After meeting the doctor Areli Huarwar and the aspiring Bhakir madame Dwenywyn on Larry’s Last Gas before a radiation storm passed over, Axe Nam-Tru and Lizzie Irvine were given a job by their contact Chavek, who runs legal, questionably legal, and truly illegal dealings all across the galaxy as a ‘finder,’ a person who finds work for freelancers at expense of a cut. He finds Axe a very sweet and oddly easy job: transportation of a package across the DMZ.
Axe picks up the package and receives the coordinates for the dropoff: a planet called Baldur, one that he has never heard of before.
The package is strange in its size and the fact that it is not marked, but 500 platinum Bharsen is his if he can keep the curious from opening the case. Curiosity gets the better of the good doctor, who finds himself unable to open their locked door, but it proves no issue for Dwenywyn, as she springs the lock on the door and on the case while Axe and Lizzie are in the lock-up after a drug sting.
Dwenywyn arranges for Axe and Lizzie’s release and Areli speeds up the process by faking being a Kathaari official who needs them released, using the Treaty to their advantage. Axe and Lizzie are released, but they come home to an unpleasant surprise: their precious meal ticket of a package opening up.
They didn’t expect a person to be inside, and certainly not someone who could lift Axe off the ground. Psychotic, babbling, and disoriented, Subject 17 was given medical attention by the group and a name, courtesy of Dwenywyn: Saber. The group is attempting now to acquaint him with the ways of society and tend to his needs. Axe has sworn to find out who Saber is and where he came from…
And all the while, Krogaak, Axe’s ‘pet Kraag’ partner, was sulking in his room.