Orion tries to make goodwill between UNOW and Africa by visiting and giving a speech. However, Sherri is kidnapped while they are there. The kidnappers demand that UNOW break up.
Orion collapses with the strain. Fadi comforts him and they begin a relationship.
Orion makes a daring plan and manages to get Sherri back. Orion, Sherri, and Fadi now all have a relationship together. His army is also now spread across Africa, and the African soldiers are fighting back. Orion, however, has control of their nuclear arsenal, the only one in the world. They are in a position of power, but Orion did not wish to be so aggressive. He later finds out that Great Japan masterminded the kidnapping.
Meanwhile,the vampires grow even more unhappy in Grendel's Palace. Cross uses his considerable charisma and tries to rally them to fight back, but their guards are ruthless each time they try to get out. Finally Cross inspires a lowly, humble vampire named Homer to get his pet birds to knock down the laser fences, and there is a huge riot. The officer in charge, Oskar Berlinetta, puts it down, but many vampires escape. Berlinetta is promoted for his achievements.
This arc has a very unique storytelling structure. Each of the comics in this arc are divided into two stories, each of which continues through the arc. The first half of each issue is about Orion, and is told using multiple small rectangular panels of the same size, usually 8 to a page. The text is often placed in large paragraphs the size of the drawn panels. The second half of each issue is about the vampires, and is told using a more conventional panel/text layout. Each of the vampire stories are themselves made of two parts: one about Cross, Kierch, and Zebra, and another about one of the "everyday" denizens of Grendel's Palace. They are narrated by either Zebra or Kierch.