"The Great Surf" is the twelfth chapter of Blame!, and the first chapter of Volume 3.


In the next stratum of the megastructure, Cibo and Killy observe a swarm of builders working on a structure made from materials different than the surroundings. In an outlying settlement damaged by a battle, there are corpses from an unfamiliar strain of humans.

Another authority proxy who was disabled in the battle explains that the Authority failed to protect the settlement. It warns the pair to flee nearby Safeguards. The proxy’s body is reformatted into Safeguards, and an advanced Safeguard with a graviton beam weapon also materializes. In the ensuing fight, Cibo’s arm is broken, and the advanced Safeguard infects Killy with nanobodies.

The Safeguards leave Killy for dead, and the pair recover with the help of another damaged Authority proxy. Before its death, this proxy explains that the special structure they observed functions independently of the City, and there may be genetically intact humans with the net terminal gene there.

Character Appearances

  • Killy
  • Cibo
  • Authority Proxy
  • Safeguard Soldier

Notes & Trivia

To be Added

Blame! - Volumes and Chapters
Volume 1 The Net's OffspringMemories of EarthTechno NomadsEX-LOGThe AuthoritiesEscapeSilicon Souls
The Builders
Volume 2 EX-LOG - Nest RuineThe CapitolThe CorporationNet SphereSafety Guard
Volume 3 The Great SurfElectrosilos FishermenPlantersAwakeningAssaultBasic LanguageMassacre
Volume 4 Backup CyberspaceLimit CancelHybridToha Heavy IndustriesElectronic KnightThe Eighth Cave
Volume 5 HackingScattered SpaceGravity FurnaceVersionCave 13Cease Fire
Volume 6 Sanakan and CiboVibrationCollapseDissolutionDisappearanceBeautiful LifeUnofficial Megastructure
Volume 7 Central NexusClass 1 Critical Effect WeaponCaptureAnti-Intrusion Electron Space
The Megastructure's Internal FissureSpecial Safeguards
Volume 8 Inside the MegastructureMultiple Dispersion Molecule MovementProvisional Connection CertificationRaid
UrgeLevel 9Far-Off
Volume 9 Parallel Electricity Storage Tank ClusterThe CallerLacking EscapeThe CaptorAnother MeetingPeople
The Observer
Volume 10 Unified Metal BeamsContinuumOrganicBurning SiliconRescue of the ReceptacleExterminator, First ClassRetrieved ConsciousnessThe Edge of the City