Mid-morning on Jiangyin, the doorbell rang on the Hephaestus. At the same time, Trace and Ivy both turned to face the front of the ship (the crew being in the lounge, enjoying breakfast) and said that there were 3 actives at the nose of the ship, one of which was a very powerful pusher, and that they had “announced” their presence to the other actives on the ship. The Capt, Carl, Trace, and Ivy headed that way and found three men standing in front of the ship. Two of them were dressed in dark clothing and wearing sidearms, the other was tall, lean, and dressed in professional (expensively tailored to the Capt’s eye) robes with short graying hair and trimmed beard. He introduced himself as Administrator Wells, attaché to Adm Xercis, and asked if he could come aboard and speak to the Capt.