(??:??)MINERVA: Yes. It can't be any of the others, or our scans would have picked it up. It can't be HEPHAESTUS if he's dead, and if it's Gods, we're all [censored]ed anyway.
(??:??)MINERVA: That leaves... us. We're the only ones with the capability to stage an operation like this and go undetected so long.
(??:??)ARES: And now you'll claim it wasn't you, because if it was, you'd have no motive to point it out.
(??:??)MINERVA: Are you high? You just gave the motive right there.
(??:??)APHRODITE: Let's not get ahead of ourselves. We've been ignoring the possibility of a third party, haven't we? Not even Gods has a perfect understanding of the Etamnanki protocol. Panak's had "secure" connections broken into. It's a fringe possibility, but no more so than one of us being a traitor.
(??:??)ARES: Which is exactly what a traitor would say.
(??:??)MINERVA: No, I think he's right. Until we have a way to verify one of us is rogue, it's better to assume we're not. At the very least, if we can't find an attacker, we'll be sure we're not barking up the wrong tree.
(??:??)ARES: I can see that. What're we looking for? An unknown Gods instance?
(??:??)MINERVA: Or something that looks like one. I'm pretty sure an actual personality clone of one of us would give the attacker an unbeatable edge. It's probably just something with a close enough Etamnanki signature to get by.
(??:??)APHRODITE: If I were designing such an agent, I'd have it hide in the real Gods' shallows when it's not active.
(??:??)MINERVA: I concur... which is all the more reason to hide it somewhere else. Ares, you want to trawl the peripheral repos? I think we're looking for a polymorphic meme of some kind.
(??:??)ARES: Yeah, sure. Should I run it by ARTEMIS first?
(??:??)MINERVA: Hmm... I don't think so. The more we keep this contained, the less it can affect. Prepare a cover story in case he challenges you.
(??:??)ARES: If I do find something, can I kill it?