It was not hard to convince the General that he had indeed walked amongst the alien during his absence, all traces pointed that way. It take a bit more work to convince them that most of the people who had believed to be killed are still alive, and remember it, even though they are now considered aliens themselves. It was another thing, however, to convince them of the Empress good intention.
But with a bit of convincing with his mental ability, they decided to give the aliens a chance. He had finally managed to be the volunteer who will walk into the alien hive and arrange a meeting for them, convinced his commanders that if what he told was not true, then he himself would not be returned and no harm would be done. They reluctantly agreed.
Of course, he could have just spoke mentally with the Empress from within the base, but they would question how could he communicate with the aliens over distance. He couldnt le