Ebon and Wil have been on a wild goose chase trying to find Blitzer. They finally have a lead that he’s with Cocky Locky who might be around the UBC campus. After bumbling around for a while and giving the heads-up to campus security, they inadvertently alert Wolf with an Introductory Howl and a prowl around the Endowment Lands. Wolf replies and they find their more direct quarry, playing in the woods. They take him out for drinks and jerky.
Meanwhile, Wolf IS (or was) with Cocky Locky, hanging out with a bunch of Anarcho Dumpster-Diving Crust Punks. The Bone Gnawer elite believe that Cocky Locky put Wolf up to the home invasions which could inadvertently trigger conflict between the Gnawers and the Silver Fangs, which is why Ebon was sent on this mission. Ebon’s former Alpha, Jackie Saint, is also on the case. Things could get FUBAR. Wolf, however, has already strayed to the UBC campus, where he learned of the school’s Casino Night, taking place at Edgewater. He was ruminating on his odds when he heard Wil’s howl and ran to meet them. Having joined the New Danger Duo (The Trashcan Trio?), Wolf slowly unveils his thoughts and opinions of his varied city encounters and prepares to enjoy or despise his first Wheat Thin.
Oobick is off having naked time/Ingugaq training at the base of Mount Homathko, where he is tailing a wolf pack rumoured to be comprised of vicious Wendigo lupus. They strip him of his clothing and remove a talisman granted to him by Old Teacher, which, unbeknownst to him, strips him of his ability to take a shape other than Homid and otherwise is indistinguishable from Losing the Wolf. He tracks the pack through the snow for hours when the trail abruptly stops, as does the trail back home. Dispossessed of the Willpower to continue, he lays down in the snow to die. Suddenly, someone licking his eyeball causes him to jolt to attention and he is besot by an individual, perhaps Raven himself, for the privilege of eating his eyes. Upset and invigorated, Oob carries on, looking for the wolves, his clothes, and the talisman, all while this irritating weirdo prods him with paradox and plea to surrender his life and allow for his eyes to be eaten. Yum-O.
Gabriel meanwhile takes the first step towards reconciling with his wife, talking to her on the phone and agreeing to meet when he had figured out what they were going to do moving forward. Gabriel is then attacked by a vampire, Ilana, though he manages to send out a text message to Wally Groel, who shows up with a few other Garou ready to kick some ass, but the vampire has departed by the time they get there. Gabe has already had the first two drinks of Blood Binding, by the time they arrive. They then whisk Gabe away to a mountain hideout. In the morning Gabe decides to repay their kindness by fixing them a meal made entirely of natural edibles he finds on his walk. Unfortunately not being an accomplished woodsman Gabe accidentally picks highly toxic ingredients. After severely poisoning himself, Gabe falls into a hallucinogenic state where Raven comes to him and orders him to go to Spuzzum, this task Gabe is taking with deadly seriousness. Groel and Chang are suspicious and ordered to keep tabs on him but Builds-Boats finds Gabe’s visionquest endearing and re-introduces him to the Penumbra.
Scylla has been trying to hold things together on the home front, despite a forewarning from her uncle that Gabe may “disappear for his own good.” She cannot reach him but through Nuryevich and no one is being clear about where he has taken. She may have also put the Glass Walker rabble and Eleanor on high alert about his disappearance. In fact, she did.