Envoy's travels take her to Abu Dhabi and then on to Babel, with Rory tagging along. Their airship journey to Babel is interrupted, however, as pirates take over the ship. Envoy fends off Eeee attackers, while Rory hides and prepares a spell that creates areas of silence and darkness. Once Envoy has disabled her attackers, she uses her Earth Magic to reshape the wood of the wall to the cabin, and then carries Rory, flying out into the storm to escape the airship. As a patrol craft intercepts the pirate vessel, she lands on Mount Zakaro, setting off a magical trigger that alerts the Yodhzakaro to her presence, but she and Rory make use of their spells to attract the attention of a ptera rider in the service of Rephath.
Back aboard the Winsome Smile, Envoy receives a visit from Wynona, who was aboard the patrol ship. Envoy brings Wynona up to speed on some news concerning her sister, Cryona, and about the possibility that Captain Karada's son may still be alive. Wynona warns Envoy that her time in Babel may be fraught with hazards, and that she should be careful.