The Elementarist Eldur has spent a pleasurable night with Yeesha. The morning after is less so because it turns out that the scented oil Eldur used at some time during the night has messed up Yeesha’s fur and she demands that he comes up with a way to put things right. Now.
He does some quick thinking and decides to take her to the bathhouse where they take their time cleaning her up. He has to leave to prepare for the spring ritual, but they plan to meet at the dance in the evening.
Arvo has a customer who is willing to sell him an artefact. It’s a rare thing, an electronic device that actually still works. The adventurer take a quick step back when Arvo turns the device on and it starts blinking, but he just as quickly realises how much money this is worth. They agree that Arvo will broker the sale for a modest fee and they will meet again in the evening.
Since the ritual is about to start, Arvo heads there, most of the people from town will be there. He does indeed meet Finara, who is always willing to buy artefacts. Arvo turns on his charm and Finara agrees to buy the artefact and to have dinner with him. She seems amused by his enthusiasm.
Meanwhile, Eldur and his colleagues perform the ritual that will ensure the fertility of the land for another year. Actually, the ritual turns only a small part of the land fertile, but they will treat the rest of the land during the following weeks. The ritual is important to show people that the town will continue to prosper and everyone enjoys the show.
Belkelel has started his morning by picking up a street kid who had been pestering him for days. The boy starts to bawl immediately, as does his little brother. A crowd gathers and people are already muttering unhappily when Belkelel puts the child down again and goes into his usualy spiel, offering to tell the future for anyone who is brave enough to dare and ask. He gets one customer, Amrit, and Arvo is curious as well, but says he’ll come back later.
Belkelel watches the ritual as well and tries to see the outcome. He gets the feeling that it won’t work, but nothing hints to that from the behaviour of the Elementarists and the crowd. But maybe the Elementarists are just faking it.