Determined to discover what is going on, Hel’con and Ru Zil followed the wireless signal from the nanite bomb to the residential section of the Parliament Core. Cinnabar headed to a meeting to talk to Crag.
Grundy disguised as Cinnabar headed to the streets of the residential district to draw out the assassin’s associates. Grundy unintentionally attracted the attention of ANN, a popular news network, and was caught on camera as they tried to interview him. Venturing into a bar, he antagonized an Ikaite patron enough to start a bar brawl. An Ikaite, Meta, approached Grundy asking him about the assassin and inquiring about possible bodyguard work, Grundy instead hired him to gather information about the assassin.
Hel’con and Ru Zil tracked the signal to the 23rd floor of the Forno Building. They managed to get inside on the 19th floor pretending to be potential tenants. Hel’con managed to jump to the balcony of the 23rd floor, but Ru Zil was so intimidated by the CLIENT-bot that he demanded Hel’con return.
Grundy and Chen headed to Tartarus, and met with the Warden. Grundy asked the Warden to allow him to insert himself into the prison under the guise of a fellow Ikaite, and get information out of him. The Warden, worried of the risks to such a high profile prisoner told that if they found out about his daughter’s whereabouts he would let them enact their plan.
The Warden’s daughter, Kiadotros is a worker at the Hiajin Orphanage and she was taking her children on a field trip to a nearby nebula when her ship sent off a distress call. The Warden sent investigators after the ship but he did not hear back from them. The spy and the bodyguard agreed to help him.
Cinnabar headed out of his meeting and into his apartments on The Spire only to find a prostitute Jennell waiting for him. He was pleasured by her “tactile service” while he watched the news, seeing that there was a Kreitosh who was impersonating him downtown today.
Deeming it was time to speak to his would be assassin he visited Tartarus and with some protesting from the Warden he was granted access to speak to the Blood-sworn. The two Ikaite argued over philosophy and policy but neither gained any ground but Cinnabar promised to see this man an invalid in order for him to know the truth.
He started compiling a motion in the Alliance Government to move the prisoner from Tartarus to an Ika-tra prison. Knowing this move would be extremely unpopular he went to meet with three ambassadors Dosivikay of the Ravarsi, Sof Eko of the Targin, and Shwook of the Ploth.
Dosivikay would get the Ravarsi to support him if he would hand the specifications and manufacturing designs to the flubotnium weapons when they were recovered. Cinnabar agreed to Dos’ proposal seeking to gain the military backbone of the Alliance as his future ally.
Sof Eko voiced the concerns of the Targin people to Cinnabar in return for their support they required that he stop the Olpherian warmongering as a war with the Drakath would restrict access to the Unexplored Regions stifling Targin exploration. As an enemy of the Drakath and warring against them Cinnabar refused his proposal.
Returning to the Assembly he approached Shwook who wanted mining rights to Ika-tra and it’s surrounding systems. Cinnabar altered the arrangement by proposing that the Ploth start buying Ikaite cargo freighters. Shwook agreed.
Grundy and Chen found Kia’s freighter in the Iris Cluster abandoned and battle scarred. Finding the body of a dead Red Howl pirate, and that of the orphanage’s founder Talisa Williams, it seemed Captain Eusz and his crew kidnapped the orphans and the warden’s daughter. Tracking the deceased pirate’s purchases to an Ikaite mining colony, Iris-tra they headed there for answers.
When they arrived on the colony, Chen headed to the local bar, Crag’s Cup to inquire about the pirates. After almost starting a fight against the entire bar, he learned that the Red Howls operated in the area and that they were allied with the Emperor Chief Cinnabar.
Grundy went to theForeman Gran of the local mine and inquired about the pirates. The Foreman knew the Pirate’s base, and offered to give to him in exchange for payment or the strong arming of some tight fisted merchants. Chen and Grundy went to Prince of All Hotel to go “convince” the merchants to do some fair trade.
Arriving at the hotel, Grundy took the form of the hotel manager, and Chen put on the uniform of a hotel worker. They went to the merchant’s room, and convinced them there was a gas leak, unable to get the bodyguards away from their employers, Chen bought them new rooms and jumped a bodyguard while he went in to inspect the room.
Taking the bodyguard’s place, Grundy convinced the merchants assassins were here to kill them and he pretended to lead them to an escape route through a window. When the bodyguards went first he cornered one of the merchants and threatened him to increase their buying price of Ikaite minerals, while Chen was on the ground floor taking out the bodyguards. The merchants contacted the Foreman changing the prices, and Chen and Grundy received the coordinates for the pirate base.
Meanwhile on Parliament, Ru Zil attended the Lis Pharmaceuticals board meeting over the Band Net. He met the new board member and 5% owner of the company, Ma’kel. While introducing Ma’kel, Dok’lis came up with the idea that Dr. Ru Zil should make his own reality show to spread the awareness of Space Band Aids. Ma’kel presented himself to the board, envisioning a brighter, more neutral company policy that focused on Ikaite wealth rather then Alliance focused philanthropy this recieved a good amnount of applause from the board despite Ru Zil’s apprehension.
Ma’kel pulled Ru Zil aside after the meeting in a private chat room. Ma’kel suggested that having Ru Zil control the Space Band Aid’s brand was a bad idea because it thwarted any chance of gaining customers from anti-Alliance backgrounds. Ru Zil disagreed wanting to hold on to his invention, and not put it in the hands of the corporation.
Hel’con contacted Dok’lis hoping to inquire on the Assembly of the Elite’s position on the Drakath’s plotting, and to set in motion the alliance against the Drakath however Dok’lis had not yet approached the Assembly. Thinking it would be best if he was there to see the Assembly himself, he got on a shuttle towards his specie’s homeplanet, Vir.
While enroute he heard some strange noises coming from the back of the ship. Opening the door to the storage section, nanites swarmed his body trying to eat his flesh. Opening a panel to the engine controls he over charged the Fo Engines causing a EMP blast that turned all of the nanites off. The escape pod shot out of the ship and he hurt the starboard propulsion with his DE control. Then alerted by JARVIS that they were heading towards an asteroid, he barely managed to shift the ship to the port before burrowing into the asteroid.