Chapter 1a: Meeting two other characters, and retrieving a book
Early the next morning, two other strangers turn up at the Shard, and make their way to floor 43. After a short chat with Maximillian (in which he presents to them the same offer as before, they agree to a probationary mission.
They introduce themselves to each other – Chelsea (like the Flower Show), Scion of Geb, and Eddie, Scion of Huitzilopochtli.
They pick up a minivan, and head to a small bar in the East End. A man meets them there, and hands them a book, wrapped in white cloth.
On the way to the Library, they realise they are being followed by a large 4×4. It tries to drive them off the road, but when it is unsuccessful it drives off. As it does, Chelsea sees a glimpse of the face of their attacker.
They park up outside the Library, but before they can enter they are confronted by a trio of strange-looking men who also claim to be looking for the Archivist. After some cautious back and forth, all five enter the Library.