Shade returned to Typhon’s villa and had a conversation with the nemissary in which he was told to look out for an odd-looking stranger who would ask him for a favor and told that the nemissary wished to train him to defend himself from this stranger. Whispers returned soon after and the pair began looking over the documents she had requested from the Guild archive regarding her target in the upstairs library.
Stalwart Second had been spending the morning exploring the grounds when a very frightened servant pulled him aside and asked him for help searching for a fellow servant that had gone missing. The servant had apparently been fired and skipped town the night before the party had arrived, but his friend didn’t believe that story. Second examined the man’s former sleeping quarters and inquired at Typhon’s office if anyone there had seen the man or had an idea where he might have gone.
Gaias, returning from purchasing several small things, began practicing using the daiklave they had picked up while escaping from Karuth Vlan. Typhon returned home and called Gaias into his office where he revealed that the earthly remains of the Abyssal Bones of the Ashen Phoenix had come into his possession. Typhon was unaware that Phoenix was Gaias’ brother, but knew that Gaias had been trying to see the Abyssal was properly buried. Typhon gave the remains to Gaias in exchange for his word that Gaias would not do harm to Typhon, Typhon’s employees or his guests. Gaias hid the remains and left the villa to get drunk and pick a fight.
That evening, everyone but Gaias gathered together for a dinner in the smaller dining room. Rami began a discussion about their proposed journey to Thorns which devolved into a shouting match and nothing much was resolved. It was made apparent that Second did not trust Typhon at all and that Whispers did not much like Second, either. The dinner guests left, discovering Gaias had been leaning against the wall outside though it wasn’t known that he’d been listening in on the conversation. Typhon discussed with Whispers the deal he’d made with Gaias and led her up to the library where she and Shade continued to study into the night.
Gaias pulled Second aside and told him about recovering his brother’s bones and the deal he’d made and asked for advice. Second was unconvinced that the bones belonged to Gaias’ brother and the pair resolved to ask Willow her opinion in the morning. Second asked his permission to speak with Typhon on the matter which Gaias gave. Second and Typhon then had a terse conversation in his office in which Second gave Typhon an ultimatum: release Gaias from the deal they’d made earlier and allow him to keep the bones or Second would never consider trusting the deathknight at all. Typhon agreed to discuss the matter with Gaias in the morning after Willow had had a chance to look at the bones.
Unable to sleep, Second left to follow up on his earlier investigations. At the docks, he found a man who said he’d seen the missing servant. The man said the servant had seemed to be waiting for someone and had appeared very frightened. Second was able to acquire the satchel he’d dropped when he ran away in a fright. Inside were hastily packed clothes, documents written in a strange cypher and a large amount of gaudy looking jewelry. He returned to the villa to ask Rami for advice on the contents of the satchel.