They bribe a guard of the gate to let them out but unfortunately this doesn't stop the guards patrolling the walls from noticing them. Pushing their camels to get as much distance to any pursuers as possible, Thriatos - never famous for his riding skills - take a small detour before managing to rejoin the others. Their guide takes them to a farm where several other camels and their handlers have camped. He asks them to talk to Boccos representative, a woman named Petra, who is inside the barn. The conversation with Petra soon sounds like an interrogation and Horacio is about to act preempively as he becomes suspiscious, but is stopped by Charon. As the conversation continues they stumble upon the subject of the black orb which the mages have in their possession. Petra seems to be very interested and also very knowledgeable on the subject, referring to the orb as an Orb of Unlife. The three refuse to answer any questions on the subject and the facade of Petra fades to reveal it is really consul Savvas herself whom the mages are addressing.
The following morning they are greeted by more than daylight as an entourage is heading towards them form Kemdun. Too tired and wounded to run they await their arrival and it appears to be a group of mages and city guards lead by grandmaster Kabala himself. While taken back to the wizard house they are treated well and healed. After telling the story of how they ended up in Kemdun (well, most of it) and explained the events of the night, Kabala has no interest in detaining them and they hurry to meet with Bocco who has been worried.
They are met by bad news as Bocco's caravan is missing. Expecting they know where it has gone (and then again, not where it landed) they are relieved as Bocco promises to gather a second one from what people he can find in a few hours.
Thinking this has to be enough excitement for one day, the mages head back towards the inn. But Before they can reach it, a man jumps from a nearby roof - a mere 5 meters or so - stands up and draw a sword and block their way...