'Bottle Rocket' is not completely dead yet, but as "Goners" is the established thread name for the heartaches our beloved irises sometimes brings us, I'm sticking with the name.
'Bottle Rocket' had previously been rotting from the "toe" end, but now it has started rotting from the fan end as well. Rotting from two ends, really doesn't look good, but as it was sent with a tiny increase the size of a pea that has some roots on its own, there is still fair hope for survival.
A while back I noticed the fan was breaking of, but surprisingly didn't see any rot at the base and the growth point seemed OK. However this was indeed still a sign of an underlying problem.
Today I noticed a tiny suspicious mark on the rhizome. Probing this with the tip of a knife I found the mark to be soft and there was underlying rot, but not widespread or smelly. However it was obviously enough rotted for the rhizome to decide it could no longer sustain the main fan, so it fell of.
It is good to be able to pick up on these small signals our plants sends us from time to time. Although I didn't get this completely right from the start, I at least picked up on the problem a bit earlier, than if the fan hadn't broken off.
Still curious what caused the rot from the start though.