In the aftermath of the attacks there was confusion, terror, anger and many other reactions besides. People wanted to know who had done it, and more, they wanted to know why. That answer was not forthcoming however. The authorities were stumped, there seemed to be no real pattern linking the sites of the attacks. Nothing about the locations, the businesses or the individuals seemed to make sense. At least not to most of the authorities. A handful of individuals, both within the government and outside of it, understood the pattern. To them it was clear as day, this was an assault that could not be tolerated. Shadowy forces move behind the veils of the world, and a mighty one had now been awoken. It would not do to show their hand however, and so influence was exerted. Nothing direct of course, but a gentle prod here, a suggestion there.
Before long their messages had filtered down through the Hero Program, almost to street level. Before long everyone was looking for the group responsible. They had issued no declarative statements, taken no credit for the attacks, but everyone knew now they were looking for one organisation. With so many people determined to take revenge, they wouldn’t remain in the shadows for long. A number of the attackers had been arrested in the aftermath of the attacks, they were all in specialised holding cells, one under heavy sedation. It wouldn’t be possible to interrogate him, but enough of them were conscious that the Police could interrogate them. Hints came out, names, locations. Not all of these hints remained with the Police. There are always leaks.