Meanwhile, on the Agamemnon, Becker examines surveillance video of her quarters from the previous night and finds nothing unusual except a strange flickering in the lights in her quarters. She also finally inquires of Summerville of the curiosity in the CIC – which he explains is a screen at the signal intelligence station that no one can seem to remember. It is simply a text input prompt named R.A.S.P.U.T.I.N. – the most they can discover is that it’s a piece of Ares Arms software seemingly designed to aid in tactical analysis.
Back at Persephone 2 – Captain Montenegro gives the order to transmit the wake-up call to the hidden Star League facility. After several moments, the facility responds with its location, and Colonel Vail along with a fighter escort drop from orbit to secure the area. When the Thermopylae finally makes it to the ground, the strike team takes an APC into a series of canyons with light battlemech escort to find the facility. A number of combattants arrive from around the planet to attempt to secure the facility as well, but Vail’s mechwarriors easily keep them at bay.
The find the entrance to the underground facility and with a bit of larceny manage to open the door to the long ramp down to a motor pool. Some computer legerdemain by Mitch gains the team access to the facility proper. They quickly discover that there seemed to be a mutiny within the facility several hundred years ago, followed shortly thereafter by a biological contamination. After gaining access to the facility administrator’s logs, they discover the following:
- The facility was a secret League laboratory dedicated to advancing military biotechnology – the main lines of research involved biological computing and storage as well as advanced myomer materials for battlemech applications.
- Shortly before the Agamemnon made her fateful jump from Bernard, Tokugawa sent a message to the facility informing them of his imminent arrival. He encouraged all of the facility’s personnel to join the Agamemnon in the Exodus.
- Some of the personel of the facility mutinied – likely in a loyalist attempt to stop the rest of the League personnel there from giving Tokugawa access to the research data and the holocaust archive stored there. At some point in the mutiny, the biological compound was released and the computer locked down the facility until the contagion was no longer detected.