The Empire of Logic is in hot pursuit of the man who would eventually become the Corps' Commander, but at this point was still a nameless wanderer between worlds. He hadn't even settled on "Dean" as a pseudonym yet.
At some point, he found himself inside the Empire, and discvered that these mysterious electronic chips - the ones inside the box he's carrying - were actually people. That, sealed inside them, something was alive and sentient and begging for rescue. There's only one answer to that: steal them and get them somewhere safe. He'd keep them in his own possession for a while, and when the Corps came to recruit him, he handed them over, knowing the Corps would know what to do with them.

So what were they for in the first place?

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