Sheridan's disappearance begins to unravel the alliance. Londo discovers that Emperor Cartagia has struck a disturbing deal. G'Kar decides to search for Garibaldi. Ivanova, Delenn, and Lyta head toward Z'ha'dum to search for Sheridan.
A week has passed since Captain Sheridan's ill-fated mission to Z'ha'dum and Garibaldi's disappearance. No one on Babylon 5 is taking this turn of events harder than Commander Ivanova, who stalks the station lost in another world and spends sleepless nights regretting the circumstances that have brought her to command. Meanwhile, Londo has returned to Centauri Prime at the request of Emperor Cartagia, Delenn fasts in prayer, and G'Kar transcribes it all with his hard won equanimity.
Ivanova's progress in the art of diplomacy vanishes as she tries to browbeat the remaining League worlds into an attack on Z'ha'dum in the Shadows' hour of weakness, or at the very least, to convince them not to abandon the defense of Babylon 5. The Gaim representative is most succinct in stating that the War Council members only "wish to find your captain," who must certainly be dead. They perceive this alliance to be useful in fighting a war for survival, not victory, which makes a mission against Z'ha'dum simply suicide. The meeting breaks up bitterly. In her anger with the selfish League worlds, Delenn has not ignored the fact that again the new Kosh has not deigned to attend, and she vows to find out why.
Londo stumbles from the throne room in horror. "He is insane!" he utters to the Minister. With great trepidation, the Minister warns him about the ones who have said this in the past, and how their severed heads now grace the Emperor's private chambers where he talks to them late at night.
A long stream of energy pours out of Lyta Alexander into the Vorlon's encounter suit. It is clearly not the joyful burden it used to be, and Lyta looks weary and haggard. She mentions that it feels "darker" to carry the new ambassador, and asks if anything is wrong. The Vorlon only dismisses her and orders her not to interfere with his plans.
Late that night, Mollari wakes Vir up to demand his immediate presence on Centauri Prime. He is not the only restless man in the palace that night. The Emperor is paying a visit to his heads to tell them about the day's success.
Their mission failed. They cannot reach Sheridan. But deep inside Z'ha'dum, a shapeless form shuffles down a tunnel. A gold command bar drops to the dust.
As soon as Vir arrives, Londo tells him about the Emperor's madness, and the intrigues of court. "And yet, in all of this, you have somehow managed to walk through the corridors of power and not be touched. I can only assume you have not been paying attention!" Mollari continues, "I need a friend, Vir, and I need a patriot. You are both. Will you help me?" Agreeing, Vir beams beatifically - until Mollari informs him that they must now assassinate Emperor Cartagia.
Commander Ivanova makes a personal log. Biting back her tears she admits that the captain is dead and now she must continue his work. She still needs some help, but she knows where to find it.
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