The Chosen Five (only three remain) are at odds with each other over Devin shunning Paeris’ memorial ceremony and not helping to fight off the demons that attacked the temple during the service. While Merethyl is still stalking Stark, an inquisitive character named Markus Landor has taken an interest in the group. The temple acolyte Alvareis brings news of an encroaching darkness outside of New Weedale, which is still the domain of The Five. Merethyl however tries shooting him down, still being salty about Alvarez shunning her earlier and pretending to be "out of spell slots" when she was in urgent need of healing. Torrin and Merethyl would rather shop for a new dress for the Drow, but end up stealing one, and intimidate the gentle old lady who owns a small clothing store into not reporting them to the guards. Meanwhile, Stark is nagged into looking for Elizabet, but does not learn anything new. Devin catches Choo at The Mage College and tries to get him to rally his old goblin tribe for him. Since Alvarez won’t stop pestering the group about saving Irulan, The Five, now three, as well as Markus and Merethyl, who simply refuse to leave them alone, travel to New Weedale by CAR. To their surprise, they find the township abandoned, but tracks lead them into the Colleca Woods.