While sulking in private to smoke, Zeke encounters the captain of the Oppressor, a young woman named Effie Grand. They argue briefly over the aptness of the ship’s name, with Zeke suggesting such a little ship should have a smaller name.
Effie responds that she’s been saving for years, and that each trip allows her to upgrade her ship. She shows off a rare Abraxis card: Memnoch, the Flying Fortress.
They agree to play against the card right there and try their luck.