Transcript of The Act of Observing
- Player: Bethan! What have you done? The sea orphans are dying of the plague!
- The Biologist: But I had strict controls in place! I don't understand. Everything was sealed...
- Player: And didn't you say the sea orphans were immune to the plague?
- The Biologist: Resistant! The plague itself must have mutated - learned to hurdle their resistances. Oh, if I wasn't feeling exceptionally guilty, I'd be marvelling at it.
- Player: The orphans are dying, Bethan.
- The Biologist: I know, I know! Let me think. It's a new manifestation, lateral buboes with fever; it reminds me of something... Of course, Jailor's Pox! the symptoms and the buboes, they're virtually identical. It it's similar enough, we might be able to stop it. The Pox has a cure; a rare flower called the acralis. If I could get enough of it...
- Player: Hey, they have that in the Eastern Lands! My men wear it as a good luck charm. It's found in the Bowl region. We have a plan, then. I have a crew stationed and waiting for you.
- The Biologist: I kept the lab door locked, I promise. This was not an accident. Someone wanted to hurt the sea orphans, and I intend to find out who it was.
- The Biologist: It worked, it worked. Goodness, I'm tired. I could do with a long soak.
- Player: Have you got any idea who spread the disease out of quarantine?
- The Biologist: I'm afraid not. I wish science was capable of a truth serum - then I'd be of help.
- Player: Still, please be vigilant. Whoever did it wants the sea orphans dead, and has access to your lab.
- The Biologist: I will be careful. And I've burnt all the plague samples. Whoever did this will have to find another avenue of attack.