After fending off a surprise Ulfen raid at the Skalsbridge, the party find themselves in command of an Ulfen longboat as well as a prisoner. This restrained Ulfen Reaver welcomes death; at first he proves unwilling to divulge any secrets, although the party decides he might be incapable of it due to magical control. He offers only the name “Kimandatsu” before the party releases him to enjoy death in combat to Hirohito, a fate Kelda suggests was too good for him.
Also under the party’s control are the survivors of the wrecked forest caravan. Although welcome guests, their theft of party supplies sees light and Yothan, having predicted this betrayal, suggests leaving them in the wilderness. The party instead takes them to Kalsgard and lets them leave, but not before discovering further theft of party supplies. Hirohito cleaves two fingers from the male survivor in front of his horrified wife and child and they leave on bitter terms, cursing that they ever met the party.
Yothan leaves the party on more favourable terms, thanking Koya for delivering him from a life of a gang criminal and offers to look up distant family in Kalsgard to be of assistance. Kelda has sailed the commandeered Ulfen longboat into Kalsgard to find a good price, which she will return to the party after taking her cut.
Sandru recommends the party find lodging in the city to reduce suspicion. He will stay with the caravan with Ameiko, Shalelu and Senja and prepare for the journey north. Traftar notices that Sandru and the rest of the party are being watched at all times by seemingly intelligent ravens. He warns Sandru, who immediately makes plans to keep these unnatural observers at bay.
The party has found accomodation in the Fire Quarter. Ignatious applies as the tavern cook by whipping up a hot chilli stew that overwhelms the barmaid and he is refused the job. The party notices the first occurence of commoners asking about the recent arrival of Varisian traders from Sandpoint with an old woman and Tien warrior.
The party launches upon the search for the magical sword Suishen by examining the Amber Quarter, trading hub for artifacts and fine goods. They encounter a blind beggar that delivers a warning, having smelt the boiled cabbage surreptitiously applied to them: “They know who you are and are coming for you!” Eventually it is found that Fynn Snaevald, the man who bought Suishen from Rokuro Kaijitsu, is still alive and well into his nineties. He tells them his house was recently broken into by men with gold lion-head armbands, men who stole only Suishen and left all else untouched.
Fynn clearly remembers buying Suishen and will even give it to the party, but only if they obtain his blood vengeance against the thieves that had killed a servant and stole from him yet have not admitted it and since offered no weregild. If the party is willing to find and kill these thieves, they will exact the justice of the Ulfen and restore the tarnished honour of this old man.