Tom, Black and Jade are sent to the Aerie for a year’s penance. Leif is treking through the woods with the Pulder 3 and Maleo who showed up saying some nonsense about following the “ring.” Leif is oblivious to that reference and thinks Maleo would be an asset in helping him through the forest.
Meanwhile, Jim and Aerious argue tactics in the face of a scouting party. Aerious fails when calling on the Great wing to convert them. Jim fails to capture them. A quick fight occurs which Jim also fails allowing the scouts to get away.
Vines talks to Jade and says the book is Serpent touched. Jade tells him Aerious has the book.