Six of Us
In which Sye Mon and Bon Vit are brought up to speed.
The Daiellen Sector is Surebleak’s neighbourhood, so these two haven’t travelled all that far — or else they headed back once they discovered where the war machines had been sent. Either way, it means it wouldn’t take too long for them to join in with the convocation at Benoo Three if for some reason their presence was required in person.
The look that Bon Vit and Sye Mon exchange when Val Con’s name comes up would be because they know he was an agent of change. This might be the first time they’ve become aware that he was, past tense, an agent of change. If memory serves, Rys has specifically not told them the name of their sixth colleague on Surebleak, but they might figure it out after this.
What Sye Mon says about the Old Tech devices’ chain of command is thought-provoking. I had always assumed that whatever of the Enemy’s tools had made it into the new universe were running on whatever instructions they had most recently received before transition, but now I’m thinking that there might have been ways the Enemy could have continued to send instructions through. Up until the end of Neogenesis, anyway — and now, with the old universe permanently sealed off and possibly destroyed as well, there are no more instructions to be received and any such Old Tech device capable of independent decision-making has a decision to make about what to do with themselves now.