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The next morning, the media is ablaze with news that two people have found the Copper Key within hours of each other. It's kind of a big deal.
A report interviews Ogden Morrow, Halliday's former best friend, who calls the media "vultures" (12.24) and IOI (who's also searching for the egg) a "fascist multinational conglomerate" (12.32). Since IOI runs the network, they cut him off pretty quickly.
Og's interview leads Wade to some more exposition on the tumultuous relationship between Halliday and Ogden Morrow. They had a falling out over a girl, Kira, who married Og and lived happily ever after with him until dying in a car accident.
Now back to our regularly scheduled adventure.
Aech finally gets hold of Parzival, gushing about what a hero Parzival is going to be. He also says that he's deduced the location of the Copper Key himself.
They're a little worried that I-r0k might figure it out too, and spill the beans to the whole world (and IOI) that the key is on Ludus.
As a friendly tip, Parzival tells Aech to brush up on his Jousting skills.
After Aech races off to claim his own copy of the Copper Key, Parzival gets a message from Art3mis.
They exchange a couple flirty messages as the chapter comes to a close.