Our pryxzod-smuggling trio K’t’k’prrk (Kateka Burrke), Kartesh Fartouch, and David “Davey” Anne Smith were approached in their usual haunt by theoretical physicist Dr. Jetut, who was surprised to see Davey. They’d just been in a meeting together where Davey had requested all the technical details of the recent power drain on the station. It was strange for a medical doctor-turned-lawyer to want those details, but even stranger is that Jetut swore that Davey was wearing different pants in that meeting and that Davey had no recollection of that meeting or a pre-meeting “encounter” with Dr. Jetut.
The group immediately suspected that Davey (or all three of them) was caught in a time loop and hurried to the theoretical physicists’ meeting room to see if they could catch the so-called “alter-Davey”. They didn’t find alter-Davey, but Kartesh did catch her scent throughout the room.
The hunt was on.
They tracked alter-Davey through the station as she visited Davey’s office (only the computer seemed disturbed) and Davey’s quarters. Along the way, Davey received a call from Mother, who demanded that Davey visit a medical center for a scan. Davey’s recent visit home (which she had no recollection of) raised some… concerns about her health. Davey resisted the pressure, but was subdued.
Near Davey’s quarters, Kartesh lost Davey’s scent and picked up their own. It was a near-perfect match, but missing… something, possibly Kartesh’s “magic”.
Once Burrke called station security with the code for the “shapeshifters on the station”, security changed Davey’s system passwords. The group struggled to find ways to identify themselves to each other in a way the doppelganger couldn’t undermine. In the end, they came up with secret questions/answers and not letting each other out of their sights.
The group hunted alter-Kartesh throughout the system, leveraging their connections with station vendors and friends to track them to the station security office. Alter-Kartesh had turned themself in, claiming to be the original.
While station security questioned the group — Mother was turning Davey’s odd behavior into a diplomatic incident — alter-Kartesh left the security office and fled to Kartesh’s quarters, where they changed into Dr. Jetut and began searching Kartesh’s quarters for evidence.
The group caught up with the shapeshifter there, where they questioned alter-Jetut, learning that the shapeshifter was a spy in search of the pryxzods. They enjoyed the havoc they caused, even if it was a result of them having made a mistake by mimicking Davey.
They were taken away by station security, but the doppelganger seemed to have committed suicide while in guarded transit from Mea Culpa to the Entourage security command ship. There were no remains left behind and the shuttle sustained damage from the chemical used. The trio was advised to stay on pretty high alert for other doppelgangers or doppleganger-like behavior.