Our protagonists are formally released from their tutelage, but aren’t allowed to join any of the existing cabals. Instead, Malory forms a new cabal from the newly minted mages, and grants them the use and protectorship of a disused hallow and sanctum. After getting the tour from Cervantes, the consilium herald, they quickly begin investigating their new home. They discover a secret chamber, with evidence of cult activities. Clever use of magic puts the new cabal on the trail of an Abyssal cult, with possible ties to missing mages. They discover the possible leader of the cult is a former Seer going by the name Talon. After word of their investigation is leaked by Salvage, it becomes clear that the threat is much larger than our cabal suspected.