Colby holds still in the tree for a moment, and the guard wanders off. Seizing the opportunity Colby makes his way to the door they were guarding. Inside he can hear voices and a dog growling. A guard pokes his head out and asks what is out there getting the dogs riled. He’s told that a stray cat is around, then retorts that it should be run off before the dogs break loose. As this door closes behind the retreating guard Colby slips into the warehouse.
All the dogs are dragged off to another room to quiet their barking as Colby slips into a hiding spot.
As Simon is waiting for the second trial to start a bobcat runs up the stairs and over to Swardu and begins to growl. When he finally notices it Swardu says “Hello Leeka, where’s Thury?”, after which he and the bobcat appear to have some conversation. Looking concerned Swardu gathers some of the other masters together for a private conference.
When this group breaks Swardu pulls Simon aside. As he says hands Simon silver masterwork shurikens Swardu says “Things are not what they seem here. Save these for Vallas.” Before Simon can respond the gong sounds and he must begin climbing one of the poles.
Using the Mindspeech spell Colby relays all that he see’s to Prospero and the rest of the party. They come up with a plan where Susi will drop a dwarven grenade near the door of the warehouse as a distraction. Prospero will enter the front door with Brine, while Colby will continue searching the end of the warehouse he is in.
Prospero approaches the guards at the main door and demands to be let inside, saying that he is here to meet with Noss and Ashook. While they are being escorted through the storeroom Brine notices that it’s been stocked with torches, lamp oil, and kegs of gunpowder.
Among their possessions was a flask that emitted smoke when opened. Prospero used this when inside the warehouse, hoping that it would add to the distraction. Instead it converted one of the doors to a solid wall, which blocked the guards in the same room as Colby.
Susi also drops his grenade, and the loud explosion gets everyone;s attention. Coming from an adjacent room Colby sees both Noss, Tilda, Captain Serge, and Ashook joining the search for him and his companions.
Chaos ensues as the party try to put down the town and caravan guards, but are greatly outnumbered. Ashook attempts to flee the battle after Prospero badly injures him with a spell, but Susi chases after him.
During the trial Simon manages to wound Vallas with a silver shuriken. For a moment he sees greasy gray smoke coming from the wound, which Vallas quickly covers.
Not long after Simon is knocked from his pole, but manages to get into the final round when another competitor ho fell at the same time hit the ground first. Unfortunately Simon sustained a second wound as he takes the last spot in the final trail.