The heroes inform Lord Talatha of the conspiracy, but the Lord decides against obvious action. Instead, he asks the heroes to watch from the crowd and intervene when the conspirators reveal themselves.
The heroes enjoy the festival, participating in the completions and enjoying the food and drink. Some even win Laurels of Althein, entitling them to unlimited free drinks. They also each receive a prophecy from the fortune teller Arudra.
During the Lord’s speech, the mercenaries reveal themselves and a heated battle ensues amongst the chaos of fleeing revelers. The battle proves difficult, but in the end the heroes prevail.