("So, we have a nonmagical gizmo that reacts to some magic anyway?"
"In my professional opinion? 'Probably.' How that could be done, I don't know. This is years ahead of the best corp stuff I've seen, minimum. Are you sure Prinz isn't breaking rule seven?"
"...not entirely. Leveller, you think that's plausible?"
"Not unless they had the leverage and capability to fake his emotional state. Which they might, betting on anything being impossible to a Great Dragon is a sucker bet."
"We're fucked if that's true, they could be jerking us around however."
"Yeah. I see our options as assuming this is genuine or cutting Artur loose. Not that you're going to do the latter, but I might. I might prefer to be in the wind than involved in this."
"I hate it, but you're not wrong. Nicker, you okay being a go-between for setting up a dead drop if he does? Onion-ish?"
"Can do. Leveller, I'll meet you in the Matrix in a bit to set a place she won't know."
"I might not need it, but that sounds good. Back to the gizmo: my initial look said there was some video-like data and a projector of some kind. Is that right, Nicker?"
"Definitely. I can't read the data but it's not compressed or secured, and it's got definite Van Eck patterns. It's complicated, though: I think it's either 3D or has some branching/nondeterminism. Hardware suggests the former but the details are beyond me without turning it on."
"The big obvious button, that activates the probably-projectors?"
"Unless they're very sneaky, yes. But that's a real possibility."
"Yeah, okay, good work Nicker. I'm going to turn it on. Anyone who wants to leave first, do it now."
Nicker's bots do their nod thing and start filing out.)