This too shall pass.

Beckton thought about it for a moment, but the Commandant had been very clear about the importance of the Newkirk mission. It wasn't like there were any alternatives - he found himself nodding solemnly, even as he wondered whether there was any point negotiating when the other party's raison d'être was managing the future.

"Very well. What do we do? Where do we go?"

It disappeared, leaving behind a vaporous sketch of itself and a coin in front of each of them - spinning just as Beckton had spun his. The four agents reached out in eerie unison to snatch them out of the air.

They were made of the same metal, possessed of the same glittering unreality as Beckton's original, but these were larger, thicker, of greater heft - more medallion than coin. Ridges and patterns were cut and milled in precise lines, building the skull from interlocking geometry. The whole thing felt unnervingly perfect.

And, when Beckton ran his thumb over it, knowledge poured like cold ice into his head.

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The Commandant, whose lack of idiosyncratic moniker is in fact curiously individual, was mentioned in the very first chapter "Tube Alloys" #41634 and never thereafter. In what capacity he is related to Beckton's operation is not stated.

Operation Bluecoat was conducted by the British Army in August of 1944, a fierce and bloody series of battles to break out of the Normandy beachhead alongside the American forces' Operation Cobra (not the same Operation Cobra from which "Cobra" #42065 was named).

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