Seeing Krynt is occupied with getting the ship in order, the group decide to investigate Lowls' room. Áinfean tries to pick the lock, but finds it unusually difficult. Inora detects magic on the door. After a brief debate where Wilhelm advocates battering the door down, Áinfean points out that they have probably caused enough Lyrander property damage for the day. Wilhelm dispels the magic on the door, allowing Áinfean to pick the lock. Inora cautiously opens the door and discovers a silver thread, also pulsing with magic ringing the room. Exhausted from their battle, and unable to muster more magic, the group instead locks the room up, puts one of the Beyro boys in charge of guarding it and goes topside.
The crew is shaken but seems in overall good spirits. Mun is introspective, having never killed a person before, and wonders if they were still people or not. Áinfean and Inora reassure him that he was defending the crew and they are proud of him. Mun says he feels like a hammer that finally hit a nail. They send him to sit with Perrin, who appears to have been voluntold to watch Lowls' cabin, and go check on the rest of the crew. Soon the ship is prepared, and they get underway towards Sharn.
While coming up to take her shift that night Áinfean blurts out an awkward apology to Krynt. Krynt counters that they might never have recovered the Siren's Song another way, and although saddened by the loss of six of his crew, the family will likely view this as a victory. The Sky Eel is fully repairable, and the Siren's Song is back in family control. Asking if she's ever been in a crash (she hasn't) he lifts his shirt to reveal extensive scars along the side of his torso. An earlier ship he served on crashed in the mountains in a terrible storm, and could not be recovered. If not for the determination and skill of the ship's captain, Castor, they all would have perished. Áinfean isn't sure how to reconcile this positive information on Castor, who she has viewed as "that traitor" and Krynt admits that Castor seems to have been a complicated person. However Krynt is very interested in investigating how Castor managed to make the Siren's Song so hard to catch or stop the past few years, and he looks forward to discovering what he can. Áinfean feels mostly cheered by this, but asks if he'll let her know when the Sky Eel is repaired, as she'll feel better once it is… if she survives that is. When Krynt asks if Lowls will really be much worse than what they already came through, Áinfean is positive he will be as Lowls' change could in fact destroy the entire world. She also let's slip that she's coping by not thinking about it, which isn't that hard since as of recently she couldn't remember her past. Krynt says she'll have to tell him about that someday.
After some rest, the group gets into Lowls room, and Inora recovers the silver thread so they can set their own alarm spell in the future. Thakharad and Inora search the room, but there isn't much left. An impression on the bottom of the mattress indicates a book was stored there, a fragment with Lowls' signature shows he burned some documents, and a journal whose rune of warding Wilhelm dispels shows that in spite of extra planar possession Lowls remains remarkably shallow. Disgruntled Inora recommends they attempt to scy him, but says she doesn't have a mirror.
Recalling a fancy mirror in the captain's quarters when they searched out the taint on the ship, Áinfean goes to ask Krynt if she can borrow it. He seems surprised to see her outside his door during his break, but agrees to let them borrow the mirror.
Inora says the mirror will work, and casts the spell. Unfortunately she is treated to a view of Lowls' in a bathtub. After briefly checking to see if there are any logos embossed on the soaps, she gives up watching. The group debate, did Lowls' have some way to end the spell earlier than 5 days? Or is this some kind of shield against scrying? Unhappy to have not seen a flying seagull they ultimately aren't sure what Lowls is currently doing. Inora says she could try again later if they keep the mirror. Going back to Krynt, Áinfean asks if they can keep the mirror, he agrees but asks if there was anything else. As Thakharad hasn't told Áinfean that Krynt likes her, Krynt hasn't mentioned it, and Áinfean herself hasn't picked up on it, she is confused by the question.
Early the next morning, after Áinfean's shift at the helm they arrive at the very edge of the manifest zone in Sharn. Thakharad disguises himself as Gornack. They form up on the top deck, in the misty grey pre-dawn light. Krynt double checks that the group won't take any issue with a smuggler bringing them into town and they assure him they're fine with it. Realizing his contact doesn't recognize the ship, Krynt gets some colored sunrods and signals. A skycoach pulls up beside the ship, and a figure throws back a hood.
A female tiefling called Narassus, comes aboard and begins to ask Krynt questions, did he steal this new ship, what happened to Castor, who was that contact she's supposed to deliver their goods to? Krynt seems largely unamused by her, and Áinfean's one attempt to defend him makes the situation worse. Eventually Krynt manages to pay Narassus and get the goods loaded. Áinfean gives Krynt a quick hug and thanks him, as the group climbs aboard.
Narassus drives like hell on wheels, which Áinfean loves, Wilhelm hates, and the rest of the group seems to tolerate. After a hair raising trip, including Áinfean's brief fall from the vehicle they arrive at a large iron door near the base of one of Sharn's many towers. Narassus says this is their stop, and when the group asks if she has any recommendations for moving about stealthily, she offers to introduce them to some people for a certain amount. Pocketing Wilhelm's money she knocks a tattoo on the door, and they are let in to a dark room. Surrounded by guards Narassus "surrenders" before laughing and saying she's here with a delivery.
Grumpy the ogerish guard comes forward to Narassus and says "She doesn't like unannounced visitors" to which Narassus replies that she's announcing them now, and maybe she could offer him some compensation to introduce us. He asks if she's bribing him to which she replies "yes" and hands over some (not all) of Wilhelm's bribe money. He counts the coins, warns the group that if they try anything they'll be dead, and that they shouldn't look Her in the eye. Following him the group heads further down, and then further back into tunnels that must go into the actual cliffside. Inora mouths at them as they walk "no names" and Áinfean sheepishly realizes she's already introduced herself since entering.
