None of the guards move to stop them as they stride purposely back into Grace’s Palace.
Remi intends to check on her father after meeting with Grace, but there is no need as Malik is already in the throne room with Grace when they arrive.
Upon seeing his daughter, Malik is ecstatic. He embraces her and apologizes for getting her wrapped up in any of this drama. Despite the claims made against Malik, Remi could never push away the love she felt from her father. Instead, Remi is overwhelmed with joy to see Malik alive and safe.
Malik thanks Nightingale, stating that he’ll never forget what they’ve done for him. He hands her small black ticket, and promises that one day, the Black Hand will return the favor.
Malik and Grace freeze at the sight of Aisling and the two demand an explanation.
Zeke tries to defend Aisling by explaining to Grace that Aisling had been wronged by the Black Hand but Grace only laughs. Grace asks if Aisling was the one responsible for the murder of their informant, stealing the Hegemonix, and the attack at Malik’s estate. Padric admits that she was, but quickly adds that the information broker was killed in self defense and not intentionally.
Aisling confesses the same, explaining that she never intended to hurt the Informant.
Malik turns on Aisling. While she might not have intended to hurt the Informant her actions weren’t innocent. Malik angrily accusing Ailsing of malicious intent to murder him, his associates, and his only daughter.
Aisling stammers in her defense and grace silences both of them. For Aisling’s crimes against Rhamsted and trusted associates of the Duchess, Grace accuses Aisling of sedition, kidnapping, and murderer.
With a nod from Grace, Malik pulls a knife from his belt and positions Aisling so that she’s helpless in his arms.
Padric springs into action to save Aisling but is stopped by Malik’s and Grace’s personal guards.
Malik flatly whispers into Aisling’s ear that nobody threatens his family before brutally slicing her neck open.
Bound and unable to do anything but watch, Padric yells out for her.
Seeing her father kill someone so easily alarms Remi. It solidifies all the bad rumors about Malik in her head. Remi realizes in that moment that neither Malik nor Grace were going to let Aisling or Padric live if they brought them back. Her father was a bad person, someone she couldn’t trust. Remi confronts Malik over all the bad rumors, asking if they’re true. Malik tries to calm her down, explaining that he only wants to protect her.
Grace has no time for their familial dispute and demands that they return her property. She holds a hand out for the Hegemonix. Remi curses at her, claiming that she would be as dangerous as Aisling if they gave it to her.
Remi demands that her father let Padric loose. To her surprise, he does. With Aisling dead, it seems that both Malik and Grace got what they really wanted.
Together, the group follows Remi as she storms out of the palace.
! Reward: The party gains the Hegemonix and the Black Ticket.
! New Story Flag: Soul Judgement & Familial Dispute.