The team is transported back to The Citadel, and once more speak with Mentor. Mentor, back in this holographic form, thank the team. He says the Blackguard have never been able to infiltrate Homeworld before, and that their numbers are growing faster than anticipated. He welcomes the team to stay as long as they wish, and to show Homeworld’s gratitude they would provide transport for the team, for the duration of their stay.
They discuss the possibility about opening trade agreements, and having Earth join The Stellar Imperium. The whole team decides that it’s a bad idea. Nations on Earth can barely get along with each other, let alone adding a whole other galaxy. Mentor says he hadn’t planned on extending the invite for several hundred more years, so he will follow the team’s suggestions.
As the team explains Earth’s current political climate, Aurum declares that he is planning to run in the next presidential election. He has been working with those in AEGIS, as well as making his own political connections, to get the word out. He will soon declare his intentions publicly. As is, he will be going up the Primary Republican candidate, Trump, who is running on an Anti-Paranormal ticket, and Primary Democrat candidate, Clinton. Hate crimes against Paranormals have started to slowly increase, and a lot of pundits are pointing fingers at the Trump rhetoric.
Aurum implies that if he wins, he may be able to help ease the world into accepting The Stellar Imperium’s offer.
Mentor says he would be happy to give the team a tour of The Citadel, which the team is happy with. As they’re about to step out, Jesuit notices that certain members at the various terminals in the control room are acting oddly. Some seem to be ducking under their terminals, while others are arming themselves. Mentor stops in his tracks and begins to some sort of scan.
He says, “Jesuit, please…stay where you are. Do not make any sudden movements.” Jesuit, who was reaching for his own weapon, points out they have been nothing but civil, and even assisted them when they needed it. That everyone else is making aggressive actions towards him and his people.
Mentor nods, tells everyone to stand down, and begins to explain. “Apologies. We are still on red alert, after the attack from The Blackguard. Our scans have indicated that you, and just you, is contaminated with a…dark energy, one that is unknown to us, but similar to the kind that The Blackguard uses. We must ask, would you be willing to undergo examination, to make sure that you do not pose a threat. To yourself, or anyone around you?”
Jesuit agrees, and Mentor escorts Jesuit and the team to an examination room. War & Juanito go off on their own, and discover a viewing room where they have access to millions of alien entertainment programming. They found alien cable tv.
Meanwhile, Wildheart has been busy with SCIENCE. With the advanced alien technology, he has been examining both Nevernever energy that fills every paranormal, and the dark energy that resides within Jesuit. He is trying to figure out just how Nevernever energy works, how it can be harnessed, and exactly what the black energy is.
He asks for assistance from a nearby technician. A female alien, purple skin with gold eyes and wavy, snake like hair, comes over. She begins to assist Wildheart, and seems fascinated by Nevernever energy. She asks if she can continue studying that energy, while Wildheart focuses on the dark energy. He agrees.
Wildheart explains to the technician about Nevernever energy, about how it changes his species and gives them extraordinary abilities. The Technician is confused, saying she doesn’t understand. Wildheart asks if there is something that her species can do, that no other species can. She gestures to her hair, and it moves on its own. She says that its prehensile, and that to her knowledge, only her species can do it. Wildheart says that with Nevernever energy, maybe someone on his planet can do that, while others can fly, or shoot lasers from their eyes! He gets excited while he speaks about the possibilities of Nevernever energy, which cause the tech to dive deeper into her investigations.
Jesuit is brought to an examination room. After a series of alien tests, Mentor says that the dark energy is unknown, but shares similar properties to the energy that powers The Blackguard. The real test was to see if it was viral, whether other people could be infected. Mentor explains that though Blackstar does recruit people with darker natures, they seem to become more chaotic and evil after being infected with the black energy. Mentor worried that Jesuit was being used as a trojan horse of some kind.
Jesuit says that he believes he became infused with the energy when he was ripped from this reality and thrown into that darker universe, where everything except a few dozen planets was gone. He explains how he was imprisoned for a year, tortured, but only for a few moments had passed in his world. With Mentor’s help, he creates a hologram of the one who was in charge, the giant one with a flaming skull. Mentor says he will use The Stellar Imperium resources to look into it.
Firework comes up with an idea. He says that if he wants Jesuit to get rid of the energy, that all he has to do is not be able to house it. He latches onto Jesuit, and they fly up to the sky, past the planet’s atmosphere. Mentor’s consciousness follows, as does Aurum, leaving Bouncer behind.
Up in space, Jesuit protected from the vacuum by Firework, Firework explains that he can change Jesuit to pure Nevernever energy, and that maybe that way, they’ll be able to separate the dark energy and contain it. Jesuit agrees, and Mentor monitors the situation.
Firework concentrates and he transforms into his pure energy form. The energy swallows up Jesuit and he becomes pure Nevernever energy. Instead of the rainbow that is Firework, Jesuit is mostly Light Blue, Indigo, and gold. Mentor detects the black energy and tracks it. Aurum casts a spell and try to exorcise it not just from Jesuit’s body, but destroy it as well. He succeeds, partly. The black energy is ripped from Jesuit, but it immediately flies away, faster than the heroes can track. Mentor can track it, but it is difficult.
Back in the lab with Wildheart, the lights flicker momentarily. Everyone looks more then a little confused, since that never happens. Wildheart looks around, trying to figure out what happened, but no one seems to know. He turns to talk to the tech he’s been working with, but she’s gone. She seems to be walking out somewhat quickly. Wildheart shrugs and goes back to his work. But he quickly realizes that all the information on the Nevernever energy is gone! He goes to check in with the team.
Mentor tracks down the energy, near the science division of The Citadel, but he can’t narrow it down further. Firework and Jesuit are the first to arrive, being pure energy, and begin their search. Bouncer is on the way, and Aurum hovers above, providing air support.
Mentor says that the Science Division is reporting there was an energy fluctuation that caused a momentary black out. He checks the video surveillance and pulls it up for the team. They see Wildheart and the SNEK haired tech working together, but when the lights go out, nothing. When the lights go back on, the tech is uploading files onto a device of some sort and then walks away.
Mentor says he can detect the energy approaching. From down the hall, the tech appears, followed by Wildheart. Before Wildheart can do anything, the tech’s hair comes to life and wraps itself around Wildheart. She yells out, “Let me pass, or your friend will suffocate!”
Firework smiles. He says, “Hey Wildheart. Aurum is right above us.” Wildheart doesn’t move, but then POPS out of the tech’s grip, and appears next to Aurum. Aurum lets him fall a bit before he catches him.
The tech looks around, sees that she’s surrounded, and swallows the device with data on it. She makes an attempt at an escape, but Jesuit blasts her before she can make it, severely injuring her. The Citadel’s healing machinery activates and begins to heal her. Firework attempts to get the device from out of her, but instead discovers that it’s gone! It seems to have been teleported out somehow. He can “feel” what seems like a mini-wormhole inside of the tech! He thinks about jumping in when Aurum arrives with Wildheart.
Aurum pulls out his golden key to The Lair, channels some magic into it, and sticks it into the tech’s chest! Immediately the entire team is teleported out and reappear on a rocky, jagged environment, surrounded by black obsidian stones and cliffs. They look up and see black thunderclouds, with powerful lightning bolts ripping through the sky. As they look around, they see several members of the Blackguard fly overhead.
The team has been transported to the world base of The Blackguard.