The group arrives to Rhamsted. To Rook’s surprise, it’s nothing like the descriptions in his books. Since they were written, the small fishing town on the coast had turned into a bustling port city.
After having some fun in the elaborate market districts the group is finally able to pull Nightingale away to find Remi’s father’s estate.
The estate is up on the higher cliffsides overlooking the ocean. The richer stone district impresses even Nightingale and Zeke. So much, that Remi is hardly able to contain her pride in her father’s lavish lifestyle.
Remi’s arrival home is met with joy as the family steward, Mia, embraces Remi in a hug. Upon hearing her father is in a meeting, Remi offers to return later but Mia takes them in anyway.
After a long wait, a group of men clad in black armor and hoods leave Remi’s father’s study and the group enters.
They are introduced to Malik Moretti, Remi’s father. Zeke can’t help but think he looks like a super villain as the advancement gave Malik red eyes and horns. A far cry from the soft features that Remi had.
During their meeting, Malik realizes that both Nightingale Arsen and Zeke Jeong are in his study and becomes strangely worried at the presence of royalty at his estate. Remi has to explain the events that brought them to his study calm him down. While Remi avoids mentioning The Maluma or the fact that Nightingale is in any real danger, she lets Malik know that the King has nothing to do with their visit and that they are just her new friends accompanying her to Rhamsted.
Relieved to hear that Princess Nightingale had no formal reason to be present, Malik offers his help in finding a Theodotion Mage but explains it will take a couple days.
Remi wants permission to stay at the estate for the night, but Malik protests. He says that the King would be very disappointed if he knew that his daughter was anywhere near his estate. He offers instead that the group stay with Zeke’s cousin, Grace Jeong.
Remi thanks her father. Despite her negative feelings about Malik not letting her friends stay at their house, she’s happy to have finally seen him again.
Malik hugs his daughter and promising to contact them when he hears about a Theodotion Mage.
The group leaves Malik’s estate, then heads out to find Zeke’s cousin.