Opening Narration

A note echoes through the halls of the September Institute's two vacant laboratories, repeated once, and then again, and then again, shifting in tone until it becomes an old song from the days of Earth, somehow passed down countless millennia. And Sinner Twelt, Provost-Regent Twelfth, whistles it as he goes about his work.

As fog rises above the tanks of liquid coolant, a metallic cylinder injects data itself into flesh. Twelfth opens v-screens around him, trying to tune in to what's happening across the sector. But with the storm raging on September, he can only get splotches of the goings on: a fleet moving here, a new treaty there, a refugee crisis, a gala, a quake.

See how they run.

He doesn't need a clearer picture to know that everything's moving according to plan. Everyone else in the sector is running blind through a maze. He's the only one with real perspective. His whistles turn to singing as he slips on gloves. And deep below Mode City, it sings too.

Episode Description

Throughout the Golden Branch Star Sector, leaers leap into action as news of a new, galactic threat spreads. Minerva's Steiger sisters move their invisible fleet into position. The Rapid Evening digs in deeper to their new outpost in the sector. Rigor stirs from its slumber. And on Counterweight, Ibex knocks on a door.
This week on COUNTER/Weight: Everything is Temporary
Easy come, easy go

Plot Synopsis

Ibex contacts Kobus to set up contact between himself and Vicuna on Sigilia. Kobus agrees and opens up a portal for Ibex. Ibex convinces Vicuna that Rigour is real and suggests that it may be necessary to destroy a large swath of planets to prevent it from moving forward. The threat of Rigour is enough to make both Vicuna and Kobus consider Ibex’s offer of alliance. Ibex hands Vicuna the schematics for a new Divine weapon and leaves.

The Minerva Strategic Alliance- aware but not fully understanding the threat of Rigour- move their consolidated fleet of merchant and military ships to September, though they’re blockaded from landing.

The Rapid Evening attempts to set up a base on Minerva, but their intentions become known. Kiva’s Hellsingers manage to resist an orbital bombardment from the Minerva Strategic Alliance and set up a subterranean base.

As Ibex walks through the portal away from Vicuna and Kobus, he is surprised to find himself face-to-face with Sokrates in his throne room. After an incredibly tense conversation, Sokrates and Ibex agree to a short-term alliance to deal with Rigour. Sokrates activates the Netted Wave cells on Counterweight.

The Odamas Fleet continues toward Kalliope, though Ionias lays in their path.

On September, Voice sets off a series of controlled explosions in an old mine which Rigour is trying to escape through. In the storm, the explosions sound like thunder. Natalya- let loose by Rigour- finds on old terminal in the tunnels and counterhacks Voice.

Featured Players

"If Han Solo Used To Be Beyoncé, or: Hashtag Otechku" · "I Would Like a Bribe" · "Soldier Game" · "It's Fine, We're Criminals" · "The Bells Are Ringing"" · "A Ship of Seeds" · "Here's Your Bribe Tip" · "I Am Not Allowed" · "Our Hostage Below" · "This Month of Ours" · "Drawing Clocks" · "A Thing You Know About Nightclubs" · "A Home After a Wake" · "Our Customer of the Month" · "We've All Killed People" · "A Candle in the Sun" · "The Rear Left Engine" · "Metal That Has Died Twice" · "The Order of Things" · "The Road You Take and Who You Take It With"" · "The Glimmer Incident: The Executive Enters!" · "Crisis! (A Solemn Vow Above the Sea of Counterweight)" · "The Broken Branch" · "An Astonishingly Illegal Ship"" · "It's Still Dark Out" · "You Can Call Me Captain" · "Do You Have Room For Me?" · "An Animal Out of Context" · "A Special Kind of Warmth" · "Three Conversations" · "Another Facility Among Trees" · "Expertize with a Z" · "Through the Crosshairs" · "A Fractal Garden and an Intercepted Message" · "Reaching Out" · "A Knock at the Door" · "Everything is Temporary" · "Visions from Windows, Or: The Last Time the Bomb Dropped" · "Found Footage" · "Just Another Machine" · "The Storm Over September" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 1" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 2" · "A Splintered Branch, A Ringing Bell Pt. 3" · "Live Post-Mortem"