News reaches Theodal and Marei that a merchant caravan owned by the Rykkers was raided and destroyed. Soon after the news of the caravan’s destruction, Ser Royce, a knight of the Vale and distant cousin to the Lord Paramount, arrived with a small force of sellswords:. He came with a proposition – Theo and Marei would help the Crown discover and seize a small boy being touted as the lost Prince Adrian of Westeros. The Rykkers would be given back their lands should they be successful. In the meantime, they would have to give the children they had in their protection – Marei’s young brother and young Perra Frey – to Ser Royce as hostages to ensure good behavior.
The Rykkers slew Ser Royce and his sellswords and fled the city. The children were left with a trusted friend and Theodal and Marei took what little coin they had left and headed to Lys where Prince Adrian was supposed to be held by a wealthy Magister.