When the party members awake, they already find that Hyrm is out in the front of a ranch, starting to dig a grave. Apart from Taeva and Arvor who William tells to take it easy for a while so their wounds will heal, the other party members help with the digging.
When they have finished, Shania makes breakfast for them. She is dressed in black. She has stopped crying, but says little during the day.
Hyrm calls around all of the neightbors within a few hours distance by air/raft informing them of the bad news and telling them that Taeva’s father will be buried later that evening. Shania spends the whole day cooking for them. The party members offer to help her, feeling useless in these circumstances, but she shoos them away saying that she needs to keep busy to take her mind off things.
“Oh, I forgot to tell you,” Hyrm says as the party are sat around in the lounge waiting for the guests to arrive, “We got the nobble harvest contract. We should know the date and time in two or three days now.”
The party members dress in their best clothes and wait for the guests to arrive. The ranch house slowly fills up from ranchers from around the South of Nob Plain. Everyone is sad that Taeva’s father is gone – offering their commiserations to both Shania and Taeva.
Hyrm leads everyone out as the body is laid to rest. Hyrm says a few words as everyone looks on sadly and then they cover the coffin with dirt. After a while longer, everyone heads back into the ranch house for the wake, before setting back to their own ranches a few hours later.
Once the ranch house is quiet again, everyone heads for their rooms. They are anxious now to get away; anxious to avenge the death of Taeva’s father.