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illegal splices and check the houses for dangerous power use. In the underground maintenance access way, they spliced a small device into the power lines that would allow them to cut off power to the neighborhood when they wanted.

As they passed from house to house, stopping briefly at the locked building to knock and move on, they managed to assess the structure. All the windows were intact and sealed, and there was only one door. A high-end alarm system secured all possible entries. Monitors had been placed on either side of the front door, which was controlled with a sophisticated card-locking system.

They planted a huge number of Circe's mobile probes on the door and in the doorway of the building. Larger and more complex than Galen's probes, each was still no larger than a speck of dust. Yet they were microscopic robots, with a great degree of flexibility-and unpredictability. These probes would stick to an object for a time, then pry themselves free at certain signs. Drawn to rapidly changing light or sound, they could move on their own-albeit very slowly-to improve their positions. Someone coming into the house might then pick up a probe on the bottom of his shoe and track it inside, where it would drop off and search out activity. Galen had adjusted the probes to be drawn to dimmer light than usual, which the Drakh seemed to favor, and he had even input the silhouette of the Drakh's head as a target.

Two days later, they had eleven probes inside the building. All but one were gathered in a cluster on the floor of the dim room where Ko'Vin had been. The other had made it into a different room, a windowless chamber with low light and a thin mat in one corner. A stack of identical brown robes were folded against the wall. This was where the Drakh slept.

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