At the site of the shipment, a battle ensues between the smugglers, Xavier the Archmage of the mage’s guild, and Millie, a minor guild adept setup to take the fall for the disaster.
During this conflict, the barge was taken southward, with the slaves released into the town. Richard gladly gave his own wealth to the freed slaves to help start their lives.
Now, with the slaves freed, it seems that Xavier has pinned the entire crime upon Millie, who was to be executed as soon as proof was discovered. However, on his trip back, he encounters the ‘Arch-Archmage’, a clever masquerade by The Professor. Using her wits, she convinces the guards to arrest Xavier who turns out to be a Vampire with vile intent for the slaves.
During this debacle, Xolvan sneaks into Xavier’s room and finds damning evidence of his corruption. It appears that there are 4 people that are truly in charge in Markov.