III. Guardians of the Law
McLane and the others are dragged out of the middle of a robotics course to
take on a "special assignment" with the new ORION VIII.
Spring-Brauner is sending them to 12-M-8 to "gut" sixteen space probes whose
memory shall be evaluated on Earth for the weekly astrophysical report.
Helga Legrelle and Atan Shubashi are the first to go aboard a Lancet to start
Meanwhile the ORION is being called by the ore freighter Sikh.
Commodore Ruyther, whom Cliff McLane has served under as an ensign, transports
Germanicum ore from Pallas to Earth.
While he used to be in contact with
the colonists, they have been sending only transport rockets to the Sikh
lately, which instead of ore contained only overburden.
There are seventy
colonists working on Pallas with over twenty work robots.
When McLane asks what he should do about it Ruyther replies that in former
days he would already be on his way there.
Cliff promises to see into the
Tamara Jagellovsk pointing out to him the ORION would disappear from
Earth's locating system, McLane resorts to a trick: The Lancet with Helga
and Atan aboard will generate an energy field--a so called Laurin, so nobody
realizes the ORION is on her way completely elsewhere.
On Pallas McLane can't make contact with the colonists, either.
Tamara, Mario, and Hasso search for the entrance to the underground mine.
Meanwhile the ORION is being called by several stations.
an Alpha Order to redescend to Earth.
Although the ORION is within location
at 12-M-8 all connections fail.
In the upper levels of the mine on Pallas McLane and the others find neither
people nor robots.
Only when they advance into the underground tunnel system
they are overpowered and disarmed by several out of control robots.
They meet the colonists, who tell them there has been a conflict with a drug
dealer, resulting in his and one of his cronies being shot.
have to protect human life, so in order to prevent further mutual killing they
took command over the mine.
Meanwhile the Galactic Security Division interrogates Commodore Ruyther,
who has repeatedly brought only trash to Earth.
General Wamsler is mad
at Colonel Villa, because he had ordered this autonomously.
Villa "a man can fail, a robot never."
In the Lancet work continues, yet calling the ORION -- in vain.
In time the
energy reserves are diminishing rapidly but Atan won't let the Laurin break
down, despite risking his and Helga's life.
On Pallas McLane and the others have to think of something to overpower the robots.
It transpires that the death of drug dealer Forrester is the reason for the
robots malfunction - he was shot in a fight with Richard Hall, the boss of the mine.
While they have to save men in the first robot law they have to harm others
which is against the second law.
Only Tamara remembers the robot course but doesn't exactly know which switches
are responsible for this action. After trapping 2 robots Cliff and Tamara reset
some switches and send the robots back to the control center. They return with
guns and the men make their escape.
Back on the ORION they meet the Lancet last-minute.
Cliff counters Atans reproaches: "You've been in my crew long enough and should
have learned to act without orders in danger."
A message reaches the ORION. Spring-Brauner has mistakenly sent the ship to a
job which should have been done by cadets on board the ARION!
General Wamsler meets the crew in the starlight. A bunch of robots should be
brought to a colony and the general has "heard something about laurin ..."
German TV: 15. October 1966
Translated from "Hüter des Gesetzes"
by: Ulrich Schreglmann
Completed by M.Höfler 
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