The group are in a bare cell with only sleeping bags and pillows for comfort and all their belongings confiscated. Ven explains why he brutally murdered the guards to the others, as he believed they were faen sidhe in disguise. They are unimpressed by his stupidity but happy when he says he will admit all blame to spare them punishment. The group notice that in the other cells are a group of dwarfs, a gnome and a female elf.
They recognise the elf as the woman who attempted to murder the queen. She is not impressed when the group begin to goad her with insults and tells them they will never understand why she did what she did. She explains that in her culture, there is no room for men except to breed, and then they are killed. Upon more polite questioning by Ven she admits that the queen was merely a distraction and that the true target was met and it just hasn’t been discovered yet. She also suggests that Ven would be a worthy mate if he was interested. The group of dwarves drunkenly challenge the group to a fight and the gnome offers some items, which his dodgy selling of happens to be the reason he is in here. He suggests they check out Khabar’s travelling caravan to the east outside the city – some would call it an emporium. Ven unsuccessfully tries to escape by peeing on a pillow and bending the bars a la Jackie Chan and Theo debates trying to use magic without his focus. He eventually decides against it and takes a shit on the floor and starts throwing it around instead.
The next morning the group are taken into the court, with a group of spectators including Queen Kephrii and Draugryn and a judge presiding. Ven explains his story to the Judge and has some character witnesses in the form of Boots, Tim, Mr Tosscobble and a man by the name of Siegfried Escott, who was the merchant he rescued from bandits many moons ago. The judge tells Fav and Theo that they cannot escape punishment for their part in the crime and demotes Fav to be rankless, and Theo is not allowed to use magic in the city for a week and has to present himself weekly to the arcane harvest for a year. Ven gets a harsher sentence for being the actual murderer – He has to always report his position/plans to the Lightcrawlers, pay 200G at a rate of at least 7G per week to the victim’s families, and do community service. The judge tells them that the Arcane Harvest have managed to resurrect one of the guards, but their attempts on the other were unsuccessful. The judge releases them and their items are returned.
In the tavern later, reflecting on events and celebrating their release, the gnome from the jail cell walks in. Fav buys a ring from the gnome that he promised would make him more attractive, but when he puts it on he appears to be wearing lingerie and a feather boa and some sexy music emanates from the ring. After trying and failing to get his money back when he realises his mistake, Ven buys the ring off of him.