Marker and several other men were part of a pioneer squad that had been tasked by the Captain to retrieve some wasp nests. Marker accidentally dropped one, causing five of the men to receive numerous welts and stings from the paper wasps within. The physician Croaker treated them, but they were silenced by the Captain when Croaker asked how they could be so foolish. Croaker was being systematically kept in the dark about their activities. It would turn out that their wasps would be used in an ambush of the Limper which proved to be successful.