Taking anything of value, the group leaves Anastas’ den and seals it behind them. They then set into motion a plan to exit the city and join Betrayer and Deceiver to learn how to use the gem dragon hive mind to their advantage. As they use the death of Lord Ember’s family as an excuse to leave their posts, Pherick confirms the death of Anastas and makes a move that will restore Xairus to the status quo, with Nowell gaining significant influence as Teodil is pushed out of office. The party’s exit strategy falls apart when the group is confronted by their gem dragon patrons who learned that something was amiss. Their offer is simple: destroy the Orb of Dragonkind that Anastas had discovered and the gem dragons would leave them be. Having few choices, the group agreed.