The Gang Decides to Avoid Direct ConfrontationJeremiah
You successfully disengage from the group and head back downstairs, not worry about being spotted since nobody had noticed you in the first place. Plodding down the stairs, you brush shoulders with Jason who looked a little worried.
At the bottom of the stairs, you see Reagan and Holland lounging around, then Glover's voice comes down from above...Glover
You step ahead of the stranger, and BLUFF CHECK
(because Glover doesn't technically know they're members of the Third)
Glover [Diplomacy] [10!]
vs Everyone Within Earshot [No need] CRITICAL SUCCESS
manage to pluck the right answer out of thin air. "These boys are with the Third, they're here to make a routine search."
Your voice echoes clearly through the stairwell, and anyone standing in it or nearby can hear your message without issue. The stranger's stoic face twitches when you say their name, but otherwise doesn't react as he continues down the stairs. The rest of your group and his trail behind. Holland
You're ticking away on the keyboard as Jeremiah comes down the stairs. More footsteps can be heard from the stairwell, and you hear Glover's voice echo from inside. Knowing that you won't be alone for much longer, you grab the drive and switch the computer off. Reagan's listening device stops clicking as you do.
You dash over to the elevator doors, and without much time left try and heft them open.STRENGTH CHECK
Holland [Melee] [3 + 2 = 5]
vs Doors [Heavy]  JUST BARELY
You try and pull them open on your own but only strain your aging muscles. Using your hammer, however, you manage to jam the handle inside the gap and, with significant effort, pull them open. The elevator shaft opens up before you. It's almost completely dark inside, except for the dim light inside your office. You squint and peer inside.
vs The Dark  NOT QUITE
You can barely make out anything in the dark, but you see there's the floor of the shaft a few feet below you and a ladder across the way. You jump in, and fail to notice that the floor you thought was solid was actually a dark pool of water. You sink up to your waist in the murky pool, and you feel your boot collide with something sharp. Luckily, your heavy duty mining suit is meant to protect against stuff like that and you proceed unharmed.
You wade over to ladder and grab on, pulling yourself up one rusty rung at a time. The metal groans and shivers, echoing into the inky blackness as you ascend out of sight.Jamie
Glover takes the lead, and you follow keeping your gun at the ready.Jason
You reach Glover and posit your question. He replies much louder than you anticipated, but the message is received none the less. The stranger and his group push pass your indecisive stance as they continue downstairs.Reagan
You continue to lounge on the couch and act natural.