Continuing their training, Yllawen learned more of elementary shadow magic from Delech, most notably the art of the teleport strike: the ability to utilize the shadows to teleport yourself within the blink of an eye. After seeing Yllawen complete it with relative ease, Delech was pleased with her progress and congratulated her.
Confronting the guild over their recent heist on the Evermore bank, Primate Angeline Chabert was interrupted from her studies of the "Dibellan Mysteries" with news of the heist and confronts the guild for their actions.
Meanwhile in Sentinel, Assur detailed to the guild about a certain proposal for them. The Sugary Moons cartel has been harassing his caravans transporting gemstones from his personal mine, which his family had owned for generations. He asks the guild to investigate the cartel's patterns of raiding his caravans, and he recalls that some of the cartel thugs hang out at the Frozen Palms, a popular tavern in downtown.
Jabohan, a Cathay-Raht warrior, and five other of his friends confront the guild outside the tavern. The Khajiit explains why exactly the cartel is harassing Assur's gemstone caravans. It was in retaliation to his abuses against his Khajiiti workers! Many of Assur's laborers in the mines were Khajiit refuges fleeing from the Khahaten flu decades ago.
The next day, the guild, as well as some friends of guildmembers decide to see the accusations of cruelty for themselves. Garrett leads the guild to the location of Assur's mine, the Sapphire Safyya mines, located to the far southeast of the Alik'r.
After riding across the dunes of the Alik'r for most of the evening, the guild finds Assur's mine completely abandoned. Scouting around, they find no one standing outside save for them and a duneripper about a hundred yards away. Garrett would be the first to peer inside and letting everyone else in, he begins to overhear a terrifying screams of pain and agony as the workers were butchered.
The guild had stepped into the scene of a massacre! The deeper they traversed into the mine, the more corpses they find. Khajjit and some Redguard bodies begin to line up, almost all of them have deep laceration wounds found between the head and shoulders. Some wounds along the gut, and even some arms were amputated. They managed to rescue one, just one of the workers with a nasty wound in his gut. He confirms to them that Assur was indeed a cruel master, but the attack was not his own. He is unsure who they are beyond their attire, which resembled Alik'r warriors. Meanwhile, the survivor also confirmed that skooma was being sold to the workers as an escapism. However, the most recent shipment of skooma smuggled resulted with the laborers going into a mass frenzy and began to fight one another. By the time the warriors arrived, no one put much in resistance.
Traveling deeper into tthe mines, they discover the thugs, dressed in Alik'r garbs, but the truth was most strange. They were instead Cathay-Raht Khajiit, dressed as Alik'r mercenaries to trick the laborers as they proceeded to butcher them mercilessly with cleavers. One of the Cathay-Raht, Pajooti-do, offered the guild an ultimatum: to leave the mines, or die with the others. Shocked and demoralized by the barbarism shown between the cartel and from Assur, the guild turned around and left. However, not without Salvius stealing some gemstones along the way. As the guild, with their rescued survivor of the massacre, left and saddled their horses, they heard a faint explosion inside the mines, likely destroying it with everyone inside perished.
Regardless, this has now forced the guild into a moral dilemma. Do they continue to support Assur, despite his cruelty, or should they burn all the bridges with him?
The next day, Garrett arranged a meeting with Assur inside the Sisters of the Sands in Sentinel at an isolated lounge. While Garrett searched around town in search for potential candidates to possibly replace Yllawen and the other guildmembers confront Assur at the lounge. Hot words and insults were exchanged between Yllawen and Assur, further damaging the already shaky relationship the guild has with him. Reuniting in The Oasis, Yllawen confessed that the Primate of all people was easier to talk to than Assur. The others seem to conclude that Assur was increasingly becoming more of a risk and would create a war between him, the Sugary Moons, and the guild, and thus was the safest option to be fully rid of him. Garrett meanwhile found some candidates to consider replacing Assur with, including a former member of the guild.