Meruem makes the following deal with Komugi: if she wins, he will give her anything she desires; if he wins, he will take her left arm. Komugi rejects the offer and insists on putting her life on the line, as she always has. Komugi explains that she is the breadwinner of a family of 12, and her worth comes only from excelling in Gungi, so if she loses, she is worth nothing. Meruem is impressed by her resolve, noting that she could easily ask for his life should she win. To apologize for his cowardice, he tears off his own left arm. Pouf panics at the sight, but Meruem violently spurns Pouf's aid, demanding to keep playing. However, Komugi refuses to play until Meruem's arm is mended. Meruem orders Pitou's presence.
Knov and Morel note that all the puppets have disappeared, leading them to believe that the King's well-being has been jeopardized. They decide that it is now time to set up Knov's portals in the palace. However, they are being watched by Leol, Bloster, and Welfin. They split up, and the three Chimera Ants decide to go after Morel.