Cantor, Ragnorak, and Danath are brought by ship to Faith’s Landing, a new HAE military colony built upon the ruins of Port Habrin. The same day, Marvyn, Runt, and Eleven are captured by the Holy Archen Empire. Eleven escapes while Marvyn and Runt are separated. Cantor, Danath, and Marvyn are fitted with Slicers, clockwork collars with a time delay throat knife. They are then placed under the care of Overseer Krenth and meet the Blue Drakin, Rhaegar. Ragnorak has his own agenda.