The party is greeted at the traveling halfling encampment, and Nelven is taken into custody. The halfling elders invite the party to a feast taking place that night, and all are treated to some real hospitality. However, at the feast, they learn that two high-ranking inquisitors are also guests of the halflings: Bors Bancroft, an amiable cleric, and Jaya Harrington, a silent monk. Eabha’s dinner is thoroughly ruined.
After the feast is concluded, Bors confronts the party and asks Eabha to come with him peacefully into the custody of the inquisition. The party refuses to give her up, and they do battle with Bors, Jaya, and their hidden ally, Actaeon the hunter. The party defeats them, and following a tip from the halfling elders they flee into the eastern woods to find an old hermit who may know the way into the Old Imperium Capitol.