Western Kingdoms under the Levetian religion refuse to trade with the Empire, so Wein fraudulently labels Imperial goods as Natran and sells them to the West via Marden. Prime Minister Sirgis of Delunio confronts Wein over the fraud but Wein dismisses him. Arriving at Soljest Wein is impressed by its trading ports. Wein suspects Soljests King Gruyere will try to prevent Imperial goods being traded and hopes to manipulate Gruyere against the hostile Delunio kingdom. Princess Tolcheila, Gruyere’s daughter, manages to distract Wein with Soljest’s finest cuisine. Sirgis demands back land it leased to Marden, arguing that since Marden is now part of Natra, Marden kingdom no longer exists, voiding the lease. Wein suspects Gruyere will try to assassinate him but when Gruyere meets with Wein he is surprised Gruyere claims that, despite being a Levetian Elite, he does not think of Flahm’s like Ninym as devils and is quite liberal. He agrees to an alliance with Natra, but as Wein leaves it is revealed Gruyere is working with Sirgis. After returning to Natra Wein is told Delunio has invaded Marden and Soljest has declared war on Natra. Zeno suggests Natra somehow make peace with Delunio, but Wein declares he has a plan to turn everything upside down.