The Ukar hear much about the aftermath of their attack on the apartment complex. When the captain fails to return when expected and they can’t contact him, they begin to travel to the Count’s lands. After some trouble and a long journey, they meet up with the house butler and joins the search for those lost in the woods. The Ukar fly in and decide to try and find them by foot. They travel until dark and make camp.
The crash survivors hide from the approaching Vuldrok. The new cohort started to sneak up on the Vuldrok for a surprise attack. After he gets closer, he changes his mind and goes back to hiding. The Vuldrok rummage through and take many of the medical supplies the group was carrying. After taking what they wanted, they head off in the direction of the crash, opposite of where the group was heading.
The group travels for several hours and make camp when darkness falls. The night was thankfully uneventful and they proceeded on their journey at dawn. They take stock of their supplies and find they had very little water or food. Novitiate Remington decides to climb a tree to find some water. He sees a clearing in the distance and the group heads in that direction.
When they arrive, the group stays behind and Captain Cain heads in to the village. By all appearances the village looks overgrown and abandoned. After looking through some of the buildings, Cain finds some possible supplies and a large metal sphere, the size of a small melon. One side of the ball had been caved in however.
The group decides it looks safe and head into the village to restock their much needed water supply from the well. As they scavenge, another of the balls appears in the village, floating in mid air! Captain Cain quickly dispatches it with a single laser blast to the center of it’s eye.
Thinking the danger passed, the group resumes their scrounging. They begin to hear a high pitched whine in the forest and as it grew in volume, they heard the trees rustle. From the trees emerged what can only be called flying metal torsos. The group tried to attack them but the defenses of the golems were far to great. The group was quickly dispatched with some kind of stun weapon.
The Ukar, after spending a day in the forest themselves, were also found by these same golems and were like wise captured.
Some time later, all of the group began to wake up one by one in small white rooms. It was bare save a few buttons. They found out that the buttons revealed such things as a magic lantern and toilet. They each spent some time poking at the buttons and discovered what they did. They were each one by one compelled to leave the rooms and enter a central room for “Orientation”.
Remington tried running from the room and was instead captured by another golem with a net launcher. He was sedated and left in a corner of the orientation room. Captain Cain went along at first, but when he met the woman in the orientation room attempted to attack her with a plastic spork. The golem that stopped Remington shot Cain with a stunner and subdued him as well. Each of the others came one at a time and took a seat, save one. One of the Ukar burst into a violent fit while in her room and was knocked out and restrained. She was later “escorted” in to the orientation room.
Once assembled, they were told about how pleasant their new lives would be living in “The Underground”. After watching a 10 minute video, they asked many questions. During their questioning, they discovered that “Marcy”, the orientation woman, was actually a highly advanced golem. She told them about how the computer controlled their lives and made it better for them all. That all were equal and that such things like racism were non-existent here. Now begins orientation.