The party is restless and unwilling to allow the ghosts to remain in the Khuzdun outpost on the edge of town. In this episode they learn that as much relies on their conscience as their singing ability. And thus the do-wop group is born.
Seenaë returns to the physicianry with Matakea Yordag, and Nina goes to the kitchen to make soup. Tirn reports to Reblana Larissa and during his report Kjarri returns to the temple with the two ex-smugglers seeking sanctuary, who make a dash for the altar cloth. Kjarri joins Tirn at Reblana Larissa’s office, and reports that he has brought the two men to the temple. She feels this was a bad idea, and brings the two knights to the Serolan, who upholds their decision. Tirn and Kjarri are given permission withdraw, and they collect Seenaë and Nina before heading off to find a boat to take them back to the garrison.
Once back at the garrison, they find the ghost of the girl in the same place they last saw her. She is unresponsive, but the party hears a song that tells her tale – she was killed by her sister. She seems to be interested by questions sung to her, but she does not answer, and her attention wanders as soon as the song ends. Nina suggests they sing her song again, adding in a verse at the end asking her what she wants them to do. This works, and the ghost requests that they sing her song again. They sing their agreement, and she disappear with a whisper of her name and the year she died – Nadia, TR586.
The party finds the ghost of a middle-aged man in the dining hall, and his song is heard. He is also unresponsive to questions, but when he hears Nadia’s song sung, he searches the room, as if he is looking for her. Nina sings a prayer of hope to him, and he stares at her longingly. Seenaë finally discovers that all he wants is peace, and she performs a funerary rite for him, after which he fades from view.
The angry ghost is discovered next. He runs screaming out of the blocked tower. He is a Khuzdun, one of the guard who were stationed here. His song is heard – he was betrayed by a friend. The party clears the stones from the stairway, and they manage to get to the upper floor. They see the ghost’s final moments played out, including his battle with an unseen enemy that he does not wish to hurt, and the removal of his beard. Seenaë managers to make contact with him – his namer is Abros, and his friend betrayed the garrison, and let in an enemy clan of Khuzdun, the Turok. Seenae performs the Laranian funerary rite for Abros, but while he stops and shows his respect for it, it does not free him. The party decides to go back to the temple, hoping to find someone who knows something about the Khuzdun that might help them put Abros to rest.
Back in Selvos, Seenae visits the temple library, only to learn there is little information on the Khuzdun there. Nina feeds the men in the temple, and Kjarri reports to the Seloran. Tirn goes to the Guild of Arcane Lore to seek council from his master, and is introduced to a scholar who knows magic to turn the party ethereal. The theory is, if they can surrender to Abros in battle, his spirit will be able to move on without having to testify against his friend to his god, the thought of doing so being what has held Abros there for so many years.
At Chapter that evening, the assembled hear the tale of Aerant and Gerin, the two ex-smugglers. They are genuinely penitent, and do not want to die. The decision to uphold their bid for sanctuary is upheld by all assembled, even through Reblana Larissa’s prodding. The temple girds itself for the coming storm of angry townspeople expected on the morrow.