The party makes their way back to the Hyde mansion to inform Elias on the events that have transpired.
Elias cannot believe that his close friend and confidant Hendrix Patel would be capable of such treason. He was one of the founders of Hyde afterall.
Elias reveals that ever since the founding of Hyde, Hendrix had always wanted Hyde to be under Brahmanian control. Apparently Hendrix always disagreed with Balthazar’s methods of rule. Their longtime disagreement over the proper ruler for the country likely caused Hendrix to cooperate with the Grim Deacons. Elias figures it must have been an attempt to seize control of Hyde for himself, though he still isn’t sure.
Elias also reveals that Hendrix is Teegan Patel’s husband. Nightingale remembers the woman who bought them rice balls and her heart sinks. She couldn’t imagine Teegan knowing anything about Hendrix’s treasonous plot. Regardless, Elias is convinced he’ll need to have her arrested and questioned.
Damocles is dismayed to hear that his mother’s condition has worsened, Rivka was strong, but the Blight had no known cure. Despite the poor state of his mother, Elias still holds out for some sort of miracle to save her.
At the request of Nightingale, Elias pardons Justice’s alleged crimes in the Mines and allows Justice to go free and join Nightingale in investigating her own issues.
Elias offers the group a stay for the night at his estate. The group has their first night of good rest since Padric’s inn.
The next morning, Justice and Nightingale chat over breakfast about her magic book. Justice tells NIghtingale that it demands things from her as a trade off to use magic. She believes that it may be sentient.
Justice tells the rest of them that her friend Zafir, the man who may know more about the Maluma, can be located in the Carrion Swamps to the south.
Damocles arrives to the kitchen and explains that his mother is stable, but not doing well. He says that his father has requested alone time and that a messenger will be sent if things change.
The group decides to stay the morning before leaving Hyde. Damocles joins them while they take some time to gear up in Hyde.