1100-024 1540 – The Wrecked Seeker Dragonaut, En Route to the Out-of-Context Problem
1540 – 1740
Froge, Leah, Madeline, Martaan, and Pascal spacewalk from the wreck of the Dragonaut over to Out-of-Context Problem (OoCP), and soon find themselves in its cramped environs. Once they are all aboard, the OoCP pressurizes its interior, turns on its Black Globe generator (effectively isolating itself and the boarding party from the An Lang), and then projects a hologram of a Droyne warrior, as both an avatar and focus with which to interact with them. The two groups then attempt to speak in broken Anglic, trading questions and answers. The OoCP initially focuses on the fact that some of the boarding party have prostheses, and that two of them are carrying small artificial intelligences. In turn, the OoCP represents itself as part of the "biological" faction, and asks for information about the state of a war. In the course of its interaction, it essentially absorbs CHESS (first from Froge's comm unit, and then later from the An Lang itself) for reasons it does not make clear. After this, however, the OoCP's ability to communicate slightly improves. Ultimately, the OoCP informs the boarding party that, as a weapon, it is tasked with decommissioning itself, now that the conflict it was built for has ended- it must "ascend." It tasks the boarding party to look after the two "biologies" underwater. It then lowers its Black Globe generating shield. CHESS somehow surfaces as part of the OoCP's "consciousness" (?!) and warns Froge that the OoCP is counting down a self-destruct sequence.
1741 – 1755 - The boarding party makes a frantic effort to document the inside of an Ancient weapon system vehicle (with Pascal going so far as to leave his comm unit behind, and transmitting) before fleeing to safety, spacewalking back to the Dragonaut and then to An Lang's cutter.
1756 – 1830 - The boarding party hurriedly strap themselves, and move as quickly as possible to the An Lang, warning their shipmates along the way about the impending explosion.
1831 – 1835 - In a superb bit of flying, Martaan maneuvers the cutter to quickly dock with the An Lang.
1836 - 1935 - Without even allowing the boarding party to disembark from the cutter, Elwen and Saeagang take the An Lang in as straight a line as possible back into the plane of the Djinni system, attempting to get away from the OoCP.
1936-1939 - One by one, the satellites in orbit around the asteroid belt detonate themselves.
1940 - Suddenly, the OoCP expands into a huge ball of green light 20,000 kilometers in diameter, destroying itself, the wreck of the Dragonaut, and a sizeable chunk of the asteroid belt in question. The An Lang is safe.