Amanita was in good spirits as she led the Sisterhood on a foraging mission. Mutantchester had been good to them, providing them with ample supplies, and plentiful combat experience. They’d developed into a force to be reckoned with, and they’d done it without losing a single person.
The last trader that they had done business with, Ammon Dix, had been a font of knowledge about the ruined city, pointing them in the direction of this old building as an area where loot might be found. The women advanced cautiously, however – there was no telling who else he’d pointed this way. As they approached from the South-East, they could just make out the sign – faded and worn – above the doors that identified it as the Grand Hotel. With its broken windows, rotting woodwork, faded and peeling paint, and the foliage that was slowly overtaking it, it didn’t look so grand anymore.
It quickly became clear that Dix had been shooting his mouth off to other gangs about the supposed riches to be found here. To the North of the Sisterhood, familiar enemies could be seen advancing towards the ruined hotel, and at last they were able to put a name to them – the Coastal Train Crew. Dix had claimed that he didn’t known where the name came from, and Amanita hadn’t cared enough to push him on the issue. The last time the two groups had crossed paths, the Sisterhood had sent them running with their tails between their legs, and she didn’t expect anything different this time.
Also approaching the old hotel, this time from the West, was a third gang. They looked vaguely familiar, but Amanita wasn’t sure whether she’d seen them before. From Dix’s description, though, this could only be the Moon Demon Company. They didn’t look particularly impressive, but she knew that looks could be deceptive. Still, with the exception of one man with a sniper rifle, none of them looked like they were carrying anything heavier than a hand cannon. They’d need to be careful of the sniper, for sure, but the rest of them didn’t exactly inspire fear.
As she quickly devised a plan of action, Amanita’s only real concern was that the Sisterhood was further from the hotel than either of the other two gangs. If they weren’t quick, they’d find the ruins picked clean, with nothing to show for the day’s efforts. Sending Kahlan and Alice to secure the hotel, Harley and Joker were tasked with searching the ruins nearest to them, then taking up positions with good fields of view and providing covering fire. Amanita and Nomi headed West to search the buildings there and to try to delay the gang approaching from that direction.
Unsurprisingly, it was Joker that drew the first blood. With uncanny accuracy, she knocked out one of the Coastal Train Crew at the extreme range of her sniper rifle. They raced up a medic who was able to revive the downed man, only for Joker to take down the medic with another well-placed shot. Things were already looking tough for them, and with Harley advancing to Joker’s left, they were forced onto the defensive.
To the West, Amanita and Nomi had reached the buildings without incident, and a quick search revealed a small amount of loot in each building. Unfortunately, the Moon Demons had established a well dug-in blocking position in the ruins further West, supported by their sniper. With a lot of open ground to cover, it was clear that the two women were not going to be able to advance any further.
In the centre, Kahlan made full use of her scout training, racing towards the hotel, but Amanita’s fears had been well founded. Both opposing gangs had reached the building first, and Kahlan was forced to engage the leader of the Coastal Train on the steps of the hotel. Fortunately, a quick burst from her SMG pistol knocked him out, but there was no time to stand around out in the open and finish him off. The cover of the hotel offered no safety, however, and she found herself caught between two members of the Moon Demons. One of them tried to rush her, but he was quickly disabused of the notion that a mere woman would be an easy kill. Instead, it was he that was left bleeding on the floor, whilst Kahlan engaged his companion.
Outside the hotel, a fierce battle was raging in the courtyard to the North East. Here, the leader of the Moon Demon Company was engaged with two men from the Coastal Train Crew, supported by fire from an overlooking window. One of the two was knocked out by fire from the window, whilst the Moon Demon leader bludgeoned the other with his club. With over two thirds of their gang down, the surviving members of the Coastal Train Crew withdrew to regroup with all of the wounded they could carry.
By this time, Kahlan had knocked out the Moon Demons inside the hotel, leaving them to Alice, who was following behind, to finish off. She had leaped out of a hotel window into the courtyard, hoping to kill the Moon Demon leader and gather up the loot that had been dropped there. Before she could kill him, though, Joker opened fire from an elevated firing position on the flank, taking him down with a single long-distance shot to the head. The Moon Demon medic, who had been moving up in support, realised that the situation was lost. Stopping only to gather up some loot, they withdrew.
Meanwhile, the Coastal Train Crew had regrouped. Their medic had revived, and had managed to revive some of their other wounded. Having gathered up all the reamining loot, and realising that the risks of continuing the fight outweighed any remaining potential benefits, the Sisterhood pulled back. It had been a good fight, and they’d found some good quality items. It looked like they’d be paying Ammon Dix another visit.