Episode Link: Kinship Reunited
In the aftermath of the Prince’s ball, Mnemon Sarissa engages herself in a crafting project, creating an intricate flame piece, concealable, the size of a derringer. The construction process is exceptionally difficult and complicated, but after several days of tenacious work, Sarissa is successful.
Three days after the ball, the Leviathan’s Paradise returns to Jiara, the mood still grim. Peleps Maera and Cathak Shao Dun take time to reflect upon the horrors on the ocean.
V’neef Kai comforts Maera with a luxurious bath, as she remains deeply disturbed from her memory of the smell of the bloody storm. Afterwards, they share their recollections of recent events, while Tepet Sanzo eavesdrops on the conversation.
Shao meditates and performs a purification ritual to cleanse himself of the spiritual stench left by the storm.
Tepet Sanzo meets with Lynn, and in a rare moment of open and emotional honesty, he confides in her his fears of the encroaching danger from Thorns.
The kinship gathers at Kai’s villa in what proves to be a sobering reunion; the happiness the five feel at being reunited is somewhat tainted by the revelations that Prince Ozria is a Lunar anathema, and the sinking of the Peleps fleet by the dreadful forces of Thorns. But as the discussion goes on, the unified kinship feel their collective strength, and a sense of hope rises, as the Dragon-Blooded prepare to confront the revealed threats.