The crew (and Lyssa) attempt to track down the mysterious stranger who was conducting research at the temple of the now-banished Chorus of Nightmares.
Lily and Stenton indicate that Nightmare Hounds are inside the shop with them, but as the crew is already at the mysterious stranger’s hangar, they caution them to be careful and sit tight.
The hangar appeared empty, however. While most of the crew looked around trying to figure out what was going on, Clide puzzled his way through the invisible maze, eventually finding his way to a bare, unmarked spaceship.
The ship housed tens — hundreds! — of black eggs covered in faint, green-glowing runes. The runes glowed brighter when Awakened magic was near. In the cockpit, Clide found a set of coordinates and was investigating one of the eggs when the rest of the crew finally made their way inside. Once there, they agreed the ship must be destroyed and Mattias reached out with his soul to activate the Abyssal runes controlling the ship, directing it to Aequinoctium’s sun.
Meanwhile, Roger was making his way to Stenton’s workshop in an attempt to save Lily. When he arrived, however, the Brambles had broken through and the shop was in near-total darkness. Stenton had been bodily removed from the robotic limb that served as his legs and was bleeding out near a tangle of Thorns and Lily was nowhere to be found. When Roger approached Stenton, he was greeted by the Chorus of Nightmares. Rather than flee like any sane person, Roger confronted the Chorus in an attempt to find his sister. The Chorus trapped Roger and obliged by showing Roger horrific hallucinations of Lily until it apparently grew bored and left him broken and insane.
The crew took the only realistic option at this point, which was to plan for an invasion of Arcadia through the Hedge, and have agreed to sleep so Template and Craven could “arm them.”