Ah, the trap of serial fiction. I’m still building on a version 1 of the story published elsewhere. I made one seemingly insignificant change to that narrative and now I’m regretting it. Martin has to be in a certain state when he gets to a certain place, and I broke that. So I have to go back and adjust things.
If you don’t feel inclined to reread four mostly-similar episodes, just move forward with this simple adjustment: As of episode 20 Martin is unarmed, and Martin really hates being unarmed.