The party, sans Moriel and Poppy, converge on a spot in a busy marketplace and observe an entire neighborhood street in Penshin completely deserted. A beggar in the street makes an enigmatic mention of how “she isn’t a goddess, just an obscenely powerful woman” and how she needs sacrifices to become free of her chains. After selling Vladimir a trinket, she seems to change subtly and become less than she was during her soliloquy.
Meanwhile, Moriel and Poppy are surprised to find a man sneaking in through the roof of the safe-house. They ambush him and slay him, but not before Moriel is poisoned. Her life is saved only by Banagher’s magical intervention after the rest of the party’s timely arrival. After some investigating (and drinking by Vladimir gathering information in seedy taverns), it is discovered that the assailant is an Elven assassin who has been down on his luck in recent years and has been relegated to doing minor courier work for a local crime lord. It is a safe assumption that the “tomatoes” left on the doorstep were intended for him.
During the time when Gronk, Vladimir, and Diego go out to research the assailant, Banagher and Moriel pay a visit to the University of Invention, posing as travelling scholars, and book an appointment with Dean Bubblesneezer in six days.
While everyone is out on the town, Poppy sneaks out on a rooftop-to-rooftop quest to secure a cinnamon sticky bun, Pedro is conscripted to dump the body of the assassin, and Alton stakes out Richelieu’s estate in preparation for a raid.
During the day, the party feels a twisting sensation, like a shudder through the air (except for Banagher who suddenly feels flush with magical power). Pedro and Diego inform the party that this is what happens when the Waygate at Tablenhelm Keep is opened as it is every few months since the invasion.
That night, the party travels to the appointed meeting-place to find a strangely dressed man with many piercings and tattoos who speaks no language in common with Gronk waiting to receive the package. The “tomatoes” are turned over and he departs without incident. On their way back to the safe-house, they encounter a large black carriage waiting for them, a man inside thanks Gronk for his service, proving trustworthy beyond most measures, and is rewarded with a palm of gems.
Moriel and Banagher, on the way to the rooming house they retained as part of their scholarly cover, encounter a finely-dressed woman who Banagher finds strangely familiar and who waves her hand in the air and causes Banagher to pass out, saying that “she doesn’t like being watched”. She warns Moriel that “she is looking for you, avidly, I don’t know how she knows you’re here, or what you’re here for, but you should do it and get out”. She goes on to warn Moriel that she is hiding the party’s presence from “her” but can only do so for another few days.