The Hauslands debate their next move. The populace is abuzz with news of the recent coup.
Laeranor points out that he is now the criminally sentenced indentured servant of a wanted man and Sir Darren frees him from service. Laeranor, now a free man, elects to remain by the Hauslands’ side of his own free will.
Here in the King’s lands, the people are uneasy. Prudence balks at running to safety before investigating the status of the family’s friends. Darren receives a magical Sending from Phineas Abraham asking to see the deed to the family cottage. Phineas also mentions that the Archbishop is holding a ranger prisoner in secret.
In a little town called Derry they encounter Rodolfo, son of the Aragonese king, who has very definite opinions on current events and is not afraid to voice them. He is going to Laurence to see Ashby’s execution; Lady Caighleigh is currently attempting to convince him to help them free Ashby instead.