The team continues its investigation. Ms Black converses with Dr Kriso, on the topic of the Boltzmann murder victims, trying to provoke a response. He is of the opinion that someone with the right tools could have done it without any special strength or physique, though they would have to be fast. This leads to further conversation, in which both Agatha and Renko confirm that Boltzmann Station did not have a history of incidents involving the kind of booster drugs that might augment reaction speed. Ms Black is sure that Dr Kriso is working hard not to react, but can’t tell what is aggravating or worrying them most. Once the team has finished at Covenant Clinic they head for their next stop: “Boltzmann Residence Sector 2”, the site of the murders.
The murder scene is still secured by a couple of BSC officers. The blood stains and other marks have also been conserved under forensic bio-preservative gel. Charlotte and Ms Black commence with reviewing the basic forensic data and examining the crime scene. They confirm that the blood spatter and other evidence match with the initial scene analysis and run basic holo files to look at the bodies in situ. They confirm the suspicion that the group had faced one attacker who had initially approached the group from behind. There was no surveillance of people in the region but Agatha confirms that there will be a full suite of environmental sensors, including air pressure. Concerned about the lack of footprints at the murder site Ms Black requests that BSC run an analysis of the data at the time of the murders to see if there is evidence of a teleportation event. Once the physical look over is done, Charlotte commences a series of clairsentient probes of the scene, trying to push past the aura of violence and death. While she is doing this, Ms Black looks for onlookers and gawkers, trying to spot suspicious characters. She succeeds, spotting an androgynous figure trying hard not to be noticed. The person notices Ms Black spotting them and leaves. Wolf and Ms Black pursue, with Agatha close behind. The two BSC guards are left to watch over Charlotte as she continues to probe the scene. Wolf runs casual and intersects the watching figure’s path. After some uncertainty as to the suspect’s gender, the woman is questioned by Wolf. She is indignant at being stopped and questions Ms Black and Wolf’s ID, before turning to Agatha to demand to know if she is under arrest.
Black determines that the woman is either a latent or a Psion, a fact that she denies when confronted. Eventually she agrees to give the team a contact address and ID. She is Jane Johnson, currently staying at transient lodgings at the Central station. Wolf takes the opportunity to psionically rifle through her minicomp. It is mundane, suspiciously so, set to factory defaults and hardly used, making it either new or deliberately intended to have no valuable information on. As Ms Johnson leaves and heads for the maglev to Boltzmann Central. Agatha, at the team’s request, declares her a “person of interest” to the investigation and directs Boltzmann Security Central to monitor her movements and investigate her local history.
Meanwhile Charlotte’s scans have borne disturbing news. The attacker appeared to be an Aberrant, with claws and tentacles! The review of the life support monitoring reveals no evidence of teleportation, which means the only likely mode of approach would have been to come in through the airlock behind them. A review of the airlock logs shows three ingress and one egress cycle of the the airlock.
Bad news. The trace of Jane Johnson turns up a blank, with no evidence to show she was at Central. The residence link turns up false and there is no evidence of her leaving the train. A review shows the same number of people left the train as entered. Is she a shapeshifter?
The team decide to split up. Agatha accompanies Wolf to Boltzmann Security Central computing to see if he can run a data trace on the address, while Black, Jack and a BSC officer called Franks take a walk outside and look for evidence in the lunar dust.
Outside the team find the faintest trace of what appears to be a footprint rather than a vacsuit print and take it as likely evidence of the Aberrant coming this way. Further prints are obscured by the many crawler tracks. Charlotte prepares to use clairsentience on the airlock, while Black speculates on the probability that the tracks can be traced back to Linma Telecom.
In Boltzmann Security Centre, Wolf makes an alarming discovery. The main security net has been heavily compromised via electrokinesis, including secretly dumping BSC reports and communications to electronic ‘dead drops’ and inserting filter programs into the surveillance systems to edit out results that match certain criteria. These criteria would certainly cover “Ms. Johnson”. She is not a shapeshifter, but an electronic ghost. Wolf determines that the action is a result of more than one high power EK acting in concert and that there are relatively few groups with that number and skill set on call. He also concludes that for the electronic cover to be effective the person being covered for must have a good degree of innate ‘tradecraft’, and further that the main compromising of the system is recent and happened after or concurrently with the murders.