The crew spots a long-lost ship named Eagle 16 out in the void. D'Branin wants to explore it with a handful of crew -- this may be a way to offload Cynthia Eris from the Nightflyer. Jhirl, Lommie, Rowan, D'Branin and Auggie do the recon.
The Eagle's hallway is littered with debris, there are tons of ripped plastic tarps hung all around, the ceiling is strung with wiring and there seems to be a lot of blood smears on the walls. This does not bode well.
Turns out, these women are scientists who were sent on an early exploration. The leader, Constance Brighthead, was part of the engineering team responsible for the technology behind Jhirl's genetic manipulations. And she is proud of the work they have done now as farmers who have brought peace to their ship and survived for so long.
Rowan heads to the airlock to get a message back to the Nightflyer. Comms have not been working since they arrived on board, and it sure would be nice to tell them about the unexpected dozens of women they have encountered.