Summary: The party meets Tasna, a glaive who also does work for Petra and she joins the group. Interestingly she says she knew Bumble in his past before the amnesia but Bumble does not remember her at all. They all then break into the Syndicate’s HQ and although everyone else is asleep they are greeted by one syndicate agent with psychic and telekinetic powers who had resisted the powerful sleep cypher the party unleashed. He raises sleeping syndicate agents into a zombie-like sleepwalk state and attacks the party. They battle and slay him and loot the Syndicate base, most notably finding a document that indicates that Cook’s parents have been sent to the Scorpion Sanctum to be subjects in some Syndicate project.
Alansari frees Petra and fills him in on the party’s exploits. Petra thanks the party for their bravery and says that now that he is free he will work to undo the damage that the Syndicate caused by impersonating his communications and sabotaging the Order’s work. Petra rewards the party with several cyphers and an artifact called the fearmaker that the woodsman claims. The slave woman weeps over the unconscious body of her brother (the other slave) who is not recovering, so the woodsman works some of his forest medicine on him and brings him back to hale. She thanks the party for slaying Brizon and apologizes for her aid to their enemies earlier. Petra then suggests that it would be a good opportunity to strike at the Syndicate’s headquarters in the city since everyone there should be unconscious because of the massive sleep cypher that they set off.
In this time a glaive mercenary named Tasna who had been working for Petra on a different assignment shows up to report in. Petra trusts this agent so they introduce themselves and fill her in on the situation. Tasna has a grudge against the Syndicate as well and is happy to join up with the party on their mission. Tasna also mentions that she knows Bumble from her time as an unwilling participant in Syndicate experiments. Bumble was known to her as Geronf and he was a menial servant for the Syndicate. She knew that he had stolen things from the Syndicate and they also worked together to steal notes from the head scientist which Tasna took with her when she faked her own death and escaped. She is surprised to see Bumble here with new mods, nano powers, and with no memory of his former life. After these introductions are over the party sets off to investigate the Syndicate headquarters.
A pair of city guards hassle the party and tell them everyone is to stay in their homes until this curse is lifted. Gore lies and says they are headed to their house and they easily believe him and allow them to go. At the Syndicate HQ they find the front doors locked so Gerard phases through and unlocks it. As they begin to look around a Syndicate agent with incredible mind powers steps out onto the balcony of the room and says that he had resisted the effects of the sleep cypher with his powerful mind and that he will now kill them for trespassing. The telepath uses his power to raise the sleeping clerks and other workers in the office as sleepwalking zombies to attack the party. He also begins to use telekinesis to hurl desks at the party. Cook and Tasna step forward and begin to cut down the throng of zombies. Others of the party hurl projectiles at the telepath but only Gore lands a small hit with his buzzer blade. Some of the party decide to storm the balcony and scale the gated barriers in the way of the stairs to reach the telepath. Gerard uses an electroshock flashbang to destroy most of the rest of the zombies on the main floor. As the party closes in on him the telepath summons up a strong telekinetic wave shattering the large windows in the room and flinging the shards around the room cutting even the most nimble of the party. Bumble retreats outside the building being extremely hurt from the glass shards and being struck by a large desk earlier.
Tasna is the first up the stairs and the telepath hits her with a powerful mental onslaught. Tasna pushes onward and lands a hit on the telepath despite his strong telekinetic protections and wounds him grievously. Gore tumbled down the stairs in the storm of glass but gets back up and joins Tasna in the attack but the telepath’s telekinetic bubble is difficult to pierce and no other attacks land. The woodsman quickly tends to Bumble’s wounds outside bandaging his lacerations from the glass allowing Bumble to rally. The telepath had begun to retreat because of the first wound from Tasna, but Bumble reenters the room and lets off a final shot with his phase cannon aided by his targeting oculus cypher and lands a killing blow before the telepath can make it more than a few feet out the door from the balcony. The zombies fall down sleeping again and the party finishes off the rest of the Syndicate employees while they sleep.
The party then proceeds to loot the upstairs offices of any important looking documents. Most notably they locate a document containing the names of Cook’s parents. It appears that Cook’s parents have been taken to some place called the Scorpion Sanctum as subjects in some project the Syndicate is performing. Gore also finds another Syndicate mask and takes his clothing as well. In the back of the building the party finds a large vault which Gerard phases through and opens. Inside there is a secondary protection of an energy shield, but Bumble communicates with the device to deactivate it. The party then begin to loot all the small compartments in the vault finding shins, cyphers, oddities, and an assortment of papers and other junk.