After the investigators left the Shambling Tiger Bar, they headed back to their hotel for a short rest. Jacques Tabarin Dupond talked to the concierge to be woken up shortly before 11:30 PM. A bell man warned them that stalking the streets of Shanghai at night can be dangerous. As they set to head into the night, they grabbed tools they are now all too familiar with, guns, knives, and sword cane. The walk to the British Consulate took them about 20 minutes, though the view across the bridge was beautiful even at night. When they arrived, Monsieur Dupond they saw a man being beaten by three Chinese men, but the other investigators were also at the top of their game. David Whittaker noticed four more hiding in alley ways or in building overhangs while Dr. Norman Addams noticed that one of the men in an alley way held a scroll, while all the others held clubs, sticks, or staves. Mr. Whittaker snuck away and hid into an alley way, while Dr. Addams and Monsieur Dupond walked up to the man being beaten, who they quickly realized was Fergus Chum, the bartender of the Stumbling Tiger Bar. Monsieur Dupond shoved one out of the way, knocking some teeth out as he elbowed him in the face. Dr. Addams then swung his cane at another breaking his jaw instantly killing him. A thug walked past Mr. Whittaker, but he waited, not wanting to reveal his location at that moment, so the Chinese man swung at Monsieur Dupond missing. Another twirling a three-sectional staff clocked Dr. Addams, cracking a few ribs. The man with the scroll case, pulled it out and started chanting in Chinese about a calling upon the power of the Fire Dragon. Mr. Whittaker then sprang his plan. Firing shots from his gun into the dark, he shouted “There is a man with a gun! Run!” One Chinese thug ran away, the other three involved in melee started to back away. The man with the scroll just kept chanting. Monsieur Dupond then threw his African dagger at him, piercing his belly. The sorcerer just smiled, wiped his blood on the scroll, and then the scroll burst into flames. The flames began to swirl, snake like, until it formed a 10 foot long serpent. Then it shot straight at Monsieur Dupond and Dr. Addams, scorching both of them badly with unholy fire. They have seen too much recently to be fazed by this event, but for Mr. Whittaker, this was the first real supernatural event he had ever witnessed. It shook him up pretty badly.
After the investigators realized that even after almost two months of uncovering the mysterious of the darkness that is enveloping the world, no one had bother to learn the rudimentary basics of first aid, Dr. Norman Addams and Jacques Tabarin Dupond limped back to their hotel with Fergus Chum slouched over their shoulders, barely have stayed conscious from the beating he received. Meanwhile, David Whittaker decided to follow the sorcerer losing him somewhere around the Shanghai Museum. He then decided to focus on tracking the blood that was caused by the knife wound and after searching for a long time in the dark, found that the blood led to a large mansion surrounded by a thirteen foot wall topped with spear heads. He saw the sorcerer get inside through the guards, because they obviously knew who he was. Mr. Whittaker realized that the Chinese characters signifying this house were the same ones that were on the crates that travelled from New York to Shanghai along with the investigators. Back at the hotel, Monsieur Dupond realized that they were in no shape to question Fergus Chum in either his condition or theirs. He went downstairs to talk to the concierge about finding a doctor at this late hour. Being a man of his social standing, why was never asked. A half hour or so later, the concierge returned to his room with an old Chinese man. After apologizing for not being able to find an European doctor due to some incident at the British Consulate, this man was all that he could find on such short notice. The old Chinese doctor felt that the hotel room was not conducive to healing and forced Monsieur Dupond to rearrange the room before he would heal anyone. He then stripped the two injured investigators down and begin lighting incense on their bodies along their meridians, increasing their flow of healing energy. Though the healing burned and hurt, it miraculously began to heal them. Fergus Chum would live, though, the bruises, welts, and broken ribs would take weeks to fully heal. Dr. Addams felt the power of the Fire Dragon that burned his skin lessen. This Chinese doctor explained that they angered a powerful sorcerer who was able to call upon the Fire Dragon. The power of the Fire Dragon burns, but it can be used for rebirth and healing, or for destruction. They need to be more careful. Instead of a business card, he handed Monsieur Dupond a token. One one side had the character for medicine and on the other character for Chan, which was presumably his name. After a very long day, having just arrived in Shanghai, the investigators sleep well into the morning.