Zorran only gets relaxation out of his visit to the hot springs (no companionship, no mystical healing). Amaira returns to the Ebonheart Crossing Inn with her father, Wannar, followed closely by the samsaran. Wannar commences to healing the injured, including Maeve and Zorran. Momoko plays her flute, much to the enjoyment of one of the sisters.
After the heads of Zorran and Maeve clear a bit thanks to Wannar’s restoration, they discuss the hydra being the most dangerous creature spotted since they entered the Chaos Sea. Momoko gifts a cup of sake to Amaira, and a wind chime to Annabeth Ahlgren. Dinner is served (cooked up by Vittoria Ahlgren), along with some ale.
The six Algren sisters plus Maeve were the only ones in the inn when their land mass disappeared from their world. During the inane conversation about scars and Zorran showing some of his, Wannar mentions that the Robin’s Roost tavern in Dagna was named by the Sleeping Bear lodge after the foraging nature of the namesake bird. Zorran asks Momoko to tell one of her favourite stories, and she tells a story about frogs in a bucket of milk (instead of one about Zorran). When Amaira asks for another ale, Zorran instead receives an herbal tea made by Wannar.
Zorran then tells the story about his first life (and death), and Amaira vows to keep up with Vittoria in drinking… and Amaira manages to outdrink her. The next morning, breakfast is enjoyed and discussion surrounds “dwarves” and “trains”. Four days until the festival!
When they reach the decaying stone ruins accompanied by a swirling portal, Maeve reveals that the sword on her hip used to be in the slit inside the pedestal among the ruins: it was her removing of the sword that caused the landmass to separate from its former world. Zorran gets skittish at the presence of the portal and takes off, avoiding Momoko’s spell, and the three women decide they will go to South Crystalmere. After some further conversation, Maeve fails an attempt at slight of hand to steal the twig, he catches her hand, and then she manages to capture it with her other hand. After a brief struggle, Maeve tosses the branch into the pedestal, and the branch swiftly grows into the size of a five-year-old tree. After Zorran smacks Maeve upside the head, Momoko declares, “All right! Let’s go the festival!”
On the way back to Dagna, Amaira offers her horse to pull the wagon full of bread dough. Annabeth agrees to ride with Zorran, and they decide to take off on ahead. Maera interrogates Momoko about how she burned the hydra, and what it feels like to have magical powers. Maera is hoping to learn more so that she can have power: she was trapped at the inn for three years, and in the years before that.
Annabeth asks Zorran about Dagna and the people of the land, and he fills her head with biased nonsense about the tieflings.