Prior events: Lady Blackbird is on the run from an arranged marriage to Count Carlowe. She hired a smuggler skyship, The Owl, to take her from her palace on the Imperial world of Ilysium to the far reaches of the Remnants, so she could be with her once secret lover, the pirate king Uriah Flint. Just before reaching the halfway point of Haven, The Owl was pursued and captured by the Imperial cruiser Hand of Sorrow, under charges of flying a false flag. Lady Blackbird, her bodyguard, and the crew of The Owl are detained in the brig, while the commander of the cruiser, Captain Hollas, runs the smuggler ship’s registry over the wireless. It’s only a matter of time before they discover the outstanding warrants and learn that The Owl is owned by none other than the infamous outcast Cyrus Vance.
Vance understands that it is not the case to waste time. As soon as he perceives that only a couple of soldiers are guarding the cells, he uses his Warpblood power to teleport out of the cell. He attacks the two surprised soldiers and manages to put them out of action before they can give the alarm [being a 3rd level Mercenary, he has 3 extra attacks against 1 HD opponents such as these]. Vance open the other cells and the team is on its way towards the 3rd deck, where the Owl is kept.
They are very lucky and don’t meet anybody until they reach the entrance to the storage area. Here there are two guards that are again defeated by Vance, but one of the two soldiers shoots with his pistol: now the alarm has finally been given.
Naomi tries to force the door of the storage area, but she initially fails. In the meantime, soldiers arrive from both the sides of the corridor.
Vance defeats those on the left, while Snargle and Lady Blackbird face the others. Snargle charges in hand to hand combat and manages to wound one of the soldiers. Naomi opens the door and Kale rushes in, in order to get ready to start the Owl and leave. Snargle and Vance kill the other two soldiers, but Vance is wounded. Anyway, Kale has opened the hold door granting access to the Wild Blue, Snargle and the others jump on board and the Owl leaves the Hand of Sorrow!