As the team moves aft, they lose contact with Agamemnon, but remain in contact with Cpl. Davis and Pvt. Spears in the Cheyenne – the skin of the Normandy appears to absorb emissions and no signal appears to be able to leave the craft.
Janks gets a flash of danger and stops the party, but not before Pvt. Page is sliced neatly in half by a mono-molecular tripwire stretched across the passage. After Hudson comes up with a strategy for sweeping the party’s path, and removing the dead marine’s remains to the dropship, they continue into a CIC area. Stella notices that there are small cabinets of eyeglasses scattered around the ship. When examined, they have a flashing “Offline” in the corner. They also appear to have a wide-angle sensor mounted in the bridge of each pair.
The party follows the blood trail through the CIC and into a small lounge, through a conference room and small lab, and into a large intelligence center, where they find a human skin stretched across a holographic map table covered with strange lettering, presumably written in blood.
Leaving Jack, Blake and Pvt. Stearnes to guard the retreat, the party files down a service shaft to the engineering deck. There, they find what they presume is a majority of the crew in a service space, all having been horribly, but carefully and ritually mutilated, including two of the green-skinned Clan warriors. They proceed into the engine room, where Janks chooses not to restore power to the ship, but the party discovers the following about the craft:
- The engine core is not a typical fusion drive, but a sphere that seems to pulse and glow. It’s made of the same silvery material found in the Alabama’s K-F field stabilizer. It is referred to as a “BigBang Drive” on the nearby controls, which fills the engineering-minded of the party with a certain amount of apprehension.
- Near the top of the reactor space appears to be a K-F drive coil wrapped around the perimeter of the chamber. Again, the engineering-minded of the party attempt to describe why a non-straight K-F filament is theoretically impossible, but can’t find the math.
- Near the bottom of the reactor space, Stella notices a device that looks much like the gravity-altering device found on Prinis Prime.
- Also near the bottom of the reactor space, the party notices a conspicuous absence of a device – there’s obviously a piece missing, but the team didn’t research further.