The party spends their first evening in Penshin attempting to gather intelligence from around town. Diego and Banagher visit an upscale supper club (though Diego steps out for nearly two hours without remark), Alton and Vladimir a working-class tavern, and Moriel and Poppy sneak across town and stake out the University of Invention for a few hours. Unfortunately, nothing particularly useful is gleaned from the time.
In the dead of night, everyone is stirred by a knocking at the door of the safehouse. The party discovers a small wooden box left on the doorstep with an attached note. The note instructs parties unknown (perhaps those who had been squatting in the safehouse in the months since the underground abandoned it) to deliver the box of “tomatoes” to an individual one night hence. Opening the box reveals the “tomatoes” to be diamonds, nearly twenty-thousand sovereigns worth. A very drawn-out debate begins over whether to follow the instructions on the note or to keep the…tomatoes.
The next morning, after having decided to deliver the…tomatoes…as if they were the intended recipients of the box, the party acquires some basic foodstuffs to get by a few more days. An aggravated Vladimir goes for a walk, Gronk pursues. Alton checks for job postings at the university, but finds none. Diego and Banagher, on their way to the docks to collect information on the troop transports out in the bay, encounter Diego’s cousin Pedro, who informs him that his mother, whom he thought dead for many years, has instead been alive until just the past month. It would seem that the merchant prince who destroyed Diego’s family, Count Richileau, took his mother and sister Isabel in and has used them harshly in the intervening years. The three turn from the docks and head back to the safe-house.