I have a couple of question concerning the main plot.
1-If the deceivers are behind the thief of the map pieces in « Toys in the attic » they already know where they are hidden, right ? So why the deceivers need to realise a ritual in « that which was lost » to determine where the map pieces are hidden ? it’s a nonsense, isn’t it ?
2-if the deceivers try to not reveal their true nature, asking some mantis eggs to the PC (which is fun for the game but very suspicious otherwise) to prepare an omelets is not very smart ?
I asked Michael (who is unable to respond due to technical issues) and below is his response:
The ritual does do something, but you are correct in stating it has nothing to do with locating the map pieces. This feeds into their plan carried out in Brain Scratch (LoB 108), but the full extent isn't revealed to player characters until LoB 112. Stay tuned for that release coming down our pipeline.
This is something players may pick up on. However, by this point in the adventure the deceivers took steps to ensure the characters are none-the-wiser. This ties into the ritual from your previous question and will be revealed in LoB 112.
Hopefully this offers as much clarity as possible,
As i understand "someone" else seems to be involving in the main plot (in particular in "toys in the attic" and "glass houses")! But just a remark: as you have done in the campain summary with the explanation of the Deceiver cabal, i think MJ should be aware of what lies behind a story, otherwise it's like to be blind in a certain way and it's very frustrating ...