The party has gathered. A bitter fallen Angel strikes a deal with a greedy Wildling. A Paladin distrusts the Angel, but finds friendship with a solemn knight, a cheerful acrobat, and a determined alchemist. The two companies join the Guild for their own reasons and find their first job is to find who or what has been poisoning the river in Harn’s End. The Angel and Wildling wish to control the fresh water; the others wish to clean the water of the poison.