This one has very little to do with the arc story, and is almost a stand-alone SF piece.  An accident strands the ship on which Dumarest is traveling in deep space. The eerie songs of Mayenne, a Ghenka singer also on board, are accidentally transmitted over ultraradio, and are received by a mysterious entity that eventually transports the whole ship to an unknown planet at the very edge of the galaxy.  It is quickly revealed that the planet itself is the entity Tormyle, which proceeds to eliminate passengers and crew in “10 Little Indians” fashion while performing a series of experiments to understand the nature of human emotion.  Tormyle notices and tests the love between several sets of passengers, including the budding romance between Dumarest and Mayenne.  By the time the cast is down to five, Tormyle is desperate to make Dumarest love it, and reveals that Mayenne and another passenger are actually agents of the Cyclan.  Dumarest kills the man and Mayenne kills herself before Tormyle allows the other two to escape in the repaired ship.  Finally alone with Tormyle, Dumarest convinces it that a human (at least Dumarest) simply cannot fall in love with a planet, and Tormlye releases him.

Clues of Earth
Nothing new, although legends of the existence of Terra and The Original People are confirmed by a scholar traveling on the same ship (who later turns out to be Mayenne’s partner, an agent of the Cyclan, who was using this knowledge to distract Dumarest’s attention until he could be delivered to the Cyclan).

The Cyclan
the Cyclan had placed agents on every ship in the area in a dragnet for Dumarest, and unsurprisingly both of them who were on Earl’s ship end up dead.  Tormyle’s apparently random casting out of Dumarest means the Cyclan has no way to extrapolate his movements and have to start their search over from scratch.

The Journey
Earl begins Book 9, Mayenne, on a ship he boarded on Grill and which has since stopped at Frell, bound for Selegal and Ayette.  The ship is rescued by Tormyle between Frell and Selegal.  At the conclusion, Tormyle sends Earl to a planet which is not named, presumably in a different part of the galaxy.

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