"Furious Engines": Grifter is hired by a pair of alleged "museum curators" in a finding a specific artifact in Turkey that is lost to them. He infiltrates a Turkish ruin castle where he find to his surprise a weakened Maxine Manchester. She explains to
- Just because I'm slightly over the flesh ratio shouldn't mean a damn thing! I've got mechanical rights --!
- — Ladytron
Synopsis for "Furious Engines"
Grifter is hired by a pair of alleged "museum curators" in a finding a specific artifact in Turkey that is lost to them. He infiltrates a Turkish ruin castle where he find to his surprise a weakened Maxine Manchester. She explains to him that she had a one night stand with a robot that didn't work out due to "philosophical differences." Grifter helps her up as he suspects something wrong about the given location of the supposed artifact he was provided by his employers.
Meanwhile at the Halo Building, Spartan views Emp's visual recording of his will which he learns that Emp bestows the Halo Corporation to him.
In Istanbul, Cole Cash sands Maxine as he learns from her that she had fallen out of the Church of Gort and had been trying to kill Maxine since then. After breaking his sand belter from attempting to sand Maxine's head, Cole tries to get another sander but notices two people in trenchcoats and realizes that they have been sent by his employers to follow him. He angrily confronts them, telling them that he works alone until he sees that they are his employers who are revealed to be members of the Church of Gort - they actually hired Grifter to find Maxine in order to eliminate her. Both Cole and Maxine manage to destroy the mechanical zealots, ending with an explosion. In the aftermath, Cole is not too pleased of being manipulated into Maxine's problems as his reputation as a mercenary is sullied. As he leaves, Maxine comes up to him and wants to join with him as she has nowhere else to go and enjoys being in Cole's mercenary life. Cole then agrees.
Appearing in "Furious Engines"
- Church of Gort
- Father Marconi
- Sister Transistor