John Doe, accompanied by Benjamin Black, meet a mysterious man named Thomas Anybody. Thomas is a benefactor to a certain foundation , and knows all about John Doe’s secrets. They reach a gentleman’s agreement: Thomas provides John with all the information he needs regarding the Council of Magisters and John in turn helps Thomas prevent any active portals to the H-P-L universe from opening too wide to allow “her” through.
Thomas is convinced that there is a group acting in opposition to his “foundation”, and asks John to take some caution.
Meanwhile, Mori (now working at NovaGen), witnesses the launch of Project Olympus, before being alerted by Polaris to further distress on the North Coast. Matthaus and Astrid arrive there early, and deal with an infestation of slimes of unknown origin. T-Swizzle later shows up on the scene (thanks to the intervention of John and Benjamin at NovaGen), and while they are almost defeated, quick thinking from Astrid saves the day. However, all the damage Matthaus suffered causes him to violently de-summon, and John has to summon him in, painfully and slowly.
Finally, wishing to have a more normal life, Benjamin is enrolled into Senta.