Kortan becomes fed up with Malone, and chooses the recently captured Neil Dundee to be his new human key. Neil will be placed in the Room of Oblivion, which will erase his identity. Arak is sent to find Malone, who is on the run. Malone comes to Quentin for help, and tells the story of his own experience in the Room of Oblivion. Malone leads them into a trap in the tunnels under Moganda, hoping to buy back Kortan's favor. Quentin reaches the Room of Oblivion in time to save Neil, and he takes Malone hostage and threatens to kill him (thereby preventing the armory from being accessed) if Kortan does not let them go.