Established by Sente Kiteway, the Cube Retrieval Team was made up of seven highly intelligent Academy scribes. Their job was to co-ordinate the hunt for the Cube - but they also tended to conduct their own investigations out of hours...
Kurt's magnum opus, a 4,000-word blog post covering: how he was persuaded to 'save' the Cube; what happened on The Night; an encounter with Caine; doctoring the puzzle cards; getting friends killed; and whether it was all worth it.
In Part II of her interview, Violet tries to explain what happened on the night she took the Cube, how Kurt was involved, and why the two of them planned to use the puzzle cards as a way of getting the Cube back safely.
She also admits to having made some serious and fatal errors of judgement. No kidding.
Kurt goes retrospective, looking back over the past couple of years and realising what's changed. His friends, himself, even the city. But they will all carry on, absorbing the changes, because that is what civilisations do.
The Council delivers a report on the Third Power ('soundly dismantled'), Helena Frye ('immense contributions') and Violet & Kurt ('took the Cube'). Looks like our blogging friends are going to be cleared of any charges, though.
GOT IT! Intrepid amateur archeologist Andy Darley (aka 'Astro Random') comes over all Indiana Jones and finds the long-lost Cube. Perplex City is overjoyed and Mind Candy is delighted, while Darley keeps his cool and offers some sage advice: "Take more care of it next time."
An epic entry from Violet - in length as well as importance. Not only does she recount 'Operation Bayonet', but she also reveals how she discovered that Caine killed Anna. Turns out that 'Faberling' is not only the name of Caine's new single - it was also Anna's very secret pet name for her husband Fleming. Either Caine and Anna were having an affair, or she told him the name as a final clue to the others, pointing the finger just before she died.
Violet has been going out with a liar and a killer for a year. She's trying to deal with it.
Vi is furious that somebody has turned over her dad's (and therefore her old) home. Fortunately, Scarlett was safely out of the way at Caine's place. It's all another annoying distraction from the important business of looking for the Cube.
Caine drags everyone along to the Ball - only for them to witness Sente's arrest. Kurt goes on a bender, Violet screams at the police, and Caine takes Scarlett back home and looks after her... and has a romantic near-miss.
Caine returns to the fray. He gives a full round-up of the past couple of months' events, including the state of his relationship with Violet, Scarlett's mental health, the Third Power's hunt for the Cube, politics at the Academy, the PCAG final, and The Ooze's rising profile.
Violet gives us an update on what's been going on during the lockdown: Scarlett's been a mess; Caine has been a rock (and about as active); Sente still has his job (just); the CRT are decimated; and Violet herself is exhausted by it all.
Henrik Tanner and the CRT's very own Garnet Reed reveal that secret communications have continued between Earth and Perplex City, despite the recent lockdown. The sources of these messages are not known, and the content has not been made public - except for one enigmatic message reading, "Phase 3 complete. Happy birthday."
Could this development offer a glimmer of hope to those Cube Hunters on Earth hoping for the comms link to be fully re-opened again? The Council will decide.
New Council Leader Nathan Earlywine limits the data link between Earth and Perplex City, insisting on a screening system to block 'potentially dangerous or subversive' material. Even the Sentinel may be censored. The order is put into effect today.
Violet and Scarlett spill the beans to the Sentinel, handing over all the material they found at Lancewood and Viendenbourg, implicating Sente and Council Leader Camryn Scott. Nathan Earlywine capitalises on the political situation and makes a decisive move for power.
Kurt works out that the squiggly lines correspond to the landscape of the Lancewood Archipelago - a rather remote set of islands off the coast. So Scarlett and Violet book passage on the next chater boat out there. They'll need to get some directions from the Reconstructionists, though, who know the islands best.
Kurt explains how Violet's lighthouse puzzle worked - all sounds rather complicated - and says that the solution points towards an island in the Lancewood Archipelago. Also, he notes that the search results for 'Axiom' have been altered recently - meaning someone has been keeping an eye out for such searches.
Helena Frye tells Kurt what she knows about the Third Power's portal. Her investigations have been hampered by discouragement from her superiors, so now she's asking Kurt to help her look into the Academy thefts and their connection with the portal's construction.
Kurt gives an insider's view of the CRT, post-portal. There's been something of a security clampdown, and the Crypto department have been grilled pretty throughly. But maybe Helena Frye will have something interesting to say about the portal - why else would she be leaving messages on Kurt's key...?
The largest Perplex City event on Earth... and perhaps the most nerve-wracking. What was supposed to be a celebration turned into a matter of extreme urgency, when the data link to Perplex City was lost. It was sabotage, apparently carried out by the Third Power. An emergency site was erected by Mind Candy, explaining the situation.
Connecting the new link in San Francisco became a much more important (and much tougher) proposition. Without the Academy on hand to help, the Cube Hunters were left to solve hundreds of online and offline clues to re-establish communications.
Violet and Kurt come to a decision: they can no longer risk people's lives in this investigation. Their own lives, perhaps, but not other people's. They can't face causing again the kind of misery they've seen in the Heath household. Vi also gives us an insight into how Caine and Scarlett have been reacting.
After the whole AQSYS tracking exercise, Kurt realises that two things are missing: the lost equipment and Anna. She left home last night and didn't return. If she's gone for much longer, it may be time to call in the cops.