Reluctantly, the Sophia decides to make good on her promise to visit Baron leCornu at Irthington before the snows come. She takes Brother Kel, Argyle, Hawk and 4 of the Gallowglass with her- Tomas comes as well, but disguised as one of the grogs (do to his familiarity with the Baron, see Tomas character description). The journey is uneventful and the troupe arrives after only a day of travel. They are escorted to the Baron's manor and given comfortable quarters.
Their visit is not unpleasant although sometimes tense, the Baron's is intensely curious about Sophia and her men staying at the old monastery and the troupe keep up their pretense that Sophia is in religious seclusion under the tutelage of Brother Kel. They add to the story that she is from Toulouse and a widower following her husbands death in the war. The Baron's wife, Lady Eloise does her best to mitigate matters and seems genuine in her desire for friendship. Much more uncomfortable, is the presence of Sir Gilbert and Father Luc- the two charged by the Bishop of Anglia to hunt down Aleesia.
The troupe make their stay as brief as possible and do all they can to assuage the Baron's suspicions. The Baron's son, Artur, is smitten with Sophia and proves a nuisance during their visit. Unbeknownst to the others, Tomas steals into the Baron's quarters disguised as a servant and steals to of his fathers swords leaving behind his fathers crucifix on the Baron's bedside table. The troupe departs after two days without incident.