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The Rangers speak to Gusset, Sasha's old contact, about the metal shard, who confirms it is newly created true adamantine from Damascus. They then head to the British Museum to find out more information about the origami swan.
Outside Edison's burned out mansion the party reconvene. Hamid says there are 6 things for them to look into:
- the metallic seed
- a piece of metal
- the key for a safety deposit box
- origami swan
- a contact in Paris
- office at the University of Prague
He also states that they need to go and find someone in Paris, which has a lot of banks and may be where the safety deposit key belongs. Sasha mentions that Barret was her uncle and that she has a missing finger.
They decide to look into the piece of metal, and Sasha says that she knows someone who works with metallurgy and the party heads into the richer part of the city and to 'Gussets Antiques'. The large front window has been broken into and the door broken open from the inside. She sees Vincent Gusset, the gnomish owner of the shop inside. She introduces the rest of the party to him.
Gusset explains that someone, who both Sasha and he knows, broke in looking for a document. Sasha shows Gusset the ring on Hamid's finger. He says that it will be very hard to remove, and Sasha reveals that she had to cut her finger off to get rid of it. He also states that it is a way for Barret to communicate directly to Hamid and the party, but the ring can't overhear other conversations.
Hamid shows Gusset the metal, who identifies it as true adamantine, an extremely rare and valuable metal from Damascus and was made recently, although true adamantine hasn't been constructed for hundreds of years. Before the party leaves he takes a sack out of a hidden place and fishes out a list, saying Rake Vine (?), Sasha's great uncle who Barret sent her to live with, gave it to him to pass to her. It is a list of famous names, including:
- J. Austine
Babage is someone who is trying to replicate the feats of the French ordinators.
Gusset notices that Zolf has a ring with a signet and reveals that it's Rake Vine's signet. Zolf explains that he got the ring from his hometown, but says that it's not the same ring and Zolf says that he doesn't know where it's come from.
Before they leave, Gusset takes Sasha aside, giving her a special bag. Bertie explains that he knows someone at the British Museum and the party head over there to see if they can find out more about the origami swan and the quote on it.
At The British Museum, they are greeted by a well dressed Elisia Wormwood, Bertie's contact. He explains that Bertie's great grandfather sponsored a wing at the Museum to store his loot. Hamid shows Elisia the origami swan, the paper in a single ply from Japan and has a watermark which looks like the white half of the ying-yang symbol in a circle. It also has squid ink.
In the McGuffingham wing and Hamid notices that all the items are magical in some way. Elisia whispers to Bertie that the McGuffingham donation is overdue, saying they may have to suspend the displays without it. Brutor nudges a magical stave, which Bertie fails to catch. There is an explosion, nudging a vase which drops and shatters and a cloud of smoke comes out of the now shattered vase. The curator suggests that they flee, which they do.