Kufu brings them to the Kings court inside of the Castle. To Nightingale’s surprise, the entire Arsen family and many Jeong’s are present.
The two families make up the Diarchy of Elenia and their delicate balance of power keeps the country running smoothly.
Nightingale’s worries about being caught trespassing into the White Vaults drain away as Balthazar explains the nature of the meeting. Balthazar exclaims that he will be embarking on his annual memorial hunt and will be leaving town. In his absence, Yoel Arsen will be in charge. Nightingale doesn’t get along with her older brother so the news is a disappointment. The two families argue over politics well beyond Nightingale. They make note of the rising tension between their kingdom of Elenia and the neighboring Brahmanian Empire. Nightingale learns of a diplomatic mission to the nearby country of Fairedge, a geographically strategic country nestled between the Brahmanian Empire and Elenia.
Nightingale only listens, accepting that her invitation to such an important meeting must be a by-product of finally graduating and becoming a full citizen of Middara.
Nightingale knows that Balthazar’s claims of going on an annual memorial hunt is much more than it seems. But even so, Nightingale is happy to be rid of her father’s presence in Elenia Proper for a least a little while as she can now go adventuring whether Balthazar would want her to or not.
Unaware of the events that transpired in the White Vaults, Balthazar and Kezia both depart Elenia and Nightingale’s transgressions go unnoticed.
The group heads into town, relieved they weren’t in trouble after all.
With her new found freedom and citizenship, Nightingale excitedly wonders what the white shard on pedestal was. Determined by her typical enthusiasm, Nightingale intends to find what was so important that both Hogrifar and the thief were willing to die for it. Nightingale concocts a plan to again go adventuring into the White Vaults.
Rook thinks the idea is bad, but he’s convinced to tag along only after taking a couple days off first.
In the meantime, Nightingale and Zeke decide to share a stipend they were given by their parents upon their graduation.
! Reward:Nightingale and Zeke pulled out small pouches and began counting how much gold they have to share with everyone.
With the money from their parents, the group decides to buy better gear and spend some time in the city before the journey back into the White Vaults.