The Earth forces are slowly making gains, with the aid of Inaho's abilities they're managing to challenge the Knights. Slaine, having now become a Count, must work his way into the favor of the 37 Clans. 
Countess Raffia sends her regards to Count Troyard's adopted father, as does Count Orga. His father was much indebted to Count Saazbaum. According to Count Troyard, he has the right to request whatever assistance he needs from him. They are to press forward with the invasion of Earth, as Count Orga states, and Count Raffia believes that is the best way to honor Count Saazbaum.
Count Sebring brings the group conversation to Count Troyard's upcoming duel with Count Marylcian because he finds it odd that Count Troyard is fighting another member of the Orbital Knights despite claiming they must band together.
Count Troyard utters the Vers belief that "no lowly Terran could possibly be a match for mighty Vers" as that assumption creates an opening, leading to a tear and then an enormous hole and then it disintegrates completely. Count Troyard believes that to be the current state of the Orbital Knights. Count Sebring says Count Troyard has gone too far.
Count Troyard raises the fact that he is not Vers-born; he thinks that he is afforded a certain perspective because he's an outsider. The upcoming duel is also the result of Count Marylcian's hubris. Count Troyard believes it is to be his responsibility to teach him the error of his ways.
Count Orga understands Count Troyard's point despite protest from Countess Raffia. Count Orga leaves the matter to Count Troyard's discretion and compliments Count Troyard for his "magnificent attack" on Trident Base.
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- "The Rose and The Ring" is a reference to William Makepeace Thackeray's fantasy satirical fiction of the same name, which criticizes the attitudes of the monarchy and those at the top of society, challenging their ideals of beauty and marriage.