The group picks up just outside a small town called Cubeholdt. The place is surrounded by transparent cylinders. The town is a scattered and built up using a variety of materials. As the group heads in Telus and Bashek stop to talk to some townsfolk while Ripley heads off to greet a great many of the towns citizens. Meanwhile, Corbyk and Hamae head in to town. corbyk to find an inn, and Hamae to find a general store, possibly to sell goods. Corbyk enters the Zealous Seskii, an inn themed after dragon-dogs and sits down to have a meal. Hamae walks in to the general store and presents a bomb for sale, forgetting to mention the sale part, the owner tries to hand her what money he has on him to get her to leave, fearing she’ll blow up his shop. Hamae takes the cash and leaves the un-activated bomb.
The shopkeep and his friend leave quickly and, as Bashek and Telus head in to town, stops the two, telling them a bit about the religious significance of the cube at the center of Cubetown, and also requesting that bashek dispose of the bomb in his shop. Bashek heads over, takes the un-activated explosive cypher, and leaves, presenting the shopkeep with it, and getting paid 10 shins.
Telus reaches the town square and the councilmen’s office, asking to talk to someone about the cube and how one of our party (just guess who.) might be touching the thing. On this the assistant to the council calls for Nick. At this moment Telus feels an odd power come over him, and the left half of his body shuts down. He falls to the ground with a huge clank. At this point a good number of people look outside, including Corbyk who, mid-meal, goes to the door to see what the trouble is, commenting “Oh, looks like some idiot fell outside.” and goes back to eating his meal.
Telus is dragged by some townspeople from the square and out toward the farmland the party came in from. Bashek, realizing he now has too many Cyphers to safely hold, activates and throws the bomb off into the distance, surprising the townspeople, causing them to leave Telus where he lay. At this point the party gathered back together, with Corbyk buying supplies from the general store.
The group heads out and a couple of days travel later they arrive in a tiny farming village with a single inn. They rent rooms for the night (2 shins each) and stay the night, Hamae getting incomparably drunk off some strong whiskey, and surprisingly becoming less of a tongue-tied mess. Corbyk steals the group map back from Hamae’s things, Bashek sits down with some farmers and discusses the goings on around the place, and Telus sits, depressed and sobbing into his drink over his experience in Cubeholdt. Hamae also has a discussion with a knight from Qi, a large city. The knight is searching for a man, an amber priest, who did something bad.
After the drinking and discussion the party retires for the evening and will be on their way to Fasten the next day.