They dropped off the new researcher. His name is Ludwig, and he's a physicist from Germany. He started explaining his area to us, but stopped when he saw we had no idea what he was talking about. He does something with high-energy emissions. He seems friendly, and well informed about The Sick Land. I got the impression they've started briefing the new recruits for longer than they did with me.
The three of us had a discussion about what to do next, and Ludwig said he was eager to slot into the team. Val started telling him about Victoria, and the cavern, and he seemed excited. He said we should drive him deeply into The Sick Land as soon as possible; apparently, rapid, early exposure is associated with good adaptation. I'll be interested to see how he copes.