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Riese emerges from the fog of her pain to find herself in a hospital bed in Helmkin, a doctor leaning over her and telling her that her battle wound had been attended to, and that she should rest for a bit. When she tries to get out of bed, the doctor spots the brand on Riese's shoulder: The symbol of the wolf, marking her as a member of the former royal family. Riese realizes that this could put her in danger, and pulls herself together long enough to make her way out of the potential deathtrap.
But as she wanders down the hallways of the hospital, seeking the exit, she spies a nursery chock full of babies - many more babies than would seem possible for this town's meager population. At that moment, a new mother jumbles out of a holding cell, shrieking that her child has been stolen, and Riese's doctor, hearing the commotion, steps in and orders her to be restrained. He turns a concerned eye on Riese and warns her not to leave her room, but Riese protests that she has to leave.
Just at the gate of Helmkin, she stumbles across two workers loading boxes into a vehicle. A strange mewling emanates from the boxes, and Riese realizes that the town is meddling with the fertility of its female inhabitants. Reminded of her own family, she can't let so many other families be torn apart, and though her very life is in danger, she chooses to stay and fight whatever mysterious evil is being perpetrated in Helmkin.
Whether Helmkin will prove to protect Riese from the hungry bounty hunter Herrick is uncertain, however, as he and Amara have their own round of teeth-baring to contest who is really in charge of the kingdom.