MARCH 21 - Back in Gary, the report given is all is well, and Lucian is managing things well plus the Kindred are acting sensibly in the Chicago/Gary area. Kyleah comes to visit Fixer and tells him of a breach in the Shroud/Veil in the Harbor District of Gary and how a renegade Reaper has induced some Banes to come there and cause chaos, making “his job easier”. Fixer contacts James and informs him, much to James disgust about cleaning up others messes, and prepare to deal with it. He gets Izzy and Ordrin and they head off.
When they arrive at US Steel, James is shocked to discover how much of a shambles the place is in. He contacts Gerald and gives him a stern bitchout until Fixer detects the tear and identifies how the Shadowlands are bleeding over into Gaia. The combination of the Shadowlands and the Umbra are making reality a dark place and the area is infested with Banes. James decides to walk thru the factory, heading toward the hotspot of Wyrm he can sense and deal with it. They enter the factory and encounter some Banes, which James manages to scare off with but a look. They run off into the main floor where the group has to deal with them. It is a swift battle, during which the Reaper comes out to join the fray. When James finishes off the Banes, the Reaper summons a horde of Specters and the fight begins in earnest. During the swarm, Izzy takes a staggering amount of damage and drops, causing Fixer to toss him his stone Kyleah gave him so he can pop out of the scene. Fixer takes a stern beating as well, as does James, but James manages to rescue Fixer. However, James himself is wounded, and takes great umbrage at this. Flying into a Rage, he deal with the Specters, along with Fixer and Ordrin, and in the end destroys the Reaper as well.
Once they leave they notice Gaia is repaired and all is well. They find Izzy and congratulate him on handling himself so well, along with admonishing Ordrin for not running when he had the chance.