Emma's head's starting to hurt from staring at Doctor Marcoh's stupid notes. She understands why he encoded them so thoroughly - and this code is brilliant - but it's been ten days of very, very little sleep. Bellona hasn't been sleeping, though she generally doesn't.
Still, Emma's almost there, if she could just decipher this last little reference...
She's disturbed by a yawn. Her own. Great. Emma blinks, glances around at the piles of books, and has an idea.
She pulls down one of her earlier sets of notes, starts cross referencing...
And she finishes the code.
Emma sits back, hard, staring at the pages.
The key ingredient to the philosopher's stone is human lives.
And that's just the start.
Of course, before she can process this fully, life decides to interrupt her, because when does it ever let her rest.