Our heroes return to Sandpoint to rest and recover after their confrontation with the skeletal samurai and the undead survivors of the Kaijitsu Blossom.
- Antax spends the week at Koya's meditating on the fear he experienced after coming so close to death. During that week, he goes through a psychic and physical metamorphosis and refuses to see Ameiko.
- Rillka takes Shelalu's advice to heart and spends the week people-watching at the Rusty Dragon, trying to reconnect with life among people.
- Paz gives the cold iron wakizashi found in the Goblin Death Cave to Ameiko, then goes to Harold's smithy to get the magical wakizashi, "Whispering Shrike" fixed. Harold finds a tiny scroll case in the broken handle and gives it to Paz.
- Paz returns the locket found in the S.R.M.'s lair to Harold. After realizing what it is, Harold storms off without a word. Paz finds him curled up behind the smithy, crying. When Paz confronts him, Harold threatens him to back off. Unfazed by the bravado, Paz grapples him in a hug that Harold eventually gives in to. Harold is wracked with sobs for several minutes before finally breaking away with a quiet "thank you".