Meta was fully aware of the glances that she had been making towards him. He was watching her like a hawk to ensure she wouldn't tamper with his helmet. He also ignored her comment, simply staying silent and waiting for her to finish attaching the transect. As he reached out his hand to retrieve his helmet, the room suddenly started shaking violently. Fortunately, he managed to grab a wall fast enough to secure himself. After the shaking had stopped, he dashed over to Sahmi, grabbing his helmet and replacing it before helping Sahmi up. However, when he slipped his helmet back on, there was a delay before the HUD could activate. Meta:
An unusually powerful EMP shockwave perhaps...
Right after he finished speaking, what sounded like alarms started going off. Palin's voice could then be heard, calling all military personnel to prepare for battle with newfound alien entities. The HUD finally manages to come back online as Meta begins to access it, running diagnostics on his newfound attachment. He also received a message from the ASP that was monitoring Rufus, that contained a text detailing Rufus' recent departure. He indeed thought that this was suspicious, as Rufus' departure took place only a few moments before the shockwave appeared. He was not yet sure though, there were other suspects, such as the entity he saw earlier, and even Fanny May. Regardless, he had to investigate later as to what caused it.
Sahmi then scrambles to a nearby monitor before she issues a command to display the information about the current situation. Meta turns around, calmly walking before stopping right behind her and looking at the monitor himself. Several new unknown starships have just appeared some distance away from them, with some of them appearing to be military ships.
She then turns her face to Meta, now obviously in a state of panic and distress as she speaks into her wrist transect and utters the words: “Open a link to Dino Gavon by orders of Sahmi Tels". It was there his earlier suspicions were confirmed, she is indeed the daughter of his bounty, and seemed to collapse even further when the computerized voice informed her of his unknown whereabouts. She then however, produces an immensely large firearm before asking him to help her find her father. Meta:
I cannot, I have more important matters to deal with at the moment.
He says this to her in a calm and neutral tone as he turns his back to her and prepares to warp back to the Tempest.
The ASP registers Rufus' departure and signals the Instigator to return to its original post as it begins running diagnostics on the cell block. A few minutes later however, a new entity appears in Rufus' former cell, seemingly human-like and robotic. The entity proceeds to pass through the forcefield and produce weapons from its person. The ASP floats in front of it, raising an arm and producing a robotic auditory message.ASP:
Halt, Cease hostilities immediately.