Dionus, a soldier in the House Military, is traumatised by his experiences at the Battle of Golgalith, and particularly by the callousness of the Generals (including his own, Sandus) regarding the safety of the natives of the planet Golgalith itself, who suffer the brunt of the collateral damage of the three-way fight between the Houses, the Enemy and the Faction over the nexus world.
Deciding to turn renegade, Dionus steals a timeship and builds a new life living on Gulliver's Rest, where he tries to make amends for his acts as a soldier of the Houses by researching cures for temporal diseases. While running this clinic, he rears two children, Meren and Egar. He is visited by a Mother and Father of Faction Paradox who want to purchase Gulliver's Rest iself from him, but he throws them out. He later meets the Friend, who help him tend to the patients of the clinic and refuses to get involved with the War in any active sense.
Some time later, however, War comes to Gulliver's Rest and Dionus's home is plunged in the same temporal chaos as Golgalith once was. As he makes his way from the clinic to the bunker where he has hidden his timeship, he tries to take his children with him, only for them to slip away from him one by one, with him gradually forgetting he has ever had more than two, then even a single, child. By the time he reaches his timeship (having also witnessed the death of the Faction Paradox Mother he met earlier), he believes himself to never have had a family before, and, essentially reduced to the state he was in when he ran from the Battle of Golgalith, he is looking forward to finding a peaceful planet to settle on and perhaps build a family.
- Dionus refers to the Battle of Golgalith as "the straw that broke the mosrat's back" for him.
- General Sandus was in charge of the Great Houses' Fifth Time Fleet.
- Dionus swears by "Urizen's beard". According to him, soldiers of the House Military were "sworn to uphold my people's history in the name of the Architect".
- Space-time vessels used by Faction Paradox include ritual barges.
- The story was a lengthened adaptation of the author's 2018 submission to the blog "365tomorrows". The original version mentioned a "War", but did not explicitly feature any Faction Paradox concepts, and was much shorter.
- The War King was once a renegade. (PROSE: The Book of the War)
- Golgalith and Gulliver's Rest are featured. The former is a nexus world. (PROSE: Crushing Reality, Flight of the Cyberons)
- Dionus has an encounter with the Friend. (PROSE: Vignettes of an Uprising)
- One Faction member's Faction Paradox mask is carved from the skull of one of the Ferutu. (PROSE: Cold Fusion)