When we last saw our intrepid investigators, they were headed for the Horticulture lab on campus, hot on the trail of the notorious campus boogeyman, the Needler. When they arrived at the parking lot, Marco spotted a blood trail leading back towards the greenhouses. Ryo applied some of his Criminal Science knowledge to determine that the blood leading towards the greenhouses was fresher, and the team followed the trail to Horticulture lab D, the most decrepit-appearing of the four greenhouses. On the way, Marco heard faint cries for help from a woman's voice.
When they entered the greenhouse, the investigators found that the interior, unlike the outside, was well-maintained and simulated a jungle environment. Two narrow paths lead into the greenery on either side of the greenhouse. The team split three and three and proceeded down the paths. Partway down, they came across the Needler, a hideous spined humanoid, crouched over the bleeding body of Anna Thresher, the women they had rescued from the Black Guard Youth a few months before. Anna was severely injured and bleeding, but staring at the Needler as though transfixed.
Marco immediately charged in and swung his bat at the Needler, just missing the creature; the Needler's return swipe just missed, but at the same time the monster launched a quill at Ryo, paralyzing one of the team's best fighters. Troy moved into the clearing and opened fire with his wrist rocket, distracting the creature while Matt ran up and dragged the woman clear. Mariana stepped up and calmly double-tapped the Needler in the head with her Glock, and it dropped dead.
The team called 911 and checked out the greenhouse, finding multiple sets of human remains, seemingly the Needler's earlier meals. The police arrived and ushered the group out - the cars were unmarked, which made the students suspicious, but they opted to leave.
Their suspicions seemed valid; the campus paper the next day reported on a fire that completely destroyed Horticulture Lab D. The next day, Mariana called the group together to show them a package she had received from the missing Jackson. Inside was a note saying "Keep it safe. Keep it secret." and a black and white photograph of students from the 1950s... one of whom was the ghost the team had encountered in the Raven's Roost...