With Kalem apparently destroyed, the band dissolved, and the leader of the rebels no one knows where, Kreel assures Xax that the battle to win the Kingdom is to all intents and purposes won. But superbeings cannot really ""die"" ...
Will has been eking out a living which seems designed as self-punishment - on a pigfarm. Kalem appears to him here and tells him this is no way for a great leader to behave: the Quest for the Arrow is his destiny. Will is incredulous to find Kalem alive, but also angry. He holds her responsible for Aruna's death, and cannot forgive her for the order which prompted him to kill the woman he loved. Kalem tells him Aruna could still be saved ... and disappears.
Will is led by a black cat - perhaps a symbol of Aruna herself - to Leon, Drogo and Vara, who have been working in disguise in a sordid eatinghouse. The band sets out, together once more, to find the last of their number.
However, Bolino, the crafty owner of the eatinghouse, has figured out who they are, a