|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from Initiate's Trial.|
Role in the Story
|Spoiler warning: Contains plot elements from multiple books in the series.|
Third Age 5922: Efflin, Tarens, and Kerelie encounter Arithon on the road to Kelsing while traveling to the market. Theorizing that he might have fled from a nearby Koriani-occupied ruin, they load him into their wagon. Arithon wordlessly helps them set up their wares in the Kelsing market and moves on to help others. The trio return home after a disappointing showing at the market, not realizing that Arithon has stowed away in their wagon.
Efflin is bedridden with a fever the next morning. It worsens throughout the day, and Arithon and Kerelie move him downstairs closer to the fireplace. Overnight, Arithon forages for medicinal herbs to help Efflin. Efflin's recovery is interrupted when True Sect soldiers ransack the croft in search of Arithon, who has fled rather than let his presence put everyone in danger.
When his fever fails to improve, Kerelie finally relents and allows Tarens to call Arithon back to the croft. Arithon plays Paolin's flute for Efflin, instinctively describing the deceased family members in his music. Kerelie and Tarens realize that Paolin and Chan were Efflin's children, fathered with Aunt Saffie, and this shared knowledge is enough to begin Efflin's recovery.
The Lord Examiner, a diviner, and True Sect soldiers arrive at the croft the next morning to take everyone into custody (later revealed to be the result of Grismard informing the temple about Arithon's presence). As a gambit to protect Efflin and Kerelie, Tarens murders the diviner and takes full blame for harboring a minion of Darkness. The Lord Examiner invades Kerelie's thoughts and finds her innocent. After a cursory examination of Efflin's thoughts, he sentences the pair to one year of forced labor at the temple and orders the croft to be auctioned. He orders that Tarens be taken to Kelsing for trial, final confession, and public execution.
While evading True Sect soldiers, Tarens' grief triggers a wave of prescience in Arithon that reveals the fates of the rest of the family: Kerelie will find skilled work in a quality dress shop and Efflin will become a clerk and marry a good woman.