Session 1, Part 3
In Five Points they do, in fact, find a swop-shop. It’s run by Dr. Ivan Aleksandrov, a surgeon formerly of St. Petersburg. At first he claims to recognize the gentlemen and be holding their shards for them. However, something seems amiss and a little polite intimidation gets him to reveal the entire truth: A tall man with a scar across his right eye gave him three shards and $5,000 (a very great deal of money). He told Dr. Aleksandrov to implant them into three men if they came into the swop-shop missing their shards. He claimed to be their manservant, but the doctor thought it suspicious because the serial numbers on the shards had been filed off, which is illegal.
“Goodbye, Ms. Rodell. Please enjoy Mr. Grange’s body responsibly.”
- Dr. Aleksandrov
The brothers decide to implant one in Mr. Azure to see what – or who – they are. After Dr. Aleksandrov performs the delicate surgery, Mr. Azure manifests the personality and memories of a condemned murderer. The shard is promptly removed and the Triads conclude someone was hoping to set them up and, it must be said, has succeeded admirably.