Saber is something of an enigma still, to the group. He fights well, seems to shoot well, but he has no idea how he knows. In a sparring match with Areli, Saber is able to keep up rather well with the Kathaari, which is impressive considering that Areli has military training like all Kathaari. However, while Saber speak every Terran language, he knows nothing of recent events and history, though he recognizes the names of all the alien races.
The party goes to Oasis 11 to stock up on supplies. They gather more palatable foods, some drugs for Lizzie, and Axe even treats Krogaak, who has emerged from his room to socialize, to some livestock. Dwynewyn actually gets to do some working, makes a decent amount, and spends it on a rather good-quality weapon for Saber.
The group, after restocking and taking some time to decide on what to do, resolve to locate Chavek, who has not been returning calls. They embark for Oasis 18, a scummy little Oasis that is built partially on an asteroid. While rather scummy, the group is fairly intimidating themselves. They reach Chavek’s place without incident.
There, however, there are signs of a struggle and an audio recording that Chavek is going to his ‘secret hiding place.’ Areli decides to raid the kitchen for some nice Kathaari and Terran cigars, and some alcohol. They also find a hidden door with a pistol inside of a case and a ladder leading down to the station’s sewer system, but no sign of Chavek. On the door, they find a message that simply states: “You have something that belongs to me, bring it to Dock 9 before midnight.” The group briefly discusses sending Saber there and washing their hands of the ordeal, but when Saber says “but I like being on the crew” it changes everything. Axe splits the party into two groups: Krogaak, himself, and Saber, who are going to “kick up dust” as they say, and Areli, Lizzie and Dwynewyn, who are going to try to figure out where Chavek went. The latter group had a pretty good success: they find a re-typed and coded rent statement for Cloud 1, after some searching.
But what awaits the first group?