Burden of Mercy returns to the eastern district of U~esuto seeking a source of iron ore, and further training from his Sifu Red Serpent’s Eye. This time is accompanied by Illusive Breeze, who has a keen interest in dealing with the Wyld threat.
They all retire to The Popped Cork for food and drinks with River Flows Deep.
Stifling Raven and the First Regiment return from a “Food Run”, and Red touches base with them.
River uses his contacts to find where ore maybe purchased. They all travel to retrive the ore from a merchant named Blue Carp. While there an ore foreman gives River some info on how all the ore smugglers, fences, and merchants that dealt in iron ore from the abandoned mines outside the walls were being murdered, three so far. The ore is recovered and Illusive Breeze heads out to make transport arrangements via barge back to Indra.
Meanwhile, The Popped Cork is full on assaulted by Red Claw, a high ranking member of the 4971 Hungry Devils and a small horde of thugs one evening after all the scouts who frequent the establishment have left for the evening. Only Burden of Mercy, River Flows Deep, and Red Serpent’s Eye are able to defend it.
They get into another violent pitched battle, which ends with Red Claw and his cronies fleeing into the night. Red and River discover a safe house/ stakeout hideout across the street the Hungry Devils were using to spy on them. They steal a spyglass found there and write an “eviction note” for the Hungry devils and leave it on the door.