Year 18 AC
The ruins near the future Brightwater are excavated and the monks discover a language no living person seems to know. There are artifacts of simple use, such as magical stones that glow and water that flows through a fountain that had been buried for centuries. The monks are looking for protection, some one to decipher the writing, and any other local knowledge such as legends or myths that might help them figure out what civilization use to be there.
The siege at Karoon continues. The city suffers, many leaving voluntarily and Stephan lets them leave. Some of the men of Stephan's army complain that they have been pulled from farm and family and are getting no where and not getting to sack Karoon. There is dissension in the ranks and his trusted advisors worry for Stephan's life. The city council still will not give over Stephan's father.