Jacques was very sought after at Hom. Everyone wanted to talk to him, or at least see him. Nobody knows what it means that a Joshuan has appeared, but everyone agrees that it has to mean something. Jacques himself found it very stressful because he is not used to so much people and fuss.
One day they saw Hal Ninva and Mek stand and talk and Mek shouted that you are both competent and volunteers. Hal had been informed that a Sheban Lorekeeper named Tanya Ever’on would be sacrificed to the Z’Bri at the Circle of the Chosen. (That´s were the tribes sacrifices the “volunteers” to maintain the ceasefire with the Z’Bri.) Porelyn (Joanite / Jacker) would accompany as a guide, and Meks henchmen Toro and Mason followed as muscles.
They would leave an hour before dawn to have plenty of time to prepare for the rescue, but outside they saw a riot outside of Junks. Somebody has been murdered at Junks during the night. A shorter investigation seems to make it clear that Diarmet Swiftspear (Joanite / Jacker), the leader of Burning Fury, killed Zackari (Evan / Herite) from Kila’s Own. None from the two cells were here, so even though the atmosphere was harsh, they decided to complete the original assignment.
The trip north went smoothly through Talon Nexus (a rift that used to be a subway line). Even getting under the seven fingers was easy when Porelyn showed the way.
At the Circle of the Chosen they hid and waited for the joanite patrol to come at dusk. They quickly tied Tanja Ever’on to a pole before they quickly disappeared.
While Benjamin freed Tanja, four swollen wolves came out of the woods and attacked. The group suffered some damage, but managed to defeat the wolves before a Flemis appeared. Benjamin immediately lost all his will but could be led away by the others during a quick retreat. They went back under the wall and down into Talon Nexus where they rested during the night.
In the evening they had come back to Hom. Apparently everything had not settled on Hom. More dead and on the verge of riot. Tanja was handed in safely by Deus and Altara Ven who would help her write down her chronicle again.
The others went to The Cage to listen to the rant Kymber Reva convened due to the escalating conflict between Burning Fury and Kila’s Own. Alhanna (Yagan / Doomsayer) from Burning Fury has been killed by Reshi, Deker and Myfai from Kila’s Own, which in turn was killed by Diarmet during the conflict. Including these, about a dozen died in related conflicts last day. Neither Burning Fury nor Kila’s Own had appeared at the rant. Kymber Reva was very concerned with not knowing how she would solve the situation. Then a sheban / lightbringer named Oscar jumped on the scene, suggesting that an independent tribunal should be added to solve what has happened and also judge the guilty. Some members of the congregation agreed, while others loudly protested. Raven then suggests that conflicts should be resolved with duels.
The gang decided to go and talk with the people involved to find out what had happened. After leaving their weapons, they entered the Burning Fury where they talked to Diarmet, Joanna (Agnite / Jacker) and Kelley (ex-serf). Diarmet told them what had happened: He and Joanna had been to Junks where Joanna usually danced to all the guests’ delight, which usually leads to a number of suitors that Joanna politely denies. Zackari, however, was obstinate and Diarmet intervened and pushed him away. Then he took a weapon from a table and attacked. Diarmet then killed him quickly. After that, they quickly left. Joanna nods approvingly.
At the second incident, he and Alhanna were out on the town when Reshi, Deker and Myfai attacked them and killed Alhanna. He then killed the three who attacked them.
Diarmet explains that because he was attacked, he has not done anything wrong and therefore does not want to apologize. On this occasion, Porelyn saw a doubt in Joanna who sought contact with Kelley who seemed to agree with Joanna.
After this they went to Kila’s Own. There they talked to Kila the Fat (Evan / Herite) and Jen-Ryduck (Sheban / Lightbringer), but Wid (Agnite / Herite) was in the room without taking part in the conversation. Morn (Agnite / Herite) tried to make excuses to be in the room until Benjamin intimidated him and he left the room. Kila told them what had happend: Zackari was a happy and innocent Evan who didn´t harm anyone. When he was murdered by a knife in his back, he was unarmed with only a spoon in his hand. Reshi and his companions decided on their own to confront Diarmet when they saw him in town. It ended when diarmet had killed them all three, and Deker had been chopped in the back.
After this meeting, they decided to see if they could shadow Morn. In the evening, Morn and his two companions Grim and Pridairig come out of the house. They talk about Kila’s failure to handle the situation and that Morn should take over the leadership of Kila’s Own. He also says “this time it will be better than when I tried to take over Raven’s Shadow”. They returned to the house and immediately thereafter comes Wid sneaking out. He sneaks down to Burning Fury where he is building a bridge so he can get into Burning Fury unnoticed. Once he has finished, he returns home. Before the gang goes away, they see that Thesselly (Agnite / Jacker) comes out and receives a food delivery at dawn. They talk to her and she confirms Diarmet´s story and that her sister Joanna usually gets many suitors on Junks, but she always accompanies Diarmet home.