The group arrived, somewhat weary, to the town of Gehon. Acquiring a stained, damaged, but adequate room at the Roeke Hotel, they rested while Astarte tried fruitlessly to find employment. Clearly, the rumors about Gehon were somewhat exaggerated. When Kairess Harper could do little better, they took the meager information they had gleaned and set to tracking down the leads.
On the way, Astarte and Nikola Maxwell Gauss found that they were being inexpertly tailed by a stocky man in a long coat. He tailed the group to a local automat, Food Frontier, though he left quickly when he saw what Atrevan Guul was ordering. Nik tried to slip out the door and follow him, but a bratty teenager called too much attention to him. More curious than cautious, Nik approached the stranger and struck up a conversation.