Chapter 25

"If pre-Golden Age Humans knew of the Headless Ones," Eido said, "then they cannot be of Hive origin."

"A reasonable deduction," Cryptarch Matsuo affirmed. "Humanity's first contact with the Hive didn't occur until sometime during the Collapse."

"Glint will be… disappointed by this conclusion," Eido said reluctantly.

"I suspect so," Matsuo replied. "Speaking of Glint… if you could omit my contribution to your research, I would appreciate it." He tapped his forefingers together carefully. "I was rather dismissive of Glint's early expeditions, and I have no desire to eat crow now."

"None of us desire that," Eido chittered, aghast. "I suspect he would taste… bitter."