Oh, Henry. You motherfucker.
Here's a thing that scares the living shit out of me: we got snookered by someone when we should have been at our absolute most suspicious. Henry--the last survivor from the murdered Exiles--is now being questioned. Whether or not he gives us any answers pretty much depends on how well he holds up after the horrendous beating he somehow lived through. There was a stabbing thrown in there, too.
Henry was trying to poison one of the large water supplies we keep underground in buried tankers. If your brain and mine work at all alike, you've probably guessed what I have. What we have, though it came too late. We're pretty sure Henry was always a plant, the lone survivor from a group of enemies, there to get inside our guard and wreak havoc within New Haven itself.
He's UAS. We have little doubt about that, though there is no real evidence to support the theory. Who else had the means to manage such a convincing deception? Who else had the motive? Henry wasn't faking being poisoned, either; it had to convince our own medical people. It was a huge risk to take, but it nearly worked. If it hadn't been for one of our guards having to go take a leak when he did, Henry would have managed it.
He asked permission to go work across the river a few days ago. Said the exercise would be good for him, and working through the rubble would help him deal with the loss of his friends. In reality he was sneaking around gathering supplies for this little caper, which he must have brought back with him under his clothes.
Henry was a sleeper agent, a deep one. He watched our guards, mapping the patterns of their rounds and making sure he had access to the water supplies. One guard with a small bladder ruined his plans, and thank god for that. The cistern Henry was trying to poison is a grandfather point: it's at the top of the hill and feeds down into the rest of Central and West. Five hundred people drink that water in a given day. I don't know how much the dilution would have mattered, but I'm really glad none of us had to find out firsthand.
What disturbs me almost as much as the attempt itself is what it says about the UAS. We're placing the blame on them because it makes sense, but I admit the possibility they aren't behind it. However, we have to go forward under that assumption because no other explanation works nearly as well.
If they're willing to use these kinds of tactics, what must life under their system be like? No one asked them to come out of their holes with a hard-on for rule. They started this by striking out at the helpless, by raiding for supplies inside our territory. They're willing to kill indiscriminately, taking innocents along with combatants? When we didn't even start the conflict?
As a psychological tactic, Henry's actions worked like a charm. Now we really are spending a lot of time and effort worrying over what may come next.