Piper takes her bowl, gives Nate a thank-you kiss, and tastes the ice cream. She frowns for a moment, considering the taste... and then smiles, happily enjoying her ice cream.
She, too, seems to have instantly forgotten the stare-down.
Zalasbra raises an eyebrow. "You've detected -" He pauses. "Explaining her nature directly would... annoy her. And, in all honesty, there is much that even I do not know about her. Yes, I can give her a name, but what would that mean to you? So, I am not telling you what she is, and - I am not telling you what she is not. If I happened to mention the category of beings among which she is numbered, I would do so without mentioning her directly." He contemplates for a few moments. "Her motivations and personality you are likely to find out much of for yourself in any case. Vulnerabilities it is, then. She has none, or at least none known. No mortal weapons can harm her, even magical weapons have minimal effect - the only weapon that even might be capable of permanently harming her has been lost for over five hundred years, and that is a magical artefact with sufficient power to unmake the very world on which we stand. Rumour has it that there is a cabal of Zemoch priests that expend every effort they can solely in an attempt to utterly destroy her - and her, um, 'siblings', so to speak - in vengeance for... some incident in the ancient past. Whether that rumour has any basis or not, I am almost certain that she has not even noticed their attempts. So you need not be overly concerned for her safety, even in dangerous situations."
It's at approximately this point that a small group of Terrans - who had been out foraging - come back with news of having heard something odd. "Some sort of humming noise, like a server room but louder and higher-pitched," says one of them. Since they were (understandably) a bit nervous about strange sounds on new planets, they had decided not to immediately investigate.
Felix and Teresa have finished... whatever they were up to (they don't appear to have found Talen; the Captain glances at Felix' collar but fails to spot any lipstick); Nate and Piper have finished their ice cream; and Zalasbra has evidently decided he's pushed the danger of finding bugs on his head about as far as he should, and stopped answering questions about Piper.