Ancient Wyrm Kittensnake
Mel laughs. "Come on, Dec, I helped lead a war against the Alliance's coming out to the Rim where they weren't wanted and I don't consider them to have any legitimacy. Why should you be surprised that I want you to hack them?"Dec looks at Mel honestly surprised. "I mean, obviously I can do it. I'm just surprised you're encouraging it." Dec heads into the Wanderer, hooks his custom Cortex handset into the Command Communications Suite, and sets to work.
Dec puts the recorded message onto his handset and then heads out to find Mel and the others. He plays the decoded transmission for them. "Looks like they don't want anybody playing with their toys," Dec says.
"Da-shiong bao-jah-shr duh la doo-tze," Mike said, surprised at this turn of events. "I did not expect Jan to be a purplebelly. Did he infiltrate the Triad or was it the other way 'round, I wonder?"
Mel nods. "This is unexpected. Still, it means we're not about to get caught in a shooting war between Jan and the Alliance. I still think we should get out of here with all due haste, since there's no telling if the other factions at play here might start a fight--especially if they don't know Jan and the Alliance are in bed together. Let's keep this information close to our chest for now--it might turn out to be useful later."Xiùlán raises an eyebrow. "I think I've lost track of the number of parties that have been played at this point. I'm not even sure if it includes us, or includes us enough times to cancel out."