After extensive testing and debriefing, the Acolytes are given medical care and recovery time, until being summoned to a land-train platform at the very edges of Hive Sibellus.
On this train they are met by Interrogator Nero and Aristarchus the Seer, and briefed on their next assignment. They are to infiltrate the Upper Echelons of the Tantalus Combine, with the intention of discovering any information of the whereabouts or motivations of Sybas Moran, the escaped heretical ringleader from Coscarla.
To accommodate this goal, Merica was set up as a younger member of House Strophes, of the Machenko Dynasty. They also worked closely with Laurent Strophes, the head of the family. With the acolytes of Cell Σ-03 posing as a young noble and her retinue, the investigation into the Tantalus Combine could begin in earnest.
It was discovered that the Combine was disintegrating rapidly after the loss of the Coscarla district to rioting and chaos, and all but a small number of the noble families had abandoned the company. Merica was able to influence a younger member of this house into an invitation to an important meeting of these houses to discuss future plans.
At this meeting, it was discovered that Sybas Moran had been working with these nobles on a plan which was supposed to elevate them to gods. This clearly heretical plan needed to be stopped, and Pistol Ruby attempted to contact the local Arbites to assist in the purge of the house. This contact was detected, and the house was sent into lockdown.
In an attempt to reopen communication, and ensure that Moran was taken alive for interrogation, Cell Σ-03 attempted to access a cogitator inside the home, but was attacked by a mysteriously augmented woman.