The party quickly and nonlethally detain the thugs that jump them, but one of them gets away. They find a list of drugs and poisons, with the note, “Say hello to our mutual friend.” The thugs are questioned, but all the party finds out is that they were delivering the note to Isidorus the Leech. They bring the thugs to the judges at the courthouse, and are told that the thugs will be held in a cell until their beatings tomorrow morning. They are offered their pick of the thugs’ loot. Latifa leaves them 5gp each.
After a night at The Diamond Spider, Latifa signs up for a wrestling match that will occur at the bar later that evening.
A child riding a runaway camel bears down on them on their way to the market. Latifa is bit while trying to stop it, and Guidrit convinces her that she will now transform into a camel. Guidrit saves the little girl by catching her as the camel comes to a sudden stop. Taharqa, a judge and camel racer, runs up with many attendants shortly thereafter. Her daughter’s name is Tabiry, and she seems frightened of her mother, who seems to have concern only for Snuffles the camel.
Afterward, Polvo sells his crocodile parts to Isidorus the Leech. Polvo drops hints of belladonna, one of the drugs listed on the note, and Isidorus pretends not to know what he’s talking about. Polvo heads to the library, where he discovers he needs a sponsor to access its tomes (and spells). He is directed to Didia, who will sponsor him if he brings her unharmed fire beetle corpses for an amusing diorama of craps players.
Meanwhile, Latifa visits Hemiunu the tanner for a crocodile head pauldron and crocodile skin bandolier. It will take a few days for the tanner to complete the work. She mentions that if Latifa is bored in the interlude, she can fetch her some centipede shells that she’s using to create joints in armor.
Guidrit and Latifa head to the camel races. Taharqa gives him a job as a stable hand and tells security and Itisen, the stable master, to let him pass.