It’s been weeks (almost feels like months) since the Court of Rooks dealt a major blow against the Dimmer Sisters, stealing a mystical relic and setting free many of their enslaved ghosts. The Dimmer Sisters are out for vengeance, and the Court have had to keep a low profile in case they’re attacked by ghosts or their secret lair is discovered.
With their coin running low, the Court decide they need to take on the Sisters – and they also need a way to make some money. They decide a possible way to do both is to take over the Sisters’ relationship with Mordis, a Nightmarket merchant known to fence stolen artifacts and relics on their behalf. They approach Mordis, who’s not immediately against the idea of changing allegiances – but he needs the Court to make it worth the risk. His price – they need to steal compromising journals and documents kept by Belindra, one of the senior jailors at Ironhook Prison.
It’s a jailbreak – in reverse.
As it happens, Les is a former Ironhook guard, and has had a romance with Belindra in the past, and he comes up with a plan.
The next day, the Court enters Ironhook disguised as relief guards, having bribed some real guards to call in sick. To avoid suspicion, Les and Sparrow fulfil their relief duties, guarding the isolation cells in the prison yard, while Patch and the Magpie slip into the prison barracks to look for Belindra’s quarters.
But Belindra isn’t in her quarters – she’s inspecting the isolation cells!
It turns out that this was Les’ plan all along – when Belindra recognises him, he lures her into an empty cell, breaks off their occasional relationship once and for all, and then locks her inside the cell. He and Sparrow prepare to keep guard over the jailor, but the plan is disrupted by an alarm – there are intruders in the prison!
Within the barracks, things are not going well. Patch and the Magpie found Belindra’s quarters, but not before attracting attention from a guard patrol. Patch uses alchemical glue to seal the door and keep out the guards, and the Magpie drops a silence potion vial to muffle the sound of their search, which eventually convinces the guards that their quarry has escaped. The search reveals a new problem – Les knew the hiding place where Belindra keeps her secrets, but the journals are missing. The Magpie extends her senses into the ghost field and discovers that the Dimmer Sisters sent a wraith to steal the journals first – and the dangerous wraith is still here!
Les and Sparrow leave the cells and go to help their friends in the barracks, sowing some confusion among the guards as they go. With the door sealed, Patch and the Magpie are trapped with the wraith – they try to fight it off but to no avail, and the Magpie is badly wounded by its claws. Patch finally manages to dissolve the glue, letting their allies in to rescue them, and Les uses a pair of electroplasmic knuckledusters to brawl with the wraith and take back the ledgers. With the wraith and the guards chasing them through the barracks, Patch blows a hole in the wall and the team jump out into space – to fall into the nearby canal, where a boat waits to speed them away.
In the aftermath of the raid, Mordis seals the deal with the Court, and fences those journals he doesn’t keep for himself. The story of the break-in cements the Court’s reputation as daring thieves, and Duskwall begins to take notice of these upstart rogues. But so too do the Bluecoats, Duskwall’s police force – and despite the bribes and payoffs they’ve made, there’s now a reward out for their arrest.
And the Dimmer Sisters aren’t done yet…