William’s troupe is preparing a revival of Rugantino at the behest of an unknown benefactor (any investigation roll reveals it’s the Night Hag); the first male lead cast fell down a flight of stairs and broke his leg, the second was beaten by robbers while coming home from a house of ill repute, the next left the city with no warning; the troupe is actually down to just William and Jimmy, and Jimmy has (perhaps wisely) vanished before the two could toss a coin for the part. It seems William is playing the lead.
Alice has a new beau; Danny Speak, a young lad with high ambitions.
William Hooker is begging someone at the Club to visit his friend, William Kirby, at Bethlem (pg 92). If the group investigates, they will find that all of them save William have a -5 penalty to all Powers while at the Hospital.
Kirby is obsessed with a young girl named Maeve, who is in reality a child touched by the Fae. She leads a group of young thieves and mudlarks in a criminal organization. One of them is the thief that absconded with Aloysius’ belongings when he first came through. She employs any child that she can, but has a close group of those she considers “special”. These include:
Eddie Gunnam, the stickman: carries a walking stick with Aces
Lillie McGurty, the Spieler: can dance on air
Dead George Pellam, an erudite zombie
The mudlarks are under attack by the criminal denizens of London, who have decided that Maeve has gathered too much power. To that end, they have hired the protection of the former underground boxer Timmy Two-Stone, now Ten-Ton Timmy (after ingesting Dr. Simm’s remarkable formula) to smash up Maeve’s group and scare the mudlarks out of town. A battle ensues! Several Criminals, armed with some of Dr. Gorilla-Brain’s lightning pistols (he’s been wanting to get his improved model into circulation, and this is as good a time as any) assist him, a fire breaks out, and of course there’s the Riot rolls.