(13:34)OITHEOI: Lost an agent recently?
(13:34)Admiral Pancake: Go to hell.
(13:34)OITHEOI: Such outdated notions from a self-styled gentleman of the next age.
(13:35)Admiral Pancake: As a self-styled deity, I thought you of all people wouldn't object.
(13:35)OITHEOI: Grammar, Pancake.
(13:36)Admiral Pancake: My grammar's fine.
(13:37)OITHEOI: It wasn't me.
(13:37)Admiral Pancake: I can tell. You wouldn't be so smug otherwise.
(13:37)OITHEOI: Oh, come now, give credit where credit is due. I'm only easy to read when I wish to be.
(13:38)Admiral Pancake: You do realize you've lost a shatterpoint to me this way.
(13:38)OITHEOI: Ah, the frivolities of youth. Besides, my understanding is that he's rotting in prison now - by your own hand, if rumors are to be believed. Could it be I forced it?
(13:39)Admiral Pancake: You're trying to put me on the defensive. You didn't kill my agent, but you hope to capitalize on it anyhow. It won't work.
(13:40)OITHEOI: Unless it has already.
(13:41)Admiral Pancake: ...
(13:43)Admiral Pancake: What do you want?
(13:44)OITHEOI: I'm curious. GOO doesn't have anyone up there. Vampire doesn't care. Rasputin's off theorizing. Who else could have done it? I'm legitimately stumped.
(13:45)Admiral Pancake: If you want me to pool my resources and considerable intellect with yours, stop the mind games.
(13:46)OITHEOI: Ah, I've learned what I wanted to anyway.
(13:46)OITHEOI: My own assets on the colony have just notified me that the base has become aware of the deceased - frankly, that's how I heard of it myself.
(13:46)Admiral Pancake: Go on.
(13:47)OITHEOI: Patience, dear Eugene.
(13:48)Admiral Pancake: ...
(13:49)OITHEOI: Contact was made by a civilian, interestingly enough - the daughter of the base's commander. Surely they will want to hear her testimony. And here's where things get interesting...
(13:50)OITHEOI: My agent is posing as a member of the janitorial staff. Her access to critical technical systems is limited. But you? An outside force, as of yet undetected?
(13:51)Admiral Pancake: You want me to hijack the moon base's database and extract her testimony?
(13:52)OITHEOI: You will learn who murdered your scout. I will refrain from revealing your position to their perimeter defenses.
(13:53)Admiral Pancake: Must you always resort to threats?
(13:54)OITHEOI: Excuse me. Old habits die hard.
(13:54)OITHEOI: We can both profit from this information. The risk to you is minimal, and I can ensure their sysadmins are... occupied for the duration of your intrusion run.
(13:55)Admiral Pancake: I can take care of myself, thank you very much.
(13:56)OITHEOI: So we have a deal?
(13:56)Admiral Pancake: No. I want specs on your adaptive icebreaker. An older revision will suffice.
(13:57)OITHEOI: It will, ah? You are aware, I'm sure, that I change control codes even within revisions?
(13:58)Admiral Pancake: Then turning it over should be a minimal cost, should it not?
(13:59)OITHEOI: Very well. Consider me curious.
(13:59)OITHEOI: The files will be en route within fifteen minutes.
(14:01)Admiral Pancake: Then we do have a deal.