As the blade turns … “Venir is to blame for everything,” claims Palos’s father. “I’ll show him!” says Melegal. Boon, Billip, Georgio, and Nikkel go back to the Outland to join in the war against the underlings. Ashamed of why he has stayed behind, Fogle sighs whenever he catches glimpses of Kam. Jubilee pines for Nikkel while she babysits the still paralyzed Brak, until she needs him. Kam’s sister Jaen shows up and makes unreasonable demands that our friends cannot meet.