Guan reveals he must deliver a letter to the Duke. Black goes off to get a wagon for the trip. Mayor Tom remembers Leif as acting weird and eves-dropping.
At the hunting lodge, Leif finds Daniel Bronzewing, another poacher. He has been hauled (all pleasant like) to the lodge for an audience with the Duke. Leif scrubs himself, gets new peasant clothes, and prepares for breakfast and an audience.
Aerious decides that the place of his big sermon, the Rise of the Strong Tree, is the perfect site for his new
chapel shrine. The Paravist’s picked the wrong site in Pulder to build their chapel and aerie to honor the Great Wing. The Strong Tree is the most sacred place closest to Pulder. To secure the land, Aerious meets with Mayor Merton to get the land. The property was owned by Jade’s husband but the inheritance is in question. If it is not resolved, the Duke becomes the owner. LOTS of paper work is required. Mayor Tom and Aerious are then met by Black and Elder Red Falcon with a cart. A conversation ensued on the why’s and wherefore’s of going on the snow deer expedition. Aerious explains that there is a special tree where the Paravist SHOULD have built their church; they made a mistake. Also, this is the same tree under which Jim slept before his (minor) epiphany.
Leif goes into breakfast. The Duke tells him there are prophesies that say the duchy will fall if Snow Deer return. Oh.. and the Duke will make Leif LEGITIMATE if Leif keeps the Snow deer OUT of the duchy. The Paravists spoke the prophesy. Leif also met his step-sister, Elena.