David “Davey” Anne Smith, K’t’k’prrk (Kateka Burrke), and Kartesh Fartouch got wind of three recent deaths on the station from exsanguination, a singularly strange way to die. Asking around in the off-campus bar reveals that the victims were a Coil and two hybrids, seemingly unconnected to one another.
Davey uses her dubious, yet strangely reliable powers of seduction to get the group access to the morgue area of the medical bay. The doctor on duty shows them the two most recent bodies, revealing that each victim has a puncture wound of a circle with a dot in the center that doesn’t match known medical hardware used within the Network.
They also learn that the Coil victim, Fzz’t, is missing their soul, and it was likely extracted from their ear. There’s a slim chance that the soul is still viable, although what to do with it if it’s recovered alive remains to be seen.
The group is thrilled when they learn that the doctors have some samples of a fluid left behind on the bodies. Kartesh determines that it’s some sort of saliva (or equivalent), but the medical bay’s labs are backed up for weeks. They appeal instead to Professor Eeeeeert, who agrees to analyze the sample under one condition: if the culprit is of a new or relatively unknown race, she wants a biological sample when they’re caught. She’s willing to settle for some tissue, but if things go badly, would prefer a body. The group hesitantly agrees to the terms, and Eeeeeert sets about her analysis.
The doctors also reveal that there were living victims of the blood sucker, and the group sets off to talk to Esme, who works in security. She was working in a security control booth in one of the massive shuttle bays of the station, and confirmed that she was found to be dozing on the job one shift and woke with the mark on her neck. The group scoped out the control booth and determined that whatever accessed Esme did so from either a small ventilation shaft or under the main door.
Prof Eeeeeert provides an early result of her analysis: the creature in question has a whopping 724 chromosomes, and that there was no documented race in the Network that matched the sample. She encouraged the group to talk to people about “fringe” races — ones the Visitor doesn’t have official dealings with yet, but who might be traded with in low volume or that are in the diplomatic queues.
The group talks to traders next, and get some idea of possible races that are secretive in their dealings and generally strange to work with: the Saiphim, the Plollans, and the Mestromians. (Each race’s wiki page has what is known about them at this point.)
When Prof Eeeeeert provides a phenotype sketch, it shows a spider-like creature, suggesting that the Saiphim are the blood drawers.
The captain of the trading ship The Osmosis admitted to having brought back a Saiphim for what was to hopefully be a temporary stay, but they had no evidence it left when the trader returned to the Saiphim. All communication with the Saiphim happens at a buoy off the Network, so the trader doesn’t how to contact a Saiphim on the Station.
The party is currently deciding how to pursue the Saiphim. Two established options are to continue to hunt for the one on the Station or to visit the buoy itself.