Inspectors Flint, Shiel, Brelion, Kallen, Shor and Voke continued the investigation into Marach and his activities in southwest Periad.
After dealing with some of the minor crimes that arose during the Wash Factory raid, the Inspectors found themselves left with only one left to pursue. A citizen named Hatek claimed that something happening in Deals Mcrasin’s stockyard was killing his grass. Initially surprised that anyone still had a yard (no matter how unimpressive), Inspector Shiel took point, leaping the fence into Mcrasin’s stockyard and beginning to unearth the strange depression she had seen over the fence between the two lots. This caused a somewhat unexpected reaction from Deals, who immediately lit his own home on fire, gathered all his papers and attempted to flee the district. With the help of Kallen’s hound, the Inspectors were able to retrieve a locked scroll tube from Mcrasin before he fled into Central Periad. Realizing the man couldn’t be caught (he had taken one of his own horses), the Inspectors instead searched the underground stairway that Refay had discovered.
What they found seemed to be a sort of black market, a series of rooms for storage and sale of illegal materials, or at least things that were questionably obtained. Though the Inspectors were glad to retrieve many of the doors that had gone missing from homes in the district, they were upset by the presence of strange, animate slime throughout the small compound. Cutting their way through it, the Inspectors quickly discerned that the slime had been an illegal import from Dramanaks. Following protocol, they shut down the site and called in Researchers to secure it after extracting some of the food recovered from the Wash Factory Raid.
Resolving to hunt down Mcrasin later, the Inspectors realized they would need to deal with the rogue idol Marach sooner rather than later. Investigating the residential building known as Hosteltwin, Inspector Voke found goblins associated with Marach’s cult using a sewer entry at the back of the building as an entry, presumably to Marach’s lair. Interrogating one of Marach’s followers gleaned new insight into the behavior of the Idol, including the existence of ‘special’ goblins. Rallying themselves the next day, the Inspectors found a sealed section of the sewer, unused for years. In it, they confronted filth, rats and an inconvenient sluice gate in order to access the deeper warrens that were home to Marach’s cult.
Pushing into the cult’s lair, the Inspectors found that Marach was using the corpses of his own followers to create toothy, undead abominations with unhinged, toothy mouths. Merely tagging that onto the list of crimes to kill the Idol for, the Inspectors pushed through cultists and abominations like to reach Marach’s own chambers. There they found evidence of correspondence with someone in Central Periad as well as proof of Marach’s involvement in the Wash Factory raid. So armed, the Inspectors called in Lin and confronted Marach, who in true Idol fashion refused to yield and did everything in his power to prevent the Inspectors from ruining his vision of a society where the famished are the most holy.
He did not succeed.
Rewarded by Central, the Inspectors regrouped in order to relish a brief peace in their own corner of the district. There’s reason enough to keep moving, though. Mcrasin fled into Central Periad, and the individual known as Galin, who informed Marach about Wash Factory, is technically accomplice to a massive crime. With their jurisdiction extended to include Central Periad, the Inspectors prepare for their next moves, now working directly with Inspector-General Gammond.