Heading to the Shades under the light of flickering lanterns, the gang enters an alleyway which suddenly appears much more sinister than they had imagined. A cackle in the shadows announces that they are not alone. They are suddenly surrounded by a group of Thieves’ Guild members who inform them politely that they are scheduled for their yearly union sanctioned mugging. Loki and Deck insist that they have already paid their dues for the year, but when their receipt ends up covered in spit and tossed in the gutter, it becomes clear that a Better Business Bureau complaint will need to be filed.
The light is suddenly extinguished, and the thieves begin their assault. Dialyn is stabbed first and suddenly is gone, although the group thinks they can hear from somewhere above the quiet recitation of Lord M’s manifesto. Sendai, very happy with the thieves’ overconfidence, in the cover of darkness quickly becomes Bat Monk and flies out of reach, as does Deck on his suspiciously aerodynamic broom. But as the battle ensues, it is really Lord M who leaves the most lasting impression, after nearly burning down an entire section of row houses.
Victorious, the boys tend to an unconscious thief that Beau has skillfully hog-tied (by means of hanging him out of a window via whip) and try to get information out of him. He tells them if they want answers, they can ask their boss at the Thieves’ Guild, but she won’t give up any info. “There must be some honor among thieves.” Lord M’s scare tactics seem to be getting the better of the prisoner, until a mysterious plot-arrow takes the man out of commission. Despite Sen’dai’s quick search, the shooter is not found. Loki tends to putting out the fires and also poor villagers. Dialyn finds a small baby in a torched house and goes to find its parents with no luck. She asks Sen’dai if he is familiar with an orphanage and he says only a little ominously that he ‘Knows a place they can go’.
They arrive at the lodging house of Mrs. Cake, a strange menagerie of tarot cards, crystal balls, and poorly trained familiars. The group wrangles a few of Mrs. Cake’s more mischievous pets, and in return she agrees to give them all some answers. The group disperses for a short rest, but Sen’dai and Mrs. Cake spend a long time in what seems to the rest of the team to be emotionally tense conversation.
While resting, Dialyn gets a message from Henry that the hand-off of Dibbler’s message-in-a-sausage has occurred, but he was not able to tail the dirty little child to the final meeting point. The group discusses options and agrees that the Docks would be a good logical place to stake out for a shipment.
Leaving the orphan temporarily at Mrs. Cake’s, they hide among some palettes at the dock until they see a ship, with the name " The Dredger " painted on its side, emerging from the ghostly fog in a distance. A group of pirates begins to lead what appear to be slaves in shackles, organized by a team of scruffy young boys. A figure in the shadows darts off, and when Dialyn attempts to follow him, the gang realizes they are surrounded – and apparently not by strangers.
One of the pirates recognizes Beau and begins to tell a tale that hits close to home for Deck. It appears Beau had at one point been working with a shipping company. When he found out the goods were actually slaves, he took it upon himself to burn the ships down. Funny enough, it turns out Deck’s ship was burned down in the same port! They also seem to recognize Loki.
What does it all mean? Was Deck a slaver? Who is the mysterious woman the pirates ask him about? How much did Beau really know about the ships he was sending off? Before more questions can be asked, several cannonballs rain down from The Dredger, and the smell of pepperoni overpowers all in the shipyard — as Captain Jack S’barros calls the attention of all to the top of the ship…and tells him men to get “All hands…on Deck.”