Beginning his exile in the Goph levels, Magnus runs into trouble in a bar, but when his identity is learned, all is made right. Unfortunately though, an existing wound is opened and Magnus is taken in by a Goph named Felina. Meanwhile in North Am, the government is reeling from the loss of the mainbrain and seeks to find a replacement for Magnus in a Goph known as Slagger. Unbeknownst to Magnus, Slagger happens to be the boyfriend of Felina! The two lock in battle, until representatives of the North Am goverment arive to offer Slagger a position, and a Japanese diplomat offers Magnus asylum!
Synopsis: In the 41st Century, Japan has become a living organism, governed by the computer known as Grandmother. In Japan, a growing movement known as the "Anti-Grannies" seeks to bring down Grandmother and return Japan to its natural roots. In order to protect Japan, Grandmother has a guardian known as the Rai. The current Rai, Rentaro Nakadai is growing old and seeks his son to finally become his replacement. When a battle with vi-robs leaves Rentaro, injured his son Tohru has no option but to become the new Rai, as the Anti-Grannies seek to bring Magnus to Japan! Returning home to say goodbye to his family, Tohru learns that his wife is sympathetic to the Anti-Grannies. Seeing no other alternative, Tohru takes his son Takashi and gives him to Grandmother to protect and groom into becoming the next Rai.
Notes: Rai #1 was mistakenly credited to Paul Creddick. It was actually drawn by David Lapham.