Having dodged the draft and fled Kinbridge, the party continues south to Ferry Hill. Although concerned at first about reprisal for attacking army officers, the party sees no sign of pursuit after a few days. Arriving in Ferry Hill, the party checks in to a local inn and does some shopping. The following day, Trollog once again encounters Luc and Claude, who left Kinbridge shortly after the party. They discuss business and make tentative plans to meet again in the future.
That night, Trollog is awoken by Luc, who explains that a large group of soldiers have entered the town and are searching for someone. They have reached the party’s inn, but the innkeeper, a friend of Luc and Claude, is stalling them. Luc suggests the party escape through a second story window, advice the party is quick to act on. The party splits up and attempts to escape town without notice. Luc and Claude promise to meet up with them in the morning outside of town.
Trollog and Cora make their way across the rooftops, relying on their athletic skills to travel quickly and without notice. They reach the edge of town with little trouble, but Cora is spotted trying to climb the town wall and soldiers are alerted. Meanwhile, Roland and Opus try to slip unnoticed through the crowds. Roland makes his way stealthy through the shadows, and when spotted by a guard manages to talk his way out of it. However, he feels bad for abandoning Opus and goes back to help. Opus is spotted by townsfolk, who start to raise an alarm, but he quickly deflects attention to Roland. Opus escapes, but Roland is chased out of the town by guards.
After knocking out the pursuing soldiers and guards, the party find a barn to hide in for the night. Near midnight, the party is woken by a group of townsfolk entering the barn. The party observes and realizes the townsfolk are part of a devil-worshipping cult. They interfere with the ritual, but they cannot prevent it from completing. Norvegicus, the Rat King, Lord of Vermin, Plague-master, is summoned into the world. Opus attempts diplomacy, but the imp is enraged when Opus reveals he has made a pact with a fey. The party dispatches the imp’s rats and sends him back to Hell.
The following morning, Luc and Claude meet up with the party. They offer to smuggle the the party across the river and in to the opposing dutchy. The crossing is well guarded, so the party must disguise themselves. Trollog, who is a poor liar, instead hides in the merchants’ cart. At the crossing, the party is nearly exposed, but a soldier who recognizes Roland’s tattoo intervenes and allows them to pass. The party decides to make their way south towards the swamps and meet with Luc and Claude in the southern dutchies.