Lord Vyce confirms that he is the one possessing the new Pollo body, not Mechakara. Vyce explains that in case he was ever defeated, he had equipped himself with a transdimensional distress beacon so that his Shades could come and rescue him. However, he waited in exile for three years after sending the distress signal. Vyce realized that because of the time differences between the universes, it could be hundreds of years before help arrived, and besides, Linkara was in the process of disabling all Shades in Vyce’s conquered universes, meaning their may be no help coming at all. Vyce considered his options and made a decision. Vyce had always known the nature of the Entity: a being a pure, living data. As a last resort, Vyce became what he hated most. He is now living data, his physical form restricted to whatever object he possesses. After Linkara had contacted Vyce through Mechakara’s hand, he turned off its communications but left the signal online. Vyce was able to transfer himself into the hand, then into the nearest receptacle that could contain his new data form: the new Pollo body. Vyce admits he is simpler than the Entity, restricting his ability to possess and limiting him only to mechanical bodies, and he is unable to transfer out. He will overcome that limitation in time, but before that he is determined to get his ship back and continue his quest to destroy the Entity.
Linkara informs Vyce that the Entity is already dead, but Vyce is incredulous, refusing to believe Linkara could destroy the Entity when he couldn’t destroy Vyce. Linkara tries to explain but Vyce is in no mood to listen. Vyce has control of the ship’s propulsion systems and claims that, with time, he can take control of the rest as well. Linkara says he’ll destroy the ship before he lets Vyce have it again, and he, Harvey Finevoice, and Nimue enter the codes to begin the self-destruct sequence. Suddenly a huge blast of energy erupts from Vyce, and he flees in the confusion. Nimue explains that Vyce has tapped into the ship’s power and is channeling massive energy into his power conduits, increasing his power tenfold. He appears to be heading towards the bridge. Linkara guesses that he’ll try to override the self-destruct there and asks Nimue if he’s capable. Nimue doesn’t know, but notes that Vyce has been able to circumvent many security measures on the ship due to his knowledge of it’s inner workings. Nimue has set the self-destruct timer at 40 minutes, and Linkara decides to use that time to escape. Linkara attempts to contact Doctor Linksano to tell him to head to the hanger bay, but he gets no response. Nimue announces that Vyce is drawing power from several sections of the ship, including internal communications, teleportation, and door controls. Linkara realizes they’re trapped. Nimue says she’s sent for a Security Sentry to force the door open, but because internal communications are down, it’s unlikely it will get the message. Linkara does the only thing he can do now: review a comic.
Internal communications suddenly come back online as Vyce contacts Linkara, demanding he disengage the self-destruct sequence and surrender the ship. Linkara mockingly asks if Vyce is having trouble, and Vyce insists that on the contrary, he’ll disable the self-destruct sequence very soon, but he’s offering Linkara a chance to leave the ship and avoid Vyce’s wrath. Linkara refuses and mentions that Vyce’s reputation as a “conquerer of universes” is somewhat exaggerated - when Pollo was working to free the other universes, he found that Vyce would only conquer one or two worlds before moving on. Vyce explains that the Entity would flee quickly whenever he closed in on it. The conquests helped identify who or what the Entity was posing as, and the reputation helped encourage compliance among future conquests. But the reputation was not undeserved: the Entity is not the only multidimensional threat he’s encountered, just the only one that survived battle with Vyce. Linkara points out that despite all that, he was able to kick Vyce’s ass. Vyce admits that he had grown complacent and was foolish to trust Linksano. The experience proved that he could only count on himself in his war with the Entity. Linkara once again insists that the Entity is dead, but Vyce simply can’t believe that a creature he witnessed devour universes in hours could be destroyed by an ant like Linkara. Linkara points out that there are visual records proving it, but Vyce brushes it aside as either a ruse of the Entity or a fabrication of Linkara’s. He once again demands Linkara’s surrender and Linkara refuses, breaking the connection.
Suddenly the door opens, revealing the Cybermat. Nimue explains that with internal communications online, the Security Sentry was alerted and able to force open the door. Five minutes remain til self-destruct. Linkara tells Harvey to find Linksano and get to the Vigilant. Linkara will head to the bridge and try to keep Vyce from stopping the self-destruct sequence.
Harvey finds Linksano in Engineering and tells him they have to leave now, but Linksano is distracted. He noticed there was a teleportation signal to Comicron-1 just before their own and he’s been trying to isolate it. Harvey tells him to forget it and they head towards the Vigilant.
Meanwhile, on the bridge, Linkara tries to sneak up on Vyce, but Vyce catches him and hits him with a massive blast of energy. Nimue warns that the self-destruct sequence has been disabled. Vyce blasts Linkara again and again, taunting him. Suddenly, Linkara’s Tom Servo replica pops up behind Vyce. “Surprise!” it says with Pollo’s voice, and blasts Vyce away. Linkara embraces Pollo, overjoyed. Pollo explains that he transfered himself into the Tom Servo body, but he found it was very different from his own and he had difficulty speaking or moving until now. Linkara assures him that he’ll get Pollo a new new body soon. They realize the Vyce has fled and is probably heading towards Engineering. Linkara hurries after him, instructing Pollo to secure the bridge.
Linkara catches up to Vyce in a hallway. He attempts to fire at Vyce, but his phaser is jammed. He overloads the phaser and chucks it at Vyce, causing it to explode and create a hole in the ship’s hull. Linkara clings to the grate below him to prevent being sucked out into space, while Vyce struggles to keep hovering. Nimue is about to activate emergency bulkheads to cover the hull breech, but Linkara tells her to belay that order. Vyce manages to hover towards Linkara, but Linkara kicks Vyce until he loses control and is sucked into space. Linkara tells Nimue to close the bulkheads and lets out a sigh of relief as the hole closes.
Later, Harvey asks why they didn’t just blast Vyce out of the sky when they had the chance, and Linkara explains that whatever Vyce did to stop the self-destruct screwed up the external sensors. They couldn’t get a fix on him. Besides, Pollo says the deflector shields will keep Vyce from getting near the ship again, especially since he was pushed away from the ship. Harvey asks if Vyce can’t just fly back to Earth, but Linksano says that Vyce was clearly damaged and his hoverskirt was malfunctioning - he won’t get very far. Besides, they were at the edge of the Solar System, even on full power it would take him decades to get anywhere. Linkara says they should still try to find Vyce and finish the job, but in the meantime, Linkara promised Pollo a new body and he intends to keep that promise.