. Alyaix was impressed. Though she had studied more about the physical world than nearly any of her race that existed, the advances in weaponry of these civilizations was still beyond her knowledge. Now that Salya was settled back with her rightful defense abilities, Aylaix felt more comfortable. Amid everything Kerr had driven into their heads about diplomacy was that you did as much to find equal footing with your opposite as possible. Except you always kept the slightest edge, and stayed quiet about it.
. While Salya double-checked the functionality of her Dynasthai, Aylaix recieved a complete nonverbal briefing, bringing her up to date on the botched operation in Salya's home dimension. It amazed her that her superiors hadn't considered the possibility of retaliation. <I>They'll never give credit to anything physical until they've felt fire burn them,</I> she thought. <I>Fragment the dimensional space around the planet."</I> she ordered. <I>"I know we don't expect another attack from the Syl for another few days but for safety's sake, take the precaution. If these beings come, their abilities would devestate us much faster than all the months of the seige have. Fragmenting will keep any of their physical weapons from reaching us.</I> The powers-that-be had taken beating enough from making their own decisions. They listened.
. "I hope restoring your weapons has convinced you of my intent toward goodwill," Alyaix said. "I apologize in behalf of the representatives you met in your dimension and any dishonor they might have done toward you.
. "As I said before, my name is Aylaix. I am formerly the second-in-command of the special forces unit focused on study of the physical world. That includes manipulation of matter, language and culture study, and war tactics, among other things. I can explain the chain of events to you, and I can only hope that we can straighten everything out now.
. "Cygni was selected as a diplomat because she was the highest-ranking being interested in the physical world who was not connected to the special forces unit, which was disbanded several turns ago and all memembers under probation since. I'll elaborate later, if you wish. She also had a mild disposition, which was counted in her favor. However, though her interest and intents were good, she had extremely little experience with the physical world and everything in it. Thus they assigned to her, Kerr, who was once the leader of the special forces team but had undergone severe mental trauma and become unstable. She was to be the advisor."
. Aylaix was still mortified at the stupidity of the beings in charge, sending Cygni and Kerr when she alone was equipped and willing for the task.
. "Cygni contracted hypothermia, as you know, and lost consciousness, all due to ignorance about the necessities of a body in the physical world. Kerr was not capable of advising her in any form that would truly be of help. When Cygni collapsed, Kerr panicked. She did, however, realize that the ports were going to be unmade without Cygni's support, and sought to support them herself, reaching for the nearest powerful energy source. The Systrobule, unfortunately. It gave her support only long enough to calm herself down and maintain their physical shape herself, but in the process destroying the ship. We will readily replace the ship, but we can do nothing to ammend for the accidental loss of life."
. Aylaix couldn't think of a way to appropriately express her honest regret so she didn't attempt it.
. "The rest of the events have been rather hasty tries on Cygni's part to keep everything under control. She apprehended you and Admirals Radigen and Halleck to the nonphysical world, then remanifesting you in a place where you could recieve care, for you had undergone a severe traumatic experience and were not fully lucid, and placing the Admirals in a position to either subdue or," Aylaix tried hard to stay unemotional, "remove Kerr before she did more damage. You began to draw on Cygni's sustenance to create, unintentionally, images from your mind. This pull on her was too great so she brought you here, where you are supported physically on your own. She is now in a ship with another representative who has managed to stay out of the confusion.
. "Have I missed anything?"