The Kurogane reported to Arizona, searching for a missing shipment of Lion Prototypes.
They discovered a large sheet of glass where the desert had been superheated, then were attacked by something with a cloaking field. It turned out to be a Pegasus class command-carrier, apparently with no PTs aboard. After a short battle, the crew evacuated and set it to self destruct.
The Kurogane returned to Paris for supplies and parts. Its pilots were granted a free day. Lou Chung took Tam Silvo and Kyosuke drinking at a hotel-casino. Chuck’s character woke up the next morning in a hotel room, curled up around a potted plant full of sick.
On their way back to the ship, they saw Emily Browning and Talia being chased by men in strange black robes. The Panzer launched by itself to come help, and they cornered the cultists on a warehouse roof. The cultists leader turned out to be a masked man with a Coatl-shaped mechanoid, who spoke an unfamiliar language. He called Panzer “Tezcatlipoca” and tried to make off with Talia. Chuck drove him off, but destroyed several city blocks in the process.
That night, the colonies broadcast a declaration of war, claiming their command-carrier was destroyed in an unprovoked attack.