Valdark, the Great Sorceror, calls Sorceror Aribor back to work. He is sent on a mission with other Black Sorcerors to bring terror to Bricas in Shalirion. He goes into the city in disguise to assess ways of causing distress. He merges with crowds and finds himself at a festival of the Goddess, learning much about the ways of Shalirion. This is Section 1 of this Part.
Remzain, the barbarian King's concubine, is employed in new ways by her enthusiastic new master. She welcomes her new freedom and is able to enjoy her life once again. Set in a world where magic coexists with war and invasion.
Chris returns to the Alien Household hoping to confirm his friendship and position there, and finds himself talking to a daughter of his boss, who engages him in deep and pleasant conversation, in which he reveals much of his true self.
Chris recoils from his shared experiences with the alien female. He begins to question the motives of the aliens, but somehow he cannot bury the feelings which have been released. He returns to the office the next day with some new insights.
Chris has been invited by Braidt, the alien wife of his alien boss, to assist in her relaxation. He is drawn by his own needs and curiosity, but also repulsed or beset by guilt. He fears the reaction of his boss. By assisting the alien he explores more of his human nature.