Everyone awakes to find their clothes cleaned and neatly folded outside their doors. The scent of fresh baked pastry and ham drifts through the halls. The dining hall has been closed off; and the food is instead served on picnic blankets in one of the spacious drawing rooms. Cheese, fruit, danishes, and ham are spread out on platters for people to serve themselves as they gather.
Roland gets up, stretches, and after getting dressed in his newly cleaned clothes he follows the scent of food to the drawing room. It had been a while since he slept on anything but the ground or a common room floor, and even back home their straw filled mattresses were never as comfortable as a noble’s guest bed. He is as well rested as he had ever been, and quite ready to eat after last night's ordeal. He grabs a plate, loads it up with several slices of the ham, a particularly sharp and nutty smelling wedge of hard cheese, and a single danish, then sits down on a bare patch of floor against the wall.
Quiberron enters shortly after, helps himself to a variety of food, nods to Roland, and sits down in a comfortable chair to await the Lady of the house.
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.