The defeat of Shazaraak provides the party not only with a hard won victory, but a new place of power. Realizing the potential for the former school of magic, the heroes decide that resources will need to be allocated to resurrecting the secrets there.
Setting off for their allies, they decide to make way for Valenar to aid Lie in her personal request. On the way, she explains that she was once part of a cult of shapeshifters, known as the Faces of Ravaji, lead by a megalomaniacal doppelganger. The cult has dissolved but its members still lurk in the shadows, and several of them have assumed Lie’s former identities. The changeling hitwoman does not wish to take risks with the harm these rogue cultists can do in her name, nor how it could potentially reflect on the party. She has them each visit different areas during period of festivities, in Keth and asks them each to simply provide distractions that will expose her targets to harm.
With the groups assigned, the party moves in on their locations, unaware of the targets or Lie’s plan of action and begin setting the scene. Elsbeth, Karne, and Magnus settle in to a tavern, where a wedding celebration is proceeding between two rival clans. Though their presence is viewed suspiciously, they are tolerated, and the two begin to regale the bartender with their most recent conquest. Between their fantastic tale and the use of magic to provide visual references, an arrow flies through a window, striking an attendant dead, and initiating a full on tavern brawl.
Maki, Perqu, and Bad Apple!! visit the bazaar and Maki immediately hatches a plan to coordinate all those in attendance into a choreographed dance routine and impromptu endurance test, all under the guise of winning a fabled prize from her once prosperous kingdom. All the while, unbeknownst to anyone (including her), her scepter has activated, giving her complete sovereign authority over everyone present. As the dance winds down, and the last three contestants flag to keep up with her challenge, one victim in the far back is eliminated with well-placed dagger strikes. Bad Apple!! succeeds under Maki’s decree, and the trio make their exit down a nearby well, and are escorted away by Lie.
Navir and Kolt attend a horse race, studying the crowd as they do. Kolt invests energy into riling up several locals and visiting people, firing up a full blown riot that he himself gets lost in the middle of. As the racers come around, their horses riled up from the agitation of the crowd, Kolt tips the chaos over a boiling point by surreptitiously firing a shot into the air, and instigating a magical fear effect that spooks many onlookers and terrifies the horses. With full on bedlam, he and Navir watch as a horse is decapitated and the rider is torn in half by a greatsword. With, apparently, their work done, the pair follow a frustrated Lie away from the scene of the brawl.
With all but one target eliminted, Lie prepares to move in for the kill and close this chapter in her life at last.