The party returns to Lyssa’s Port with Eldred and his military expedition, making a quick stopover in the Blasted Heath, where Iolar discovers that some tenants (refugees from the conflict int he south) have moved in. He accepts their presence and wishes them luck before pressing on. A few of Eldred’s Alfaen elves are left behind to help organize the place.
Savren and an Alfaen mage (who was accompanying Eldred) named Zil both try to lift the curse on Zarunal, resulting in comedic failure and a number of different changes for him. Once the party arrives back in Lyssa’s port, however, a scroll found in the sanctum of Lord Mittlemetz restores him to his true form.
Strange things are afoot: The Bishop of the Adastrican Temple has gone south to help with the war effort: Anthec is on the march in Lyssandria. Many nobles have gone to join the fight. Eldred intends to go to Guildport to help defend it with his remaining troops, while a few engineers and advisers go north to help secure the border.
One of Avron’s shipmates is being held in jail, he is accused of committing a horrendous murder on another crewman, and will be hanged. Avron visits him, and he avows his innocence, claiming that they were trying to find Avron to exact justice for stealing the map to Tsojcanth. There was death and torture involved, and it seems news of that map has leaked out to some dangerous person of unknown identity.
Meanwhile, one of the Acolytes from the Adastrican temple has also gone missing. Savren soon learns that recently the tenple’s Prelate absconded on a secret journey with Sarah Jane, and no one knows where they are either. He is concerned by this, and the party investigates the missing acolyte and the murdered seaman as best they can.
They receive unexpected help from an old friend when they accidentally run into Victor, who points them in the direction of a clue or two. Savren starts spending the night at the Adastrican temple, fearful of another Acolyte going missing.
At the end of the week, most of the party attends the Hanging. Avron’s old shipmate swings from the gallows without incident. However, back at the Temple, there is a disturbance in the street: a fight between some drunk men. Several local guards try to break up the fight, and Savren wades in to help them. However, suddenly all of the miscreants turn on the guards, killing them all then turning on Savren…