After a meeting at the Traders' Concourse, Althea Vestrit takes Davad's vandalized carriage back to his home. She meets Clef, and she orders Davad to free him. Clef returns to the Vestrit home with her.
There, Ronica, Keffria, and Malta Vestrit, as well as Brashen Trell and Amber, are discussing the pirate Kennit's capture of the Vivacia. When the idea of refurbishing and sailing the Paragon is put forth, Clef insists on becoming Brashen's first hired hand.
Clef quickly distinguishes himself as capable and hardworking, if a bit stubborn and mischievous. He teases Althea for her romantic entanglement with Brashen.
Clef still works aboard the Paragon with Brashen and Althea. When Fitz arrives on the ship, he notes that Clef's accent still flavors his words, but has become so diluted as to be unrecognizable.