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The Roden Conspiracy
This woman seems to know by instinct when you want to take a nap. Maybe you should adjust your time zone.
Yeah, I'm here and listening.
LeFleur seems to be a bit... irritated. She's not engaging in small talk today and cuts right to the point.
"The shit is about to hit the fan, Starhopper. The Caldari have deployed a Titan in The Forge. This is probably meant as a warning, but certain circles could - and will - treat it as a provocation. Here's a video we received from a scout. It's been recorded in Hentogaira, an otherwise irrelevant 0.6 border system. But have a look at it yourself."
"So, what do you think?", asks LeFleur. But she continues talking without waiting for an answer. "Try to understand what you just saw. A Leviathan class Titan arriving in a High Security system. Firing at our spy first, then the Leviathan gets CONCORDed and he takes up the fight. Should make us think, right?"
You nod. You are confused and still not sure what you just saw. Can this be real?
"The spy didn't survive this encounter, I guess that's clear. Neither did the CONCORD forces. We sent in some of our covert ops specialists, but all they found are wrecks of the CONCORD ships. But no sign of the Leviathan. So it might be a fake, you think? We don't think so, because or sensors notified us of about a two dozen cynosural fields being lighted within The Forge and around the Caldari home planets. Those are decoys, that's for sure. But one of those has most likely been the real deal. And now there's a Titan out there, eventually heading towards Gallente space." You begin to understand why LeFleur doesn't seem to be very happy.
That's what I call an escalation.
"Yes, if you put it nicely with an added dose of understatement. It's a clear threat towards the Gallente, since the Caldari and the Amarr have always been best friends. Which is not really a surprise, since they are very close neighbors... lock a bunch of retards in a room and sooner or later the hugging will begin. Oh, I am sorry, this might have been politically incorrect. I never said this.", LeFleur hisses angrily.
So, is there anything I can do for you?
"Of course there is.", she answers. "We need to check out how the Gallente are going to treat this matter. I want you to contact one of our assets, who is currently performing some undercover investigations at the Roden Center in Alenia. I want you to join the flocks of tourists and travel there. Take some photos of the location, including the pleasure cruisers which are docked there. One of the pleasure cruisers belongs to our asset, and his short message will be steganographically attached to the hull. So make sure that your photo is clear and not shaky, so our lab guys can decipher it."
Sounds easy enough. See you later.
"Have a nice day, Starhopper. Enjoy the Roden museum."
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