The Walking Foam Lizard (now calling herself Eliza), with Nimue’s instructions, manages to reactivate Pollo. Nimue explains the situation: several individuals in the apartmant were replaced with robot duplicates, those duplicates tricked Linkara into opening a portal to the King of Worms’ dimension, and then the King of Worms attacked with Cybermats that had been corrupted by its influence. Eliza asks how the King of Worms hasn’t been able to affect Nimue and Pollo if it can control robots, and Nimue speculates that the new security protocols installed on them is what protected them. Eliza says the robot that looked like Harvey Finevoice dragged Linkara through the portal. Nimue explains that the portal will remain open indefinitely as long as the gate’s structure is not disturbed. Pollo notices the unconscious Linksano and asks if that’s was an android as well and Nimue confirms, saying it’s being held by a force field in case it reactivates. Pollo says they need more information and enlists Eliza’s help in examining the Linksano android.
Linkara wakes up to find himself in the King of Worms’ domain. He tries using his communicator but it doesn’t seem to be working. Checking himself, he finds he still has all his equipment. Just then he’s approached by what appears to be Harvey, wearing a metallic mask. He says that Linkara’s equipment is not a danger to the King of Worms. Linkara demands an explanation. Harvey explains that the real Harvey was replaced by a robot replica a year ago, and since then it has been acting as an agent of the King of Worms. Meanwhile, the real Harvey was brought to this dimension and is now in service to the King of Worms. Linkara realizes that the King of Worms can take control of organic beings, it just needs one of these masks to do it. Harvey explains that power of the masks does not extend beyond this realm, so it was necessary to take control of the Cybermats. Linkara urges Harvey to fight the King’s control, but he has only this to say:
"The King of Worms saw fear, it is said,
The King of worms thought fear should be fed,
The King of Worms takes your soul to shred,
In the court of Worms, we are all dead.”
Harvey tells Linkara he should feel honored - the King of Worms wants to talk to him personally.
Meanwhile, Pollo and Eliza examine the Linksano android. Pollo notes that Eliza hasn’t been seen around much the last few months and he was starting to think she’d gone off on her own. Eliza explains that she had been born literally a year ago, and yet she knew a lot of things newborns don’t usually know. Pollo understands, realizing Eliza needed some time to herself to figure things out. Eliza admits that she knew about the Cybermats early on. She apologizes for not speaking up, but she wasn’t sure what to think or who to trust. She asks why they’re not charging in to rescue Linkara, and Pollo explains that while the King of Worms thinks they’re out of the fight, they have the element of surprise, and they need more information before they can do anything. Pollo gains access to the android’s memory core and starts downloaded data.
Harvey brings Linkara to the King of Worms. Linkara demands to know what this is all about, and the King of Worms says it’s about fear. He explains that in the time long ago when the Outer Gods walked the inner realities, he experienced fear, something that others of his kind had never felt. He became intimately familiar with fear, it became the ultimate power. Once he had wanted to remove that fear from his face, but after time he realized the power he had, the power he could use to instill fear in beings that could not understand what fear is. Linkara realizes that the King of Worms wants power over the other Outer Gods. Linkara wants to know what all this has to do with him and the King of Worms explains that Linkara’s universe is one he couldn’t enter, he could only exert his influence upon it. He goes on to say that Linkara actually managed to kill an Outer God, when it was thought impossible that they could die at all (Linkara points out that technically the Entity killed itself). The King of Worms says that once the proper gateway was opened, he would be able travel to the place where the Entity died and perhaps find the fear that killed it, and spread it to others.
Linkara realizes that this whole thing was a trap to make him open the portal for the King of Worms, but there’s something he doesn’t understand: the King didn’t need Linkara, he just needed the Magic Gun, so why didn’t he replace Linkara with an android like he did with the others? The King of Worms admits that he DID attempt to do just that, and sent a Cybermat to stun him like with the others, but it didn’t work. When Linkara was brought to the King of Worms’ realm, a mask was made for him, but it had no effect on him. Linkara asks why, and the King of Worms confesses he doesn’t know. That’s why Linkara is still alive despite having completed his task, the King of Worms wants to know the secret that is protecting him. Linkara says he doesn’t know either but the King of Worms says that’s irrelevant. He gives Linkara an hour to prepare himself. The King of Worms says he will know Linkara’s secret if he has to dissect Linkara’s very soul.