On The Inside
In Chattanooga a man named Nicholas tells a woman made of wood that the Orchid is in New York. The wood woman, called Tanawah, feels it is her destiny to go there so she sets off for the city.
Meanwhile in New York a bearded man is staring at an ancient caldron in a museum. He acquainted with its “wyrd” magic and knows he needs to bury it or bad things will happen.
Immediately upon arriving in NY Tanawah is attacked by a Kobold, a demon-like creature with a mane of fire, who steals her “delicate senses.” Weakened Tanawah stumbles upon the bearded man who happens to know magic and has a magic rune stick. He tells her about the three Kobolds who have been in New York since long before it was New York and have been feeding on the “sickness” of the city. The caldron, if buried, can banish the Kobolds.
As they set off to retrieve the caldron from the museum a second Kobold, this time in the form of a giant tank monster, attacks Tanawah and steals her “ineffable strengths” in front of a large crowd of onlookers who believe the whole thing is performance art. And before they can move on the third Kobold attacks, looking like a cloaked man in a top hat spewing money, who steals her “indomitable will.” The two set off to fulfill their mission even though now Tanawah is essentially powerless and confused.
At the museum they find Black Orchid, who is a naked purple woman with really strange hair, mesmerized by the magic of the caldron. Bearded man uses his magic rune stick to bring her back to her senses and the three of them steal the caldron.
In Central Park they are confronted by the Kobolds and Tanawah distracts them long enough for Black Orchid to bury the caldron. The Kobolds are banished but manage to drag Tanawah with them to the underworld.
But they don’t grieve for long because Tanawah is reborn, or to be more accurate regrown, to become the Dryad of New York City and will help to heal the sickness of the people.