“There are nine Rings on this world,” Hyong told the Supreme Leader, “two more than on Earth.”
The Supreme Leader’s eyes shone hungrily. “Where do they go?”
“Unknown,” said Hyong with an apologetic bow. “They appear to be inactive.”
“Find out!” demanded the Supreme Leader.
General Namgung bowed and said, “There is something else, Supreme Leader. Our satellites show that two of the active Rings’ cities are occupied.”
The Supreme Leader’s irritation only increased. “Which ones?”
“The North American Ring and the North African Ring, sir.”
“They are of no consequence,” sneered the Supreme Leader.
Hyong was not so certain.