While at the embassy in Austria, Piotr sends in his story on Timur Durov, but doesn’t get any reply from his editor. When the group returns to Berlin, Piotr heads straight for The Morning Star News offices to find out what’s going on. Once he gets there he discovers that many of the staff is gone and has been replaced by strangers, including his editor. He heads straight to the manager’s office to find out what’s going on only to find a stranger sitting in the big chair. The Morning Star News has been bought and is Under New Management!
The stranger says “Piotr, it’s a pleasure to meet you finally. I’m a big fan of your work and I think you’re one of the best reporters out there. Now, I know you’ve got a story you want to run, but I’m afraid I can’t let this one see the press. We can’t risk upsetting the Russians.” It’s pretty clear that his explanation is about as on the level as the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Given his Problems with Authority, Piotr isn’t about to let ‘The Man’ tell him which stories he can run, even if ‘The Man’ is his new boss. Piotr gives him an earful and finds himself unemployed!
Meanwhile, Philippe Leger finds that his past dealings and willingness to Sell Anything for the Right Price has landed him on the police’s radar. He is brought in for questioning and when they can’t pin anything on him let him go, but they’ve got their eye on him for now.
The party is able to track down Ernest Traube, but only after running into some mooks keeping tabs on his place. It seems he was holed up in the sewers until the whole Gunther Stein fiasco blew over. Ernest informs them that Gunter is a Freemason and they promptly break into the local Freemason lodge, set it on fire and make off with some documents and an interesting antique pistol.
However, when they head back to Piotr’s place there is a squad car parked outside, that, chances are is looking for Philippe Leger. Philippe splits and they meet up at The Thirsty Mule, a bar Ernest frequents. There they begin to discuss their next moves when Alistair Windsor notices a dame at the bar, the same dame who was watching them at Ernest’s place. It turns out she is a reporter for Die Berliner Zeitung and was there following a lead. Piotr considered giving her his scoop, but she doesn’t make a good impression and they head back to their planning.
Philippe’s compel would mean that the police are watching him for this story, but not really any longer.