Overnight, it seems, the Rossorians have taken over Rehnor. The Mishnese can either join them or be ostracized, while the Karuptas are told to get out.
Despite the worst snow storm in the planet’s recorded history, Steve and Rent must return to the decrepit remains of the Palace, summoned by someone who had been loyal up until now.
In the meantime, Katie and Dave have crashed on a tidally locked planet near a dying red dwarf star in the distant Black Eye Galaxy. With no means of escape and no sign of rescue, Katie attempts to kill one the planet’s armadillo-like creatures in hopes of eating it. Unfortunately, she discovers the creatures would rather eat her.
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