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"Central Nexus" is the thirty-eighth chapter of Blame!, and the first chapter of Volume 7.

Synopsis

2,244,096 hours (over 256 years) in the past, Dhomochevsky lies wounded after a battle with Silicon creatures. His companion, Iko, informs him that the local effector towers are unavailable to heal him, presumably suborned or destroyed by Silicon life.

The Silicon creature Schiff approaches rapidly, and a squad of Exterminators download to intercept him. Schiff slashes his way through, avoids the seeking bolts from Dhomochevsky’s handgun, and pierces the man’s head and eye with a projectile blade. The Exterminators manage to force Schiff into launching his remaining blade, and they carry away Dhomochevsky.

At the present moment, Cibo and Killy’s progress is watched by Pcell. Her observations are relayed to Davine Lu Linvega by Schiff.

The travellers are attacked by a swarm of insects. One of them attaches itself to Cibo, invading her nervous system and paralysing half of her body. A gargantuan insect bowls them over and transforms; it is the Silicon creature Blon. Killy obliterates Blon’s torso with a graviton shot that erupts installations for kilometers behind him .

Killy carries the unconscious Cibo to another area. He encounters Dhomochevsky, sporting a black band over his lost eye.

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Notes & Trivia


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