The expedition returns to Nagalisitu for the third time, but it is not the Nagalisitu they remember; in their absence, Nagalisitite society has become obsessed with religion and community above all else. As they prepare to attend the Intercity Games in Archive, they find themselves questioning if introducing mercantilism to Nagalisitu is the right thing to do.
The expedition heads to Craunia, seat of House Sern and Umbrolio's ancestral home. They come to negotiate a deal with the Whole Prince of House Sern, in an effort to obtain farmers and bureaucrats to teach the people of Nagalisitu about economics and money. Unfortunately, the Whole Prince is very intent on doing colonialism and extracting every bit of wealth Nagalisitu has to offer House Sern, while keeping them poor and unknowledgeable and, of course, easily controllable. Have the party bitten off more than they can chew?
The Outsiders are set on making peace and forging a lasting tribe for Nagalisitu; their last obstacle is the Grafulo Skal, a tribe that absolute hates them and enjoys such things as slave raiding and doing fascism. Can they be reasoned with or will Nagalisitu's peace and unity be forged with their blood?
The expedition returns to Nagalisitu, six centuries after they left (only about a month for them) and find a land completely changed by their decisions. Instead of finding a unified people, the Nagalisituites have fractured into tribes, each of which remembers the Outsiders and their deeds in a different way. Each tribe's way of life is not fully sustainable and unifying them will be key to continuing Nagalisitu's growth, but how can they merge so many distinct cultures, each with their own norms and taboos? And are some tribes even worth saving?
The Lordless Bog Expedition is tasked with exploring and mapping out the extremely cursed and haunted Lordless Bog, so that House Sern may better learn how to exploit whatever resources it may hold; instead, the expedition's leaders find themselves in a long forgotten kingdom, where a people are in desperate need of their help. Will the expedition prove to be the selfless heroes the people of Nagalisitu need or will they ruthlessly exploit them?