After discovering that the entire situation with Avalon may have been a set up, Alavar Cortuth directed the Menggu Republic Intelligence Agency, also known as MRIA, to focus all efforts on finding out the truth behind Nagirrac's death.
He visits a MRIA site near the capitol to see if there are any results.
"Dr. Floerka, have you had any results?"
"Not yet, Mr. President. But we're still following up on some possible leads..." Dr. Floerka trails off as he notices the President Cortuth is staring at his hooked hand.
"Don't mind that, sir. I was part of the first invasion force we sent to Avalon. Blasted sniper tried to take me out, but he got my hand instead."
"Our invasion and betrayal of Avalon was an ugly affair." said the president. "One that I hope to reconcile, if we find Nagirrac alive."
"Well, sir, there's nothing on the map today, except for an unusually large fleet that warped in not too far from here. Must be from the RIN trying to collect as much RT from the Avalon explosion as they can." said the doctor.
"Mr. President!" said Minister Manthane as he burst into the room. "We may have just had a stroke of luck with this investigation!"
"Look at what we found prowling the complex."
"Did he have to be brought here?" asked an annoyed Dr. Floerka.
"Absolutely. He says he's the one that killed Nagirrac." said Manthane.
"I already told you, I came here to tell you that. I just wanted to meet the president first! Why are you treating me like an animal? I mean you no harm!" said the ninja.
"We found this in your chambers, Mr. President. Its definitely Ying Si manufactured." said a soldier holding a large bomb.
"So, first you try to sneak past my guards, try to kill me with your silly bomb, and now you want to claim that you killed Nagirrac so we can keep you alive long enough to give you time to escape." said President Cortuth. "Do you really think we're that stupid?"
"You betrayed the Ying Si by not stopping the Prussians from blowing up Avalon. You're marked for death..."
"Let's make this a bit easier..." said Cortuth as he pulled on the ninja's mask.
"There, now isn't that better? Tell me, were you at Elwyngweth when Nagirrac died?"
"Maybe I was and maybe I wasn't? It doesn't matter though. The Avalonians couldn't get me to talk. Neither can you." said the ninja defiantly.
"This is the second time you've been captured? I'm surprised you're still on the Ying Si payroll. But let me remind you of something..."
The Menggu President leaned close to the ninja's ear and whispered,
"... this isn't Avalon."
"Take him to the Slashers! They'll get him to talk."
"Yes, Mr. President!"
"Mordred said you became weak! CURSE YOU MORDRED!!!!" screamed the ninja as the soldiers drug him away.
"Now, Dr. Floerka, tell me about this fleet you've found."
Meanwhile... on a distant mine in an asteroid field far from civilization...
"Mommy, why do I need to see the Black Mamba?" asked Arthur Pendragon.
"He's the Black Crotox, sweetie, and you need to show him as much respect as you can. He's going to teach you May-Tricks." said Igraine Pendragon. "He's been all alone for six years now and no body has seen him."
"Then how do we know he's here?"
The Black Crotox, legendary teacher of Commander Natalya of the Assyrian Empire, master of May-Tricks.
"Your eminence! Please! We've come all this way!"
The Black Crotox was not pleased to have been found.
"Get out of here..." he warned.
"We've come all this way! This is my son, Arthur. He is the child of Uther Pendragon of Avalon. Our world was destroyed not too long ago, but even before that we were without a king."
"Avalon's death was self inflicted. There is nothing I can do. Leave me."
"This was my husband's beam saber before he was killed. I offer this in exchange for you to teach Arthur the May-Tricks."
"Teach your brat the May-Tricks?! I would never sink so low."
"This is no ordinary boy. He is Arthur Pendragon, descendant of the ancient kings of Cyrmu and destined to become-"
"I don't care. Now go."