Tyrects, on seeing the others running off for errands he doesn't fully understand, feels the house is emptying too quickly of its defenders and decides to return to the high lord's room to stand guard. Silently, he paces back and forth in front of the door, thick tail weaving behind him.
Del too takes up a watch, noting all the comings and goings of the people in the manor.
And, for a time, most things are quiet.
In a dangerous political climate, several expeditions are made to the infamous Wilds in hopes of expanding the country, Urbane, and avoiding an all out civil war. But, when the lord in charge of the excursions is almost assassinated, tensions increase and put new pressures on the brave explorers.