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"Toha Heavy Industries" is the twenty-second chapter of Blame!, and the fourth chapter of Volume 4.

Synopsis

Cibo and Killy proceed into Toha Heavy Industries, hoping to catch up to the Electrofisher community. Cibo’s new Safeguard body gradually stabilizes, neutralized by Toha’s ambient defenses, although Killy remains quietly wary of it.

They discover storage with Electrofisher equipment, corroborating the Fishermen’s story of having resided within Toha in an earlier age. The suits are made for a stature much taller than that of the local people, showing how they have genetically diverged in their exile.

With an electronic probe extruded from a finger, Cibo connects to Toha’s control network via a septic control subsystem. The overseeing AI immediately attempts a counter-hack, and Cibo jettisons the finger to save herself, managing to retrieve a map of the area. She suspects the AI is psychotic. The pair proceeds further inside as Cibo regrows her finger.

They encounter two Silicon creatures, who Cibo mistakes for Safeguards, having never met Silicon life. Killy tries to attack, but his gun is disabled by Toha’s defenses, being seen as Safeguard technology. The creatures know of Killy’s hostility to their kind, and intend to a settle an ancient grudge against him.

Character Appearances

Notes & Trivia

  • First appearance of Ivy and Maeve.
  • In an earlier English translation, Cibo says the emergency partition is similar to something used at the “Cyber-Life Society”. The Master Edition corrects this as a reference to the Bio-Electric Corporation, Cibo’s home.

Blame! - Volumes and Chapters
Volume 1 The Net's OffspringMemories of EarthTechno NomadsEX-LOGThe AuthoritiesEscapeSilicon Souls
The Builders
Volume 2 EX-LOG - Nest RuineThe CapitolThe CorporationNet SphereSafety Guard
Volume 3 The Great SurfElectrosilos FishermenPlantersAwakeningAssaultBasic LanguageMassacre
Volume 4 Backup CyberspaceLimit CancelHybridToha Heavy IndustriesElectronic KnightThe Eighth Cave
Volume 5 HackingScattered SpaceGravity FurnaceVersionCave 13Cease Fire
Volume 6 Sanakan and CiboVibrationCollapseDissolutionDisappearanceBeautiful LifeUnofficial Megastructure
Volume 7 Central NexusClass 1 Critical Effect WeaponCaptureAnti-Intrusion Electron Space
The Megastructure's Internal FissureSpecial Safeguards
Volume 8 Inside the MegastructureMultiple Dispersion Molecule MovementProvisional Connection CertificationRaid
UrgeLevel 9Far-Off
Volume 9 Parallel Electricity Storage Tank ClusterThe CallerLacking EscapeThe CaptorAnother MeetingPeople
The Observer
Volume 10 Unified Metal BeamsContinuumOrganicBurning SiliconRescue of the ReceptacleExterminator, First ClassRetrieved ConsciousnessThe Edge of the City