Having dealt with Bishop’s crew in Shooters, Philip Bruce made his way to pay a visit to O’Rourke’s gang at St. Michael’s, an Irish pub in the Warrens.
Bruce entered the pub and spotted three men and a bartender. Two of the men were busy playing billiards, while a third man was throwing peanut shells at a flatscreen TV over the bar. The man was seemingly upset over the soccer match on TV. Bruce noticed that all but the bartender had concealed guns.
Bruce casually made his way to the bar and ordered a guinness.
That’s when he noticed the fifth man. A man in a brown suit and cowboy boots was napping at a booth near the bar.
After chatting a bit about the soccer game on TV, Bruce excused himself to the restroom.
When he came out, he casually walked over to where the two men were playing billiards. One of the men looked to be no more than seventeen years old. Bruce wondered how a boy could have gotten himself involved with the likes of O’Rourke.
Immediately, Bruce attacked the two men.
The man at the bar reached for a gun and ran to a nearby table. He overturned the table and started shooting at Bruce, who was using one of O’Rourke’s lackey as a human shield. He had knocked out the other lackey earlier.
The man in the brown suit woke up, took out a .357 Magnum, and dove behind the bar for cover. Bruce heard the bartender call him O’Rourke.
O’Rourke later ran towards the front of the bar and dove behind a table for cover. The bartender quickly ran out of the bar through the front entrance.
Still using one of the lackey’s as a human shield, Bruce found himself in a gunfight between O’Rourke and the man watching soccer earlier.
During the gunfire, Bruce was struck a few times. Bruce wasn’t able to get a shot at either men who kept returning fire.
Knowing he may not survive the gunfire, Bruce, still using a human shield, made his way towards the restroom hallway. There, he made his way to the back of the pub where he found an exit leading to a back alley.
He dropped the dead lackey’s body and made his as far from the pub as he could.
Bleeding from gunshot wounds, Bruce called Marcus Graecus who gave him an address to a doctor who could help. Graecus agreed to meet Bruce at the doctor’s office.
The doctor’s office, which was located in an alley, reminded Bruce of a Dr. Frankenstein’s laboratory. The doctor resembled Doc Brown from Back to the Future. “Doc” charged Bruce
“Doc”, as he was called by everyone, was used by everyone in Wellstone. At twenty dollars per wound to suture and two hundred per extracted bullet (including the stitches), he’s cheap and, unlike a hospital, doesn’t report gunshot wounds to the police.
Meanwhile, Graecus reported that police broadband was reporting a gunfight at St. Michael’s had left four dead.
Bruce explained that he had only taken out two.
Bandaged up, Graecus took Bruce with him to St. Michael’s. Bruce stayed in the car while Graecus spoke with the police on site.
Graecus returned to the car and told Bruce that O’Rourke and another man had suffered wounds from a sharp weapon—like that of a sword, while two others had been killed by multiple gunshot wounds.
Bruce would later find out that “The Widowmaker” had shown up at the pub after Bruce had left. She then collected the reward from the Irish mafia.
A week later, Bruce received an invitation to meet with Donovan Cross, one of the Cross Brothers. It seemed Donovan had been behind the mysterious phone calls Bruce was receiving.
A limousine picked up Bruce in front of an Italian restaurant several blocks from where he lived. The limo then took him to Eden, the Cross home in East Beach.
There, he met with Donovan and Elijah, who were busy hosting a party filled with VIP guests like Hugh Hefner and several of his playmates.
In Eden, Donovan offered Bruce a job.
Knowing the Cross brothers dealt in many highly illegal operations in Wellstone, Bruce declined the offer.
However, a phone call would change Bruce’s mind.
Bruce received a call from his old C.O., Major Blessings. The major explained that he had reason to suspect that an international organization may have behind the events leading to Bruce’s discharge from the army. Major Blessings went on to explain that he needed more intel, but believed the organization—which he is calling the Damagers’ Guild for now—may be working with the crime syndicates in Wellstone or may even be pulling the strings behind their operations.
Either way, Major Blessings wanted Bruce to infiltrate one of the organizations and provide the necessary intel to put a stop to the Damagers’ Guild.
After hanging up with his former C.O., Bruce turned to Donovan and accepted his offer of employment.