The sentinels, scattered around Venus, all receive Firewall activation codes, most of them for the first time. Those not already aboard proceed via jet, blimp, and/or balloon to the Aerostat Parvarti, one of only 2 remaining independent aeros, with the other 18 belonging to the Morningstar Constellation, minus 2 Planetary Consortium holdouts. Firewall intel has picked up a rumor of a surfacing x-risk, and a local source is going to meet with them on arrival to give them more details.
Frederik and Pran have just arrived from Mars, landing at the aerostat Octavia, having spent the interplanetary journey getting to know one another. They barely have time to deplane from their SLOTV before receiving their activation codes and racing to make their connecting jet flight to Parvarti. They are told they are to meet up with 3-4 other sentinels on arrival.
2 of those sentinels are already aboard Parvarti: Hong and Lena have both settled there after some time on Lucifer, and occasionally nod at each other in passing, sharing that common bond. They receive activation codes, and are both surprised to find out that they share the bond of Firewall as well. They are told to make contact with Dwala Chatterjee, a local contact who apparently has some disturbing intel. Unable to reach her, they alert their Proxie, Ben Johanssen, who tells them that backup is on the way. They receive instructions to acquire needed gear for the rest of the arriving team (lists and payments are forwarded along with the message).
Johanssen also tells them that he is getting a 5th sentinel (Iskra) resleeved to assist, and tells them she will need to be picked up at the facility and brought up to speed, as she has been in cold storage for some time. A 6th sentinel, Packard, is already investigating on-site. He wishes them luck, and reminds them that the survival of transhumanity may depend on their cooperation and success.