The chapter begins with the group riding in to the northern Farnbo Fort, Farnbie – there is still just the right amount of day time left for the group to check out the town and to find an inn to spend the night at.
The first thing that happens is Nerevar truly wants a pair of gloves, so he approaches a merchant and asks, but the merchant has none. He decides to ask the merchant for a sickness potion. Merchant makes a potion for his sickness for his “face” (because as a Drow, he looks like a sickly and disfigured elf). The potion costs 25 gold points.
The group decides to stay at the Three Moons Tavern and Inn. Eiros asks how the journey went (since the group arrived a little before Eiros, Saelbella, Sir Johnny & Nirva did). Eiros and Saelbella head to the Foamy Tankard (the best tavern in town) to grab a bite to eat.
Ami goes to talk to Squeeble (brother of Deeble) to barter for some more magical items.
Meanwhile, Eiros and the bartender are talking about philosophy (blah blah blah). Saelbella is somewhat familiar with philosophy since Saelbella is a princess. Saelbella gets bored from the conversation and goes to sit by a guy sitting by himself who is writing in a book. Saelbella finds out that the man she talks to is in charge of surveying the land. Saelbella brings Nirva over to talk to the man. However, Nirva finds the map to be useless and when Saelbella inquires why, Nirva states it must actually see and survey the land itself, as there are many other things needed for the surveillance project than what the map has.
Devos wants to know what rumors are happening around town, so in the inn, he asks a few patrons about rumors. The most interesting rumor he hears is that one of the towns south of Farnbie was recently burnt down, but the cause was unknown. He proceeds to exit the inn and asks a herbal merchant about the rumor and about medicines. The man knows little else about the burnt town, but when Devos asks for a seasickness potion, the man sends him to a merchant inside the fort who knows more about the rumor. Inside the fort, the merchant Dámajj sells him some seaweed for the potion, and tells more about the rumor. When two separate groups went to investigate the causes, only one speechless individual returned and disappeared the next day without a word. Devos then returns to the medicine brewer who says the potions will be ready the next day at lunch.
Meanwhile, Nerevar finds his way into the Tankard with Dazen shortly behind. Nerevar goes up to the bar to order a skulka, the foamy favorite drink of the area. However, the bartender informs him that since the embargo, skulka root has been quite rare and he has no skulka drink to sell. Frustrated and disappointed, Nerevar then eavesdrops in the bar for a bit to overhear two warriors with trident emblems talking about the embargo. Nerevar starts to question them about the embargo and where he can get some skulka, but because he hasn’t had many social encounters lately, he proceeds to tick off the leader of the two. A fight almost begins, but Dazen restrains Nerevar in time to take him outside the bar. Dazen knocks the drow out and with the assistance of Devos, the two put the elf on the shelf, propped up by the chimney.
Dazen returns to the bar to apologize to the two travellers. He asks them more about the embargo. When the two ask where he and his companions are headed, Dazen replies by telling them they are headed southward to the Dragon Temple on the southern island. The leader scoffs, telling him such a journey would be suicide and that the bravest sailors would not even dare approaching the isle. He informs Dazen that it would be nearly impossible to buy passage to the island unless the group could procure their own boat. Dazen finishes his drink and then asks the leader why he doesn’t take his helmet off. The stranger replies “There are some secrets that we all have, now don’t we Dragonborn?” Dazen then bids the stranger goodnight and drags the intoxicated Eiros off to bed.
The next morning, Devos and Dazen go to wake Eiros up and find a pile of vomit next to the bed, with an Eiros sprawled about the bed. When Devos goes to administer medicine to Eiros, the elf leaps up, laughs, and pointing to the vomit, snaps his fingers as it dissapears. Devos and Dazen watch Eiros saunter out of the room, stunned. The two then proceed to wake Saelbella up, but there is no answer when they knock on the door. Devos picks open the lock and the two find no Saelbella, Sir Johhny, or Nirva in the room. The bed clearly seems like someone slept in it that night, but there is no sign of a scuffle. Only an open window, a locket that Ami recognizes Saelbella found on an adventure from earlier, and the key Saelbella claimed from the Frozen Dragon’s lair…