While waiting for official assistance to seek out the evil source of monsters recently assailing Apala, Virva de Seyhan bides her time helping the sick and wounded in and near the temple of Pelor. Traveling Sayen performs in the marketplace to raise the spirits of a weary populace and steps in to provide a timely distraction as newcomer Adllal tests the patience of town guards. Sayen leads Adllal to find the water fountain in the temple of Pelor just as a showy procession enters the marketplace. Bondegnute Bestingne joins the rush of people converging in the temple of Pelor to get out of the way, but the procession leads exactly there.
Lord Oremis emerges from the procession to speak to head cleric Ithamar, who soon calls up Virva de Seyhan to speak with the lord. Virva is recruited with ease to join Oremis’s quest to fight evil. He departs to visit the bey, Lord Levent. Griogar appears, anxious to gain audience with Oremis. Curious PC’s converge. Virva assures Griogar that she can speak to Oremis when he returns to collect her, and he reports that goblins from inside the mountains have been attacking Demir. Lights, chanting, and scattered human bones have lent sinister import to the human captives taken. Griogar believes that the goblins “consort with demons.”
For armor maintenance, Bondegnute and Adllal pay a visit to Ilkin’s Smithy, where they witness a shouting match between Ilkin and Kallisto. Adllal pays homage to Kord at Ilkin’s family shrine and learns that the shrine’s sword has been lost with Ilkin’s missing son. Virva awaits the return of Oremis fully armored until sundown, when she is convinced to join her new acquaintances for supper. All are interested in going to track down the goblins.