Mirelael, having stayed with a newborn babe overnight, is believed to have gone off in the quiet of the dawn to perform her rounds in the village, but she has not been seen past Orhan of Lemra’s house. The smith is quite upset over it and torn between finding the well-beloved woman who birthed his only child or staying with mother and newborn. Sir Tirn is acting as the delegation’s bodyguard, and the orbaleese guards have reduced their number to 1 to match him. The other two have retired to the guest house to take their leisure. One guard (Kal) has gone with Sir Kjarri and eventually meets Seenae, Nina and Tamari at the Red Horse Inn.