Broga scouts for an inn near the building where Corryn is being held so they can keep watch throughout the night. They book a room on the second floor of The Blue Goblet, overlooking the prison from a few blocks away. Not for a second do they consider letting the Templar take their friend back to the capital for a mock trial and summary execution. Armon, wracking his brain for any legal loopholes to exonerate Corryn, can only think of one: A Gray Warden conscription. Though pessimistic of his chances, he sets out on his own to search the city for one of those legendary warriors.
Marius takes a more direct approach and decides to pay Corryn a visit to hear his side of the story. An elf answers the door, wearing heavy plate and a surcoat with the same flaming eye symbol as the door. He lets Marius in and makes him sign a guest book before escorting him to a room with a single chair. Through thick glass, he sees a similar room with a similar chair, where Corryn is brought by another guard. Before he leaves, he warns Marius that using magic within these walls is strictly prohibited and will be met with severe punishment. The guards leave the two alone. Having not much to hide anymore, Corryn relays the entirety of his encounter with Sister Stone and the Empress, leaving nothing out. He cannot decide where the Sister might fit in, wether villain or fellow victim, but cannot think of any reason she might have framed him. Marius leaves the prison with more information than he started with, but still no notion of how to extricate Corryn from the Chantry’s clutches.
Armon’s questioning of a passing dwarf reminds him that Fereldens and Gray Wardens aren’t on the best of terms. He abandons his search and, losing all hope of finding a legal solution, steels himself for the inevitable outcome to his moral dillema. He returns to The Blue Goblet near dusk, just as Marius arrives. They formulate a quick plan to keep watch on the building throughout the night so the Templar cannot slip away with Corryn without their notice.
As he takes up his watch, a dwarf stops Armon in the street, asking if he ever located the Gray Wardens he was looking for. He dismisses the dwarf, too intent on the task at hand to worry about that now. The dwarf shrugs and enters the building directly across the street from Corryn’s prison, which Armon soon learns is a lively tavern. Patrons arrive to drink the day away, not giving any notice to Armon. Felayne watches the warrior’s irregular, zig-zagging patrol from The Blue Goblet’s window, ready to wake the others at a moment’s notice. After a few hours, the elf guard Marius had encountered on his visit steps out of the prison and stands outside the door for several minutes. Seeing this, Felayne wakes up Tyree, unsure of what to do. A human woman approaches the elf, identically clad. They exchange a few quick words, she enters, and the elf heads across the street into the tavern. Assuming this is a normal changing of the guard, Tyree chides Felayne for waking him for such a small matter, then goes back to sleep.
Armon slips out of his hiding place and resumes his patrol.
After a few uneventful hours, Broga comes to relieve Armon, and Cathal takes up watch from the room. The less hardy folk filter out of the tavern, retiring early and heading back to their homes. The monotony is broken when a pair of men erupt out of the tavern in a brawl. Broga watches from the shadows and emerges after the victor departs to fleece the unconscious loser. Cathal snickers at this, but does not bother to wake anyone. The woman guard is relieved by a stern looking young man, and she also heads into the tavern.
When Tyree arrives to relieve Broga, the unconscious man is still lying in the road. He recognizes him as a fellow Avar and takes pity on him. He drags the man closer to the tavern to avoid being trampled. Berchan watches carefully, intent on doing his part to save Corryn. Tyree makes no secret of his presence, but feigns nonchalance, carrying only his red bastard sword. He finds sticks in the street to play with Dog and watches as the last of the patrons leave the tavern, it’s lights are doused and doors are locked for the night.
At the appointed time, Tyree does not return to the Blue Goblet as planned, instead taking a double shift on watch. Near dawn, the sour-faced Templar woman saunters down the road, the few locals out at this hour giving her a wide berth. Tyree waves cheerily and offers salutations, which she responds with an icy stare. Berchan, having successfully staved off sleep, excitedly wakes up everyone in the Blue Goblet. He, Broga, Marius, and Cathal run as quickly as they can down the stairs and out into the street, leaving Felayne and her dogs alone with Tyree’s weapons.
The Templar dismisses Tyree and enters the building where Corryn is being kept. A few moments later, just as his friends arrive from the north, an explosion reports from the south wall of the prison. Tyree directs Cathal to go around the east side to flank, while he moves towards the fissure from the west. A large man with a topknot wearing Templar armor steps out of the man-sized hole in the wall. Tyree makes ready to attack, until a familiar, though disheveled, red-headed woman emerges, followed by the former prisoner, Corryn. Sister Stone takes the lead, rushing from the wreckage, past Tyree, and across to the tavern.
p. In close pursuit, the Templar woman climbs through next, but Tyree blocks her way, buying Corryn and the others time. Sister Stone bypasses the tavern’s main entrance in favor of a side door, then knocks an unusual pattern on it and waits impatiently. Finding his bastard sword quite useless against the Templar’s silverite armor, Tyree laments leaving his other weapons back at the Blue Goblet, and, seeing he will not be much use to his friends without them, breaks off his attack and runs towards the inn to retrieve them.
The woman guard, whom Armon saw enter the tavern earlier, answers Sister Stone’s knock and ushers them in. They hear the Templar shout “Halt!”, but ignore her command. Corryn, Armon, and Broga follow Sister Stone behind the bar where a trap door reveals a set of stairs leading into an underground passage. Berchan sneaks up behind her and stabs her in the back of the knee, while Cathal peppers her with arrows, but this slows the Templar little. Marius, uncharacteristically standing his ground, blasts back the Templar several times before finally heeding the guard’s shouts and running through the tavern, down the stairs and into the tunnel.
Crouching just inside the tunnel, Marius watches the woman guard and unusual top-knotted Templar ready for combat while listening to the stomp of heavy boots on the wooden floor above his head. The man looks at him, holds up his hand, then yells “Run!” They scramble further down into the tunnel just as an explosion collapses the entrance, cutting them off from the Templar, but also from Tyree, Cathal, and Berchan. With nowhere to go but forward, Corryn summons his whisp to light the way, and follows Sister Stone, hoping she knows the way.