The entire group reconvenes in the safehouse and goes into the cave structure. They find Orion Clay and Adelaide. Xarizah steals Clay’s sword and stabs him with it while Adelaide falls off a platform. Her body continues to regenerate due to troll-skin grafting.
They interrogate Adelaide about what she was doing. They learn Talbot Crawe was paying for the safehouse and was using Orion to investigate Asheren and the Forsaken, a group of necromancers who live in Aeon. They also learn that a Kyton was in Swordspoint and was paid to head north towards Aeon for reasons unknown.
They go to find the grimoire from the cleric Ibrahaxis, who believes they are brigands and starts fighting them—or, rather, causing them to fight one another. The grimoire possesses H’ada, while the antimagical safe it was locked in causes Proteus to collapse. They manage to take both from Ibrahaxis and leave him.
Ibrahaxis contacts the Knights of the Chain and tells them of the robbery. Thirty members try to capture H’ada, Finn, Proteus, and Lucien. H’ada takes fifteen of them on a chase through the city, creating traps as he goes. He falls victim to his own trap and lands, prone, surrounded by seven of the guards. He fights them off but falls victim to their numbers, bleeding out. A group of mendicants find him and the wounded guards and heal both.
Meanwhile, the other fifteen go to the hotel where Finn and Lucien are trying to open the safe. Finn tries to fend them off with Adelaide’s help while Lucien works on re-opening the safe. Proteus tries to take the book and fails. Adelaide escapes, and Finn and Proteus work together to fend off the rest of the Knights of the Chain.
They get the safe open, put the book inside, and rush to the Smerdyakov and back to Aeon.
On the trip back, a tidal wave nearly knocks the Smerdyakov under water, but Anchor saves the day.
Upon returning to Aeon, Dmitri Balacazar tells Proteus he can’t set up a meeting with Methusaleh Fell, but he can set up one with Fell’s former apprentice: the dean of Apollinaire University, Fyodor Ionovich.