This will be the last entry in the series. Planned (though not on schedule), it is very much related to the upcoming Sevenfold Gyre chapter.
The notes end here, but you notice an additional page, wrinkled and of diminished quality, tucked behind the final entry. It reads:
The officer we killed in the riot at LaSein’s house had this back in his desk. Looks like they would have been ready for us if we’d got here any later. The business with her father is spooky too, but we’ve looked, and there’s no sign of him anywhere around here.
Anyway, the plan is working so far. Ham and I are ingratiating ourselves with the smugglers in the lower-barges. Marilyn has reestablished connection with her father, and now that LaSein is dead, there’s no one to contest her “miraculous survival” story. I should be able to get the city’s underbelly amped up pretty soon, and then I understand she’ll be able to persuade her father to back a crackdown. Riots, I get it. It’s all a bit fucked, but I get it.
The shit with LaSein was a bit more fucked, though, and if it didn’t mean my own ass if we failed, I would have refused. When this is all over, we don’t intend to ask much of you, but know this: I’m looking at what happened to her as a warning. I’ve been warned, I know what to look for.
Having read the final page, you put it back in its place at the end of the bundle and place it all back in its place on the shelf. As you do, a small scrap falls out from between the pages and lands at your feet. There are only a few sentences written on it, but they are written in an exquisite, ornate script:
Little Hawk, see the pattern, see the machinations that lie beneath. They are but carrion, still walking only because they cannot see what we have seen, that their race has died and now begins to rot. These intrigues, their greed, their righteous indignation, it is by these tools that we shall craft a more convincing image of humanity. In its shadow, they will have no choice but to be convinced.
At the bottom of the page is a mark resembling a bird’s foot with a long back claw.