The party travels back to the Peonian temple and decide to rest in one of the guest houses. Maketa Seenaë Dyren goes to see Sir Syman of Tolfane and ask him to make sure the group is woken in a few hours. He informs her that Constable Sir Denil Chahryn is being moved and suggests that they be in attendance the next morning when he wakes. She returns to the guest house to rest.
The party is woken by a hushed argument about how to wake them; they are brought water to wash, and go downstairs to find the abbess presiding over the table. She tells the party that Sir Denil arrived safely at the Laranian temple. The group eats some food, then heads to the Five Pennies late at night
The porter at the inn informs the group that Lonvele has reserved a back room. Florentina (Nina) shoos the porter off to bed, then all head into the meeting room. Lonvele has three large associates, standing over the captured poisoner so that the party may question him. The man identifies himself as Pieter, and he tells us what happened the night he stole the seal; he also describes the man who hired him: he had clean but calloused hands, no visible jewelry, graying brown hair and brown eyes. Pieter was paid twice again what he usually gets for this kind of job. The party decides to take Pieter to the Silver Cavern to find the man who hired him. Seenaë leaves the room while Lonvele performs a ritual on Pieter to change his appearance. The party and Pieter head to the Silver Cavern, and Lonvele heads off into the night.
The group arrives at the inn; after about an hour, Pieter says the man we are looking for walked in, identified as Master Tomei. At around the same time, a man came up to the table and told Nina she has her father’s right, and she can go into the back if she wants. She refuses, and later tells the party that her father was Liet Kavir. They leave the Silver Cavern, with Nina going off with Pieter, Tamarie waiting for the Motley Crew, and the rest returning to the Five Pennies.
When Nina rejoins the party, she notices Lonvele in a corner. He has collected the debts of the man they are looking for, and will have a writ for them in the morning. The party decides to collect this man at dawn.
Near dawn, a woman knocks on the door of the inn room and delivers the document from Lonvele. The party heads to Master Tomei’s house; they knock, sending the maid to collect him along with Seenaë. Nina and Sir Kjarri of Setara go to the back door to prevent escape from there. Upon speaking with master Tomei, the man denies having hired Pieter or ever going to the Silver Cavern. Seenaë sees that he is telling the truth. They gather him up and head for the healing house. When they arrive, they are told that both Inquisitor General, Amera Rusyn and Sir Syman of Tolfane are in a heated discussion. Nina goes to find the Motley Crew to see if they have followed Tomei; the Inquisitor calls in Larissa of Kephar, questioning begins.
it comes out that Master Tomei was ensorceled and manipulated into hiring Pieter. Larissa judges him innocent. She then performs a ritual to find who ensorceled him, and finds a name: Damaen of Hilome, to no-one’s surprise. Sir Tirn of Selvos prays to make sure the information hasn’t been tampered with. He sees that some things are hidden and the Concordat cannot be broken, but the information is correct.
The party gets into a cart and head off with two axemen. Larissa is glowing in Seenaë’s eyes, and Kjarri seems to sparkle. The group arrives at Master Damean’s home; he has vacated the premises about two days ago. The group learns that he is both a master seaman and master merchant; the party goes to the portmaster, and discover that the ship Master Damean left on is the Tributes. The captain is, strangely, Hilome of Damean; the pilot is Andrain of Chahryn… which is impossible. Unfortunately caught in a dead end, the party has to return to court to bear witness in Sir Poryn Meldon’s case.
Back at the castle, the The Motley Fool stops the party on the way to tell the group that Andasin IV wants to speak to them. The fool brings them to a room where they can wash up, then leads them into court proper.
Sir Reynald Milaka is presenting a request to have help sent to his holdings to fight raiders. Other items are dealt with; finally, the party is called to bear witness on the case of Sir Poryn. Tirn and Kjarri give their report, and Sir Poryn withdraws his challenge. They suggest Sir Poryn be given another equally important estate farther from Selvos.
Once the party withdraws from the king’s presence, Clemens of Desforia leads them on a circuitous path to meet with the royal brothers. The group reports on the night’s activities; the king appreciates what has been done, and offers horses and a home in Selvos as a reward.