The Rangers return back to their clans, being met by a patrol who informs Kobal that he is to be wed to the visiting Black Shield's chieftain's daughter. No one in the clans knows yet that he married an enemy clan's chieftain's daughter. Whom he let get killed on their honeymoon of sorts.
Arriving back they meet up with their families and are summoned to a debriefing of their scouting trip with the Elders. Folk are both pleased and angry, and it soon becomes clear that the bosses of the three clans have decided to put the Red Thorn clan in it's place and now's the time. A war party is gathered and much to the Rangers' annoyance they are informed that they can't take part as their loyalties are in question. The three clans will oust the Red Thorns from the Giant Finger Holes oasis and take control of the access to the Earth Temple there.
The Rangers are then informed that instead they will form a bodyguard to escort the Skywatcher clan's Vingan priestess first to Pavis and then to the Pairing Stones for the High Holy days rites and initiations of those that follow both Orlanth and Vinga. They will follow in the rear of the War Party and visit the Earth Temple on the way, collecting and depositing various NPCs and PC's. The Mostali construct will be left as a guardian of the Earth Temple, though many wish to kill the sorcerous monstrosity on the spot.