An operation is mounted to extinguish The Hum. However, this requires some extreme precautions—the target is something The Home itself cannot perceive, so it is presumed to be similarly outside of time.
Hundreds of Vessels are deployed in small autonomous groups, placed and timed to converge upon and surround the Northern valley during a single night. As a precaution against corruption, they are incommunicado with each other except for each group’s Watcher.
This leads to the first contact with an Old God since humanity was freed.
Vessels of The Home
- Aerled – nephew of the Speaker of the Vale
- Seren – chieftan at the Vale’s border, and volunteer inside the Woods