Abacus, Naedas, Sitani, Taga, Tim, and Loopwyn discover that the spiral tower is the planar metropolis of Axis. The group enters the city, sells their Quill spines, and looks for a portal to Sigil. Abacus warns the others that slavery is legal here and the city is home to many Tso slavers. Sitani is outraged by this news and declares that he will put an end to the slavers; the others attempt to dissuade him, and they all agree to investigate the slave market before proceeding.
The group sleeps at an inn for the night and in the morning they continue their ascent of the axle. They lose Tim in the crowds, and unable to find him, they decide to continue making their way toward the market. As they get closer they are approached by a tall, gaunt blue-skinned man with an unusual number of fingers. The man convinces them to speak with him privately, though he is deemed extremely suspicious.
Once alone, the gaunt blue man explains that he knows they’re looking for a slave recently acquired by the Tso. He offers to buy Tim back for them and additionally direct them toward a portal into Sigil in exchange for a small service: the delivery of a package into the City of Doors. After some deliberation, the stranger’s offer is accepted.
The gaunt blue man produces the package with a flourish of magic; it is small, wrapped in a colourful cloth, and does not appear to be magical. The group is instructed to deliver the package to ‘Shemeshka the Marauder’ at ‘The Oarsman’ in Sigil’s Lower Ward, and warns that his client will be upset if the package is opened before they receive it.
The group waits in the meeting room while the gaunt man leaves, returning shortly thereafter with Tim. He advises the group to leave Axis before they encounter more trouble, then escorts them to the portal that will take them into Sigil.