Dryfe offers an olive branch to Altar, but just what will the price of peace truly be? Hoping for the best, but expecting the worst, the Altarian government begins its preparation for the coming negotiations. Altimia needs to decide on her kingdom's terms and gather her retinue, while Ray needs to choose a new job and join a clan in case the talks go sour. Of course, the imperium isn't just resting on its laurels, either. As its leaders craft their plans, a vorpal blade flashes in the darkness, and a rabbit-shaped shadow hops out of the northern land on a top-secret mission to the southern kingdom...