After a good night’s sleep, everyone is up for breakfast as soon as it starts at 06.00. Their waiter always seems to be hovering over them and so they just talk about the joys of Orobid while they are eating.
Once breakfast is finished, they leave the hotel and head for some scruffy-looking gardens between the hotel and the next concrete housing block where they can finally talk and make plans for the day. Knowing that they only have 30 hours until Orobid’s arrival, they know that they need to have everything ready by the end of the day.
They decide that top priority is to work out where exactly the assassination will take place and so they decide to walk the entire route to check for good locations. Max heads off on his own, looking for a white van to buy that is the same make and model as the ones used by Pavabid Telecom. Taeva also heads off alone, heading for some agricultural goods suppliers in order to get some chemical fertilizer that she can make some small explosive devices from.
It’s the start of the rush hour now and so the party members follow the workers of Twalarsk as they pour into the nearest metro station, where they are crammed onto the underground train carriage and transported towards the downtown area. They follow Arvor’s lead as they change trains a couple of times before they finally emerge from the metro system outside the largest park in Twalarsk.
They start off looking at the location where the floating palace will appear in the park and then follow the route that the motorcade will take before it heads through the streets of Twalarsk on its way to the Cathedral where Orobid will preside over its inauguration.
It takes all morning to walk the route of the motorcade looking for the best location for the assassination attempt. Most of the route that the motorcade will take is unsuitable as the motorcade might be travelling too fast to get off a killing shot, or else it could be too difficult to get away after the job is done.
They come up with a short list of three possible locations. The park where Orobid will slowly descend from the floating palace is one option as it will take a while for him to appear. A second option is in front of the Cathedral as Orobid will be making a speech there and so there will be plenty of opportunity to line up a good shot. The third option is to shoot him while on the motorcade. The best opportunity here is around halfway along the route, when the motorcade will need to slow right down to turn a couple of sharp corners as it passes by the Twalarsk Schools Book Depositary and the grassy knoll alongside it.
Unanimously they decide that the third option is the best as there is likely to be a lot less of a police presence here because there are not so many people living and working in the vicinity. They stay in the area for a while checking out the different locations to work out their strategy.
By mid-afternoon, they have the bare bones of a plan in place. They head back to the hotel to get everything ready to put the plan into action.
Max is waiting for them in the lobby. He doesn’t say anything for fear of the hotel being bugged, but leads them outside the hotel out into the parking lot between several of the concrete housing blocks. Hidden from the blocks by trees, he shows them the vans that he has bought, to which he has now fixed the Telecom logos to the dark blue one. It all looks realistic enough. Taeva is inside the van, having met up with Max earlier. She has managed to make some small explosive devices from the chemicals that she bought earlier. Next to it is the other van that he bought, a white one the same as used as ambulances.
It’s getting quite late in the afternoon already and there isn’t a lot of daylight left and so the party members need to move quickly. Max drives Taeva and Grim back to the site of the assassination attempt. They get dressed in telecom overalls as they do so. Once they are close to where Arvor will shoot at Orobid, they choose a couple of telegraph poles which are quite hidden by the over-hanging trees. Grim climbs up the poles and attaches the explosive devices. Once Grim and Taeva are satisfied with the location, they head back to the hotel.
Meanwhile, Arvor and Jie, dressed as a married couple, have been out to buy a pram. Once they have one, they hide the rifle inside it, check out of the hotel and then hail a cab which takes them back downtown. They leave the cab a couple of blocks away from the small copse and head over there at dusk pushing the pram. Upon reaching the copse, they check the area, but find that there is no one around. Hiding the pram, the pair of them then shin up the tree which is closest to the roadway and try to make themselves as comfortable as possible (which is not very comfortable). Then there is nothing that they can do but to wait for what is going to be a very long 15 hour period.
Max meanwhile, has driven the Telecoms van back to the dacha area, parking it in the driveway of a tumbledown dacha with an overgrown garden which seems to be abandoned. He then takes a taxi back to the hotel to join up with the others.
As soon as Max is back, he heads out again, this time with Grim and Taeva. The three of them take a cab which drops them close to a hospital on the eastern side of the city. They check to see where the ambulances are parked and are pleased to see that it is no overlooked by the hospital. Taeva keeps an eye on the entrance to the hospital and gestures Grim and Max to go forward once the coast is clear. The doors to the ambulance are unlocked so they slip inside it and duck down. There are no keys in the ignition, but the primitive technology is no match for Grim’s skills and he is easily able to hot-wire it. Grim moves over and Max takes the driving seat. Without anyone from the hospital realizing what’s going on, the ambulance makes off, picking Taeva up along the way.
They drop Taeva off close to the location for the assassination attempt before making their way back to the hotel again. Taeva walks a couple of blocks to the Book Depositary. Upon reaching the door, she looks around to check that no one is watching. The door is locked, but the lock is a simple one for her to unpick and she is inside it in just a few seconds. She heads up to the top floor of the Book Depositary where she hides a small explosive device inside one of the shelves between some books. Quietly, she then heads back down, slips away from the Book Depositary and then takes a cab back to the hotel.
She walks around to the car park where she finds Grim, Max and William hard at work on making the white van that Max bought earlier into an ambulance. An hour later and their handiwork is complete. The four of them then drive the remains of the stolen ambulance to a piece of wasteland a few kilometres from the hotel where Taeva puts her final explosive device into the vehicle. This one, however, doesn’t go off and so she and Grim have to head back to the ambulance to set it on fire manually.
They then walk back to the main road and take another cab back to the hotel. Finally all of the preparations are done. It’s after midnight already and so everyone just heads up to bed to get some rest.