When last we joined the crew of the Weatherlight, the ship had emerged from the Death Pits and docked at Volrath's stronghold. They faced the daunting prospect of recovering all that Rath has taken from them: the Weatherlight's former captain, Sisay, and Starke's daughter, Takara; their captured companions Tahngarth and Karn; and the stolen pieces of the Legacy. Gerrard, Starke, Mirri, and Crovax begin their search of the stronghold while Hanna and the others stay with the ship.
Back at the portal, Ertai strikes a bargain with Lyna, the Soltari emissary: the Soltari will help the young wizard open the portal so the Weatherlight can escape; in return, he will hold it open long enough for them to also escape Rath and the half-life they endure there. Lyna goes to tell the Weatherlight's crew what is happening.
Just as Lyna delivers her urgent message, Tahngarth, fresh from captivity, returns with the wounded Crovax and Mirri and delivers them to the ship's healer below decks. The minotaur quickly informs Hanna of the search party's new plan to rendezvous with the Weatherlight in Volrath's Gardens, then races back to rejoin them. Karn also returns, bearing the lost pieces of the Legacy that the Sliver Queen restored to him. Among them is the Skyshaper, a powerful device that can boost the ship's Thran engine.
The Weatherlight immediately sets sail for the Gardens, only to be attacked by the Predator.It tethers the Weatherlight with harpoon lines, but Hanna uses this against it, swerving into a series of daring turns to smash the larger ship against the stronghold's supports. Greven il-Vec orders the lines released-the Weatherlight surges forward, free. However, Greven dispatches two ornithopters to harry the ship. Below decks, Karn busily attempts to fit the Skyshaper into the Weatherlight's engine.
Outside, resistance to the evincar has become revolution and the stronghold itself is under assault. Elves, Dal, Vec, and Kor alike strike at Volrath's mogg troops and then regroup for a strategic withdrawal. Meanwhile Gerrard, Sisay, Starke, Takara, and Tahngarth are making for the rendezvous.
The Weatherlight has a slight lead over the pursuing Predator. Hanna uses a Thran device to bring down one of the ornithopters, but the flaming wreckage crashes into the ship's hull and causes severe damage. The other swings close as the ship sails over the Gardens. Tahngarth quickly scales a tall tree and leaps aboard the ornithopter, hurling the hapless mogg pilot to its death, then drops onto the Weatherlight's deck.
Crovax, hideously transformed, is half-mad from voices calling inside his head. The last of his humanity drains from him; he staggers on deck, followed quietly by a suspicious Mirri. He climbs onto the mechanism that controls the ship's sails and begins clawing at it in attempted sabotage. Mirri hurls herself at him-the pair tumble over the side of the ship to the Gardens below, fighting even as they fall.
Gerrard emerges from the trees and comes upon the duel between the injured cat warrior and mad noble. He is unable to intervene, however-an enraged Greven confronts him and a second lethal duel erupts . Faced with the impossible task of both defeating Greven and helping Mirri in time to escape, Gerrard breaks away from Greven and must make a horrible choice: attempt to help Mirri and risk both the Legacy and the entire crew's lives ; or make for his ship, attempt an escape, and leave Mirri and Crovax to their shared fate. Agonized by his choice, he returns to the Weatherlight, with a furious Greven in pursuit.
Augmented by the Skyshaper, the Weatherlight outruns her pursuers to the portal, which opens as planned. Both the ship and the Soltari escape, but the planeswalker Urza deactivates the portal in order to prevent pursuit. Ertai is stranded on the wrong side even as he makes good his crewmates' escape. He falls to the Predator's deck, where Greven now controls his fate. Urza too contemplates his next move.
Disaster threatens Dominaria, but will the warning arrive in time?
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