Both crews are recalled to the Scout Service's offices in orbit. There they meet with a Lt Col Boone, Sallah, and representatives from the delegations of the major corporations in the region. The Lt. Col explains that the Scout service has contacted Sallah and requested assistance in extracting information from the data cores recovered by the Naughtia safely. Sallah, using his newly acquired biocomputer and the scans made available by the Heinlein is able to develop a crude interface capable of pulling some information from the device. They determine the following:
- The infected merchant vessel entered the system and bypassed all other vessels, heading directly for the station
- The station seemed to start having problems when a tight band, high density transmission occurred at a range of 10,000km (medium range).
- Moments later, the other ships in the system seemed to start loosing control as well.
- As the ship closed in on the station and settled in to dock, a large explosion then damaged station as well as the merchant vessel.
- Analysts believe that the standard distance at which an infected ship may infect another is 10,000km. This, however, may be variable based on the strength and capabilities of the sensors and communications arrays involved.
- While the infection seems to paralyze a target vessel almost immediately, it seems to take some time before the AI is able to transfer itself fully
- The infected ship detailed information on the Lagar system, specifically a refining operation there.
- Analysts believe that the infected fleet is only able to make use of Jump 1 technology for whatever reason. They believe an attack on Lagar is imminent before moving into the densely populated central core of the sector.
The major corporations are extremely concerned about this information. Representatives from the delegations go on to remind everyone of their lines of business and the imminent threat: An AI virus infested fleet of ships is closing in on two of the largest shipyards in the sector, one of the largest robotics manufacturers in the sector, and the single largest weapons manufacturer in the sector. The crews are 'voluntold' to go to Lagar, evacuate the system, and destroy any an all means of refueling the infested fleet possible.
One of the members of the delegation happens to be [[:tammy1 | Tammy Swanson]] , an ex lover of Slug. The last time he was with Tammy, he was found floating in deep space with no memory of what had occurred. He is virtually powerless to resist her demands. She explains that her delegation is in great need to return to their home system in great haste and will be needing to borrow his vessel. She milks him for an extravagant dinner and a shopping spree. Slug returns to the Heinlein the next day completely spent.
As the crew is about to disembark for Lagar, they decide it may be prudent to arm the vessel. Tomi and Ashley put their heads together, comparing notes and contacts, and are able to able to make contact with a black market arms dealer. Ditzie Spofulum was thought to be merchant selling reactor processing equipment but this turned out to be a front for his arms business.
The crew is able to meet Ditzie that same morning at a hotel in the slums. The level of squalor really takes the high society members of the crew aback. Walking past the police outline of a severed arm, they enter the hotel room as directed by the instructions and find it has an adjoining door. The comms ring and they are granted permission to enter. The room next door is extremely lavish, it doesn't look like it belongs on the same planet as the rest of the hotel, much less in the building. Ditzie greets them, they conduct some business, and are given vouchers to retrieve weapons from a man named Rocko in customs.
Rocko delivers the merchandise after extracting his cut and the crew is on their way, deciding to install the weapons themselves while enroute rather than paying and extra 5% for installation.
As The Heinlein arrives in Lagar, they note that there are refugee's from Glengarry lined up at the refueling station.