Sir Orkin has been highly traumatized by the events surrounding a recent misjump incident.
He and his crew ended up in Debarre, instead of Red Sky Station as they had intended (only ten parsecs off). The trip back would have been no big deal (even included a trip back home to tell the parents that he was still alive… and was actually doing well for himself). But on Wardn, only two parsecs from Zaibon, he ran into Unit 42 in a back ally of the highport there.
He and two of his crew were stranded in an abandoned, trashed lab facility on an abandoned, airless moon. They nearly died there, but were rescued because acting captain Anastasia Reiter (“The Swordswoman of Thisbe”) took Orkin’s ship back to Zaibon to get help… and deliver evidence of 42’s presence.
Dr. Nitar and Captain Reiter both put a great deal of effort into finding Orkin, but it was Captain Holland who found and rescued Orkin and his companions based on tips and direction from Nitar and Reise. Xi insisted that his priority was always finding 42. The fact that they found Orkin along the way was fortunate, however.
After being missing, and presumed dead, for months Orkin, Ted, and Ola are now back on Roguhu Hold and undergoing psychiatric observation and evaluation. All three are a bit shaken up by their dramatic (and yet monotonous) near-death experience. Orkin is requesting a psion to check him out too… in case 42 left anything behind!