In the aftermath of the battle against the Maiden of the Mirthless Smile, Peleps Maera shares an emotional reunion Cathak Shao Dun and Tepet Sanzo. There is little time for commiseration, as reinforcements from the Maiden’s army approach. The Dragon-Blooded secretly carry off the body of the anathema as they withdraw.
With champion of the Dead slain and their armies delayed, Maera, Sanzo and Shao leave Trellis to reunite the kinship at the fortress of Parapet.
Mnemon Sarissa finishes her latest remarkable crafting project, a powerful fire wand, while V’neef Kai trains with the warstrider Longaeva. In the evening, they meet and discuss they way their lives have changed, and ponder what the future may hold. While their philosophical differences remain, the two express feelings of genuine fondness and friendship for each other.
The Vermillion Legion arrives in Parapet under the command of Tepet Ejava, the Roseblack, followed a few days later by by Maera, Sanzo, and Shao. After a heartwarming reunion and some time to rest, the rejuvenated kinship prepares to resist the invading Dead.
As the defenders busy themselves, Sanzo disappears.
Sarissa reaches out to Shao and offers to help him compensate for the loss of his arm as he prepares for battle.
As Shao sits atop the wall of the great fortress, he is happily joined by Desai Pavrani. The two swap tales and head off for sparring practice.