Justin prepares for an arbitration hearing to decide if he'll die as a result of being a Kivosh. He begins to discover the power of the alien language he's learning. He is then subjected to PCP charges because of his Kivosh status, but is able to convince the Arbitrator that the charges are based upon conclusions, not facts. They then charge that he is in possession of banned technology, specifically anti-gravitation. He produces the math that he supposedly used to produce his own anti-gravitational device and is cleared of the charges against him. |
The Arquellian Arbitrator then tells Justin, privately, that they need to recover a stolen manuscript, but won-t describe it. However, the order to Justin is, 'Recover the manuscript or die.' He does manage to get information that the manuscript the Arquellians seek is in the possession of the Priests of Vorell. Justin returns to Alvero, where he and Ashoro once failed to gain the manuscript that is obviously the one the Arquellians want. Justin talks to the High Priest and convinces him that the Arquellians will soon raid the Temple to acquire the manuscript. The High Priest agrees to give the manuscript to Justin if he can kill him in an unarmed combat duel, so that no one will know that Justin has the manuscript.
After obtaining the manuscript from a man willing to die doing his duty, Justin realizes that he needs to play the advanced cultures, one against the other, if he's to survive. He manages to get Norva Lemni assigned as the PCP Ambassador to Fori Novor and Major Dakon Harkand, a Dorond Marine assigned as the Dorond Ambassador to Fori Novor. He and the Major then plan for the possibility of an attack from an Arquellian scout boat. A small scale attack does come and Justin's forces repulse the attack. He then has three naked whores run from his palace. Supposedly the naked whores were driven in front of the cowardly Arquellian invaders. In the aftermath of the Arquellian attack, Justin arranges for a show trial to be held in Mervon. The show trial is turned, by him, into a circus.
After the circus, a large Aozoran colony ship is discovered, heading to Corin, probably to join the Aozoran colony there. However, the colony ship won't answer hail. A team needs to be sent to investigate. Justin is maneuvered into leading the team. It's an obvious attempt to kill the Kivosh. He leads the team and survives the attempt to kill him. When he returns to Fori Novor, Justin finds that drug smuggling into Averon is on the decline due to his sky pirates ripping off the delivery ships. Instead, the drugs are being warehoused in an island off the coast of Averon. Justin's troops raid the warehouses and steal the drugs.
Justin visits the islands of Aozora and begins to suspect that Lord Vorell may have been on Corin and may still be there. He also feels the need to upgrade the Fori Novor Air Force. Since Fori Novor doesn't have a lot of money, Justin plots to steal the aircraft he needs.