As they near Malik’s estate, the group realizes something is amiss. People flood the streets and the sounds of screaming and yelling fill the night. Instead of an elegant garden and estate, they come upon a makeshift triage. Malik’s estate is in shambles and men and women are injured all around.
Their late night rescue is thwarted at the discovery that the Estate has been attacked and nearly completely destroyed.
Through the confusion, Nightingale hears her named called out by Malik. The group finds Malik on a nearby cot being treated by his fellow Black Hand members.
Injured, Malik weakly explains what happened. In the night, Aisling attacked. She used the Hegemonix and summoned an Exalted Esper that tore through his estate while his men slept. They fought her off but not before she narrowly escaped, kidnapping Remi in the process.
Malik tells them that he doesn’t care how they’ve escaped from Grace’s tower or what they’re up to, all he cares about is Remi’s safety. With his men in disarray, injured, or dead, Malik offers to pay them whatever they want to ensure Remi’s safe return. Malik feels that Padric likely knows more about Aisling than he’s letting onto, and if he’ll promise to save Remi he’d never forget it.
Nightingale and Padric refuse his blood money, but promises to save Remi nonetheless.
Malik promises to keep their escape a secret for as long as possible. Then the group decides to depart before Grace’s soldiers show up to see what the commotion is about.
Once isolated and away, the group desperately tries to come up with a plan to find Remi. Unfortunately, Padric doesn’t know where Aisling is. His best guess is that she’s at the hideout she always talked about. But Aisling never shared that information with him.
As things begin to look their darkest, the Maluma speaks up once again. It makes Nightingale the same offer it had before. If Nightingale traded her body, the Maluma promised to take them to Remi.
Despite long protests from her friends, Nightingale could see no other option. Instead of wasting time that could be spent saving her friend, Nightingale makes the deal.
! Reward:Nightingale inches closer to losing herself forever.
Nightingale, no longer herself, commands the group to follow her. They reluctantly do.
Somewhere, deep within her own psyche, Nightingale screams as the Maluma taunts her for making such a stupid deal. The Maluma promises to keep its bargain, but it makes no promise to help keep her friends alive in the process.
The maluma leads them out of the city using Nightingales body. It continues until leading them nearly a mile out through a winding path that goes up a nearby cliffside, void of roads.
At a perilous cliff side, the Maluma looks at the group and warns them that there are monsters about before using Nightingale’s body to draw a weapon.
! Special: Remi has been kidnapped! Mark her as Unselectable.