With Jeremy safely home and beginning to recover from the Veg, the party took a break and the fleshies grabbed some sleep. The next morning, Astarte, Nik, and Atrevan combed the Net for any information they could turn up on Ernest. After a few hours of searching, Astarte managed to find his home address, but little other information was publicly available.
Kairess quickly came to the conclusion that a little surveillance would give the group ideas on how Ernest could be squeezed for information. Nik and Astarte mounted a quick recon op, but once they approached the address, things began to go sideways. Rather than the lower-middle class house they expected to find, Ernest had a small fortified compound on the otherwise tranquil, tree-lined boulevard. Two heavily armed and armored sentries were stationed on the fortified roof, watching over two young children playing in the front yard. The walls looked reinforced and all the approaches were cleared of concealment.