The Shattered Ring
In a plot instigated by Lord Tarsus’s political enemy Lady Diedra, the Knights Atomic of Purgatory attempted to gain access to the tiny vessel which forms the core of Middleypre. Although ultimately thwarted in their goals by the intervention of agents of the Conference of Worlds, this proved to only be a smokescreen for Lady Diedra’s true goal – gaining a better understanding of the core ships in order to overcome the influence of the Knowers on Turbine society.
The Lensian scientist Fass managed to gain access to the core during the confusion, and currently controls the vessel (insomuch as anyone can control these enigmatic relics of The First). However, Lady Diedra no longer exerts any control over Fass, and it is possible that once his supplies have been exhausted, he will return control back to the Knowers and Lord Tarsus, saving Middlepyre from destruction.