Severian, Eata, Roche and Drotte have just come back from a swim in the Gyoll, and have to pass through the necropolis to re-enter the Citadel. Severian finds Vodalus and a group of his followers digging up the body of a woman. They are attacked by a group of volunteer guards. Severian takes one of them by surprise before he can kill Vodalus, and Vodalus rewards him for his bravery.
- Severian, Eata, Roche, and Drotte are outside the gates of the Necropolis, after having come back from a swim in the Gyoll. They discuss how they should return to the Matachin Tower without being caught by Master Gurloes.
- Several people, armed with pikes arrive. They are
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