The Sentinel reports on last night's daring rescue of Scarlett, revealing that details of the Third Power's membership were also discovered. Alas, two police officers lost their lives - as did four members of the Third Power, including the Academy's Roberto Solitano (Anna's old boss).
By ALWHIN COPI
A police raid on Ascendancy Point killed six people, left at least three injured, and interrupted power to hundreds of residents and business. The operation was led by Detective Helena Frye as part of an independent group of specialists targeting the so-called Third Power, a secret organisation which Frye says may have been involved with the theft of the Receda Cube three years ago. Cube Retrieval Team members Caine Johansson and Kurt McAllister, as well as Academy Master Sente Kiteway's daughter, Violet, were also involved with the raid.
"This was a brave and important operation," said Chief of Police Eoin Morgan. "My heart goes out to the families of Petra Fishcook and Patrick Harrison, who gave their lives in the service of all of us in Perplex City. ... Thanks to the hard work and courage of all the men and women involved, we believe we have broken the Third Power once and for all."
The strike on the Third Power was intended to decapitate the organisation, and also to rescue Kiteway's younger daughter, Scarlett Kiteway, who had allegedly been kidnapped and held by the group for several days. Scarlett Kiteway was subjected to torture during her imprisonment, though police declined to speculate on why she had been singled out. She is currently being treated for serious injuries at Phuah Hospital.
Police say that over three dozen Third Power members were detained in the raid, and believe nobody in the base of operations successfully evaded the police net.
The police found information at the Ascendancy Point location revealing the identities of scores of additional Third Power operatives, and dozens were captured in a series of dawn raids. "We caught these monsters completely unawares," said Morgan. No further injuries were reported from this second wave of raids.
Four of the dead were Third Power agents present at the scene, police say, including Academy Languages Adjunct Senior Fellow Roberto Solitano. His specific involvement with the Third Power is unknown. Frye was shot by a Third Power Agent during the attack, but is expected to recover uneventfully.