The next morning, our heroes set out to learn more about the hand. After quizzing Freidrich Spitz with regards to who might know something about the gauntlet, the party leaves to speak with a new wizard in town who has been spending a lot of time in the library. The wizard turns out to be Zhu Zhu Pho, erstwhile team mate. Zhu examines the gauntlet and suggests that one way to remove the gauntlet might be to help it accomplish her goals. The party’s next stop is at Monika Meyer’s house. She informs them that Dajani Trall likely has two residences. One is mansion where he schmoozes the local rich & noble classes. The other is where he runs his fence & other shady dealings. The bad news is that Monika couldn’t find the location of the latter location; the good news is that the former mansion is well known, and she was able to secure two invitations to a fancy dress ball to take place that night. Everyone takes off to scope out the mansion, which is a large and luxurious building built into a hillside overlooking the river. While looking around, the guard captain takes notice of them. Thinking quickly, Ulrich informs him that his security is sadly lacking, and that the party could be put at his disposal for this purpose. Over lunch, security chief, who’s name turns out to be Captain Vilenus, interviews them, with Brigg acting as the party’s agent. Brigg convinces him to allow the party to work security that night on a trial basis, and they depart. At this point Zigmund & Brigg split off to look for costumes, and Zigmund manages to pull off a surprisingly attractive woman. The rest of the party goes to the castle to set up an appointment to see another wizard, Grumash. The security squad arrives early and is handed their assignments: Ulrich is assigned to the servant’s entrance, Woodrus to the front, and Eldeth to office. After a few hours, Zigmund & Brigg arrived, fully arrayed in costume. After a brief misstep, wherein Zigmund is identified as being some other than the person who’s name is on the invite (Lord and Lady Selachi), they are admitted, with the guard cheerfully assuming that Ziggy is Brigg’s mistress.