In the morning the Heroes decide to continue travelling away from the valley. They spend an uneventful night on the edge of the forest, and prepare to combat the shadowy First Victim at dawn. This time they decide to place the blade outside their camp, 50′ away, to see whether the creature goes for it or the person who took it. As dawn rises on the 12th day of Wealsun, the creature appears and picks up the blade then disappears, taking it. The Heroes shrug, pack up their camp, and head home. They say goodbye to Scully and three days later arrive safely at Pest’s Crossing.
Medmyr meets them and tells them that a few days ago a warrant for the arrest of two lords, the Baron of Pregmere (Lionel) and the Marquis of The Lea and the surrounding area (Bertram), for treason. The two lords arrived a day later and Medmyr had them arrested, and placed in guest rooms under house arrest until Baron Calibos returned. The two lords wanted to see him, and the other heroes, and as soon as they have refreshed themselves a meeting is held in Calibos’ quarters. There the lords explain that they believe the Duke is not himself, that there is something seriously wrong. Other lords seem to be under the same sort of influence, but they do not know want. Both have been exiled and replacements have taken over command of their domains. Fortunately, some of their loyal soldiers managed to escape and are waiting for word to join them. They want the Heroes help in finding out what is happening and what to do.
After a brief discussion– since they too suspect something is up– the Heroes agree to investigate, and leave the lords under Medmyr’s care and watchful eye. The lords sends word to their men to come to the Hornwood to make camp nearby. Meanwhile, the Heroes pack their bags and head off to The Lea to investigate the new Baron who now rules there. They travel in disguise and under cover, with only Calibos and Ungrid posing as themselves. Halmary uses his mask to disguise himself as an elderly wandering cleric and Xellos and Sidni both keep themselves invisible. They find the village now has the additions of prison camps and a quarry where stone is being cut form the walls that are stretching from the major towns on the borders. Criminals are doing most of the work, used pretty much as slave labour, but rumour has it that these so-called criminals are merely people who have spoken out about the Duke and his lords. Calibos sends word home to check if the men the Duke sent to him are the same, and if so, let them be freshly judged and released if necessary: others are asked if they want to join his army, and a few dozen do so.
At the keep that overlooks the village Calibos, Ungrid and the disguised Halmary ask to see the Marquis, but are told that Baron Curtis is now in charge. They are asked to leave their weapons behind, which Calibos and Halmary agree to (Halmary has his disguised as a walking stick and takes it with him, Calibos has his weapon hidden inside his magic shield), leaving Ungrid in the Great Hall with the weapons and several guards. The other two are led upstairs into a spacious office where the Baron bids them enter and sit. Sidni and Xellos, both invisible, join them, and guards stand watch inside and out. Before they reached the keep, Halmary cast True Seeing on Xellos, who checks out the people he passes: there is something slightly off about them, the Baron as well, but he cannot tell what exactly. They begin to talk, questioning the Baron about the higher taxes, the slave labour, the whereabouts of the Marquis and what he thinks of the Duke; the Baron tells them he has a gift for them, and goes behind his desk and pulls a large mourning cloth off a huge ornate mirror.
Calibos and Halmary see their reflections. Their reflections see them smile. Then they step out of the mirror!