Olsule attended E.H. Tersono's Eighth-Day recital in Aquime City aboard the ceremonial barge Soliton; it marked the beginning of the Orbital's remembrance of the Battle of the Twin Novae, which took place over 800 years before in the Idiran-Culture War. He forgot to bring a terminal, and mistook his inert brooch, an artistic work by Xossin Nabbard, to be one. As a result, at the proceeding reception, a query to Hub regarding the edibility of an item in the buffet went unanswered. Olsule assumed the "terminal" was malfunctioning.
Hub noticed Olsule's confusion. Homomdan guest Kabe Ischloear was standing beside Olsule and, with the Homomdan's permission, the Hub used Ischloear's nose ring terminal to communicate with Olsule. The pan-human initially mistook the Homomdan for a statue. Hub continued the conversation through a floating serving tray.
Olsule instructed Hub to warn him if he left home without a terminal from then on. He also considered getting a lace implanted. He was accompanied by one of the barge's remotes for the rest of the evening. The serving tray moved on before Olsule remembered to make his original query.