The Ninth had triumphed over Hallack’s crew, but lost Vael in the fight. However the Ninth just looked at Vael’s death as a minor setback, they would bring him back to complete their mission. The next day Theon performed a powerful spell to bring Vael back from the dead, albeit as a human and in a weakened state. In order to return Vael back to full power the group had to get some reagents in Farholde. On the trip however they were ambushed by a group of fey elves led by the same Lillend who had tried to kill Theon earlier. Even ambushed the Ninth would not prove an easy prey, they quickly turned the situation around and killed their attackers and their Azata master.
When in Farholde the knot bought the reagents they required to bring back Vael and summon a pack off hellhounds. After the setback the Ninth were back to turning the Horn into a suitable lair. After further securing the Horn and ordering around their minions the Ninth stepped closer to calling forth Vetra-Kali and obtaining the tears of Achlys. But only as long as they could keep pesky do-gooders away.