Upon arriving in Five Sails, Filipe del Rio met his old friend, the Castillian pirate, Juan del Gato. Knowing his friend's interest in all things acient, Juan told Filipe about a Vesten sailor, Vilde who claimed to have a map to some kind of Syrnath ruin on Numa.
Filipe found the Vilde the Vesten drunk in a seaside tavern. He was discussing stories with a pair of shifty looking Vodacci men, one of whom introduced himself as Benito Sangimignioni. He explained that he had a map to a tower outside the The Lost City in Numa. Vilde eventually agreed to sell the map for Galen's winnings at a knife game and recognition in the publication of any finds.
Just as Vilde tried to turn over the map to Galen, Benito and his allies struck. Benito revealed himself as a skilled duelist who clearly outclassed Galen. Galen prevailed only with the aid of his Usuran companion Jacov, who blindsided the duelist. The rest of the tavern erupted into a bar fight, and Filipe ensured that the other toughs working with Benito did not intervene.
When the Sail Guard were called in to break up the fight, the heroes escaped through the back of the tavern, carrying Benito with them. Benito threatened that his master would come for the map. After confirmed that their fight was settled for the moment, Galen returned Benito's sword and left him behind in the ally.
They quickly set sail and as they departed the harbor, noticed a Vodacci ship beginning to follow them. Through some daring maneuvers, Filipe guided his ship through a small flotilla of Montaign ships, setting their pursuers in the wrong direction. He then charted a course through the Signore Islands and into the Numanari approach…