After breaking in to the Flint office, the Diamond Dogs retreat and go to the Runebrand villa to get a good night’s rest before the big day.
Lord Runebrand welcomes them with open arms and delicious food, and is impressed by the vague implication that they’re working on a secret mission for the king.
They are shown to their very nice, individual bedrooms, but soon hear a knock on the door. It’s Orry, gathering them in the hallway. He seems very upset that they didn’t meet him in the castle to carry out any of the plans they discussed, but is dissuaded when he learns they’re trying to stop an assassination of the king.
When they wake the next day, everyone is getting ready for Kingsday, dressing up in their finest traditional clothing. They decide to split in two, one group going to the Dragon’s Head, the other to the speech at the main square, accompanied by the Runebrands.
Olivia intercepted both groups on the way, coordinating with them, making sure they signal her if anything is amiss. She will also appear at the square, in disguise. She also mentions she hasn’t discovered anything about the Filnts last night. they’re up to something, but doesn’t look like a murder, more like a plot.
Once at the Dragon’s Head, they order drinks, and as soon as they mention they have booked the room on the third floor, she gives them the key, saying “anything to serve the crown”.
In the room, they find something in-between a huge crossbow and a small ballista. It’s mounted on a sturdy pole in the middle of the room, and has a mark from the Fellowship of the Tide on it. They also find a letter, telling them to take the shot as soon as the speech has started. A scapegoat would come along shortly, make sure all evidence points to them. Also, they are being watched.
Konstrukt ducks out sneakily, and goes to the rest on the square, telling them about the situation. They decide to go there and surround the square in front of the pub, keeping a lookout for anyone watching them.
They set up there, and then the speech starts. After waiting for a while, Dame Gwynneth Flint appears in the room, and is very startled and confused. She was supposed to get a tip for how to take down the Silverbrands here, instead she finds the guys that were supposed to help her, but instead broke into their office. They start shouting at each other, but finally get established that there’s an assassination plot, and that she was being set up.
Right then, Garûk spots someone aiming an arrow off the balcony next to the crew. He immediately draws his short bow, and makes a miraculous shot on the arrow itself, knocking it away. He then whistles the signal to Olivia, and guards take the king to safety. Isaac tries to look inside the neighboring room, but can’t see anyone from the balcony. Then they hear a crash of glass, and Wance sees someone jump from that building and into the next. He tries the back door and then the front of this cheese shop, but both are locked. Then Garûk comes cannonballing through the glass part of the door, through the counter, and up the stairs, just in time to see a magic circle burned into the floor, purple smoke coming from it.