On board the station, Orin and Kumis find scenes of horrific slaughter. The research base’s inhabitants had been torn apart. Weapon-fire is spattered across bulk-heads, half-melted metal and shrapnel mixed in with the thick layer of blood coating the floor.
Venturing deeper into the station and reaching the central command room, Kumis discovers that the station they were on was no smuggler’s nest, but an Antian research base.
While Orin struggles to rip secrets out of the shattered computers of the command room, Kumis discovers exactly what the Antian base was researching: live Qzin specimens.
The Qzin had escaped, and torn apart the researchers and station staff.
Attacks by the Qzin result in Orin and Kumis beating a hasty retreat, fighting off waves of the insectoid aliens.
The duo retreat back to the Oblivion Herald with their arms full of scavenged parts. Managing to get sub-light thrusters working, they blast away from the station and towards the planet of Adaira.
In the process, they draw the attention of a fleet of alien vessels that has just jumped in system.
The Oblivion Herald is shredded by the aliens’ assault, the forward-half, including the bridge, crash landing on Adaira.
Before our intrepid and quite battered duo sink into the soft embrace of unconsciousness, they see the alien vessels descending on the planet – carrying out what seems to be an all-out invasion.