Tradewind technology without the use of gates had never been heard of before. It allowed the force to come in from behind the saboteurs and take them by surprise. Quickly enough, they were surrounded and obviously outmatched. Seeing that resistance would mean assured destruction for his men, Gérôme ordered a stand down.

Scar, using a direct line to the council, reported the all clear and that they would bring the prisoners back for trial. The council had other plans. They reasoned the public could never know the systems had been compromised and so ordered the annihilation of Gérôme’s force. The Commodore, appalled, refused the order. It didn’t matter, however. The fleet had their orders, and carried them out with brutal efficiency. The gate retaken, Scar and Nazar would be brought back to the capitol as prisoners.