After talking to Rokuzawa Chi – Kyoshi Katsurou’s true ego – Firewall Team 2 discovered that the leader of the Rada Nanchon, Lam Cong Dong, may have acquired the mind-altered x-threat AWE. Later, Amaru Timoti confirmed that that AWE was responsible for instilling unshakable loyalty within a dozen Nine Lives slaves. There was some concern that another Nanchon leader, Bertrand Theo has been enslaved by AWE.
After interrogating a stack given to them by Timoti, the team realised the full extent of what AWE is able to do – completely subvert someone’s will and cause them mental pain whenever they were not obeying tasks. The horror of this caused PALADIN to switch off the entity known as Nosh to stop their pain.
41982 broke into the Bullock with the help of PALADIN, and together they captured and interrogated Omri Melech, discovering that the turn-coat hacker has an ego named Nibedita Nath on a kill-switch ghostrider module. He had agreed to give Nath up in return for his freedom, and apparently desired nothing more than to get off Legba as fast as possible.
With Álvaro needing to attend drinks with a few Nine Lives thugs, and the spare ecto half-way printed, the team still has a long way to go to deal with this x-threat, yet more of the puzzle pieces fell together.