Looking into the Valas fires, the Striders of the Reach were convinced of the guilt of one man: Disciple Lares of Pyrran. Investigating his activities, they found that initially, he had helped extinguish the fires, but after a few, he began using the fires as opportunities for sermons. Lares preaches that that the fires are caused by the displeasure of the Lord of the Hearth, due to the Valas peoples lack of respect. Vaer took to following the Disciple, and saw him meeting with Artus Renlo, a well-respected architect, and an ardent member of the lay of Pyrran.
The Striders went to visit the ailing Jarrell, a would-be looter of burning buildings, at the House of Silver. Jarrell told them he was in the process of looting the house when he was confronted by an exploding pillar of flame, and struck bodily, throwing him through a collapsing doorway. His injuries consisted of slight burns, and browkn ribs and severe bruising on his torso that suggested he was struck very hard, an injury likely to have been inflicted, and not accidental.
That day, the home and workshop of the Gurart family went up in flames. Rivvix and Veraldur appeared on the scene shortly after the fire began, and Jacelyn Gurart pleaded with them to save her mother and baby brother, who were trapped on the second story. Braving the fire and collapsing stairs, the pair managed to save the occupants, and brought them to saftey via a second-story window. Goodwife Alar Gurart, was certain she saw a figure wreathed in flames in the house, and declared it was a vision of Pyros. Jacelyn Gurart told the striders she saw a rat just before the house went up, she refused to say so publicly, but she wondered if it was a guild calling card.
The next night, Vaer entered Renlo’s home when he was out, and rummaged through the architects studio, finding the designs for a temple to Pyrran.