- Plane Weaver
Returning home to the Torch Sanctum, both Catarina and Candle find some very disapproving paladins, and quickly skedaddle before they can be questioned too closely. Nonetheless, they feel that their actions have not gone unnoticed.
Catarina debriefs with Grand Magister Isabella, showing off her new and more Dreamer-like appearance, which meets with some concern. She also mentions the existence of the Song of Unknowing, which seems to disturb the Grand Magister - she has some awareness of the theoretical principles behind such a feat of weaving, but hopes very dearly that nobody would ever be stupid or desperate enough to actually make it, let alone use it. Catarina wisely chooses not to drop that she knows how to replicate these effects, and leaves the increasingly alarmed Isabella in peace. This done, she hires/browbeats a Forest Touched into regrowing her limb, and then performs a conflict ritual to weaponise her musical talents. She is somewhat successful in this regard.
Candle tries to sell her knowledge of the Song to Grandmaster Minerva, which provokes a response surprisingly similar to that of the Grand Magister: though she greatly values a Dreamer superweapon, it's very much the sort of mutually-assured destruction that the Throne is, at least in theory, not about. She attempts to convince Candle to surrender the memories to her rather than simply transferring them, but is unsuccessful, eventually trading the information for gratitude. This done, she communicates with the Mirror while studying music, and eventually finds a way for it to reflect and transmit music. She cannot be sure that this will work, of course, because it is very difficult to test the Song without major destructive consequences, but it certainly seems functional.
A dark pall sets in over the city, not unlike that seen in the run-up to Shadow Song. Around the Torch sanctum, there is a palpable aura of despair that will need to be addressed soon.