The end of winter comes as Warner takes 2nd place in the Verditus Contest. The seasonal meeting takes place. Squiggles is given permission to investigate Sorra’s old dwelling and Ricco helps him. They discover nothing very substantive. After the investigation was concluded The mages dispersed and continued to their usual activities. Squiggles does to survey the lake looking for the lab that once fell beneath the gentle waters. With the aid of Ishmeal Squiggles manages to find a piece of what appears to be the lab. After a series of further dives Ishmeal and Squiggles are attacked by a giant Magical Octopus. Ishmeal rushes head long into battle, his compulsion taking over.