After successfully aiding the town with the orc assault, and earning the title "Giantslayer", the party enjoys a much rest. The halfling bard Ozymandias disappears into the night, as The Bleaching had begun to take hold. As Yuki is shunned by mysterious patron, her search for faith brings her closer to her god, and to the path of the Warpriest.
After a few days, Chief Defender Halgra summons the crew to the Ivory Hall, to discuss the counter-attack on Trunau's attackers. The Twisted Hearts are reportedly commanded by the hill giant Grenseldek, and Halgra believes that removing the metaphorical "head of the snake" will cause the rest of the combined clan to fall into disarray. The party is asked to head to Redlake Fort downriver via a patchwork ship. The courageous adventurers agree (eventually), and meet the dwarf Carrrol, who was tasked with assisting them on the journey.
Though the Keelboat was constructed from multiple ships, it is seaworthy (river-worthy?) and the crew is experienced. Early into the first day, however, one of the crew is lost overboard, and the tone on the ship noticeably darkens. The next afternoon, a trio of river drakes attack, and abscond with one of the ship's workhorses. After a bit of discussion, it is decided to track the alpha down and try to recover the old horse.