Galenraug begins his fast and Elven revery for Brendellari, committing the Antatas Ihaw, the giving of ears (also meaning ‘dedicated listening’, it is here used literally and ironically), cutting from his right ear and offering it to the sepulcher of Vega’s shrine to Ilsundal. He makes his way to the Temple of the Heroic Triumvirate, where the shrine of Bellgold is located. He is quickly stymied by the masses inside. Priestesses beseech the Lover with gifts, sacrifices of various and sundry precious objects, and many of the most progressively-minded and avant-garde individuals in the city give up their writings and poetry, alchemy, medicines, works of exotic (and some alien) -looking art and crafts, jewelry and all the many things with which Bellgold is credited. But no sign of blessing, no clerical powers, no presence in the Hall. The Muse of the Belcadiz, the Lover of Robrenn and Thief of One Thousand Hearts was silent. Frantic prayer, in mass effect, turned to grieving and reverent silence.