After waking up in Aldus’ bed, the Assassin filled Declan in on his drunken antics the night before and let him know that Arka and Bannon had been sent to a Garrison and that there was probably a letter waiting for Declan at his Mercenary Guild in Summerloch. While Declan was being treated to his first Courtesan Guild experience (as promised) by Walter and Dru, the gang spent one more night (which was both raining and hailing) in Eastborne before setting off in the morning in a miserable but manageable rain. Dru carries Rowan’s letter with him, with the intention to present it to Morighan himself and seeking answers yet again from her when he gets back to Moat. Meanwhile, Rowan has asked Sina if she would continue to travel with the party and collect any information she can from Dru’s future assailants if any are captured. Walter and Declan, as Dru’s bodyguards, also continue to travel with him.
Declan expressed his wishes to go to Summerloch, so the group passed through Porthcaul on their way there where they were charmed by an inn called The Worn Chant. The place has bookcases instead of walls and seems to be occupied by all manner of scholars. Sina found the book written by a former friend, of which she had a direct impact on the formation of, and Dru found an interesting read about sleight of hand. Speaking of interesting books, the group was able to find shelter between towns in an abandoned and slightly falling apart cabin, in which Dru found a coded diary he is still trying to crack.
At the side trip to Summerloch, it was learned that Ruaidhrí, Suibhne and Ainsley had indeed made it to the Mercenary Guild and had impressed the members enough that Ailbhe practically begged them to join. Currently, no one has beaten Ruaidhrí in a fight and he has expressed that he would like to finish his duel with Walter in the future. The three are leaving in a day for their first mission together, on which Ailin may join them, but Declan has said he will mention this request to Walter and see if the duel can be arranged before they leave. Meanwhile Declan did find his letter from Arka and Bannon explaining that they had been sent to a Garrison for disobedience and that they would be staying there for a few years.
Sina, having never been to Summerloch before, is intent upon some sight-seeing while Declan goes about catching up at the guild and Walter watches Dru.