While camping in the wilderness, a stranger approaches Dresden on horseback. The stranger’s arrival awakens him from his slumber and he rises to make a greeting. The Taldan woman reveals herself to be a messenger from Restov and with annoyance in her voice explains that she has been searching for him for three days to deliver a letter. She hands the letter to him and departs without so much as a goodbye. Sitting by the smoldering remains of the fire he had built the night before, Dresden reads the charter as well as the message from Lord Mayor Ioseph Sellemius written on the back. He decides to accept the charter and travel to Oleg’s Trading Post.