The party spent two months with the cabal at the elven tower, until Patrick finished with the basics of White Fire. They then headed back to Broderick Hold. There they tried to evaluate the situation, only to find the fort was now filled with genlocks, and the walls were decorated with the heads of the former occupants. They tried to infiltrate the castle, but were caught as Patrick was boosted over the wall. Patrick decided to head in, while Deeps and Orin decided that discretion was now the better part of valor.