive. The Bobs had skilled up, gaining an inventor skill and immediately invented a rare prize.
But the tallest tale was yet to come. Word has been whispered that the Red Hood, lying mortally wounded in the zone, had been found by an Orlock medic who taking pity on the mechanical cripple had promised to turn him off and turn him on again in exchange for an as yet unpaid debt.
Rumours continue to circulate of a new, unnerving alliance.