After the contract was signed the tieflings began to unload the ships and build some shelter. Hyraer leaves Dusk, Galxis, Regyr and Siren as well as several other Gnolls to watch the tieflings while he returns to the village to organize a hunt and a feast. Regyr sees an opportunity to test the strength of Mortis and Sahir by working with them to clear a cave that would be ideal for mining. They agree and all six of them along with Edson Willers, one of the tiefling soldiers, go to clear out the cave while the rest of the gnolls and tieflings guard the colony. Inside the cave they encounter four feathered raptor creatures who attack as soon as the party enters. During the fight Galxis and his serpent are able to slay two of the beasts while Regyr and Edson finish off the others. Both Regyr and Edson are injured, but Galxis heals Regyr and Edson is able to bandage himself up.
The cave’s occupants now removed, the group investigates a smaller room and discovers a table covered with papers, a wooden box and something scratched into the wall in Tiefling. The message on the wall says “Beware of those who hate innovation” and on the box the words “Rearden Metal Smithing” are carved on the top. When Mortis investigates she finds the papers make up some sort of log and are at least twenty years old, with most pages simply being illegible. The box contained a dagger of fine craftsmanship and of a metal that no one had seen before. It appeared to be lighter and stronger than their iron weapons and Regyr takes it as a prize. Confused as to how and why this stuff was hear they decide to find out what the Rearden Metal Smithing company was by asking Beretum Scudder. When they leave the cave to find Scudder, they see that another ship had arrived.
When the group gets back to the beach they find Scudder talking to Aeleon Mouch, the son of the Aurex. He demands to know what they are doing and they tell him plainly that they are setting up a trade colony with the gnolls. Attempting to appear as if he’s giving advice he tells them that they should give up while they aren’t too invested. He warns that the gnolls are dangerous and that forming trade relations with them is not a popular descion with the Aurex. Mortis, in an attempt to show the colony is worth the risk, shows Mouch the dagger they found in addition to the journal entries and the name Rearden Metal Smithing. When she reveals this Mouch is taken aback and despite his efforts to hide it he looks shocked and uncomfortable. He makes one last plea that they leave The Maw and then he gets back onto his ship. Still confused, the group gives the journal entries and the dagger to Scudder so he can sail back to Dimos to tell Dagnia Taggart what they found and search through the archives for any information on the company or the metal.