Aurora meets with her contact, Sholi Burntstead, and delivers her note to him as Stalwart watches. Sholi offers her a job of a return trip with a message to the Duchy of Ulek (from which she’s just come). She heads to the ale-hall to get a room, and Stalwart follows. There he creates a comical diversion with a cleaning lad, and tries to take Aurora’s newfound gold. But fate ends up such that Aurora catches him in the act. He tries to sweet talk his way out of it, buying her a beer. They get to know each other a bit.
Later, after Stalwart leaves, the rest of the gang comes in having just handed off the wounded border guards (those who helped Aurora get to Boulder Hold safely, and were cut down by kobolds) to their respective households. Osmund describes the Beer Run to Aurora.