Sorry about that.
Chtholly seems physically fine but her mind is rapidly deteriorating. As she tries to adjust to her new civilian role, the group celebrates with a Snowfall Festival before departing for the surface.
Chtholly seems to have recovered from her breakdown but is experiencing strange fundamental changes to her body. She’s taken off active duty as a precaution. An expedition on the surface has uncovered a dug weapon that might help, so Willem and Nephren plan to retrieve it. While their ship is being repaired, Willem is stuck dealing with all the romantic tension building around him.
Willem is reunited with some old friends but the visit turns sour as he learns more about the fairies and the current state of the world. Ctholly is upset that Willem did not return home with the group, but has bigger issues as she struggles to keep control of her mind.
While waiting for their airship ride home, Willem and the girls meet a lycanthrope woman who is seeking help from the military. A local gang is threatening to assassinate her father, who is trying to pass a bill supporting the rights of disfeatured people in the city.
Weeks have passed with no news on Ctholly’s mission. Willem is anxious but continues to keep up with his work. He escorts Tiat to the hospital for a check up. She is awakening to her powers and needs to begin her training.
Willem reveals the true power of the Dug Weapons and presents the possibility of Ctholly avoiding death in the upcoming battle. With this new information, Ctholly tries to decide her best course of action.