In which our heroes avoid facing the inquisitor by starting — and quickly ending — a holy war.
Xan finds himself jumping from place to place without anyone noticing his absence. He is simultaneously on the beach with the supersoldiers, in jail, with the party, and at the Order of Truth’s tower, much to his own confusion.
The jail tent in the Inquisition’s camp, the captives are quickly joined by Rynn, who has also been arrested. Shortly thereafter, an attorney hired by Dracogen arrives and uses a cypher that allows Dracogen to communicate with the captives. Dracogen tells them that he and Queen Princess Brindelonia will support them, but that there are three other nobles that they have to convince of their innocence. Dracogen outlines their three options: prove their innocence, run, or fight, seceding Long Beach from the Steadfast.
Meanwhile, the rest of the party — somehow including Xan — debates their options. Finn and the supersoldiers are ready to go to war, but some are less eager.