Using the Military Grade ArrayJean scans the local radiosphere. He finds local propaganda reports of “transhuman terrorists” deliberately destroying a comet, sending debris hurtling into a major Navy shipyard orbiting Infierno, with a significant loss of life. As a result, the Coalition Navy was scrambling to regroup (Aspect: Fleet Movements, Aspect: Fleet in Disarray)
Carmel realises that this is the moment for the Resistance to rise up, lending an increased urgency to their mission. Dr. Chang, on the other hand, realises that the crew is responsible for the deaths of thousands of people.
Using the Military Grade Array, the crew plotted an intercept course with the vessel transporting the QE particles, the DRB-75, that avoided most of the Navy picket ships. However, the Calmar and a Navy gunboat with it’s fighter wing end up in a debris field together.
Victor, with Rowan’s help, hacks the gunboats point defence system. Joyce targets the fighters, and before Dr. Chang can stop her, blows away two of the fighters. In the confusion (the Gunboat’s IT department assumed it was an IFF error, rather than a hack), the Calmar slips past, and rendezvous with the DRB-75.
When they arrive at the DRB-75, the crew see that the ship, will intact, has been modified somewhat. A large bubble hab has been inflated over the airlock that enters the resupply vessel. A thorough scan also reveals some pitting and what appears to be metallic growths at the bow of the vessel.
The Calmar docks with the bubble hab. Ursury stays behind on the ship, while the rest of the crew enter the habitat’s airlock/elevator, along with Carmel and Jorge.
Heading inside, the crew finds a map of the hab (detailing the common area, a power plant, life support and stasis) and a common area with a computer, containing a video log kept by one Captain Evian. She and the others aboard the now seemingly abandoned bubble hab were refugees from the Ayaf system at around the time of the supernova. They managed to hitch a ride on the DRB-75, built some prefabs and then put themselves in cryostasis.
Investigating the stasis room, they found that 11 of 12 pods were open and empty, with one of the empty ones forming a makeshift bed and one still active with its contents not visible. The active one had its decanting routine initialized, and Jean investigated the bed, accidentally activating a tablet which had previously been playing some reasonably tame transhuman pornography.