The party goes into a panic as Sarah Shorttail realizes time is short before the Chaos Demon baby is coming. Meanwhile, Mordrick very quickly ignores this fact and insists that Starlight and him have sex in one of Crackedclaws shacks. She reluctantly agrees and Mordrick later finds out later from Zip that he has caught an STD from this new body of hers. Sarah is checked up on by a persistent Zip and Taranath, but before progress can be made, Jakarus Crackedclaw receives a message that Conrad is sending in a different Saint to dispatch them: Braugh-Ghul, a Godshard infused warrior supposedly from Orcish folktales. While they quickly tend to their injured, Braugh-Ghul is dropped in by a shuttlecraft and proceeds to attack the party. Some were seriously injured, including Starlight, who joined in the fight. Sarah was also injured, losing her left leg after she joined in after receiving demonic voices telling her that all she needed was one more kill to deliver this child. The fight dragged on as it didn’t seem that they would be able to eliminate Braugh-Ghul even after the massive damage they inflicted on him. However, a machine gun burst from the barely conscious Jack Carter was able to finally put him down long enough for them to intiate the extraction ritual.
While Taranath performed a Gold Ink Magic ritual on Braugh-Ghul, Mordrick accidentally killed his beloved Starlight by trying to crudely attempting to revive her, leading to a final push on her bleedout. The godshard was removed from the still struggling orc, having the form taken as a glowing, still beating heart ripped from Braugh-Ghuls chest. While Mordrick pondered on attempting to take the godshard for himself, he decided it was best that it was shipped via drone to the promised recipient, Hank Wolfe. While as tempting as it was, the last thing he needed was another angry secret agency out for his head.
Conrad angrily messaged back, informing them that despite their best efforts, it was over. A Helixian bomber flew overhead out to their location, about to drop cluster bombs. They took some light injuries do to shrapnel, but were able to swiftly move down into the hangman mountain caves before they were completely wiped out. Luckily, Chauncey had thought to bring along Sarah and Richard, as they wouldn’t have made it otherwise. They ventured deep into the tunnels, trying to avoid possible cave ins from the bombing. They eventually found a tracing trail of Omnicrot that led deeper down. Out of curiousity and necessity, they ventured onward. They eventually met a giant female Crotalus named Mezsahk. After talking her out of eating some of the crew, she agrees to help get the party healed and fed until they can proceed, thanks to some helpful flirting by Jack.
The crew was able to get healed and even get a temporary omnicrotic prosthetic leg for Sarah made, after Jack engaged in some private “diplomatic relations” with Mezsahk. Shortly after the baby finally came. It appeared as a black sludge that oozed out of Sarah and formed a pitch black puddle. It reached a pair of bloodsoaked arms out and pulled its way into the realm. Its skin was as dark as the inside of a coffin on a moonless night, had seven glowing red eyes, four arms, two razorsharp fang filled maws and four batlike wings. It gave a bloodsoaked embrace to its “bloodmother” and “bloodfather”. Sarah decided on the name Kilden Pitch Black for the time being.
While they were careful to avoid the Subkhan that were warring with other crotalus, they took an alternate route that could have been more troublesome. They were quickly encountered by a pack of Nosferatu, but were not harmed since they were in the company of the Chaos demon. They instead greeted them in a kindly manner and guided them to the exit. Once in range, a message came online from Benjamin Foster. He was there with an Agency starship, ready to pick them up.