Wolfgang has finalised his plan for the defeat of Anders Volpahart’s fleet. He has designed and built a deadly trap in secret, involving droves of smugglers and workers, families taken hostage to buy silence, and a great smoke-screen prepared by Daeron and funded by Jorah Hornlake, Master of Coin, which will cover all the Blackwater, blinding all watchers to his plan as Wolfgang’s allies, with the help of 50 barges, ready the Blackwater for attack. The Street of Steel has been working for weeks on a secret project for the Hand, all the materials smuggled in and the products smuggled out piece by piece, to be concealed in warehouses. Catapults have been set up on either side of the Blackwater. After several menacing visits to the Alchemists’ Guild by Wolfgang, and a great incentive paid to them by Hornlake, wildfire is being produced and stockpiled in vast quantities. Wolfgang also designed a pulley system of his own in the library; its use is unknown by most. It is equally unknown what surprises the Imp of Saltwall has prepared for his enemies.
After unmaking Paxter Whent, taking his position of Master of Ships, taking his beloved dog hostage, and making it brutally clear who truly controls Harrenhal, after Paxter insulted Wolfgang over a minor slight, Wolfgang named Daeron Master of Ships instead, for he was reluctant to reveal his plans to any other, especially after Paxter’s disappointing him. Wolfgang has Pax watched by Dhandri’s spies, who will not hesitate to assassinate him if he gives them reason to.