The PCs return to Ansien, the capital city of Elinie, for Haelyn's Festival which takes place on the day of the summer solstice. Torni begins her ministry of the new Ansien Shrine to Laerme in the temple of Avanlee for the festivities. The Patriarch, Assan ibn Dauota, asks the PCs to find the Swamp Mage that is rumored to be hiding in Hope's Demise. Elinie does not have a True Mage capable of casting Realm Magic which has the Patriarch worried about the security of Elinie.
Dame Anakis Nathrezim hails from Hope's Demise and agrees to lead the others to her old stomping grounds in order to find this so called Swamp Mage. Anakis uses her old contacts to find a modest hut in the middle of the swampy marshes that rumors state is home to a crazy old wizard.
This crazy old wizard eventually agrees to treat with Anakis and the others. Once Anakis begins negotiations on behalf of the Patriarch, the old wizard reveals that he is not the Swamp Mage as they thought. He introduces himself as Duriene Peracain. Duriene has stolen the name of Swamp Mage in jest and to sow confusion against the usurper Duke Jaison Raenech and his arcane ally, the original Swamp Mage. Those who know of Duriene's deception will use the nom de guerre of Second Swamp Mage to avoid said confusion.
Duriene remains loyal to William Moergen, the rightful heir to the Dukedom of Osoerde. Duriene has been using his magical influence to help keep William alive and hidden from Raenech. Duriene wishes for the Patriarch to meet secretly with William and will offer his arcane services in exchange. Anakis offers her family's manor house for the meeting.