The team decided to rest for a day to recover from the wounds they’d picked up at the junkyard. There was some debate about whether they should lay low at a random motel to reduce the chance that whoever else is after the disk would find them, but in the end decided to crash in the comfort of Faceman’s apartment.
The next evening they head to Healy Productions, a two-bit amateur recording operation which twenty years ago used to house Carrion Studios, which was written on the back of the disk. Even though it’s midnight, the lights are on and the door is wide open, revealing a corridor with peeling old gig promotion posters on the walls. This leads to a reception area where a young woman with a pink Mohawk and teal fake eyelashes sits behind a desk, chewing bubble gum and looking distracted, probably by some Simsense program. Faceman makes some small talk before asking about Carrion, which the girl has never heard of. She’s heard of Jet Black though, her Dad liked him back in the day, but she had no idea he was ever in the building. She yells down the corridor for ‘Stan’, in response to which an Ork with white hair pushing a mop and bucket appears. He remembers Carrion, reminiscing about the good old days when the studio was among the most renowned. He said he started just after the dates in question, but that there might be some records in the archive store. He remembers the lead studio engineer at the time was a really hot woman whose name he forgets, but he remembers she had blue dreadlocks and got into BTL problems after Carrion went under. If anyone was in on that recording session it would be her, and all the details should have been noted in the studio records.
Stan takes them down to the archive store and unlocks it – he says he doesn’t have to worry about them stealing anything in there, the bosses would probably be happy if they took some of it off their hands. It’s a 4m x 4m room, musty smelling, full of old archive boxes stacked right to the back wall. The team take a section each and start searching.
Aside from a really nasty cardboard cut that Faceman manages to inflict on himself, they spend a boring hour searching. Then finally Lightning finds a box at the back, buried under several others that is labelled ‘Carrion 47-49’, the period they’re looking for. Unfortunately, that section of the room also contains a pack of Devil Rats, awakened creatures about the size of small dogs who magically conceal themselves before ambushing those who are disturbing their nest. Because of their concealment they take the team by surprise and cause some minor wounds but are nevertheless not a huge threat. Mouse quickly discovers that they’re dual-natured and are easily visible in astral space even when concealed, so she and Tor switch to astral vision. They fight / evade their way back to the door with the box, and a bit of burst fire from Tor and Lightning finishes the nest off with only a few minor scratches and bites taken. Stan comes running back at the sound of gunfire and apologises for forgetting about the rat potential – it has been a few years since he’s been in there!
So the team now has a box of studio records to go through to try to get a lead on who might have been present at the recording session of the disk.