Tejirov trains Gear, Opal and Nel to use their "Killer" abilities, special skills possessed by only a small fraction of people in Consume. Lumses and Tejirov discuss the possibility that Gear is the son of a man named General Alex. Gear asks Tejirov about other Killers, especially the strongest ones. The group starts its mission to rescue General Alex from Hope Fortress. While on their way, they find a wounded Segua scout who asks to be "absorbed." Tejirof and Opal explain that Killers can absorb the life forces of others, gaining their strength, but that there are limits to how many one can absorb; Gear can absorb two. They are interrupted by the appearance of the Vaiz, one of Tatrand's Killers. Tejirov cages him in a wall of light so they can escape. Once inside the fortress, Opal plays decoy so the others can get past D. Fisher, another Tatrand Killer. Tejirov, Gear and Nel reach General Alex's cell, where Gear finds out that Alex is, in fact, his father.