People gather to celebrate the Swallowtail Festival and the grand opening of the new temple.
- Influential people give speeches and the new high priest is introduced.
- Young Shoanti hunters from several tribes attack the town and cause chaos.
- The Shoanti are driven off
- Several young women are missing and seem to be kidnapped, including one of the daughters of Tiberiu Valdemar, and Ameiko Kaijitsu.
- The body of Ezakien Tobyn, the former high priest of Desna, was stolen from a crypt.
- Aldern Foxglove was saved.
- Earth-Root, an old Shoanti shaman, was captured.
Earth-Root was interrogated.
- Leaders of the small tribes are led by a green-eyed pale shaman woman.