After the party returns from Galt, they decide to start bringing food and order to Galt, since most of the country is in utter anarchy. Several cities and even more of the rural outskirts are swayed into joining the Commonwealth.
After several months of this, in the middle of the night, Samara and Ktihdi awake in their quarters in the castle. The hear shouting upstairs, and find two dead guards outside Dormarion's room. Inside, they find Magni fighting an assassin, and Dormarion wounded and leaning against a wall for support. Ktihdi joins the fray, and Dormarion summons the strength the join her, each dealing blows to the assassin. Samara fires her crossbow from the doorway, getting in some key shots. Aldeberan wakes to the sound of bells, and after a quick casting of Haste arrives at the royal quarters moments after the others. The assassin manages to throw a poisoned dagger into Ktihdi's face, and over the course of the fight the poison become debilitating. When it become clear he is losing this fight, the assassin quaffs a potion of invisility, but before he can move, Magni tackles him. Aldeberan highlights the assailant's features with glitterdust, and Dormarion cuts off a hand for good measure.
The subdued assassin quickly loses consciousness, and his body and clothing are searched. Samara finds an old Galtan flag sewn into his jacket, and Aldeberan mentions that his accent was Galtan. Yet the accent seemed overdone, and Dormarion mentions that his weapons look to be recently made in a flamboyant Galtan style, which no one in Galt has been crafting for years. Almost as if he wanted to appear to be sent from Galt. Samara also discovers scarring on the back of his neck which seems to be intentionally obscured. It all stinks of Chellish intrigue, and armed with this knowledge, the party confirms this when he wakes.
The party decides to send word to neighboring kingdoms that Cheliax is acting more boldly than usual. The next day, their messenger returns early from Kyonin, having heard on the way that queen Telandia was attacked as well, and is now in critical condition. Worried for his aunt, Dormarion arranges to set out for Kyonin by the end of the day. When they arrive in Kyonin, Telandia is in critical condition. Aldeberan gives her doctors some bardic encouragement, and by the end of the day, her health is already improving. Telandia explains that the the whispers about her lack of an heir are already growing more insistent, and names Dormarion her heir, since he has proven himself a competent ruler more so than any of his older cousins.
Days after their return to Kallasport, the party also receives word that Koran Goss, head of Galt's Revolutionary Council, is dead. The remaining Council members are fighting to replace him, while what is left of the military supports the charismatic captain Leon Tanabon, and the Guiding Light is also making moves towards the capital. The party decides to send arms and mercenaries to aid the Guiding Light, seeing them as the best way forward for Galt.
Before they can see their Galtan machinations play out, more dire news reaches the party. Kerian, their old Lion Blade commander, arrives with word that Grand Prince Stavian III is dead, and that Dormarion is needed in Taldor to help convince the Senate to confirm Eutropia as heir. Thus, the party heads back to Taldor, to finally complete the mission they were given five years ago.
Passing through the port of Cassomir, they hear the town crier announcing that Cheliax has already begun invading Andoran, whose leader has also been assassinated. It is becoming clear that each assassin was garbed and trained to represent another nation, so that all five victims would be at each others throats when Cheliax struck. In Taldor there are rumors of war with the Kelesh Empire, which many blame for the killing of the grand prince.
Arriving in Oppara is an awkward homecoming, as the city is clearly both mourning and mobilizing for war. Dormarion is rushed the the palace to finally meet Eutropia, with whom he has been informally betrothed for several years. Fortunately, Dormarion turns on the charm, and the two hit it off quickly. Upon the party's arrival, 18 Senators are committed to confirming Eutropia as heir, and 24 support her second cousin Vors Mikelos. Samara sends out spies to study the Senators who are on the fence, while Aldeberan hatches a plot to undermine Vors's credibility in the upper classes. That evening, Aldeberan disguises himself as Vors and goes carousing in some of the least reputable drinking establishments in town. Bay afternoon the next day, Vors has lost the votes of two of his supporters. Samara meets with four Senators who want something built in their territories, respectively a mint, an arena, a cathedral, and a magical academy. Samara declines to commit to any of the porkbarrel spending until later into the voting process.
Two days later, Dormarion appears before the Senate himself, and delivers an impassioned speech, reminding the Senators of the legend he embodies and the glory that he and Eutropia can bring to a proud aging empire. By the end of the day, Eutropia is only four votes short of the 31 she needs to be confirmed. Aldeberan and Samara go to the pliable Senators and agree to build the magical academy, the cathedral to Erastil, and the arena (provided no slaves are forced to fight in it), but they balk and the corruption that might result from giving a single Senator control of a mint. Needing one more vote, they visit Zaato Corelian, the lion of the Senate, who is known for being a tie-breaking vote. Aldeberan convinces him of the historical importance of confirming the princess at this critical time in Taldor's life, and reflecting on how close he is to retirement, Zaato agrees that this will be a fitting close to his political career.
With Zaato and the 3 extra votes that swing with him, Eutropia is confirmed with 34-26, and she is crowned within the week. Preparations are already underway for her wedding to Dormarion, although exactly what the nature of their political relationship is still undetermined…