So there was a bit of archaeology/grave-robbing, some more suppression of pirates and smugglers, and finally a face-off against the head of a Minor House whose former mistress had been involved in the smuggling ring in Metropolis as Dagan‘s apprentice; but killing him was actually technically at the behest of the Imperial Ministry of Internal Order and not technically to do with the Dagan thing - my Dagan thing. The root cause of this investigation was light years away in another part of the galaxy.
See what I mean about machinations and manoeuvring and skulduggery?
The most spectacular result of all from this subset of missions was actually nothing to do with any of it: I was transiting through Eredan and decided on impulse to go and hit the ‘Natural Phenomena’ in the system, knowing that it was bound to be harbouring a camp of pirates.
Sure enough, four Sansha’s Nation ships were present, one of which was a cruiser-class vessel (a ‘True Sansha’s Ravisher’). The loot yield from this included an intact True Sansha Adaptive Nano Plating module.
The agents could wait - I made for the nearest station and spent a few hours getting it fitted.
In any case, I get the distinct feeling I’m going to need that armour upgrade soon. Not long after this I got new information about the whereabouts of Dagan, and the revelation that he's actually an agent for the Society of Conscious Thought, and the other revelation that Dovirch Anselm - my Ammatar contact - is an agent for the Ministry of Internal Order. It never ends...
It’s back to Arnon and Sister Alitura next. I feel the endgame is near…