Loran and Sochie travel throughout the land and stop at small villages until they finally reach Manupichi. Loran spots a battle and sees the Suicide Squad fighting Dianna Counter mobile suits and cannon emplacements. Aims’ Borjarnon loses an arm in the battle, and Joseph suggests that they retreat. Loran runs into the field hospital camp and is told by Miashei that Dianna Counter has already occupied Manupichi. On the Willghem, Guin discusses strategy with Yanny, Horace and Michael. Michael thinks that the Willghem is their target and that they should back off or they will die. Guin says that they have to destroy the cannons, and Michael asks what’s in the city. Guin says there is equipment that will let them go to the Moon, and he asks Michael to have to cannons destroyed by tomorrow. Joseph washes plates in a river with Miashei and Sid. He explains that the area is inhabited by the Adeska people, and that his village is not too far away. Sid wants to meet the Adeska people and hear about their legends regarding the Ades branch. Elsewhere, and Adeska woman named Mayalito and a fat man named Yorol watch the Turn A and Loran and Sochie. Mayalito thinks that the Turn A is the white devil, and Yorol runs away. Sochie sees Mayalito and runs into the forest to speak to the Adeska people. Arrows are shot at her, and she runs away. Loran sits around a campfire with Aims, John, Sid and Joseph. Aims thinks they have a chance to win with the Turn A, but Loran doesn’t want to go into battle because of the nuclear bomb. He says that the Turn A is in bad condition, and Aims grabs him and knocks him down. Joseph thinks there are too many cannons for the Turn A to take down, but he wants to investigate the Turn A because he doesn’t trust Loran. Loran tries to stop him, and everyone asks what he is hiding. A gunshot is heard, and Loran finds Sochie unconscious. She says she was attacked by the Adeska people, and Aims finds some corn nearby. They enter a temple and find a masked man sitting behind the fire. He identifies himself as Quoatl, king of the Adeska, and says he is waiting for death. He explains that his people saw a vision of the end, and Loran assumes he means the nuclear blast. Mayalito runs in and says that Loran is a messenger of the white devil and has come to take the Adeska branch. She shoots an arrow at Loran, but he dodges her attack. He grabs her sword and runs back towards Quoatl to attack him.
Loran attacks Quoatl with the sword, but Quoatl pulls out his own sword to defend himself. As he and Loran fight, Loran says he has the power to destroy the world and needs help to get into Manupichi. Quoatl knocks Loran down and asks why he should believe him. Loran says that he will swear on the Ades branch for Quoatl. Quoatl holds his sword to Loran’s neck, but he drives it into the wall and agrees to help Loran. As Sid prepares explosives, Joseph thinks to himself that Mayalito looks like she is from another tribe. Aims asks him if he is chickening out, and Joseph tells him not to judge by appearances. Michael informs Loran, Aims, Joseph and Sid that they have until the morning to destroy Dianna Counter’s cannons. If they don’t, the Willghem will fire its mega beam cannon to attack the enemy. After they leave, Ladderum explains to Miashei and Guin that planes are coming for support. Kihel talks to a guard on the ship and realizes that Loran will die if Guin fires the cannon. She asks to speak to Guin, but the guard tells her she is supposed to be confined. Loran and the others meet up with Quoatl and Mayalito and walk to a cave with an underground river. They travel up the river with a boat and reach an area where water is flooded so they can go up to another level. Quoatl explains the legend of the Adeska people and how they live under the Ades tree. According to their legend, during a time of misery a branch was cut from the tree and thrown into the sky. Someday the white devil is fated to come and take it. When they reach the top they find armed men approaching, so they row away. They reach another area and find archers waiting for them. As they fight back with guns and arrows, Quoatl tells them to shoot the torches out so the archers can’t see. They escape and are separated as they run down a hill. More archers await them and are led by a man named Taruka. Quoatl tries to explain, but Taruka says he is a coward and has no right to speak. Taruka shows that Sid is now his hostage, and Loran attacks one of the archers. Aims attacks another, and another fight begins. Aims throws the backpack of explosives to Joseph, but Joseph is shot in the arm with an arrow. Mayalito catches the backpack and is swept downriver along with Joseph. Loran is knocked out and placed in a dungeon with the others. Quoatl tells Taruka that the legend’s fulfillment is inevitable, but Taruka ignores him. Loran realizes that if they don’t escape by morning they will die.
Well, the cast has now arrived at Manupichi, but it seems that Dianna Counter beat them to it. Phil must have sent out an advance force, because the Soleil itself isn’t there. Guin has a risky plan to capture the area, and he gives Loran and the others an incredibly tough mission with little time or hope of survival. I can’t believe that he’d sacrifice three pilots and an engineer just to take control of Manupichi, but he seems serious. The people in this area seem very different from those in Ameria, so the Adeska people probably live somewhere in Mezico or another part of South Ameria. The Adeska and Quoatl seem to be rooted in the past cultures of the Aztec and Mayans. Perhaps the people of this area returned to their ancient culture after technology was destroyed in the Dark History. Loran seems to be in quite a jam with this cliffhanger, and we’ll have to see how he escapes.