Act I – “The Vigilance”
Scene 1 – Gregory Von Splendiliff’s lavish apartment, London
Darwin, Steamy B and Pingu are unknown to each other. They are contacted by Gregory and asked to come to his apartment, where he offers them a mission for the government. Although they will be paid for the job, he also has some leverage over each of them which makes it hard to say no.
The Vigilance, a ship bound for Sweden with a secret cargo has gone missing. They are to follow her course and discover what happened, and return the cargo. They will travel on board The Drunken Sow under a Captain Chow Feng.
To test their preparedness, Gregory attacks the trio, and they incapacitate him.
Scene 2 – The carriage
They make their way to the docks by triceratops-drawn carriage, but soon learn that the cabbie has been replaced by some enemy. He takes them to an out of the way alley, and he is joined by three accomplices.
There is a fight. Darwin kills two (1. stabbed with umbrella sword 2. ate enemy’s head) and Pingu kills a third (riding atop the triceratops, impaled on horns). The third is close to death (burned by Steamy’s flammable ghost gas) and Pingu interrogates him.
He says that they were to intercept them and send a signal (a bright red homing pigeon named Ricardo) to impostors waiting at the docks, who would replace them on board The Drunken Sow. Pingu kills him (stabbed).
They take the pigeon, Steamy captures the soul of the ringleader, they give the triceratops directions to Scotland (where he might roam free), and they set off again for the docks.