AUGUST 21 – James is confused. He returned to Gary, but something was wrong. Everything was quiet, and faintly stunk of Wyrm. He had reconned the Ironhorse Saloon before he went in, fortunately, and discovered Carl as well as a collection of people whom he felt were not really who they seemed to be. Moving away, James found a safe place to put Natalya and her team before he went out and dealt with some individuals. Discovering everyone, and I mean everyone, was either a Bane or possessed with a Bane, James rapidly cleared out a safe zone for him and his charges before discovering the abandoned Fanumn nearby. Packing up Natalya and everything, he moved to set up shop there and think over the whole situation. Time passed, and one evening Fixer came up on him in the Fanumn, but he seemed odd. He was talkative, and told James the Wyrm had descended on them right after he left and changed everything. Since there was nothing he could do with James gone, he did his best to make the best of a bad situation, until now when he discovered James was back. So now he was here to recruit James to help him reclaim the Caern.
James found all this to be filled with questions and was about to start asking them when Fixer showed up again!! He announced that the other Fixer was an impostor, and moved to take him out. Fixer shot Fixer and the two began to intertwine and fight, and James quickly loses track of who was who. After a bit, one Fixer pulls off and points the other out and announces for James to drop him. James senses Wyrm, makes his choice, and drops him. The remaining Fixer explains who he is and what has happened, sort of, and tells James he can only guarantee one of the returning home. James says he is not going to leave his Mother, and they come to an understanding. Since there is not much hope for the team, they mercifully kill them and collect Natalya. Fixer leads James and Natalya out, dashing to a spot where they can contact Jupiter to return back. They notice the entire Iron Legion plus is approaching and, noticing them, advance. Fixer calls upon Jupiter, who helps Fixer open another Moon Bridge which they then have to struggle up and out to return back home. Get back home where they discover it is now August, and Fixer must operate on Natalya to save her.