The planet Torroxell, besieged by weaponized viruses, try to force the Keulfyd, likewise besieged, to negotiate but they are disinclined. Meanwhile a group of Niseyen perpetrators devise a novel way to escape from their prison island and turn informer. Quietly, the Okme implement their own plan but the Keulfyd Commander digs all 24 toes in and refuses to negotiate. His people disagree, vehemently. More
The Torroxans' plans to force the Keulfyd to negotiate, the plan long delayed by crises and illness, is finally implemented, however the Keulfyd Commander is disinclined to be nice despite viruses severely impacting his realm while the weaponized viruses he deployed are raging among Okme and Humans, including a group of Niseyen perpetrators sentenced to a prison island who devise a novel way to escape and then find themselves negotiating for a reduced sentence. Gradually the Keulfyd notice the Okme seem to be up to something while the Torroxans continue to deal with the encompassing organised crime waves. Then the Okme implement their plan and the Keulfyd Supreme Commander finds himself out manoeuvred, beset from all sides, with a totally unpalatable ultimatum and not a shot was fired. He digs all twenty-four toes in and refuses to negotiate.
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