Hypatia joins Claudius in camp to pass on the White Hart’s news, however the Archdeacon is unwilling to grant her access to the inner circle.
Back at the Covenant Simon is awoken by word of an intruder, investigating he discovers that Cymbulus has been replaced by a simulcram body and apparently abducted. Albertus is also nowhere to be found.
Examining the body Simon identifies the creator’s sigil as being ‘hair’
Out in the forest close to the camp, Lillith and Gideon encounter a black clad figure creeping by, however when the Verditius reveals herself he appears to teleport away.
Luscinia opens up communications between the various mages and soon they are mostly aware of the various problems unfolding. Simon’s discovery leads Claudius and Gideon to identify the perpetrator as being Epiderius ex Flambeau, a murderous corpus specialist who was supposedly killed in a Wizard’s March several years ago. He was alleged to have links to house Diedne.
At the tower Simon and William open up the fake body to find it full of animate hair.
Gideon joins the others at camp but a perdo-imaginem botch near Hypatia soon leads to serious problems as an invisible force of destruction risks endangering the idea camp. Luscina and Hypatia locate and diagnose the problem and Gideon eventually resolves it though this results in a enormous explosion of imaginem effects.
Out in the forest Lillith encounters a large number of ‘Merry men’ massing nearby, however she is able to identify them as illusions. She is contemplating sending out Geraldus with a message when she hears the boom from camp.
Hypatia escapes in the confusion of the blast and returns to the royal encampment dressed and disguised as a squire.