Coming into a large chamber they see a collection of monstrous folk, and on the far end of the room is "chair" piled high with cushions, which nearly disguises the fact that the chair is composed of what appears to be stone humanoid's bending, standing and offering their arms. A female figure wearing a hood, which moves slightly is lounging over the chair. She says that she doesn't usually work with people she doesn't know. Wilhelm immediately introduces himself, as does "Thakharad but you can call me Gornack" after a brief pause the others also introduce themselves. After introductions Karyale asks them what they want. Wilhelm starts to explain their situation, but she cuts him off, asking what they want of Daask. When they say they need to pass without notice she offers several options, guides, false ID papers, and disguise spells. The papers are 500 gold each, which is actually pretty reasonable, but the party is pretty broke, so they settle on 10 gold per person, per casting disguise spell and ask for an inn recommendation that is close to the Aundair embassy but doesn't ask too many questions. She recommends the Copperlane Tavern as a place that allows loitering without questions, but warns that all inns anywhere in the respectable district check papers for renting a room. An ogre mage steps forward and turns them all into nondescript 4s. She invites them to return if they are interested in papers, other services, or volunteering for six stones, and warns them against mentioning them to the guard. As they exit Áinfean asks for directions to the Copperlane Tavern, and they find themselves outside in the bustling city that is really coming to life.
Realizing how far away from everything they are they manage to flag down a skycoach. Paying 7 silver they pile in, he remarks on their number so Áinfean focuses on talking to him about his work and trying to distract him from noticing or remembering anyone else in the party. Getting off at a three bridge intersection, where the coach only pulls up with within inches of the curb over an impressive drop, many members of the party decide to purchase protective feather fall charms. Inside the Copperlane Tavern, which has a charming enchanted sign, they are met by Prisca d'Ghallanda, and arrange for a private dining room for breakfast. After all the food, tal, and cafe are brought out the group settles into discussion.
They hope to kill Lowls here in Sharn, but fear from their scrying attempts they may fail. Deciding to cover all their bases they split up. Thakharad and Wilhelm will go to Morgrave University. Expeditions to Xendrik from the University are the least scrutinized, and getting added on to that expedition is their best bet for flying under the radar. Inora and Áinfean will do a little shopping and see if they can bribe anyone into keeping an eye on the Aundarian embassy to see if Lowls shows up. Winter hopes to make contact with the Royal Eyes but doesn't want to give herself away to anyone in Lowls' employ. They decide she will deliver Inora and Áinfean's reports to House Lyrander, take the opportunity to observe one of their official messengers, then pose as that messenger delivering a message to the embassy. Winter may also be better poised to find out if Lowls is actually in the embassy. Áinfean asks Mun if he could make disguise potions and he thinks he can.
Wilhelm and Thakharad step outside to realize that the morning rush has taken almost all of the skycoaches that were outside the tavern. The final coach has a very young boy of perhaps 11 in the driver's seat. They ask for transport to Morgrave University and are told it will be 6 gold. Wilhelm pays and they set off. Wilhelm immediately becomes suspicious as to whether this boy has a proper license, as although he is capable of operating the coach, he doesn't seem to follow some of the traffic rules and nearly runs them into an actual clothesline at one point. When they arrive Wilhelm also suspects they have been overcharged, though the young boy is eager to reassure them that if they need a ride anywhere he is their man, before backing the coach the wrong direction.
Crossing the University grounds as an orc in the robes of another university and a man in platemail they draw some glances. Heading towards the archeology department they arrive just in time for Professor Hargo Meirtmane's next lecture. "Gornack" answers the initial question regarding number of distinct giant types incorrectly, reveling he has not done the assigned reading. Another student answers a second question incorrectly, and though Wilhelm tries to prevent it Thakharad raises his hand again. When the Professor asks who he is, because he doesn't recognize him, and he's wearing the wrong robes, Thakharad claims he is there as a "scholarship exchange student from the University of Wynarn" and implies that the Professor is asking for racist reasons. After briefly fumbling, and reminding Thakharad to get the correct robes, the Professor allows him to answer the question. This time Neruzavin (the city in Xendrik the group is interested in) is the correct answer, and in a fortunate turn of events Professor Meirtmane is in fact one of the only people to have been, and he wrote a paper on it recently. Thakharad claims to have read it this paper, while Wilhelm frantically scans his newspaper to see if that story is one he can actually read… it's not.
Loitering at the end of class they approach the professor. Thakharad claims that House Lyrander is interested in funding an expedition to Neruzavin, at which point they have Meirtmane's complete and undivided attention. Inviting them to his office, and throwing out his teaching assistant he offers them drinks. Meirtmane is absolutely interested in the venture, and has grand visions of taking the entire advanced class and holding a semester on location. He warns the reason Neruzavin hasn't been explored so far is it's very dangerous because of wandering local giants and wildlife. Through a convoluted conversation Thakharad promises funding he doesn't have, while Wilhelm tries to imply that because the House has other interests there, they are willing to supply protection for the dig, which he will head up; both indicate an unusually fast timeline. Deciding he should speak to the source Meirtmane asks when he can speak with the actual House Lyrander representative. Thakharad promises to message him tonight, as Meirtmane needs to head to his next lecture.