While on the ship Elthera and Elgin eventually figure out that Elthera has been "cursed" by the rune markings and while she can breathe underwater she will eventually die of dehydration. Elgin has the runes painted on her lower backside instead of opting for the more permanent scarring. Elgin swims for the building the others are in while Elthera can't quite make it. Elthera then decides to parallel park the ship to get it slightly closer. Eventually they both get inside and regroup with the rest of the team. The group is faced with the decision of marking themselves but being unable to drink, and washing it off is impossible because of its liquid resistant properties. One of the Mureen inside the home produces a shallow platter of sand and is able to successfully scour the runes from Elgin's back. However, Elthera's situation is more deadly since the runes are physically scarred on and "healing" it is relatively impossible. Elthera decides on heating a dagger in the hot stones to brand the scars away since she has fire resistance. After successfully breaking the runes, the Mureen beg Elgin for knowledge on how she was able to breathe in the water outside. Elgin explains that she is able to see runes carved in their homes long ago by the Mureen predecessors. The Mureen beg her for the knowledge, and Elgin complies. They thank her and paint the runes on themselves, after which they weigh their shoes down with coral preparing to go outside. The group asks if they may know how to open the box with the relic, and the Mureen suggest that the group find the Prophet before they tell the group they are welcome to everything in their home and then leaving.
Mothy inspects a nearby driftwood table, finding papers and a lovingly rendered portrait of a Prophet - the Mureen who gave their life to power the Amulet. Feeling sheepish, the group takes a closer look at their surroundings. In the Mureen's closets they find some general garb (which Elgin immediately dons) and a beautiful knee-length empire waist sleeveless dress with a sweetheart neckline. The dress is made by sewing tiny iridescent shells to a fabric shift, and this dress gleams with reddish fiery refractions. Mothy begs the group to wear it, and they acquiesce. Upon seeing her in the dress Garu kisses her deeply revealing their relationship to the group. She takes off two of the shells and fashion some earrings for him to wear. Elthera pockets a strand of pink pearls before the group leaves the building with their coral-weighted shoes.
The group walks back to the temple, each one enchanted with the painted waterproof runes. Upon entering they see a tall bronze-skinned figure standing at the end of the aisle near the altar. As the figure turns they all recognize it as the Bronze Dragon (Lullabelle's patron). She confronts them about the death of her son as a small Mureen boy-child runs out to hold her hand. She embraces the child and tells him to go back to his room, and he runs off to the same room Garu laid the elderly Mureen to rest. Riker steps from the other side as she conjures a coral chair to sit in and appraise the group. She calls Lullabelle to her and Lullabelle shamefully makes her way, insisting the death of the Prophet was hers and hers alone. The Bronze Dragon takes her gently by the hand and tells Lullabelle how proud she is of her, and then turns to Elthera who is still standing by the door. She tells Elthera to take care with off-handed comments and actions in the future, as not all mistakes can be undone. Elthera listens to this, ashamed, and accepts it.
The dragon conjures a set of chairs in a half-circle before her and beckons the group to sit with her. She explains that the Mureen are her far-reaching descendants, but the Prophet is her last trueborn child and it was from his generation the Mureen had come. As her last trueborn, he thankfully had some regenerative powers left, which allowed him to revert back to being a child. The dragon praises the group for their progress and nods approvingly at Garu and Mothy. Lullabelle presents her with the relic box and she opens it effortlessly, although no one in the group is able to perceive it - though by reaching in they can confirm SOMETHING is there. The dragon comments that there were other ways to power the Amulet, which causes Elthera to avert her eyes, but also notes if she hadn't felt her son's death they may have been unable to find a way to open the box. She calls the child to her again and states that they will be leaving, feeling she cannot leave her now young son to live alone in the temple. Lullabelle tells Riker that he owes Gella a drink, and he smiles his gratitude for receiving the message. The dragon, the Prophet, and Riker all bid farewell and leave the temple. The temple then begins to grow dim, and the group is pushed out the front door by a strange energy. When they turn to look at the entrance again, they have completely calcified over and are unable to be opened any longer.
Feeling pleased, the group decides to head back to the boat. However, they suddenly see the once deathly silent city has come to life. Mureen fill the streets laughing and living, lighting their way with rune-enchanted lanterns. It seems the Mureen who hosted the group went and shared the knowledge with everyone, allowing for the city to once again become filled with activity. Lullabelle decides she would like her own dress similar to Mothy's and they head to the market. As they enter, all the Mureen fall silent and then rush forward towards Elgin. They thank her in Tiirthan, and Garu translates this as they have coined the moniker "Big Sister" for Elgin. The Mureen lead her through the Market to an old statue of the Mother Dragon holding the hand of her son, and reveal that they have begun constructing a likeness of Elgin on the dragon's other side. Elgin carves her address on the statue, so they can always find her. They pile a vast amount of riches at Elgin's feet - totaling 2000gp in wealth. The sight of all the shining riches leaves Mothy breathless, and Elgin gifts her a red coral bracelet. The Mureen also stock the ship with food, water, kelp wine, and clay pots of the enchanted heated stones. At Elgin's request, they then present the group with their choices of the iridescent shell dresses. Elgin chooses the pink, Elthera the black, Garu the lilac, and Lullabelle a near-transparent white.
The group is followed back to their ship with praise and cheers, and they board it to leave, while noticing that some Mureen seem to be building their own types of ship based on the group's schooner. Elthera resumes her captaining duties while Garu and Mothy raise the anchor. As they rise up and away from the city, the group observes how the attitude of the Mureen has changed. From being almost totally neutral and unbothered or even uninterested in their presence, the group realizes the Mureen had stagnated. They had resigned themselves to a dark and isolated existence, only being able to see friends and family once every six months - if they were lucky. The group watches the last of the city fade away, noting that when they first beheld the city rising, it was dark and starved for the light, and now the city was bright and happy all on its own.