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In the first panel, Fola and Cal are shown looking at the discolored area on the cable after floating across the gap to get closer. Cal is looking over at Fola and using his left hand to gesture towards him. Cal says, "No, please do not touch anything yet. Interacting with it might suck you in before you're ready." Fola says, "Uh, so, what are we in for?" "At this point, I can only guess at what's inside based on some readings," Cal responds.

In the second panel, Cal gazes with rapt attention at his computer tablet, scrolling through some data. "Hm...Not TOO weird," Cal says. "It LOOKS extremely disgusting," says Fola. "Everything here is aesthetic," Cal says. "Even so, I made it to look bad because it IS bad."

The third panel shows the computer monitor, office chair, and table that were back in the original, minimalist sandbox space. Cal continues from off panel, "Common, small problems can be handled remotely from my console, and mostly accomplished with the aid of bots."

Cal's speech continues in the fourth panel, a larger shot of the twisting, gnarly cables winding in all directions in Cal's simulated lagoon. Cal's explanation continues from off panel, "A massive corruption like this requires me to handle it personally. These instances occur when really bad things happen to a lot of living things. Disasters erode the integrity of these channels, destroying the relationships that connect these living things together."

In the last panel, we see a crudely drawn diagram of Cal in blue, and Lem in green. Cal is pointing up at a drawing of a channel, in the same color blue as Cal. Lem's green magic is shown flowing through the blue channel. Cal says from off panel, "I try to restore them as best as I can. I oversee the channels...and Lem controls the flow of energy through them."

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