Seifer has been informed that Astrid has been kidnapped, and is being held in Eltabbar as bait for him. Immediately, partly due to his recent spiritual experience, he decides he must go rescue her.
The party has picked up a guide, assigned to them by the Cormyrian prince who paid a visit. Alejandro Vinsfeld seems charismatic, but beyond that, he is a total mystery. The party has bought passage onto a merchant vessel, the Wayfarer, and currently is waiting to depart for Thay.