Three days have passed. Peluma does research on House Umber’s guardians and the Battlemen, and discovers a secret about her guild-clan. The Trade Union begins the search for a union hall. Two Worm Rat goblins are found torn apart in the Plaza, and there are rumors of particularly large and dangerous rats in Detritus.
The Keepers debate whether or not to send a representative (or 18 representatives) as support for the Trade Union. Sym Stonessorrow, Caretaker of the Star, enthusiastically volunteers his services. He visits Dewlian, arriving before Peluma and Hinge appear for another hall-hunt.
The group visits Grommag Hackfat in the Kitchens, questioning him about Slobbet. Grommag tells them of Slobbet’s poor showing, and that he was kicked out at the same time as someone called Norkin. Peluma recognizes Norkin’s name as a Night Sweeper drudge.
In searching for Norkin, they find him under attack by a dark creeper and his shadow-pets. The dark ones attempt to silence the “witnesses,” but are slain, and Norkin is rescued. He tells them something of the man(?) who offered Slobbet the crown.
The next day, a messenger from Mathuulas the Collector delivers the appraisal. The staff had apparently been a possession of another collector, Inendo Pax of Tattergloom Hall, who has apparently been housebound and perhaps senile for the last few years.
The union visits Detritus, where they converse with the eyewitness Garbid about rats, and the disappearance of his neighbor Essaline.