Hyulick and crew of the ?Honest Old Man? have escaped to the border planet Balgash. There, he and Miranda visit a bar in order to make contact with anti-Tytania forces, and receive a hearty welcome from the drunken crowd there.
Hyulick flees from Chronos in the confusion that ensues in the prison riot. There he rejoins the ?Honest Old Man? hiding in the desert at Estahl. At that moment, news of Hyulick?s death is brought to Ulanibolg.
Hyulick gives himself over to Tytania forces, but it is in fact the guards of planet Estahl who take him into custody. As a non-member of the Valdana Empire, the Estahl government holds him citing their territorial policing rights.
Zarlish is growing agitated. Unseen, the cool Idrice is enjoying this. Jusran and Ariabert are equally concerned: while he may be invincible in pitched battle, Zarlish is probably not suited for the job of chasing down a single wanted enemy.
The spaceship ?Honest Old Man? carrying Hyulick and crew barely shake off the Tytania?s pursuit. Berthier, who recently crossed over to the Tytania?s side, proposes to Alses a way to lure his former inferior officer Hyulick.
Euria?s Mayor has been assassinated, in a plot masterminded by Idrice. Lieutenant Berthier, Hyulick?s former superior, had secretly agreed to carry out the murder in exchange for a position among Idrice?s staff.
A curious guest pays a visit to the ?Castle in Heaven (Uranibolg)?, the Tytania?s headquarters. She is Princess Lydia of the Kingdom of Elving. She has come to personally offer herself as hostage directly to Ajumarn.
The mob of anti-Tytania pirates, the Army of the Shooting Star, takes ?Little Big Horn?, the Tytanian army?s key fortress. After losing Lieutenant Lancaster whom he had dispatched to stop the pirates, Zarlish decides to lead the fight himself.
Ariabert emerges victorious, thanks to Jusran?s strategy. However, Tulansia is destroyed. And its surviving army, bitter and homeless, has now turned into pirates, terrorizing the surrounding space route.
The grand duchy Tulansia?s Grand Duke has died. The head of one of the universe?s three major space ports was related to Valdana?s ruling family by marriage. Suspicious movements begin to show within the duchy.
Fan Hyulick makes a narrow escape from Alses Tytania?s mansion. His rescuers, including Lira Florenz, turn out to be survivors of Casabianca, a principality annihilated by the Tytania. Meanwhile, Alses?s men are hard on Fan?s heels.
The four yong Tytania dukes gather at the orbital space station, Uranibolg - known as the Castle in the Heavens. Ariabert comes under criticism, but Ajumarn only questions why Euria chose Fan Hyulick to lead their fleet.