The Hyde jail was mostly barren other than one occupied cell. The jailer briefs Damocles on the explosion and the events that transpired from it. Apparently someone destroyed a large section of the Hyde Mines and the results were devastating. Luckily they caught someone they think was responsible.
The Jailer points to a cell and the group confronts the occupant.
The occupant of the cell is a girl that looks anything but threatening. She’s small in stature, with big blue eyes and even bigger circular rimmed spectacles.
The jailer explains to Damocles that this girl was found amongst the debris of the explosion without so much as a scratch on her. The whole thing was very puzzling. On top of that, she had a large book with her that confusingly could not be separated from her.
The worst part is that the explosion was so large that it blew holes into parts of the mines shaft that had been closed off due to monster infestations. These monsters were now free to roam the mines.
Damocles approaches the cell and demands an answer to what happened. The girl only cowers at his rage, scooting farther into the back of her cell.
Nightingale intervenes and takes a different approach to the interrogation. She had a hunch that this jailed girl was the Theodotion mage they’d been looking for. Assuming such, Nightingale tells the girl that she is infected with a horrible parasite called the Maluma and she believes that Theodotion is the only way to save her.
At the mention of Theodotion, the girl becomes receptive.
The occupant of the cell wearlily introduces herself to Nightingale as Justice Bouchard. She asks Nightingale how she knows that she can use Theodotion. Nightingale tells Justice the truth. She explains that she didn’t, but that she desperately needs her help.
Justice stammers, explaining with a sorrowful voice that it was all an accident. Justice tells them that she was in the mines with her friends and they were looking for something when they were attacked by Blighted Guardians being controlled by humans. The explosion was in self defense. She apologized profusely.
Rook asks if the explosion has something to do with how dangerous Theodotion is, Justice nods. She confirms that controlling such a magic is difficult, and the power that was unleashed was a mistake that was goated out of self preservations. The humans after them weren’t going to let her live otherwise.
Damocles interjects and demands to know who and where her friends are.
Justice’ face twists in agony. She tears up as she explains that they died in the ambush. They weren’t the only ones looking in the Mines. Now they’re all dead. The humans controlling the Blighted Guardians killed them. When she was finally cornered, she used her magic to save her own life. She killed the people who attacked them.
Justice seems genuinely hurt over what had transpired. Damocles shows her no remorse. Instead, he only scoffs and questions her more. The fact that Blighted Guardians were involved meant that this was connected to the attack on his estate and the infection of his mother. Damocles asks Justice if she knows anything more about the Blighted Guardians and explains what happened at his estate.
Justice confirms that she thinks she knows where the cages were kept that held them. She claims that there is a sort of operation deep within the mines where the Blighted creatures are being studied. Justice also claims that if they free her, she might be able to help with Maluma issue afterwards. She can’t cure Nightingale, but she knows who might be able too.
Justice quickly makes a deal with Nightingale and Damocles. If they let her go free, she will lead the party down to where she saw the Blighted Guardians in cages and guide Nightingale to the acquaintance she claims can help remove the Maluma.
Damocles reluctantly agrees only after Nightingale presses him on the issue.