Fökker takes apart the experimental afterburners to bolster the scanning capacities of the SS Smell Of Success SS which allows Dr. Argnonine to collect the data that could change everything in about 24 hours. During this time the forming wormhole becomes stable and Dr. Argonine’s mad science deducts that it points to a new system.
The crew debates the finer points of a “backdoor” exit through the new wormhole and eventually goes through despite protests from Xeus. They find a system with a once-habitable world now engulfed in radiation. A race of humans live among the asteroid belt in ramshackles Tech level 1(-) ships.
The crew scans the system and awakens Shah Habi from his slumber just long enough for him to officially claim the system for Aurix, then sends him off to sleep again. Meanwhile, hundreds of ships begin to make their way to the SS SoS SS.
Fökker gets on the comms and convinces 3 of the 50 or so clans to join his fictitious organization, the ASA, though shortly after loses their support when he makes what seem like impossible claims about a magical gateway. The crew exits throughout the wormhole leaving more questions than answer for the scavengers they left behind.
The crew heads back to the northern wormhole in the automated system and opens comms channels to the Svarogian ships. After a few attempts to negotiate safe passage it becomes clear that Attendant Babalawo Benjamin Wahimbey wants to know how Dr. Argonine entered the automated system above all else.
We leave the scene with Dr. Argonine clutching a dead man’s switch and threatening to self destruct as Fökker posits exceedingly complicated legal mechanisms to broker the crew’s freedom.