We look for somewhere to drop off Finn to sneak in to find the King. Evie points out we should get him to the Charter Stones under the castle. We need a boat, so we need Quinona. And we also need her for her Wallmaker abilities.
Muriel casts a Charter spell to locate her girlfriend in the heart of the city on the ice. We are led to plaza with a crystal coffin with Quinona encased inside, dormant but alive. Muriel can sense she is trapped in Death but not passed on. She is doing her job here.
Roxy goes to steal us a boat. There are several docked nearby and no one is paying attention to them. It's about the easiest burglary she's conducted. Evie gives Finn the Silence Stone. Finn starts rowing the boat towards the castle.
Finn finds the original Charter Stones of the castle in the waterway. They are already partially enveloped by the Chaos Stones. It looks like they are suctioning away the Charter Magic. Finn examines the coated Charter Stone and it feels very uncomfortable to be this close to them both. Finn strikes the Moa staff on the Chaos Stones with intent to bind them.
A strange reverberation starts and the Charter Marks get sucked out of Moa into the Chaos Stones. The staff shatters in his hands. The Chaos Stones undulate and grow larger, creating cracks above as they push farther upwards into the castle.
Above Finn hears a voice singing that sounds like the King, but also someone else at the same time. Finn finds steps into the castle and uses a secret passage into the entrance hall which is full of corpses. The scent of blood is heavy in the air. The sing-song voice continues talking about the Seven and the Charter in a creepy way.
Finn goes back down to establish a link with what remains of the Charter Stones. He can feel the Chaos Stones too as a cold lump in the pit of his stomach.
In the Grand Hall there are ten armored Sendings waiting for Finn, smeared in blood. They turn and make a path for Finn that leads him ever closer to the voice. It is singing "The Nine Bright Shiners" but not the corrupted version. The Sendings are perfectly still as Finn walks past them.
The floors are slippery with blood and occasional bone pieces crunch under Finn's shoes. He is led ever closer to the roof. There are four armored Sendings just outside the exit to the rooftop but they do not move to intercept Finn.
The King is standing on the rooftop overlooking the Kingdom. Finn: "You've redecorated." The King turns and it's obvious there is some Free Magic thing growing out of him, similar to what was afflicting Finn before. Finn asks if Tiburolt is still in there and the King says a very small part. The King says of the Charter, "we need it to live." He claims they live on the border between order and chaos, not quite the same as other Free Magic things.
The thing retreats for a minute and Tiburolt surfaces. "I'm so sorry, Finn. I didn't mean this to happen." He says he didn't mean this to happen, but he did purposely seek out the Void Dwellers. He kept some of the eggs in his bedchamber and they started whispering to him. They are the reason Tiburolt has a corrupted Charter Mark. He implanted one in his hand. It saw Tiburolt's anger over fearful villagers killing his Abhorsen father. Tiburolt scared away the Princess by replacing the bells on her wedding day with Abhorsen bells. Apparently all this was to scare people so they would feel Abhorsens were needed again. And the Mages are locked in a room downstairs, protecting themselves. Tiburolt tells Finn to leave so it won't kill him too.
Finn asks how he can trust him now. Finn steps forward to touch Tiburolt's Charter Mark and the creature busts out of his arm. The thing says they have to cut him off now and can't let Finn leave. Moreover the Mages won't be allowed to live much longer either. Finn's arms are bound by the Chaos Stones.
Finn kicks the Void Dweller King but it hardly phases him. It sniffs at him, "What's this in your hand?" Finn stretches forward to kiss Tiburolt to try and reach him in a Charter Link. His eyes flutter open and then Finn's thorn grows into a massive briar sword. Finn goes to town with his new sword plus Elariel's blade. He slices the Void Dweller out from Tiburolt, removing 20-30% of the King's body mass. The Void Dweller's glowing weak point is exposed and Finn targets it with his Shooting Star spell. The Void Dweller bursts and the Chaos Stones begin to shrink.
Finn sings the songs of the witches to try and transfer some of his grass-arm to Tiburolt and heal him. It shoots out of Finn's hand and stitches into the King. Tiburolt's eyes open and he takes a deep gasping breath. Finn also casts a Charter healing spell to help it further. The King coughs out some small red crystals and Finn smashes them with Elariel's sword. They are pulverized into dust.
Finn asks the King a bunch of questions. Some things are revealed. The King did indeed plant the sabotage thing on the air ship. He and Hastinean were working together the whole time. Tiburolt did actually love Finn and propose.
Evie bursts in, followed by Muriel, Roxy, and Corian. Finn says the King has been "de-loused." Corain examines the King's new arm. Tiburolt says he will need to stand trial to be executed. Roxy, Evie, and Muriel go to look for the hiding mages downstairs.
The girls see the doors have almost been shreded by the armored Sendings and Free Magic creatures. But now they have dissipated. Muriel sends a Charter message through the door to let them know the danger is gone now. Inside there are injured mages including Finn's mom and Quinona's dad. Muriel immediately tells Quinona's father what happened to her and he asks to be taken to his daughter.
We take Joran to Quinona's ice coffin. Elariel and Ariel are already there, bells in hand but looking stumped. Muriel asks if this problem can't be solved by bells. Elariel thinks it has something to do with that Quinona put herself in that coffin rather than being held against her will. And she is NOT in Death, she is somewhere else. Joran leans on the coffin and whispers to his daughter.
Roxy uses her Sight to glean what needs to be done to free Quinona. She Sees Muriel using some sort of enchanted gauntlet to punch through the ice. Evie knows that there are many lost artifacts made by the Wallmakers. Joran suggests that maybe we just need to find a powerful Wallmaker to make such a thing.
We go to ask Ramoniel about where to find a Wallmaker of sufficient enchanting power. She suggests Vashalok, who made the armored Sendings that were protecting the castle. She doubts his trustworthiness now but he is certainly powerful. Ramoniel says he's in Ponstayn which is further south, just west of the Great Forest. Evie asks what Vashalok may want in return. But Ramoniel says he just wants to make things. We need to go pick up Finn, Corian, and the King, and go on a quest to Ponstayn.