While Ser Aaron settles at the bar of the inn, Vaea goes to prepare his room. However, she quickly leaves the inn to go to The Hanged Man, where a former templar serving Knight-Commander Meredith Stannard, Ser Nevin Faramore, is waiting for her. He wishes to hire her skills as a thief to steal a box containing bribes from the Gallows. He has the key to unlock the box and proposes to split the profits with Vaea once she retrieves it.
Vaea quickly accomplishes her task, stealing the box unnoticed by the guards patrolling the Gallows. She returns to Hightown, where Varric is waiting for her. He hints that he knows she is more than an ordinary servant, and offers to escort her back to the party to check on Ser Aaron, who is telling the story of how Vaea became his squire.
Ser Aaron defended the City elves of the arling of Edgehall from Arl Gell Landon's destruction of their Vhenadahl. Gell had had their Tree cut down and burned in front of them after the elves protested their treatment by the Arl, and after a Dalish clan offered a sapling for a new tree had it confiscated. A city elf stole the sapling back (a young Vaea, though Ser Aaron doesn't mention that fact); the Dalish threatened to attack. Aaron forced the Arl and the Dalish to stand down and ensured the tree was returned to the Edgehall alienage. King Alistair ordered the sapling not to be touched, to protect it, and the construction of a wall around the alienage. The elves there threw him a feast and so impressed him with their kindness and generosity that he took Vaea on as a squire in the hopes her successes would be shared with her people.
Vaea doesn't stay at the party very long. She goes back to the Hanged Man, steals the key from Ser Nevin, and gives the money to a grateful elf in the alienage. She plans to go back to the inn, wake Ser Aaron and leave as fast as possible. However, on her way back from the alienage, she is confronted by Charter, who warns her that stealing from templars is against the law, but lying to the Inquisition is worse. She asks that Vaea help rescue two Inquisition agents in Starkhaven. In exchange, Charter offers to help Vaea dealing with Ser Nevin. While Vaea initially refuses, a confrontation with Ser Nevin and Ser Aaron's announcement that they must attend Sebasian's birthday party in Starkhaven force her hand.Varric accompanies them to Starkhaven, and reveals that though he has officially left the Inquisition, he still helps them when they need him. While Ser Aaron and Varric attend Sebastian's party - where Ser Aaron quarrels with Professor Cedric Marquette who accuses him of being responsible for the wave of thefts that has swept over Thedas - Vaea successfully jailbreaks the two Inquisition agents: Marius and Tessa Forsythia. They tell her that their mission was to steal notes on red lyrium from Prince Sebastian Vael. As they were injured upon their capture, they are unable to complete their mission and ask Vaea to do it for them. Once again, she initially refuses before later changing her mind. Just as she gets back to the palace, the guards sound the alarm, having discovered that their prisoners are missing. Vaea must now rely on Tessa's notes rather than patrol schedules to successfully steal the journal, which Sebastian keeps in his own chambers.
At the party, Ser Aaron, having returned after a short walk with Varric to clear his head, once again quarrels with Professor Marquette. The Professor finally leaves the party when Seneschal Granger defends Ser Aaron's honor. However, Granger quickly accuses Vaea of being the thief, an accusation Ser Aaron doesn't take well. Granger informs him that there has been a jailbreak, pointing out that Vaea has not been here all evening. He leaves before the situation gets more heated, being called to investigate a disturbance.
The palace has been infiltrated by Venatori agents in search of the red lyrium journal. It is revealed that Professor Marquette is working with them, having been hired by a magister because of his access to Sebastian's birthday party. He commands the Venatori to stop killing the guards - Marquette's earlier arguments at the party were designed to cast suspicion on Vaea, and killing too many guards will make it harder to pin their crime on one woman.Despite the heavy presence of guards and Venatori, Vaea manages to get to Sebastian's chambers first and she successfully pockets the journal. As she turns to leave, she is caught by Seneschal Granger, who accuses her of slaughtering the guards. Just as he grabs her and starts leading her towards the cells, Ser Aaron knocks him out. He demands explanations from Vaea at sword point.
- Ser Aaron
- Varric Tethras
- Sebastian Vael
- Nevin Faramore
- Seneschal Granger
- Cedric Marquette
- Tessa Forsythia
- According to Mike Laidlaw, the comic takes place some time after Trespasser, and the appearance of Knight-Commander Meredith's statue in the Gallows Courtyard (instead of in the Black Emporium) was an editing error.
- ↑ NYCC 2016
- ↑ Official summary
- ↑ Mike Laidlaw. https://twitter.com/Mike_Laidlaw/status/877882757141024769 . Twitter.