The group spots the coach that carried Master Ossomont’s coffin uphill, at the lip of the quarry. They approach quietly, but are spotted by Galignante’s pet hunting-cat, and a fierce and bloody fight breaks out. Galignante and most of his men are brought down, save two prisoners.
Vesper discovers that her mentor’s coffin has been opened, but his body has not been disturbed. Ettorio questions one of the prisoners, who is quite cooperative. It’s revealed that the one who made the killing shot with the poisoned bolt was one Vinco, now dead. They also receive a description of the person who contracted the assassination and provided the wyvern poison: a man with shaggy, half-black and half-white hair and a long facial scar who smelled something like rotten fruit. This person apparently had a Calveran accent. They also provide the name of Cabrio (a suspected alias), the person who drew them to Calvera.
On the road back down the mountain, they run into a detachment of Scarhawks, led by the alchemist Balagond, Crevant’s quartermaster. Balagond mentions something about the tragic death of the bandit-hunters, and the Scarhawks attack. They are defeated all the same, and a few of Balagond’s flasks find their way into the group’s hands.
The group rests at the Coiling Snapdragon, and returns to Abesci the next day. They drop off their prisoners with the local constable, but Opilio spots a Scarhawk riding off after he sees the party.
Arriving at the villa, they discover several casualties, as the Scarhawks have apparently turned on their host. A maid informs them that Crevant has ridden off with Ivella Borsari.