In an attempted infiltration of the city of Ador, Kincaid and Xander where captured and presumably executed by the Crimson Guard. The remaining pair regrouped with a Malazan agent already within the city, and launched an assault on a warehouse used by a criminal gang allied with Korval to store Red Thorium. Key intelligence was seized, but the agent and the paladin perished in the fight. Jerekiah awaited reinforcements for several weeks, and his patience grew short as he was forced to hide. Finally, aid arrived in the form of three Bridgeburners fresh to the conflict.