I slept, I dreamed, I foretold. California, pumping blood. But it wasn’t pumping blood it was pumping silver. The heart’s rhythmic “lub-dub” was replaced by a money press’s “cha-ching”, “cha-ching”. And everything was as it should be. Everything would die without the lifeblood.
We rode to Sac to see about securing financial and legal means to run the silver mine in Tesla. There were two earthquakes on the way there. They were particularly disturbing as Cornel had recently found out that Wincot had been rounding up earth spirits for some unknown purpose.
We didn’t have to look to hard for investment advice regarding the Tesla silver mine. Two eager parties emerged shortly after our arrival in downtown Sac.
Venture Estates – a powerful investment firm used to dealing with “unique” clientele – offered funding to help get the mine running. We would run the mine and collect profits and in return they would get partial ownership. The terms were vague without an actual contract but sounded reasonable.
Before we were able to move forward with Venture Estates an Assemblyman – Calaco Jack – approached the club. He basically told us that Venture Estates are dicks who want control of the silver and will be happy to line our pockets to gain that control.
Jack offered his contacts to help us get the mine running under the table and in return he would take a small cut – as a guarantee that he wouldn’t rat us out. But the control of the mine, the silver, and any influence it brought would be ours.
The beating heart of California pumps silver. And the Ukiah pack must control that flow – no one else. It remains unclear if a power-hungry group like Venture Estates would allow that control to remain with us.
Before we could make any final decisions Thunder Bird’s Last Echo came and warned us that Cornel was in trouble. We rode to an the old military base and – from the hisul – walked down into a deep pit underneath it.
There we found an ancient tectonic plate spirit. His people had been attacked by werewolves – Wincot’s people no doubt. He mistook us for the same and nearly attacked us if it wasn’t for Devlins quick talking.
He told us that Wincot was trying to wake the Shogun – an unimaginably powerful spirit whose rage would cause California to fall into the sea. It seems Wincot wants to enslave the Shogun, a task that if he completes will give him the power to raze cities. I think that one deserves to be underlined on the thread down list.